• Anthony Little
  • September 15, 2010
  • journal, Uncategorized
Welcome to another weekly update from Above Category. As usual there is a ton of stuff going on now which is why this blog gets updated so infrequently. But I am working hard on that and am pretty amazed that this is the second posting in one week! Damn, what's next? O.K, like I said we have a lot going on right now, some upcoming camps (one we are not putting on and a few we are), Pegoretti's that are in stock, new bikes on the way and a few other new products that we are starting to stock...


We'll start off with camps. The first one is not being run by us but by our friend Joao Coreia, currently racing with the Cervelo Test Team. He's doing a small and relaxed camp in Chianti, Italy in Mid October, coming up pretty quick. Knowing Joao (and Chianti) the rides will be amazing, and the food and wine even more so. And there will be a lot of hanging out at Paolo's (pictured to the left) bar in Lecchi which is only a bonus. If you can get away, I highly recommend getting out there for this! More info on Joao's blog.


Then there are our camps, we have 3 in mind for 2011. The first will be in January (24th - 29th tentatively) and will take place here in Marin. This camp will focus more on longer endurance rides to get you ready for the season to come (and our other camps). The rides will be incredible and a perfect way to start the year. Figure about 4K for the week including everything (food, transportation, mechanic, massage, etc.), and a more detailed itinerary is coming. Mark you calendars now and let us know what questions you have. The second camp we are planning is where Joao is running his camp, Chianti. Exact date is coming, but we want to run it at the same time as the Pro race run there on the strada bianche (white gravel roads) called Monte Paschi Eroica. The race is on March 5th which means the camp will most likely take place the week before. This is one of the coolest races on the calendar and we are super excited to offer a camp in this special area of Italy and with all the great folks who will be supporting it. Again, more info coming soon, but let us know if you are interested as space will be limited. We'll get into the last camp of the year in more detail later, but we will run it in conjunction with the Grand Fondo Pinarello in Treviso, IT mid July. This will be a do not miss camp and we are working on the details right now. Keep an eye out...


We now carry Oakley! But there is a catch, we only stock custom glasses that we design here. I think we came up w/ a few very nice and clean designs and of course picked colors that match the bikes and clothing we have here. We will be focusing on just a few of the models, the Radar, Flak Jacket, Jaw Bone and finally the Split Jacket when custom is available. We have sold out of our first couple batches but have a couple left with more on the way. Come on in and we'll get you set up...


On the theme of what's new and coming soon is the new line of BMC's. This is the Race Machine and is based on the Team Machine but a little stiffer and with a super sweet Gulf Porsche colors. We are pretty stoked as it still comes as a frame set so you can build it how YOU want to and is priced pretty well at $2850 which is a K less than the Team Machine. Love them or hate 'em BMC sticks it out there with their paint schemes. Yes, they have some black, white and red bikes, but every year they come out with some color as well. So if you like it and want to see more of it, buy it! We'll have them coming as soon as possible, hopefully in October. And of course we'll build one up about as cool euro as we can so you get an idea of what's possible... We already have the Team Machine in stock now and will be getting the Road Racer frame set in as well (in lime green!).


The new Pinarello's should also be coming in soon. The only exception is the new super fast TT bike, the Graal. Sold a couple already and even got one for myself as I do SOOOO many TT's. Maybe 3 in the past 5 years! I'm hoping this will guilt me into getting back into it. Really, in person this bike looks the business and coming from the minds of the British Cycling Federation (in part) I know how much thought went into it. Maybe not as sleek looking as the BMC TT01 but close and almost as expensive at $8500 for the frame, fork, headset, seatpost and handlebar and $9750 for the Di2 version. The Graal will come in 3 different color combos, Team Sky, British Cycling Federation (white, blue and red) and white and red. Hopefully available in November, but don't hold your breath, it may be as late as January. But look at it this way, plenty of time to save up!


Here's a pic of a BMC Team Machine we built last week with the new 2011 Super Record. As far as we know this groupset is still unavailable and will be so for at least another month or two. Or three. Or...
Anyhow, we have two groups left, one with 172.5 cranks and another with 175s. Right now the groupsets are on brand new Pinarello Paris'. We'd rather sell them on the bikes and have had a ton of interest in the bikes themselves but so far the sizing has not worked out. We have a 57.5 and a 54cm available. It seems that we have a lot of people looking for 50 and 51.5cm bikes, but no dice... Give us a call on this as even if the frames last the parts won't!


Speaking of things that won't last we have 4 new Pegoretti Marcelo's available. They are all the 'Thelonius' paint scheme and we have a 58, 59, 61 and 62 ready to go. Enlarge the photo to the left for a better view...






A quick update for everyone with pegoretti's on order that are still waiting. In the picture are a bunch waiting for paint and shipment to the states. I don't know who's are here, but they are coming along nicely. Our longest waiting frame currently is 14 months and I assume we'll see that sooner than later. We'll keep you informed as much as we can on wait times. On this note, we still have plenty of stock frames and as much as we love Dario's painting, the real magic of his frames is the RIDE. So maybe don't wait for the paint, get a stock bike and get out on it! That's why Dario builds bikes in the first place, to experience them on the road. But this is coming from someone with a Luigino that's been on order for a while, so I won't say too much...


We'll finish off this post by announcing that we have our Moots RSL demo bike in 57.5 built up and ready for you to ride! You can read our thoughts on this bike here.



Thanks for reading!