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Richard Sachs Seat Post Binder Bolt-A Collaboration Years in the Making

We are excited to announce a collaboration with Richard Sachs, the renowned bicycle framebuilder. Richard is a longtime friend of Horst Engineering. He is a past sponsor of Team Horst Sports, so this is not the first time we have partnered with one of the foremost craftsman in the cycling industry.

For more than 15 years, the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team has set a standard of excellence that is hard to beat. Richard’s personal history in custom bicycle framebuilding dates back to 1972. Simply put, he is one of the preeminent voices in the world of bicycles. Richard approached us about manufacturing a custom seat post binder bolt that would be worthy of the frames that he wished to install them on. He shared examples of the imported stock inventory that he had used for years, but wished for something that raised the bar. He also wanted it to be produced locally.

Our team worked with Richard to build more than a bolt assembly. Through a collaboration that includes SILCA and NixFrixShun, Richard put together a “survival kit” for his loyal customers and for other craft builders. The custom seat post bolt binder bolt assembly that we built for Richard will become the new standard for lugged frames, and we expect that many enthusiasts will upgrade now that his vision has become reality.

To bring Richard’s design to life and make something better than anything previously built; we used aerospace grade stainless steel and our best processes. Consistent with the work we do on fasteners for aircraft, rockets, and submarines; we precision machined both the bolt and nut complete from solid stainless steel bar stock. The pitch diameter of the bolt was held to a super precise tolerance prior to cold forming on our dedicated thread rolling equipment. Rolled threads result in a part that is 30% stronger and has a superior surface finish. Similar processes are used to manufacture our patented Cross Spikes™ product line. The care put into this one component demonstrates that whether you are making parts for airplanes, or for bicycles, the details matter.

Richard announced the collaboration at last weekend’s Philly Bike Expo. Follow Richard at www.richardsachs com,, and on Instagram: @therichardsachs

The Richard Sachs Seat Lug Survival Kit is now available to ship. Check it out!

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Verge Northampton International Cyclocross

Once again, Horst Engineering is sponsoring the Verge Northampton International Cyclocross. Look for us at the race expo in Look Park on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of November. This Northampton, Massachusetts venue is great for cyclocross. There will be a food truck festival and beer garden for spectators and participants. We donated Cross Spikes™ as prizes for every category. We will also have a full inventory of Cross Spikes™ available for purchase on site.

Team Horst Sports and the Team Horst Junior Squad will be well represented across several race categories. Many Cross Spikes™ sponsored ambassadors will be racing in the Men’s and Women’s Elite fields. Check it out.

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2017-2018 Cross Spikes News™

We have had a fantastic start to the cyclocross season. Racing in North America and Europe is in full swing. We had a different off-season than normal because the growing Australian cyclocross community was racing throughout our spring and summer. Our Australian dealer, Cyclocross Minded Australia stoked the excitement down under.

In New England, where cyclocross has never been more popular, the post-2017 USA National Cyclocross Championships buzz never wore off. Having the event in our “backyard” was great for Horst Engineering and Cross Spikes™.

The UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup kicked off last week at Jinglecross in Iowa, and continued with the Trek CX Cup in Wisconsin. Both races were very successful and our Cross Spikes™ were on the podium at both events. It is extra special to highlight the successes of our female ambassadors. Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) was second in both Iowa and Wisconsin. Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) scored her first World Cup podium with a third in Wisconsin. Ellen was also third at CrossVegas. Caroline Mani was fifth in Wisconsin and fourth at CrossVegas. Emma White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) was first U23 rider at both World Cup races. In the Trek CX Cup C2 race, Katie Compton took the victory.

We have our best line-up of ambassadors ever.

We are making progress with sales in the United Kingdom and Europe. The partnership of Kris Auer and Stefan Wyman, two well-known names in the global cyclocross community, are representing us as principle dealers.

In July, when the last of our Cross Spikes™ patents arrived, we hit another milestone. We are proud to be part of a growing and healthy sport and excited about the season ahead. Thank you to our customers, who value what we do.

The first Cross Spikes News™ of this young season launched last week. Check it out.

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Success: AS9100 Revision D

Horst Engineering had its annual ISO9001 and AS9100 surveillance audit and it was another successful result. Earlier in the summer, our Sterling Machine operation passed their annual audit, so the entire Horst Engineering Family of Companies’ quality management system is now certified to the new Revision D of AS9100.

Our Quality Assurance page will be updated when the new certifications are issued, but you can go to that page any time to view our current quality approvals and background on AS9100D.

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