Funny, or strange, etc. -- the recent posts on KewlMetal, e.g., this thread and https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=82857
. Here's my recent dealings with KewlMetal ("KM").
A month or so ago, I received a present from a friend, the black version of KM's fork guards: http://www.kewlmetalstore.com/produc...roducts_id=598
. The next week, I went to put them on, and found that the curvature on the side of them was very nearly or actually touching the brake rotors; see attached pic.
The directions say to pull them forward
a bit, to make sure there's adequate clearance with respect to the fork-tube holders. There's no mention of pulling them sideways
, which would not be good, anyway, because: 1) the metal doesn't bend that way, and; 2) as mounted, they are perfectly centered in front of the tubes, and you wouldn't want to change that.
So I did a few emails, and was phoned by the owner, Joe Gschweng, about this. He was perplexed, said that they have these on a lot of Cross -- and other -- bikes, maybe there was a manufacturing problem, etc. So, he sent me a package, containing new guards and a return shipping label, i.e., I now have two sets and a label.
I got that package a few days ago. I looked at the unopened package, called him back, and told him that they looked identical to the other ones (even though the package is slightly different). He told me to go ahead and open the package anyway, try to put them on, and see what happens.
I have time to get to this today, and intend to make a video of it, just to show everything from different angles. When done, I'll report back here.
My wheels and rotors -- all of that stuff -- is completely stock. Lots of farkles, but it's mostly electrical stuff; the mechanicals of the bike are stock.
So, a question and a comment:
1) Anyone else notice this extremely close
relationship with these KM guards and the rotors?
2) My experience with the owner of KM has been positive, even if I have what I consider a problem with their fork guards. I also bought their heel shifter in 2012, and didn't have a problem with it, like it, etc.