Yes, the Paul Components 30th Anniversary boxed groupset costs $1989, but just look at it! And it’s not like a 30th Anniversary pops round very often.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Chico, California company Paul Components, Paul and his team decided to commemorate the occasion with a special one-off groupset. Paul has previously come out with celebratory things like the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) singlespeed groupset and was the only small company to make a front and rear mech in the nineties, but we think that this time Paul and team have gone perhaps a touch far with the work behind the 30th Anniversary box set…
As Paul’s PR guy says “This 30th Anniversary Box Set literally took us all year. Every time we thought of something special and unique to add to the project, we said “Let’s do it!”.
“First, we anodized all the parts and commemorative bottle openers in a super limited alternating Royal Purple/Smoky Pewter colorway. Then, we engraved each part with a number “30”. Finally, we decided they should come in a CNC engraved and individually numbered wooden box with brass hinges and hardware.”
The boxes themselves were hewn from solid planks of wood in Paul Price’s home woodshop, then brought to the factory for CNC machining (once they’d sealed off an area for woodwork in the clean room atmosphere of the metalwork shop. Then the boxes went back to Paul’s woodshop where he personally sanded them all… Then it got back to the factory for the hinges and components to be added.
There are only 30 of these Paul Components 30th Anniversary box-sets available, and they’re $1989 – which is a play on the founding year of the company (which means you’re paying something like $1100 of a premium for the special colour and the special, numbered box – but hey, collectors…) And there’s no denying that there’s a lot of extra work involved…
But can we get a ‘How much?’? And do you think we’ll ever see one in the wild? Perhaps on a NAHBS show bike? But don’t expect to see one down the Surrey Hills any time soon.
• Includes: Pair of Short Pull Klamper Brakes, Canti Brake Levers, Quick Release Seat-Collar, and Commemorative Bottle Opener
• Available Seatclamp Sizes: 30.0, 31.8, 33.1, 35.0
• Materials: American 6061, 7075 Alloy and American Poplar Wood
You can be astounded at the 30th Anniversary groupset at the Paul Component website, which does sell more reasonably-priced American made components too…