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EICMA show

Milan, Italy, September 16-19, 2005

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Part 5: Kuota, DMT, Campagnolo, Pezzo, Colnago, Pinarello, Bergamo, Wilier, M.O.st, Opera, Pegoretti, Pantani

High Kalibur

Kuota's new K-Factor
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Kuota's new K-Factor is the new tri frame that's derived from the Ironman-winning Kalibur, with a monocoque frame that has an special air channel on the top tube and a taller headtube for less aggressive geometry that offers more comfort. K-Factor has Kuota's new straight Aero fork and aero bladed seatstays, just like it's big brother Kalibur.

 

 

These shoes are made for cycling

Named Escape,
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DMT's new mid-range Rock
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DMT's new mid-range three-strap Runner shoe
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Escape from Milano: Known for their light, stiff road shoes, DMT has a new mountain bike shoe for 2006 called Escape, an attractive low hiker with laces, power strap and SPD-compatible sole.

Also on display were DMT's new mid-range Rock mountain bike and Runner road shoes.

 

 

Campagnolo chain gang

Campagnolo has three new Ultra Narrow 10-speed chains
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No visit to the EICMA Milano show would be complete without a close look at Campagnolo's offerings. For 2006, there were few major changes to Campagnolo's groups. However, one often overlooked but important bicycle component is the chain and Campagnolo takes great pride in making their own chains in-house.

Campagnolo has three all-new Ultra Narrow 10 speed chains, named because of the 5.9mm width and and is available for Record, Chorus and Veloce groups. Campagnolo claims that the Record Ultra Narrow chain weighs 255 grams.

Campagnolo's Eurus wheels
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Wheels are real

Totally restyled for 2006, Campagnolo's Eurus wheels (R) use varying depth rims: 26mm front and 30mm rear and are lighter than the previous version, weighing a claimed 1,510 grams per pair. Taking a tip from sister company Fulcrum, Eurus now has ultra-aero aluminium spokes and the freehub uses Campagnolo's new aluminum body.

Campagnolo's Hyperon Ultra
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More wow for Hyperon Ultra

Campagnolo's ultra high performance (and ultra expensive) Hyperon Ultra carbon fibre clincher wheels (L) have a new rear hub with an 80mm oversize hub on the pulling flange.

 

Addio, Paola

Paolo Rosola (L), Paola Pezzo (C) and their son Kevin (R)
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Rosola and Pezzo
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Pezzo corralled Kevin,
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Cyclingnews ran into two-time women's Olympic MTB champ Paola Pezzo on her way to sign autographs at her bike sponsor Specialzed stand. Pezzo retired from competition at this year's world championships, finishing a respectable 14th place.

"Well I wanted a top 10 finish, but I has some cramps at the end. But I'm happy with the way my career finished," said Pezzo to Cyclingnews. "But I'm not finished riding; I'll still do Gran Fondo [marathon] events." (leftmost pic) Paolo Rosola (L), Pezzo (C) and their son Kevin (R) were out for a family day at the bike show, and Cyclingnews wanted to take a snap of mom and son. But Kevin said "Nothin' doin!"

Colnago Colore

Developed from Colnago's carbon fibre C50,
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As part of their new Scandium line,
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Detail shot of the Strada Sc's
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Vroom-vroom

Colnago has a new pair of Colnago for Ferrari bikes, the CF4 and a super city bike (top L), the CF5. Developed from Colnago's carbon fibre C50, the CF5 is a fast way to beat the choking traffic in any urban environment.

Criss-cross

As part of their new Scandium line, Colnago has introduced a new Cross Sc frame (middle L) for 2006. Reminiscent of Colnago's classic cross frames, the affordable Cross Sc has custom drawn oversize triple butted Scandium SC 7000-T6 tubing and 1 1/8" headtube.

La Strada

Colnago's new for 2006 Strada Sc (bottom L) has a unique blend of custom-drawn oversize triple-butted Scandium SC 7000-T6 tubing, mated to sleek carbon fibre rear chainstays for an exciting, responsive ride. Available as either a complete bicycle or frame only, the Strada Sc has a 1 1/8" headtube, carbon fibre non-integrated fork and a replaceable rear derailleur hanger.

 

Paris in the springtime

This Pinarello Paris Carbon
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Waved ridging on top tube
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Pinarello parla
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Show stopper: We didn't see this Pinarello Paris Carbon in a beautiful white carbon finish at Eurobike, because Fausto Pinarello was keeping it under wraps until Milano.

All new for 2006, the Paris Carbon has a monocoque, high modulus unidirectional 46HM3K carbon fibre frameset, with Pinarello ONDA fork and rear triangle. The unpainted weight for a size 54 frame is 990 grams, but this white carbon model is slightly heavier.

Roba di Bergamo

Bergamo had a wide assortment
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Bergamo had a wide assortment of attractive summer and winter wear (L) on display at EICMA Milano.

MB sponsors small Italian team LPR
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Little team that could: MB sponsors the small Italian team LPR (R) that has had a very successful season, thanks to sprinter Daniele Napolitano.

Wonder of Wilier

We spotted this Wilier Triestina
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Close up of the Wilier Triestina
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We spotted this Wilier Triestina sloping carbon fibre prototype bike on their stand in Milano.

 

Get The M.O.st

Select Pinarello and Opera models
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Select Pinarello and Opera models for 2006 feature the M.O.st oversize bottom bracket as used by Alessandro Petacchi on his Pinarello Dogma FP and Alejandro Valverde on his Opera Leonardo FP. The M.O.s.t. oversize bottom bracket offers more area to Tig-weld, and is said to render the bottom bracket area at least 15 percent more rigid.

Also featuring roller bearings, the M.O.s.t. bottom bracket is claimed to have far less friction (-20%) than a conventional BB, thereby providing easier, more efficient pedaling. With 55mm diameter shell, ISIS spindle and one-inch roller bearing races, M.O.st BBs are also compatible with Campagnolo and Shimano bottom brackets.

Opera d'Arte

The Opera Leonardo FP
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Detail of Leonardo FP's new headtube
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Certainly one of the best looking bikes at the EICMA Milano show, the Opera Leonardo FP is an evolution of the model Alejandro Valverde rode to a Tour de France stage win this year.

Pinarello's sister brand has constructed this monocoque frame using high modulus 46HM3K unidirectional carbon fibre, and features new internal lugs, an Opera OPUS carbon fork, rear triangle and MO.st. oversize bottom bracket. Opera claims that an unpainted 54cm frame weighs 990 grams and is available in nine sizes.

 

Dario's Darling

Every year, Dario Pegoretti
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Detail of Pegoretti Luigino headtube,
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Every year, Dario Pegoretti refines his elegant steel Luigino, an homage to Luigi Milani, the many who taught Pegoretti how to build some of the best bikes in the world.

 

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten
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Marco Pantani's special lightweight Carrera, his last race bike ever, used in the 2003 Giro d'Italia.

 

Photography

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Images by Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com

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