I thought i would jump in here to explain the several questions raised about Superstar in the discussion above
The PI pedals we manufactured to their design for European sales, but the UK arm (supplied Europe) of the business closed its doors.
As a subcontract manufacturer we dont really have anything to do with them other than manufacturing parts for them. I think the USA guy is still going but not heard from them for a long time.
Yes as Chapaking has said we have been hellishly busy. We manufacture alot of parts outside of the cycle industry and for other bike brands, these normally get higher priority than making more bits for Superstar. We have been making medical parts for 4-5 years now and when Covid hit its been non-stop since then with insane volumes of 5 axis parts for DNA analysis machines. We have been running machines literally 24/7 to keep up and the maintinence time to keep ontop of making sure they run accurately and reliably round the clock ate all our man hours. I spent the first 12 weeks of Covid working 6 days a week staying in a caravan at the factory to make sure the Covid testing machine parts were made ASAP…
Next issue is materials have been a nightmare. We had quotes of 2 years payment up front for several lines which made making some products physically impossible. This is what caused the wheelbuilding side of the business to be sold, as I got an offer i couldnt refuse at the right time and it allowed us to focus on other projects. We are still manufacturing hubs and spare parts, but if you cant get spokes in 2 years you cant build wheels which made the huge capital investment impossible to justify.
Things are settling down finally and lots of the overdue jobs are getting back. The good news is…. Nanos are finally back in production and i expect to ship the backlog in the next 2-3 weeks depending on how fast the anodisers process the next batch. We have several other ranges of pedals in the works im hoping to get on sale by christmas if all goes well.
any questions let me know, Neil (Superstar Components)