Paul Components was an iconic US component manufacturer during the early years of mountain biking when the sport blossomed from the repack scene in California to a global business. The company never really went away, though it certainly went quiet, but it’s having a bit of a push and has just launched a range of blue anodised components, following the relaunch of its even more iconic purple components last year.
The range of components are made in the USA and includes the Boxcar stem, Tall and Handsome seatpost, Canti Lever, Love Lever, Cross Lever, Quick Release Skewer, MiniMoto, Touring Canti Lever, Neo-Retro and Klamper. With the rising popularity of cyclocross, gravel and adventure bikes, we can certainly see the Klamper disc brake being a popular choice.
Paul is planning to produce these parts in small batches for the next six months, before retiring them and unveiling another colour next year. It also offers a standard silver, black or polished for all the parts. Pre-order is now open with delivery expected in 4-6 weeks.
The 1990s was an exciting era of innovation and CNC-machined aluminium components represented the cutting-edge, and this is where Paul Components gained its reputation, that made its products extremely lust-worthy. Paul Components launched in 1989 and its brakes were a must-have product, but it is arguably the beautiful rear derailleur - only 1,500 were made - that was its most defining product. Anodising was also all the rage during this CNC boom, and a wide palette of colours was available providing ample opportunities to customise your bike.
Do you remember Paul Components and did you have any parts on your bike?
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.