ON EVERY SUNDAY
ON EVERY OTHER DAY On Sundays we ride and test our products on race tracks across the globe, every other day we are here designing and manufacturing Talon products in our own factory in England. Our products are born out of our experience on the track which has highlighted need for something better.
In 2013 Talon Engineering will be celebrating 40 years in business. It has grown from humble beginnings in a small, shared factory, into the global market leader it is today. George Sartin started the company late in 1972, working part time at first, before going full time in 1973. A time served toolmaker, George was made redundant from Westland Helicopters in 1970 and, before the advent of Talon, even had a spell as a freezer salesman in Bristol ! Having begun an interest in motorbikes watching Grass Track racing as a young boy, George was to become great friends with the Grass Track ‘legend’, Lew Coffin. Following a period as a mechanic for Coffin, George was asked to make hubs for his bikes – the rest is history… After increasing success manufacturing Grass Track and Speedway hubs, the company rapidly expanded hub production to include the motocross market. As well as their renowned hubs and wheels, Talon is also well known in the industry for their sprockets, now covering an enormous range, including road bikes. Alongside their ‘home’ produced products, Talon is the UK importers of the highly regarded Braking products from Italy and Excel rims from Japan. They are also a distributor of RK Chains. 2006 witnessed the start of a new era. After nearly 35 years at the helm, George decided to take a back seat and handed over the reigns to his son, Rob. Talon’s new Managing Director has been with the company for over 20 years himself and has heavily influenced the company’s progression. Rob, a time served engineer himself, brings with him a wealth of experience having enjoyed a highly successful riding career, competing at World championship level in both Trials and Enduro, winning 2 British Junior Trials crowns and a brace of British Enduro titles (the 2nd of which, the year after an accident breaking his neck!) After 39 years in business, Talon exports to 35 Countries, with distributors in Europe, the United States , Japan and Australia . In excess of 70% of the company’s business is now in the export market. Talon Engineering has evolved into a thriving success story, now operating from a 40,000 sq foot state of the art workshop, over 20 new CNC machines, with over 50 full time staff. Rapid prototype machine, Solidworks 3d design, Cad/Cam design and programming, and our own toolmaking facility all go towards making the best products in the world. This quality is highlighted by the fact that there have been in excess of 100 world champions riding with the help of Talon parts.
The Talon T3 wheel was specifically designed as our entry level wheel set, this was achieved by our Patent applied 3 piece hub design that cuts down the raw material costs of the hub. By using clever design and manufacturing techniques Talon has produced a light weight, high quality, high performance product for an affordable price. We use high carbon steel spokes and Talon’s own ‘7’ series T3 rim. Available for Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.
SPECIFICATION:// FRONT: 21” x 1.60 36h Black/silver hub, high tensile spokes and black anodised 7 series T3 rim. REAR: Rear 18”/19” x 2.15 36h Black/ silver hub, high tensile spokes and black anodised 7 series T3 rim.
SPECIFICATION:// FRONT: 21” x 1.60 36h Hub and Rim available in gold, black, orange, red and blue. Billet 3cross hub, 7 series ACR rim. REAR: 18”/19” x 2.15 36h hub and rim available in gold, black, orange, red and blue.
BILLET ACR WHEELS
Talon’s new combination of it’s legendary ‘3’cross billet hub and the latest 7 series ACR rim will bring a new level to the wheel market. Super durable yet light weight these wheel sets will suit everyone from pro racer to eager novice rider. Available for GasGas, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.
SIGNATURE EXCEL WHEELS
The combination of Talon’s billet hubs and the Excel signature series rim is still the biggest selling aftermarket wheel pairing available today. Both have engineering excellence in their DNA and are the bench mark for quality and reliability for racers worldwide. Available for all MX/Enduro models in gold, black, red, orange, blue and silver hub/rim combination.
SPECIFICATION:// FRONT: 14” x 1.40, 17” x 1.40, 19” x 1.60, 21” x 1.60 36h, Talon billet hub and Excel signature series rim. REAR: 12” x 1.60, 14” x 1.60, 16” x 1.85, 18” x 2.15, 18” x 2.50, 19” x 2.15, 19” x 2.50, Talon billet hub and Excel signature series rim.
SPECIFICATION:// FRONT: 21” x 1.60 rim available in black only, hub available in red, blue, black, orange, gold, mag, silver and titan. REAR: 18”/19” x 2.15 rim available in black only, hub available in red, blue, black, orange, gold, mag, silver and titan.
CARBON / A60 WHEELS
When our carbon hub was launched for the 2004 race season many individuals thought it couldn’t be done but through many hours of research and development our engineers pioneered methods of bonding carbon fiber with aluminium only previously used in the aircraft and F1 industries. Marry this super light yet strong hub with the Excel A60 rim and you have the wheel choice for teams that have won countless World MX, AMA and Enduro races. Available for GasGas, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.
SPROCKETS All Talon Alloy sprockets are CNC machined from the top specification 7075 T6 Aluminium to ISO 9001 quality and Guild of Master craftsman standards.
Our internal inspection process ensures hardness, flatness and surface finish are of the highest standard at all times. In excess of 1 million sprockets have been produced and sold worldwide. Talon produces sprockets for various original equipment factories, Yamaha America under their own GYTR label and of course we supply to our own network of 38 Talon importers worldwide.
As sprocket suppliers to TAS Suzuki we have won numerous Isle of Man TT races. As TAS Suzuki expanded to take on the British Super Bike series (BSB) we have also won BSB races in what is the strongest National Championship on the planet. New for 2012 is Talonâ€™s involvement in Moto 2 as sprocket supplier to the Tech 3 Moto 2 team of Bradley Smith and Xavier Simeon. We relish the prospect of stepping up to the Moto 2 championship and supporting the Tech 3 team with the best road race sprockets in the world.
Talonâ€™s Radilalite sprocket was first tested by current company Managing Director Rob Sartin back in 1993 and since has won countless World championships in many disciplines and has been produced in huge numbers. US Supercross legend Jeff Ward has chosen the Talon Radilalite as his sprocket of choice when starting his own team in 2012. The Radialite is available in many colours to suit your bike or team logo.
Talon’s Patent applied Locksprock design uses a completely new way of locking the outer heat treated steel chain ring to the Alloy 7075 T6 inner drive ring. The name Locksprock came from this design which allows the two components to be fastened together and gives a light weight sprocket that outlasts any Alloy sprocket by at least three times.
Talon’s original ‘drilled’ sprocket design is still available for most MotoX, Trial and Enduro bikes and with the emergence of the ‘EVO’ championships (Pre-89 MX bikes) is popular again for the period/ Evo riders.
Talon aluminium footrests are lighter and wider (at 58mm) than original equipment footrests.
Talon clutch baskets are machined from a single aircraft spec 7075 T6 billet alloy.
Machined from a single alloy billet the body has a stainless steel mount insert for extra hard wearing toughness. The super wide platform has stainless steel grip pins which are designed to be replaced when worn. The stainless steel grip pins give great rider feel, grip and comfort during the hardest moto or
longest enduro. Available in colours to match your bike. SPECIFICATION:// Certificated aircraft spec alloy with replaceable stainless steel grip pins.
Careful design and machining gives a lightweight basket with excellent strength for a dependable smooth clutch action. Talon clutch baskets are hard anodised and PTFE impregnated to ensure maximum life in the hardest conditions.
SPECIFICATION:// 7075 T6 hard anodised / PTFE impregnated.
Talonâ€™s patent applied Preloaders are designed to make rear shock preload adjustment quicker, easier and more precise than the original locking rings.
Precision CNC machined from Nickel-Chrome Molybdenum Steel and heat treated for maximum life, zinc plated to avoid corrosion and race proven by many GP/AMA race teams.
Each movement on the Preloader is the equivalent to one 360 degree turn on the O.E.M locking ring. Available for most modern MX/ Enduro models.
SPECIFICATION:// Alloy 7075 T6 / PTFE impregnated.
SPECIFICATION:// Nickel-chrome Molybdenum / case hardened .
“The Tech 3 Racing Team has been working closely with Talon Engineering early this year, to perform in the Moto2 World Grand Prix. We can rely on their reactivity and their performance to help us to shine in our championship. Thanks to them, our riders confidently reach the 180 Miles/hour “ Nicolas GOYON Mechanical Engineer TECH 3 Moto 2
“At Hart and Huntington Racing, we made a commitment to our riders to provide them only the best equipment available, but we like to be different than all of the other teams at the track. With DUBYA’S colored spoke and nipple options, our bikes stand out from the rest. We have used Talon wheelsets since the b eginning, and they have proven to be reliable even at the top level of racing.” Carey Hart, Owner - Hart and Huntington
“When Chad started Two Two Motorsports, he wanted only the best parts he could get for his bikes. We have used Talon carbon hubs with DID STX rims built by Dubya USA from the start, and they have proven to be both reliable and durable! At Chad’s level of competition, this is critical.” Lars Lindstrom Chad Reed’s Mechanic - Two Two Motorsports
“With our new team coming together we were able to go to Dubya, and they handled all of our wheel and sprocket needs,” said Team Owner Jeff Ward. “I have been working with John and Kristin for many years, and they provide only the best equipment. Talon Wheels and sprockets are the best available. I have used them on my kids’ bikes for years, and we are excited to run them on our team for the 2012 season.” Jeff Ward - Owner - Jeff Ward Racing
“When we decided to start our own race team, we made it a priority to surround ourselves with the best people and best products for our bikes. We have only used one wheelset, Talon wheels built by DUBYA USA. They have been with us since day one.” Troy Lee - Owner - Troy Lee Designs
“Whether I’m competing in X Games, or riding the dunes with my buddies, I take my equipment and bike prep seriously. I have worked with John and Kristin for several years now, and the Talon Custom Wheelsets they build are the very best available for both style, fit and strength. When fans ask me at my Red Bull Free-Ride Tours about less expensive wheels, my response to them is do it right the first time and save yourself the headache. I may launch 60ft into the sky but even a beginner will benefit from a quality product like Talon through DUBYA USA. Better safe than sorry!” Ronnie Renner - FMX Superstar “BBMX/BTO Sports.com Race Team has fielded a team for several years, and as our riders have progressed over time the need for good equipment has been more and more important every year. Our team has used Talon Wheelsets built by DUBYA USA with Excel Rims for several seasons now, and our riders and mechanics couldn’t be happier. When you look around the pits at a national or supercross, there’s a reason why you see so many Talon Wheelsets on bikes. They’re the best!” Forrest Butler Owner/Manager - Butler Brothers Race Team “At White Brothers, I brought Talon wheelsets to the US back in the early 90’s and had great success with the quality and durability of the product. I’m pleased to see Talon will be distributed by Kristin and John at their new company DUBYA USA. They both worked for me for many years at White Brothers, and they know the product very well.” Tom White Founder White Brothers Cycle Specialties
“As a former factory rider and now team manager for JDR/J Star KTM Race Team, I know first hand that you can’t compromise on good equipment. We need strong and durable wheels, so we use Talon/Excel wheelsets from DUBYA USA. They haven’t let us down.” Nathan Ramsey SX Champion - Team Manager JDR/J Star KTM
“Back in ’99 when I won the US Open SX, I used Talon wheelsets on my YZ250, so it’s no surprise to me that they continue to be the choice of many of the top teams in racing today. In fact, I still run Talon/DID Wheels built by Dubya USA on my Kawasakis.” Jeff Emig - SX-MX Champion, TV Host.
Talon Engineering Ltd, 44 Lynx Trading Estate, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2NZ. England Tel: +44 (0) 1935 471508 Fax: +44 (0) 1935 431825
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