Happy to report that our customer's bikes are all shipping out on Monday via Fed X. The bikes look fantastic. We are very happy to have received great ride reports from local athletes that have already been out on the bike as well as friend that always say good things about the bike.
I thought it might be interesting to do a public â€śLessons Learnedâ€ť message with respect to our first shipment.
Before I do that I need to thank all the athletes that were willing to take a chance on a new company. Yes, the price was right but still $5,500 for a new bike is a lot of money. We will support you â€“ thank you.
I set up the business model like Porsche or Mercedes. So itâ€™s hard to tell the models year to year. You will always be able to up grade a Tactical to the newest model for a very low cost and for a very long time. Any new upgrade will be available at a significantly reduced cost to first shipment purchasers.
Those initial upgrades will include Ceramic BB and Ceramic rear Mech. pulleys.
There are a few things that I will change and up-grade for our first time customers (at no charge) and will ensure better products for the next shipment.
1. The rear storage fits great. The lid is too tight. I broke the release tabs myself trying to get it off â€“ I have re-designed the system and will send new ones (no charge) in about 30 days.
2. The rear storage it self needs to be attached without a lot of force. There are expansion tabs inside so it fits really nice with the frame. I think a few people will be a bit forceful so we will have to send new storage parts if they get aggressive while attaching. Please be gentle.
3. The screws that hold the rear storage on are shorter than regular bottle screws so they donâ€™t hurt the seat post. We will have to make sure customers now and in re-sale understand this.
4. On this first model the over all cockpit length adjustment is difficult in that the extension tube shifter wires which are attached to the shifters run though the base bar to the junction box. This makes that particular adjustment difficult. In the next shipment we will add 200 mm of wire from the junction box and the new wire plugs into the shifters so changes will be easy â€“ this will make cockpit adjustment a breeze. We had hoped that Shimano would have had these available for the first shipment but they did not.
The bike is really nice, easy to adjust and super fast. I think our customers will be really happy with their purchase.