Tech News March 24, 2004
Edited by John Stevenson
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Iban Mayo's Orbea Orca
The rear triangle
The head tube
Iban Mayo's Team Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbea Orca
By Tim Maloney
We tracked down the elusive and hightly sought after Orbea Orca of Team
Euskaltel-Euskadi's star Iban Mayo after the final stage of the Vuelta
Murcia a couple of weeks
ago. The Spanish firm claims a weight of 1000g for the Orca's frame and
fork and the bike's distinctive curves aren't just for looks; Orca offers
exceptional strength and shock damping characteristics from its aerospace
epoxy and T7000 carbon fiber composite construction, according to the
makers. Euskaltel-Euskadi's mechanics told us the riders are very happy
with their Orca bikes and that although Mayo was riding a stock 51cm frame
here, he would have a custom sized bike later this season.
Frame: Orbea Orca carbon fiber monocoque
Fork: Orbea Orca Integrated
Colour: Euskaltel-Euskadi Team
Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace FC-7800 172.5mm.
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura Ace Integrated
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace CN-7800
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace FD-7800
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace RD-7800
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace BR-7800
Levers: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7800
Rear sprockets: Shimano Dura Ace CS-7800 11-23
Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Tubular
Tyres: Hutchinson Tubular
Stem: ITM Millenium 130mm
Bars: ITM Millenium 42mm
Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace PD-7800
Seat post: Shimano Dura Ace
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite TT
More info: www.orbea-usa.com
More 2004 Shimano
Ten-speed Ultegra and new Deore LX confirmed
As expected, Shimano will introduce a ten-speed version of the second-from-the-top
Ultegra group in 2005, according to industry sources that have seen samples
of the new components. The 2005 Ultegra includes features trickled down
from 2004 Dura-Ace, including the Hollowtech II crank design that unites
the right hand crank and bottom bracket axle in one unit. However, unlike
Dura-Ace, Ultegra ten-speed will be available with a triple chainset.
On the mountain bike side, a new version of the Deore LX group is in
the offing, and again we're looking at trickle-down from the higher groups
in the line, with Hollowtech II cranks and Dual Control shifters.
The two new groups are expected to be available in September and October
of this year for Deore LX and Ultegra respectively. Anticipating high
demand for the new groups, and in reaction to shortages of 2004 components,
Shimano says it will allocate 2005 LX and Ultegra according to manufacturers'
past buying habits, rather than, as previously, on a first-come, first-served
Inside Ride cycling treadmill to be tested at UC Boulder
The Inside Ride Super Trainer
Photo ©: Inside Ride
One of the show-stoppers of last year's Las Vegas Interbike Expo was
the Inside Ride Super Trainer made by Portland, Oregon inventor Larry
Papadopoulos. The first, and as far as we're aware still the only bike
treadmill in existence, the Super Trainer is capable of tilting to a 16
percent incline and providing training speeds up to 25mph. And now the
Super Trainer is about to be assessed by the University of Colorado at
Boulder as a tool for investigating the way riders respond in 'real-life'
At the moment the Super Trainer that was on shown at Interbike is still
the only one in existence, but Inside Ride is currently working on unit
number two for the UC Boulder sports science lab. And while Papadopoulos
aims in the long-term to develop more affordable versions of the Super
Trainer, you're not going to be picking one up from your local bike shop
any time soon: the current version weighs 900lb, costs $35,000 (including
both on-board computer systems). This, as Inside ride's PR guy Jon Maus
was keen to point out to Cyclingnews, is "a lab-grade unit that
took nearly 3 years to develop. All the parts were made one at a time.
Compared to other lab-grade machines of this size, and not compared to
'bike parts' this price is right in line."
Photo ©: Inside Ride
Inside Ride hopes the deal with UC Boulder will be the first of several.
"Boulder is home to many professional cyclists who will be able to use
it and help spread the word," said Maus. "The plan is to have 5 or 10
available to elite training centers, Division 1 teams and independently
wealthy individuals by Interbike this October."
Larry Papadopoulos was motivated to develop the Super trainer by the
desire to carry on riding through the winter months, which in Inside Ride's
home base of Oregon get pretty cold and wet. "Like most cyclists, I ride
just about every day during the warm weather but when Daylight Savings
Time [end], I can't get outside. It's cold, dark and very wet. It hardly
seemed worth the trouble."
The notion of a treadmill rather than the more conventional route of
a home trainer was one of those 'because it's there' ideas. "It all started
on a ride one day when a few friends of mine started toying with the idea.
I happen to own a machine shop, so I thought, why not... and over four
years later, this is the result," says Papadopoulos.
The treadmill's complex computer control systems do provide some solid
advantages over a standard trainer, though. "We have the ability to read
in detailed course elevation data in spreadsheet form and we have a simple
editor to create or change programs at the machine," says Papadopoulos
in a Q&A on Inside ride's website. "Ride stats can be viewed and saved
and then recalled at a later date for use as an opponent or pacer. Racing
against one of my earlier rides is my favorite part about the treadmill
- although it can be pure hell trying to keep up - just like the real
Comfy chair not included.
Photo ©: Inside Ride
That ability to replicate in the lab what happens to a rider on the road
is what attracted the interest of UC Boulder's Allen Lim, a PhD candidate
and elite level coach who will be evaluating the Super trainer as a possible
research tool. "Although we have a good understanding of the power profiles
and resistive forces associated with competitive cycling, the physiological
responses associated with competition have never been measured directly,"
says Lim. "This is because the power fluctuations and course profiles
associated with outdoor cycling are extremely difficult to replicate in
the laboratory with available stationary trainers or ergo meters. The
development of the this treadmill is a potential solution to simulating
cycling in the laboratory... and a logical next step towards understanding
the true physiological response to road cycling."
The other side of the treadmill's software is the safety systems. The
rider is surrounded by light beams that sense anything crossing them and
shut off the rolling road, and a seat tether detects whether you are sitting
or standing and changes the treadmill's resistance accordingly.
It's current asking price means you're going to have to be Lance Armstrong
(or maybe Robin Williams) to consider buying a Super trainer (and getting
a 900lb device into your home is going to be interesting too) but prototypes
are always spendy - how long till a home version costs $1,000?
More info: www.insideride.com
New bikes from Pinarello & Opera
Team SATS & their new bike
Photo ©: Team SATS
The Fassa Bortolo and Illes Balears-Banesto teams rolled out at Milan
Sanremo on shiny new bikes from Pinarello and Pinarello's other brand,
Opera, and the Treviso manufacturer was also represented in the Primavera
Rosa with three teams aboard Pinarello or Opera bikes.
Fassa Bortolo's Alessandro Petacchi and Filippo Pozzato were supplied
with a new, more rigid version of Pinarallo's high-zoot magnesium Dogma
frame, built from Dedacciai AK61 magnesium alloy tubing.
Illes Balears-Banesto had new bikes in the shape of Opera Giorgione rigs
in the other material du jour, carbon fibre. Again, these were the latest
versions, with modified design and tube shapes.
A new sponsorship for Pinarello is the link-up with world champion Susanne
Lungskog's SATS team. The Danish-based team will mostly ride Pinarello
Prince SL bikes. Ljungskog was scheduled to take delivery of a Dogma before
the Primavera Rosa, but it was stolen from Pinarello's factory before
it could be shipped to her.
The company is also providing bikes this year to 2003 women's world cup
winner Nicole Cooke's Safi-Pasta Zara-Manhattan team, which includes Diana
Ziliute, Regina Schleicher, and mountain biker Gunn-Rita Dahle. Safi-Pasta
riders will be equipped with Opera Leonardo carbon fibre bicycles with
More info: www.pinarello.com
Photo ©: Gaansari
If you take your commuting seriously enough to have a specific bike for
the daily dash to work, and that dash isn't too hilly, Dayton Ohio's Cycles
Gaansari would like you to consider the Scorcher, a 'super-fixie' specifically
intended for the task of getting quickly from A to B.
Made from Reynolds 725 heat-treated chromoly steel, the Scorcher features
clearance for fat 700C tyres and mudguards and is available in a variety
of specs with practical components like Selle San Marco Rolls or Brooks
B17 saddles, long-reach brakes and Gaansari's own double sided fixed/single
freewheel rear hub.
You will have to be quick though, as only a hundred will be available
in a limited edition to commemorate the Wright Brothers first powered
manned flight back in December 1903.
Price: From $750 (frame, fork & headset)
More info: www.gaansari.com