The Sonoran Pirates (aka Son-Rats) is a team of mountain bikers from AZ, MI, CA, CO, MD, PA, UT, TX, ID & The U.K. The team was established in 2004.
Across the ranks they try and hold true to their fundamental belief that... "the only thing that matters is that you ride... not how fast you ride... nor the gear upon which you ride."
E-HUB... is it the future?
Ekstundo LTD. is a company out of Slovenia that has released an interesting new bicycle hub design. Basically, it looks like Ekstundo's E-HUB uses an internal spring to help redistribute power to the drivetrain during the "dead spots" of your pedal stroke. The company claims their E-HUB increases efficiency and performance (by reducing your required power output) by 7-10%.
It doesn't look like they have a US distributor at this time... but the hubs are showing up on EBay (presumably sold by Ekstundo) for around $600/ea. They have both road and mountain versions, currently being used in UCI sanctioned races, compatible with 8,9, & 10 speed Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo drivetrains. They also custom build the hubs to match your skill and yearly mileage specs. I couldn't find a weight for the hubs listed on their website, so I sent the company an inquiry. I'll let you know what they say in the response.
Esktundo LTD Website
E-HUB Discussion Thread
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