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…Shimano wants to shift the way bikes change gears?

Shimano Derailleurs

When speed is everything, anything that shaves off a few seconds can mean the difference between winning and losing, so for Shimano’s new bicycle derailleurs, they’ve gotten rid of cables all together and replaced them with computer controlled motors and gear selectors in an effort to provide smoother and more consistent shifts during the most demanding of races.

They’re not without their detractors however:

“People choose bicycles precisely because a bicycle’s motion requires only human effort, and nothing could be more simple, independent and autonomous,” said Raymond Henry, a cycling historian in St. Etienne, France. “Any source of external energy, however weak, runs counter to this philosophy.”

As with any new technology, these things don’t come cheap, and initial systems are expected to add about $1,250 onto the cost of an already expensive system, but if they can prove their reliability and speed up a rider’s pace, they just might be shifting the gears of every high-dollar race bike in a few years time.

[Via: The New York Times Via: Gizmodo]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Robb Report ECOSSE Motorcycle?

Ecosse Moto Works Robb Report Titanium Series

The ECOSSE Moto Works’ Robb Report Limited Edition Titanium Series Motorcycle and Timepiece is perhaps the finest piece of two wheeled transportation you can buy today.

Ecosse Moto Works Robb Report Titanium Series Back

Featuring a combination of old-world craftsmanship, computer-controlled accuracy, American muscle, exquisite lines, race-bred components, a supercharged, intercooled, fuel injected, billet motor, and the first-ever all-titanium chassis, the lightweight, carbon-fiber beauty is a sight to behold.

Additional features include hand-painted pinstripes, carbon fiber wheels, a handcrafted titanium race exhaust, Öhlins MotoGP-grade suspension, a six-speed overdrive transmission, billet ISR brakes with 12 individual brake pads up front, adjustable ergonomics, and 200+ horsepower on tap at the twist of a wrist.

Ecosse Moto Works Robb Report Titanium Series Detail

Along with the bike, the 10 proud new owners will also receive a BRM watch with an automatic chronograph, brushed-titanium bezel, a two-sided band, and a serial number that matches the one engraved on the bike.

Want one of your own?

Just cut them a check for $275,000, and I’m sure the Robb Report will be happy to deliver.

Ecosse Titanium Series Spec Sheet

[Robb Report – ECOSSE Moto Works’ Robb Report Limited Edition Titanium Series]