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Virage Ordering information
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:48 pm
The Virage Trucks microsite is up and running, for order and questions relating to the Virage truck. The rear is now for sale. Form an orderly queue:
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:03 pm
Great site, Michael. Very clearly explains the product in a way I wasn't understanding from previous discussions on here. All websites should be this succinct!
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:29 pm
Hey thats pretty cheap for a precisiontruck!
When will the fronts be available?
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:41 pm
My currency converter
tells me that 87 pounds is $123.93.
Does that sound about right to you?
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:52 pm
Sounds about right. The value goes up and down, its been volatile recently. Fronts....a couple of weeks.
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:03 am
Zach McCaw wrote:Great site, Michael. Very clearly explains the product in a way I wasn't understanding from previous discussions on here. All websites should be this succinct!
What he said.
And I'm betting the shiny orange thing you can glimpse in the last couple of photos will be very interesting, too!
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:08 pm
If you use this popular currency converter:
Then this fine product comes in at the even more reasonable $123.78
But with every Virage pre-order the UK economy improves and the Pound gets stronger!
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:34 pm
here's what I get:
124 USD base truck (87 GBP)
27 USD axles (19 GBP)
10 USD shipping
7 USD Venom bushings
168 USD, still a very reasonable price
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:18 pm
By sourcing your own axles, either hardware store for cheapo versions or even a friendly machine shop you can shave a few dollars. I couldnt match the Radikal axle prices and thats down to material costs to a great extent.
ANY machine shop should be able to make axles to fit as its essentially a hex bar cut down. Source some LH Nuts and wheyyyy heyyyyyyy!!!!
Whilst Im MORE than happy to supply axles from here, I know many Americans have home workshops and lathes, so that bit is within the realms of hobbiests. Its not the kind of thing you find in the UK so much, hence why I have gone for super dooper LH/RH threaded and nutted ones.
I guess the way to look at it look at our axles, and then work out time/gas/hassle on your side to get the same thing.
The dollar and pound/euro are very volitile at the moment....for us Brits, American and European trucks are very expensive at the moment, so these have come out at precisely the right time for us...
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:37 pm
The first batch is nearly sold out now, and I need to confirm numbers on Tuesday 24th if I want to add a few more. Let me know if you intend ordering. As these fit in around other stuff at the machine shop I cant say wehn the second batch will be done.
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:34 am
Just added the price for the modified standard bolts on to the website http://www.viragetrucks.com
these are 100 or 90mm socket bolts with a smooth axle under the head of the nut. We cut these down to 60mm length so that they mimic closely the precision axles. Measuring them they are more accurate (closer to 8mm ) than an imperial axle) but ever so slightly less accurate than the precsin milled ones. Ive also tested them without an outer speed ring and they work really well, bolting up nice and tight. They do not have the lh/rh threads but they have approx 5mm thread showing past the nut for peace of mind.
These cost £7 ($10, or 8 Euros approx) a pair.
The shaft of on picture below is actually an uncut bolt, we have managed to get the smooth shaft to almost the same length as the custom milled ones. They make an excellent choice, so long as you remember your allen key!
Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:07 pm
Due to customer requests I have added the option to buy extra spare nuts for both types of axles.
Also, a t shirt will be ready soon. Just like Independent, I will probably make way more money selling clothes than trucks.
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:31 am
The first batch of trucks are sold, and will be sent out early next week. Those that ordered will find a few nice extra bits in their package as a way of saying 'Thank You'.
If your interested in getting in on the next run please let me know. The more interest I get, the sooner I press the button!
Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:54 pm
Due to the first run of trucks we have pressed the button for the next run. If you'd like to pre-order let me know, and we'll reserve one for you. No need for money yet.
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:02 am
After reading the age of some of your posts on these trucks I come to the conclusion that I REALLY NEED TO GET OUT MORE!
WAY TO GO!
They really look good and I look forward to trying some out. As soon as I fiugre out the retail end of the skatepark here I'll be talking to you about getting sets for re-sale out of the shop.
Good Luck and keep it up...... Not you Sam........)
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:48 pm
The revised website, with ordering information for the new batches of front Virages, and the batch of Rears will be up and running Midday UK time Tomorrow, (Tuesday).
We have had EXCELLENT responses from the early adopters, 'grip' seems to be a common theme. The Long Distance guys in Seattle have ridden them a bit now, great to see them working on long runs, and that they are proving to be tough too.
We have trucks in Europe, the States and Australia being ridden, and that's a wonderful feeling.
Can't wait to see more riders on them. Can't wait for the race season.
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:26 pm
all done....thankfully I havent got any pictures of the team.http://www.viragetrucks.com
Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:26 am
We now have in stock 1 rear Virage and 1 'prototype' rear, along with the set of Grey anodised front and rear trucks. We are taking these to a race over the Easter Weekend to 'show and tell' but if they are unsold after Sunday we will sell them to the first person that enquires by email beforehand. The prototype rear has a super smooth surface, with no engraving, and the kingpin has been JB Welded (ultra strong glue) in place rather than the production version machine press fit. Other than that it is identical to production versions. Price...? Willing to negotiate! All trucks can be ordered with Machined or regular bolt axles.
We are currently machining g a run of wide hanger LDP / GS trucks and longer axles for Slalom versions to allow for racers to have a GS set up ready. A new run of Slalom ones is due for delivery End of April early May.
Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:08 pm
Shouldn't the prototype be saved and donated to the British Museum?
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:03 pm
We currently have 2 sets of LDP trucks unspoken for, and pushed forward our new run of slalom trucks due to demand, and have 2 sets of those ready to ship on Monday 27th.
We will have trucks at the Zurich race for testing and purchasing.
You can buy either fronts or rears. Or both!
We now aim to keep limited quantities in stock at all times, now that we know what kind of demand there is.
Posted: Sat May 02, 2009 10:44 am
ALL trucks, Slalom and L.D.Ps are SOLD.
We will announce on Monday 3rd May the new dates for production, and also a revised pricing structure to allow for deposits.
The trucks are proving to be very popular, Id love to have boxes of them ready to ship, but these are by their very nature costly to produce, and take time to assemble. Judging just how many we should make at a time can only come from experience.
Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:14 pm
We are just gearing up to do the next run of Virage Slaloms and the Virage LDPs. (Long Distance Pumping).
So far we have Virages all over Europe and the US and OZ. The LDPs are flying off the site, which is great news. We have brought in a new ordering system so you can guarantee your place in the run.
Couple of pics for you to enjoy:
Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:18 pm
The latest run of Virages is being macined right now,, we have a couple of slots left, so if you want Virages without a long wait, let me know.
We also have LDP versions coming too.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:38 pm
The latest run of Virages and LDP Virages are being assembled for delivery this week to those that ordered.
Its nice to know we are the UK biggest truck manufacturer!
(Ok, There arnt any other unless you include Holeys)