Written by Wally Wallace Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:53
Paul Components has been one of Bikeman's favorites for a long time now. Watching the company grow steadily since the early 90's by way of their solid designs and good old fashioned "Made in the USA" quality has been awesome. With so many awesome parts in their repertoire we couldn't review them all, so we picked the Love Lever, Touring Cantis, Chain Keeper, and Melvin for today's post.
Paul Component Love Lever-
Pictured here is the venerable Paul Component Love Lever Compact. Every time I see these on a bike I'm taken aback at just how cool they look. And how snappy they feel...regardless of whether or not they're hooked up to a pair of Paul Component MotoLites or Avid BB-7 mechanical disc brakes. The actuation is so smooth and the lever feel so right you'd be remiss to not cherish these levers forever.
Paul Component Touring Canti
Bikeman sells a ton of these...it's almost ridiculous. The touring canti in the rear paired up with a set of Paul Component Neo-Retro's up front has long been considered the ultimate set up for Cyclocross. Having the Touring in the rear lessens the stopping power (you don't need as much out back) and allows for more heel clearance while the Neo Retro up front gives greater stopping power. The tension adjustment is money, and the fit and finish of these brakes is phenomenal.
Paul Component Direct Mount Chain Keeper
If you want to run a 1X drivetrain you'll need something to keep your chain in contact the front chainring through the rough stuff. Enter the Chainkeeper. Pictured here is the direct mount version, perfect for bikes with high mount front derailluer braze ons as is commonly found on full suspension bikes these days. The other options include a seat tube direct mount for 28.6, 31.8, 35.0 and a BB Mount option as well.
Paul Component Melvin Chain Tensioner
Most people who are turning a bike with vertical drop outs will need a chain tensioner of some kind to take up the slack chain. The Melvin will do that, but honestly a single wheeled tensioner is a better choice. Where the Melvin shines is in situations where you have a single gear in the rear and 2-3 rings up front. You know, a "dingle" or "tringle" speed. Bikeman has built up a few and they work quite well. You can even run the "suicide" style, ie with no front derailluer, and down shift by nudging the chain off the big ring with your foot to down shift and then pull it back up onto the big ring with your finger for upshifts. It is also a great option for running a double or triple in conjunction with an internally geared rear hub. Chew on that for a bit, Bikeman is sure you have a franken-commuter somewhere that is worthy of such one-offery.
And that's just a drop in the bucket. Paul makes awesome hubs, cranks, front cargo baskets, tons more brakes, thumb shifter conversion kits, and a variety of other tasty widgets you should check out. Your bike will thank you!
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