[FOR SALE] A Piece of Chinese Cycling History

Up for grabs is a piece of Chinese bicycle history, an original Yongjiu competition bike made for the Chinese National Team in 1990. This represents one of the first high end bikes ever made in China, and it’s got a pretty cool story to roll with it…

The joint venture between Colnago and Yongjiu started in 1989 and finished sometime in 1990. From what we know, the project was more of a purchasing act from Yongjiu where they bought the same steel and lugs from the Italian factory that Colnago was sourcing from and then used their own workers and technology to build the frames. That’s why this particular bike is a replica of the Colnago Victory.

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There were some odd 200 hundred frames through the joint venture before calling it quits. Most of the frames made went to the Chinese National Team, or the Provincial cycling teams. This frame however, was one of 10 made for the 1990 Asia games in Beijing. They were never actually used in competition because the National Team weren’t satisfied with them, so they were sold privately. This one in particular has only ever had one owner.

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It’s been ridden heavily since the early 90’s, and almost every component has been replaced from the original. Currently it’s setup with Shimano Sora groupset, Shimano Sora hubs laced to Sun rims, Winpista handlebars and a Specialized Phenom Expert Seat. It’s the ‘Large version’ from the small production run. Since this is a collector’s item, please e-mail us for more details and pricing: shoutout@wearefactoryfive.come – this is a great addition to any cycling stable, and a true piece of Chinese history.

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[FOR SALE] A Slice Of Chinese Bicycle History

This is an interesting one, folks. Up for sale is a 1993 Colnago Yongjiu replica of the classic Colnago Victory, and the first ever high end bike made in China. There are different stories about how many of these were actually made, so it’s a bit tough to be exact. Most of the frames went to the Chinese National Team and the 8/1 Team, and the majority of the rest went to provincial teams.

The actual joint venture between Colnago and Yongjiu was in 1989-1990, which lasted for no more than half a year. The project was initiated by the company of Yongjiu, but actually it was not a cooporation between Yongjiu and Colnago. Yongjiu just bought the same steel tubes and lugs from the same Italian factory which also supplied them to  Colnago, and then welded them with Yongjiu’s workers and technology. Only about 10 bikes were built for the 1990 Asia Games in Beijing, however those bikes were not actually used in the race because the national team were not satisfied with them. Those bikes were given to provincial  teams or sports schools. This bike is one of these which were made for the Asian Games.

The joint venture between Colnago and Yongjiu quickly closed its doors after making just one and batch of bikes (at least that is our understanding), so this is a bit of a collector’s item.  The bike has only had one owner, in Beijing, since it was new. Below is a list of how it currently sits:

1993-1994 Chinese Made Colnago “Victory” Yongjiu Frame – Large size

Sun Rims with Shimano Sora hubs

Shimano Pro XLT Seat Post

Specialized Phenom Expert Seat

Shimano Sora Shift Levers & Derailleurs

Winpista Handlebar

90’s era first generation “low profile” road pedals. These are Taiwanese made, similar to the Shimano low profile pedals used at the time.

Since this is a collector’s item, please e-mail us for further details: shoutout@wearefactoryfive.com

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Beardageddon 2016

We’re big on helping out the city of Shanghai and it’s surrounding comminuty. Next weekend marks the 1st ever Beardageddon, where 16 bearded men of Shanghai will shave off their beards raising money for charity, including our own Tyler Bowa.

All money raised will go straight to helping the homeless men and women of Shanghai via The Renewal Center. They’ve been providing free showers, laundry services, hot meals and medical support for those in need since 2008. Now’s your chance to donate for a worthy cause!

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Sunday, November 27th all of the above men will have their beards shaved off, live on stage, at Inferno (810 Longhua Lu). Organized by our friends at Brash, Doc Guthrie’s and Smart Shanghai, we’re really happy to be a part of the support team.

You can donate by dropping some cash into the donation box found at 17 Teeth (667 Changhua Lu), or by scanning the QR code below. Together we can help the homeless in Shanghai pedal their lives back on track (exceptional bicycle pun, we know). Donate now!

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11.11 SALE

Singles’ Day is just around the corner. For those that don’t know, it’s the biggest online shopping of the year for China. We’re offering some pretty crazy deals on our Taobao shop, but if you live in Shanghai you can also take advantage of the deals in store at 17 Teeth (667 Changhua Lu, Building S1). All of our frames, components and apparel will be 50% off. The sale is one day only, available on what’s in stock (no custom orders) and while supplies last! Happy shopping.

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