Inside we take a look at a mobile bike repair shop franchise opportunity called, Velofix, as well as Norco’s new Aurum Carbon Killer B downhill bike.
Velofix is offering up a neat opportunity for people looking to open a mobile work-shop business. They’ve enabled people to franchise their setup to help them succeed in a mobile bike repair business.
The Velofix system lets customers book appointments via their cloud-based website where they can schedule mobile repairs and more through their system without having to go to a bike store. The bike store comes to them!
- $25,000 franchise fee
- Various mobile service truck build outs
- Financing packages are available and the program is designed to give people with a 50,000 investment to begin their own mobile bike shop!
- The van is standard as is the tool package
- Mechanics can fine tune as they see fit
- Card processing / Payment is done and self contained
- Additional parts can be stocked to provide greater services to customers
Read more at velofix.com and see more photos of their setup in the gallery.
The Aurum Carbon Killer B was designed in part through Norco’s World Cup DH teams. Aurum is the latin world for gold and Norco feels like they’ve struck that with their latest offering.
The carbon front triangle is paired to an aluminum rear triangle. They felt like the performance and weight of this setup suited their tastes. With the new Aurum Carbon Killer B MKII frame, they were able to get a 450g weight savings. Like most new 2015-16 downhill bikes, the Aurum uses 27.5″ wheels and packs 200mm of travel.
Traditionally bike sizing is adjusted through the front triangle exclusively for most bikes but Norco has introduced what they’re calling the Gravity Tune which not only increases the front-center measurement but also lengthens that chain stay as well for the longer bikes.
The Norco has a number of integrated protection elements to it. The downtube has quite a bit of removable armoring on it as well as a savy mud fender built in as well to help reduce splash front the front wheel.
Norco also chose to run the cables externally to help riders replace and install parts easier. The integrated fork bumpers in the frame help keep the cables safe as well as the frame.
The suspension they’ve put into this bike is their Advanced Ride Technology (ART). Their engineering team has chosen the pivot points carefully to provide the ride characteristics they wanted to provide good square edge bump compliance, progressive suspension characteristics, and improved braking while enhancing pedaling efficiency.
The Aurum also differs from a lot of conventional downhill bikes is their use of a 142×12 rear wheel setup and a pressfit 107bb (83mm cranks). They’ve designed it to be ran with 7speed drivetrains and the narrower rear end gives more heel / trail hazard clearance. The tradeoff here is that the 150/157mm sized wheels that you often see on downhill bikes can’t be used on this bike. We haven’t ran into issues with 142 sized wheels in general but some of the benefits of the 150mm wheel may be lost depending on the wheel/hub build that can help make a wheel stronger.
The Norco Aurum Carbon Killer B will be available in April 2015. It is available in four build options: C7.1 Enve (as pictured), C7.1, C7.2, and C7.3. Read more at http://www.norco.com/15aurum