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NAHBS 2017: Paul Component Engineering clamps down on seat post quick releases, adds bearings to brake levers, more

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Paul Component Engineering has been steadily adding to their catalog of quick releases and thru axles with  their take on an internal cam. Not only do they work incredibly well, but they also have that classic Paul aesthetic that many riders love. Now, if you’re the type to want a quick release on your seat post clamp as well, you’ll be able to get one to match.

The new Quick Release Seat Post Collars are going to be offered in three different color configurations from all silver, to black and silver, or black and silver with an orange accent. Artfully machined from aluminum and stainless steel, the collars will fit frames with 30.0, 31.8, and 35mm seat tubes. Available now as a pre-order for $53, delivery is expected in 8-10 weeks.

Along with the seat post collars, Paul also had a small change to their brake levers with a huge impact…

After years of using a bushing for the main pivot of their Love and Canti levers (above, silver lever), Paul is making the switch to sealed cartridge bearings. The change eliminates almost all play in the lever and should make the brake levers easier to pull with better performance in the long run. Paul says that they are the same weight down to the gram as the previous lever and sell for the same price.

Finally, Paul has two new additions to their Thru Axle Quick release spread that will fit a number of Fox suspension forks. Using the necessary coarse step down threading for Fox forks, there will be a 15 x 100mm and 15 x 110mm axle for non-Boost and Boost forks in four color options for $68.

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Beat_the_trail
Beat_the_trail
5 years ago

What’s wrong with the thru axle that came with my Fox fork? Works awesome, doesn’t seem too heavy, and I can set the lever position where ever I want, you know, because Fox fork.

dockboy
dockboy
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

This can be all matchy-matchy. It’s US made. Some people like the name Paul

Beat_the_trail
Beat_the_trail
5 years ago
Reply to  dockboy

Your Fox fork is made in the USA…

Flatbiller
Flatbiller
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

Nope.

“We intend to improve operating margins in the medium term by enhancing our design and production processes to increase efficiencies, reducing new product time to market and lowering production costs. Specifically, we have begun the process of moving a majority of the manufacturing of our mountain bike products to Taiwan and intend to complete this process in 2015. We believe this transition to Taiwan, once completed, will shorten production lead times to our mountain bike OEM customers, improve supply chain efficiencies and reduce manufacturing costs.”

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1424929/000119312513284783/d520049ds1.htm#rom520049_4

Marty
Marty
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

You might want to check that information.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

Thanks Mr. Mcfly!

Tim
Tim
5 years ago

Good to see that bearing upgrade in the levers. Wonder if it’s retrofittable to older levers??

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

That said, Avid made a brake lever that had sealed cartridge bearings in the pivot way back in 1994 and produced similar levers for nearly twenty years.

dockboy
dockboy
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Oh man, those SD Ultimates were sweeeeet.

ELEVEN_g
5 years ago

I have great respect for Paul, he’s one of the brands from the ‘heyday’ that’s managed to do exactly what he does and keep on doing it, when most others have faded into history. But I can’t get my head around those collars. While I am sure they will work a treat, they could not be more clunky if they tired….

Thor29
Thor29
5 years ago

Actually, Fox moved most of it’s mountain bike suspension production to Taiwan.

Tomi
Tomi
5 years ago

QR seatpost collars ? cable actuated levers ? Is it 1987 again ?

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Tomi

Some stuff from “1987” is good and worth bringing back- threaded bottom brackets and external cabling being the more obvious ones.
What’s wrong with QR seatpost collars? They are the perfect compromise for people who occasionally need to move their seat up and down but not often enough to justify the weight, complexity, or cost of a dropper post.
Levers that pull a cable occupy a smaller but still totally justifiable niche. People who ride fatbikes in the cold often don’t want hydros as (at least mineral oil operated ones) operate worse or not at all in extreme cold. Cable brakes (when set up well with great quality cables and housing) are very nearly as powerful and controllable as hydros, too. Maintenance is more frequent, but easier. A lot of people are fine with that.

Tomi
Tomi
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

No need to answer so seriously about my vain attempt at being sarcastic 😎

joe
joe
5 years ago

Can you get a little more CHUNKY AND UNREFINED?

Why bother to machine it.

joe
joe
5 years ago
Reply to  joe

There are works of art.

Then there are works of Paul.

Rustilicus
Rustilicus
5 years ago
Reply to  joe

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joe
joe
5 years ago
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Matt
Matt
5 years ago

When did it become so fashionable to bash products that you personally don’t have a use for? My buddy has those brake levers on his city cruiser and he loves them. Do I need them? No, but I still think they’re cool and I’m glad there’s a market for them.

It seems like every new product (Fox Gravel Fork) gets nothing but hate from nearly the entire cycling community. If they are truly a useless piece of crap then the market will determine that.

Where did all the people go that said 29ers were a trend?

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt

BR is kind of known for drawing a very critical crowd. I think there’s an explanation for that: no buttons for upvoting and downvoting comments.

Fall
Fall
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Welcome to the internet Matt! Might want to wait a bit to check out Youtube comments.

MaraudingWalrus
MaraudingWalrus
5 years ago

I’m a big fan of my Paulthrough axle for my GT Grade. I also dig my Paul QRs for my road bike. I enjoy them both. They work quite well.

Also Sometimes the OEM equipment ISN’T as nice as the Fox Through Axle – like a crappy oem formula through axle. Nice to have good replacement options.

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