Wilier has unveiled a new frame at the Taipei Cycle Show. It’s called the 799 and supposedly weighs 750g for a size M. There is a new BB, which is annoying from my point of view, but apparently it’s exclusive to Wilier. It’s 35% more impact resistant and improves vibration absorption by 12%. These numbers were attained by using a film that was placed between the fibers.
I’m pretty happy to say that my next carbon fiber bike is getting put together. It took a little while longer to source all of the parts as I was trying to keep costs as low as possible. This involved trying to use second-hand or slightly used gear, but in the end, all of it is new. As I write this post, I only have to receive the Power Cordz before we put this thing together. I’m quite optimistic about the final weight. I have a lot of slightly lighter stuff on this and I’m guessing that it will weigh about 6.5kg, if not lighter.
It came in at an amazing 873g for size L (570mm top tube C-C with rear derailleur hanger, add 5g for BB cable guide). This super low weight is also amazing for another reason: the original sample was 877g. The 4g variance from sample to sample is truly spectacular! I cannot commit to this amazing consistency for the full production run, but it should be possible since our manufacturing partners very clearly understand the technological and marketing significance of this frame.
Weight Weenies will be happy to note that the Velocite Unity and Elemental full carbon clamps are on this build. They will also be available in a short while. The Geos will come with the Bora S fork at 350g, and a new headset at 79g. The TLCS31 seat post will also be available and weigh about 157g.
Those are some nice light parts from Velocite. Send us an email to order yours at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com.
Cervelo has just given more information about their R5CA über light frame. It’s supposed to weigh 675-680g for a size 54. This is a quote which includes paint, derailleur mounts, seat collar and even bottle cage bolts.
If you are in the market for a frame from Pinarello, and you don’t want to spend too much money, then you should seriously consider buying a ’08 or ’09 Prince carbon frame. The Dogma is the latest and greatest from Pinarello. It just came out last fall and retails for $5,500 in the US. We have it at a better price, but it’s still quite a bit of money to pay for a frameset, which includes frame, fork, headset and MOst seatpost.
There are many different reasons to choose the Prince. It’s a race-proven frame, very stiff and responsive and, unsurprisingly, it’s actually lighter than the Dogma 60.1 frame. Pinarello, like most manufacturers, tends to quote the weight of their frames unpainted, just when they come out of the oven, without derailleur hangers. The Dogma frame has got a lot of layers of heavy paint on it, quite a bit more than the Prince. The geometry is very similar, but the ride of the Prince is more nervous and lively compared to the Dogma. The Dogma is more comfortable. So, if you’re looking for something lively, you should be looking at the Prince. If you’re looking for a stable ride, they look at the Dogma.
Unlike my previous post, this build is a no holds bar try at making an ultra-light bike. Although there could be other options for the frameset, I’ve decided to build upon a Scott Addict R1 frame, which weighs 790g. While the AX Alpha could be used in such a build, it’s not yet available and the frame itself is almost double the price of the Addict. The same goes for the Spin Gato. The Guru Photon usually weighs more than the Addict, depending on the size, from the reports that I’ve seen. It’s also a lot more expensive than the Addict R1.
I’ll be receiving a Velocite Geos prototype frame at the end of May. I’ve decided to build it up with Shimano Dura Ace Di2. Here is what my preliminary build list looks like. Since this is a budget weenie and I’m also sourcing parts from the second hand market, I’ve decided for a bunch of reasons to stay away from high-priced German carbon fiber parts. This is a “best bang for the buck” type of build. Ideally, it should have been built up with SRAM Red, since that is the lightest gruppo, but I decided to go with Di2. I’ve been itching to try it out.
Weight: 580 g in size S
Price (frame): 3900 €
Price (frame+fork+headset): 4600 €
This makes deciding upon my German weight weenie an easy choice.
I got some great news today. Asterisk*Cycles has become an official dealer for AX Lightness parts. AX Lightness makes ultra-lightweight parts for road and MTB bikes, from the 60-gram Zeus stem to the 195-gram rims.
Victor just announced that he’s testing a new lightweight frame that will be called the Geos. It’s going to be very light, something like the Storck Fascenario 0.7, but a little more affordable. In his post, Victor promises that it will be reasonable. The Geos won’t be as stiff as the Magnus or the Helios, but it will most definitely find a market, as I was personally looking for a lightweight frame, but found some of them very expensive. The Guru Photon, 747gr, costs $4,900 USD. Storck Fascenario 0.7 costs $6,350 USD.