Despite the lack of site updates, things have been humming right along here at Vallie components. I feel sort of like a one man show, trying to figure out the logistics of this business on my own. Dennis has been helping though, and we've been working hard on trimming the cost down as much as possible for lean batch production of the hub sets and cogs. I've got most of the red tape sorted out (Federal, Provincial, and Municipal licenses/tax numbers etc).. and I've even got Tshirt quotes coming in! Phew! I never thought I would spend so much time in front of Excel again.
So why aren't the hubs available?
Good question. There are a few suppliers I'm still auditioning, as its tough to find some of the required pieces locally (to me at least). After that, I've got to get Paypal/Zencart up and running for my site (Hopefully my webmaster/wife can help me out with that), write the manual, get the packaging in line, figure out international shipping and tax laws, Do first article QA testing, then FINALLY I can simply hit GO! and the world will rush out to buy my hubs.
Right now it looks like my first production batch will be 30 hub sets, and 20 single rears. All 36H. Half will be silver, and half will be black. The initial run of cogs will range from 15T to 17T. If I get enough interest from the polo crowd, I'll do bigger cogs.
Anyways, thats about it for news. I'm still riding the hell out of my original prototype and its got 4364km (2712 miles) on it since I originally built it one year ago. I guess a year product development time isn't that big in the grand scheme of things, but it sure seems like a long time ago, on an internet far away.