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Gold Anodized Chainrings...why not cassettes?(6 posts)

Gold Anodized Chainrings...why not cassettes?cipolini2b
Nov 14, 2003 11:21 AM
In the '04 Cannondale catalog, the high-end road bikes have the gold anodized chainrings. They claim lighter weights, stiffer, blah blah. I just think they're the coolest looking thing out there....why not continue this gold anodizing trend to the cassette? and maybe the chain? It'd be a genius marketing idea, and the alloy is probably more durable than titanium. The kid from breaking away had a gold colored cassette. I think we'll see something like it in the near future...if the gold-chainring idea flies. Just a thought.
hmm ... nothing looks better than gold covered w/ greasetarwheel
Nov 14, 2003 11:46 AM
I think you can anodize any metal part. I've seen photos of bikes with gold or blue anodized cranks, derailleurs, etc. Looks kind of silly to me, but whatever floats your boat ...
re: Gold Anodized Chainrings...why not cassettes?_jim_
Nov 14, 2003 12:05 PM
goldtec? from the uk used to offer titanium nitride coated cassettes. unique gold color, it that's your thing. has a pic of their '02 prototype bike with a similar cassette
late 1980s and early 1990slaffeaux
Nov 14, 2003 1:41 PM
In the late '80s and continuing until the mid-90s various colored annodized parts were all the rage on MTBs. Blue and purple colors seemed to be the hot items. Although it seemed cool at the time, the parts look pretty cheesy on bikes today.

Gold parts enjoyed glory days in the early 80s as well. And it looks like there's efforts to bring them back. I personally thing that gold parts are ugly, but as long as there is the option NOT to buy them, let others have the choice to have ugly bikes. :)

Colored parts are all about fashion, and fashion changes all the time. Me... I'll stick to black and silver parts. (Although I still own blue annodized components.)
Been there done that. Suntour Perfect 5 spd freewheels...Tom C
Nov 14, 2003 3:39 PM
had gold colored cogs. I just sold one last year on ebay.
Sachs used to make gold chains in the late 80's nmspookyload
Nov 15, 2003 9:37 AM