A visit to Paul Component Engineering

I was in Chico last week for “Paul Camp” – a press event to introduce the latest and greatest from Paul Component Engineering, and to do so with the aid of some sweet custom bikes from a selection of builders. I was stoked to be a part of this event. It was great to get to ride and hang out with my bike builder friends, the media folks, as well as the stellar crew at Paul. Paul Comp. is inspiring to me as they’ve been producing some really well made and innovative bike parts at their Chico, CA machine shop since 1989! That’s the year I got my first real mountain bike and when I started high school! It was great to see the stoke of the staff, each one moving the ship forward, creating great bike parts we enjoy on our rides.

Machine operators Patrick and Briana, with Brett peeking through from the background. Before lunch, Patrick was running the lathe, Brett was cutting stock on the band saw and Brianna was making parts on the CNC milling machine.

Here are a few photos of the shop. You can find more details on the parts, bikes, and rides as the media write it up. In attendance were Bikerumor, Bicycling, Cyclocross Magazine, All Hail The Black Market, Element.ly, Gear Patrol, Gear Junkie, Bicycle Quarterly, and Dirt Rag. The big news is BLUE! It’s their new, limited edition color that replaces purple and will be around for about a year. For those of you planning your next dreamy bike, you can bling it up with some Blue “set and forget” thru axles, a “Boxcar” stem, a “tall and handsome” seatpost, and if you’d like the best cable actuated brake you can get they make the “Klamper.” There are several other widgets as well. Check out Paulcomp.com for more.

Paul “Klamper” cable actuated disc brake

Paul’s workshop with an amazing selection of manual machines that he uses for prototyping new products.

Selection of radius cutters 

Various cutting tools, including drills, rouging cutters, 3 flute straight cutters, and a 6 flute ball end mill in the foreground.

Paul holds the finished crank arm above the block of aluminum stock they start with

CNC control panel

 

From design drawing (above) to finished parts (below)

Quick release parts 

Vibratory tumbler: after machining parts go into the tumbler for deburring and polishing. They have a small room devoted to these operations with various tumblers and different types of media for demurring and polishing. 

 

Shiny hubs on the shelf, ready for bearings to be pressed in

Shelves and shelves of parts

Titanium Monster Cross bike I made for the event with 27.5 x 2.2″ tires. Sram 1x drivetrain with White Industries cranks, BB, headset (prototype, to be released this fall), hubs, Paul Tall and Handsome seatpost, Quick release seat collar, Disc brakes, Boxcar stem with light/accessory mount, and Paul’s innovative Thru Axles.

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