Jun 14, 2009

TORPEDO Duomatic

The project is on - Make a Killer Uban bike, better than The Boardtrack SPEEDSTER

The new drawings and first parts, are on my desk.

It has to be even more basic, than the 3 Speed-Speedster, that means the nice Sturmey-Archer Trigger shifter must go. Sad but true!
Goodbuy to the trigger and 3 speed SRAM T3 and, hello to the TORPEDO-Duomatic (kick back 2 speed hub) -

unfortunately that one has not been produced for over 20 years!
That´s a shame! truely, I find the hub and idea just perfect for Urban bikes.

And I´m not the only one with that hub/bike combination in mind - look at this guy.




Even the bike company Pashley have given the Duomatic thought - thums up! creating this cool looking vintage racer.

www.pashley.co.uk

Untill the Bike manufactures will see the "2 speed light", and let the DUROMATIC - RISE FROM THE ASHES...

We can only wish and search the web. - and after a little hunt Uhhhhhhhh Yeah - bingo!

I discovered this hidden treasure in Holland.

Look who they shine ***$$*BLING BLING $$ new old stock Duomatic´s . never been used*** Wooooouuuu...

And here´s what the lucky owner Marco right about it:

I got a lot of contact over the last weeks via the hubstripping page. There is unbelivable amount of persons who are interested in hubs! I got in contact with a hub freak in Germany. He offered me a few dozen Fichtel & Sachs Torpedo Duomatic and Automatic hubs with 36 spoke holes. He got them by a german bicycle maufacturer who stored them in his cellar stock since 1981.

There were two aspects who influenced me:
- Diversifing my retirement arrangement
- Hub fetish

Since one week I´am the owner of 100 Sachs Duomatic and 50 Sachs Automatic (red version) hubs 36 holes!

Details will follow in a seperate post. My idea is to sell them via Hubstripping.com!

Gruß Marco.


6 comments:

  1. I have one made in 1967. It was on my father's bicycle, which I now have.

    It works extremely well. Two gears is all I need for my commute - 1:1 and 1:1.36. Bet it will last another 42 years. Simple but brilliant design.

    Wonder where Pashley acquired the hubs for their 50 limited edition bikes?

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  2. Hey A. Thanks for your comment. It is a god question with the 50 ltd. Pashley bike hub. I´v heard that it´s a redesign made by Shimano... If it´s true and if it will last more the 42 years - I simply don´t know....

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  3. Now looking for 1 of these hubs... Moulton were selling some 'dead stock' but all sold now. - if any come up for sale let me know! will@wmdlondon.com

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  4. dunno if my first comment got posted- sorry if repeating lol wd love to buy one of these torpedo hubs for a bike design I'm putting together if any are spare
    will@wmdlondon.com

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  5. not sure. try on http://hubstripping.wordpress.com/contact/ thats where I got them.

    Cheers good luck

    Cay

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