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May 9, 2005

Jittery Joe's Louis Garneau LG 6.2

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A stiff bike for jittery legs

By Mark Zalewski

TruVativ
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Zero Gravity brakes
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Louis Garneau's carbon fork
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Crank Brothers' Quattro
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Cane Creek
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While Canadian cycling company Louis Garneau has been making frame sets for some time, U.S. cyclists south of the border have not been able to buy Garneau bikes from their local bike shop... until now. Beginning this year, Louis Garneau is expanding frame sales into the U.S. market, and the Jittery Joe's-Kalahari domestic squad will be riding the Garneau bikes.

For the 2005 season, the bean team will be aboard the all-carbon LG 6.2, custom painted to match the team's custom Garneau kits. According to Louis Garneau's Pierre Perron, "The LG 6.2 is the most versatile Louis Garneau carbon frame set. Using carbon HM lugs and different shape HM carbon tubing (SCT: Shape Concept Tubing) we managed to fine tune the ride to achieve increased power transfer, without losing comfort. The 100 percent carbon lugs and tubing are bonded with a unique process that produce a seamless look and provide maximum torsion resistance."

In addition to the lugs and tubing, other aspects of the frame have been designed to maximize power transfer. "The LG 6.2 curved Chain stays have virtually no lateral or vertical flex, and the 3D seat stay unit reduces high frequency vibrations," said Perron. "The oversized bottom bracket offers incredible lateral stiffness for maximum power transfer, while the sloping geometry coupled with the HM full carbon straight fork provides excellent handling in any conditions."

The components for the Jittery Joe's-Kalahari team are dominated by the TruVativ line of goodies, including the Rouleur carbon cranks, bottom brackets, stems, handlebars and seatposts. Other components include SRAM cassettes and chains, Selle San Marco saddles, and Shimano's Dura-Ace ten speed shifters and derailleurs.

Stopping capabilities for Tim Johnson and co. are provided by Zero Gravity and their 0G-05 super-light road braking system. The wheelsets that these lightweight bad-boys will be gripping are once again Cane Creek's aerodynamic Aros carbon deep-rim wheels. For training, Cane Creek's Strados wheels will give the riders the durability needed for those long and hard training miles. Rubber for the team comes from Maxxis, including their Detonator training tires. Keeping riders attached to their bikes will be Crank Bros. Quattro pedals, coming in custom orange later this year.

When it comes to time trials, Profile's aerobars will be utilized, and their bar tape and bottle cages will see action every day. CatEye's creative design team put in some overtime designing custom computers, complete with the coffee-cup symbol on the side. And to keep it all clean and running smooth, the team mechanic will be outfitted by Pedro's.

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  • Jonny Sundt holds the new all-carbon Louis Garneau team bike the Jittery Joe's/Kalahari riders will be racing on this year. Sundt could not confirm nor deny reports that he tested its crash resistance earlier that day at a training race in Greenville, SC.
  • Somebody always has to be different.
  • TruVativ is providing some very nice looking carbon cranks to go with the all carbon Garneau frame and fork. Shimano Dura-Ace components complete most of the drive train.
  • SRAM chain & sprockets connect Shimano Dura-Ace derailleurs
  • Zero Gravity brakes -- all the stopping power without all of the weight.
  • The colorful paint job provides a nice backdrop for sponsors.
  • Pedros will keep the Bean Machines clean and tuned, while Selle San Marco provides "other" support.
  • TruVativ provides its Rouleur bars and stem in addition to the carbon cranks and Cat Eye designed a custom look for the computer.
  • A side look at the TruVativ stem, Solos headset and custom Cat Eye computer.
  • The rider's eye view of the controls.
  • Louis Garneau's carbon fork has a beveled design and sweet paint scheme.
  • Crank Brothers' Quattro road pedal will keeping the Jittery Joe's/Kalahari riders in their pedals for the 2005 season. Look for custom orange pedals on these bikes in the coming weeks!
  • The wider base of the new Quattro pedal provides more support for road cyclists.
  • A front-on look at the Zero Gravity -- yes the holes are there for a reason.
  • Cane Creek has signed on once again for a spin with The Bean Team -- here showing their new training wheels. The team will once again race on the deep dish carbon rims.
  • TruVativ also supplies the Team seatpost.

 

Full specification

Frame: Louis Garneau LG 6.2 carbon fiber
Fork: Louis Garneau straight blade monocoque carbon
Colour: Jittery Joe's team orange & black

Cranks: Truvativ Rouleur
Chain: SRAM
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Bottom bracket: Truvativ
Brakes: Zero Gravity 05
Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear sprockets: SRAM

 

Wheels: Cane Creek Aros (Strados for training)
Tyres: Maxxis

Bar: Truvativ
Stem: Truvativ
Headset: Integrated

Pedals: Crank Bros. Quattro
Seat post: Truvativ
Saddle: Selle San Marco
Bar tape: Profile

Computer: CatEye
Cleaning & maintenance: Pedros