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Birdman aka JMJ
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As a mechanical engineer, I often get the opportunity to visit machine shops that we do or plan on doing business with. I'd heard that the shop we were checking out today used to make all the parts for Ringle prior to the Sun acquisition.

Sure enough, entered the foyer ofthe shop and there was a selection of red, purple, and black anodized stems and hubs sitting in the display case. After the obligatory tour, I asked the manager about them. He explained that they did some brisk business for Ringle before he was purchased by Sun, who sent everything overseas. He was happy to talk about the parts, even pointing out the first Ringle machined billet stem prototype, anodized purple, of course.

Pretty cool stuff - JMJ
 

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Very nice info!

Did they have any prototypes that didnt make it into production?
 

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Birdman said:
As a mechanical engineer, I often get the opportunity to visit machine shops that we do or plan on doing business with. I'd heard that the shop we were checking out today used to make all the parts for Ringle prior to the Sun acquisition.

Sure enough, entered the foyer ofthe shop and there was a selection of red, purple, and black anodized stems and hubs sitting in the display case. After the obligatory tour, I asked the manager about them. He explained that they did some brisk business for Ringle before he was purchased by Sun, who sent everything overseas. He was happy to talk about the parts, even pointing out the first Ringle machined billet stem prototype, anodized purple, of course.

Pretty cool stuff - JMJ
And you didn't put in an offer to buy the lot right then and there!? :D

So, uh...is he interested in selling any of it?
 

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Birdman aka JMJ
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Rumpfy said:
And you didn't put in an offer to buy the lot right then and there!? :D

So, uh...is he interested in selling any of it?
Nope - didn't offer to buy it. I doubt if he would be willing to sell it either - probably cost him a few bucks to make, but much more valuable as examples of the shop's capability and QA.

Sorry for being a tease...

JMJ
 
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