New company produces high-end wheels in Portland

Made in Portland.

Portland’s bike industry now includes a high-end carbon wheel builder. Corsa Concepts announced the official launch of their company today and founders Mark Duff and Greg Hudson say they offer a full line of carbon wheels (including a full carbon disc) designed for road, track, time trial, triathlon and cyclocross.

Duff is the man behind Veloforma, a company he started in January 2007 that designs and sells carbon framesets. Hudson met Duff as a racer on the Portland State Cycling team and the two are now partners in this new venture.

As a wheelset with Portland-made Chris King hubs.

To kick-off their new wheels, Corsa Concepts have partnered with local bike company Signal Cycles. Signal is at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (which begins today in Richmond, Virginia) and their Team Cross Bike features a Corsa Concepts wheelset (laced with hubs from their new neighbors in Portland’s Northwest Industrial Area, Chris King Precision Components).

Matt Cardinal of Signal Cycles says, “They’re great do-it-all wheels. On top of that, everyone I have been talking to is excited about a Pacific NW made wheelset.”

Hudson told me this morning that they’re selling wheels customer direct for now, but they hope to set up a dealer network and distribution partnerships down the road.

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