On our most recent trip to Las Vegas for the biggest bicycle trade show in the U.S. Interbike 2015. We had an awesome opportunity to meet and mingle with lots of folks from our interactions on social media, friends and fellow cyclist from our home town and also meet lots of creaters and designers of the products we love and use everyday. One of those people being Bob Hansing. ( he never mentioned it but I think he is BoB Hansing the 2nd ) Owner of euro Asia imports. Although euro Asia imports is still up and running, he is now retired.
In the small amount of time we had to speak to bob, he was able to change the way we look at their products, but the cogs in particular. The explanation he gave behind the material used the create the actual cog Was very detailed. It was coated with titanium nitrate for maximum lubricacy And durability. (All this in his own words) If you look at any normal cog under a microscope, you will notice the bevels or lines in between the teeth from when they cnc'd the cog. That causes the chains to run rough and make a louder sound then normal. As you wear that down, the ride will feel smoother and smoother as you go. With the research And development behind the Euro Asia imports cogs. The roughness in the finish of the cog is taken car of before the product is complete. All the way down to the tooth profile of the cog. All of it has been designed to hug the links of a chain. Preferably a njs chains eliminating any break in period you may have with other cogs.
In Italy. The mechanics that used to work on the bikes would reference the cogs size by the color of the cog. A little paint mark on the cog maybe some tap. This was a better way to make it easier and faster for them to incorporate the color on each cog made. It definitely looks amazing and serves a great purpose. The picture about will show you the color code.
Here I tried to get the best picture I could of the tooth profile. You don't have to look too close to see the differences.
We are glad to be spinning around the same town and surrounding neighborhoods that this guy did when he was our age. We love our city North Hollywood and all the focus and dedication He displayed to us at the trade show will definitely be inspiration for us in what we are doing. Thanks for reading.
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