By Anthony Tan
None more beautiful
The Lightweight Obermayer
A heavily flattened
Seems like these cages
Campagnolo may be using
more carbon fiber these days
At just 1.62m (5'4") tall, 25 year-old Venezuelan José
Rujano usually puts more effort into adding weight on to his bike to
meet the minimum UCI weight limit than he does trying to shave every
possible gram. When we weighed Rujano's teeny-weeny Canyon Ultimate
Al back at the start of the ninth stage of the Tour de Langkawi in Putrajaya,
it was smack-bang at 6.8 kilos, so the Unibet.com mechanics obviously
made a few 'adjustments' to make it race legal.
While the climbing specialist wisely chooses the feathery 975g per
pair Lightweight Obermayer wheels, other equipment picks are decidedly
more conventional. Rujano's aluminum Ultimate Al frame incorporates
some complex shaping and the same tapered and oversized front end as
on Canyon's other top-end models, but still gives up roughly 350g as
compared to the decidedly fancier carbon fiber Ultimate CF.
Other concessions include a relatively chunky Truvativ XR stem, but
otherwise Rujano's machine is a standard-issue Campagnolo Record affair.
With its stunning all-white paint-job contrasting with the plethora
of carbon fiber weave, this bike really does look the business, and
was by far the most ogled bike at the race in Malaysia.
Rujano's breakout moment came at the 2005 Giro d'Italia where he finished
a spectacular third overall, scored both the climber's and most aggressive
riders jerseys, and won the most spectacular stage of the race that
crossed the Colle delle Finestre. After a lackluster 2006 season which
saw Rujano made headlines for all the wrong reasons, the diminutive
rider was hoping to return to the limelight for 2007.
In fact, Rujano showed a refreshing glimpse of his previous form with
a third place finish on the queen stage of the Tour de Langkawi to Genting
Highlands. Sadly, though, he may not get that chance he was hoping for.
These days, the issue of adding on a few extra grams to its bikes likely
ranks quite low on the list of concerns for the Unibet.com team, who
may very well be wishing for those more carefree times of the early
season before it was caught in the crossfire of the ProTour-Grand Tour
organizer split. The team has already been shut out of this year's Giro
and is still mired in legal battles over the remainder of the season,
leaving the short-term future of one of the sport's most entertaining
riders in serious question.
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The featherweight Rujano puts the power down
on a steel/titanium Campagnolo Record cassette.
Rujano's Canyon Ultimate Al might not be carbon
, but most of his components are.
Cutting-edge lens-shaped fiber composite spokes
use the modern equivalent of tying-and-soldering for added rigidity.
You can't see it, but it's in there:
Lightweight embeds a samarium-cobalt magnet into the rim for cleaner computer installations, as well as a 0.2g microchip that stores the wheel's production data.
Rujano plants himself
atop the now-classic Selle Italia SLR saddle.
At just 1.62m (5'4") and 50kg (110lb)
, Rujano's correspondingly-sized bike struggles to hit the UCI-mandated weight limit of 6.8kg. Ultralight components are still used in critical areas such as wheels, but his stem is decidedly average.
, as in "not heavy".
The 975g/pair Obermayer is an evolution of Lighweight's L'Alpe d'Huez model
and includes such upgrades as the German-made Tune hub internals.
A heavily flattened top tube
aids in front-end torsional stiffness.
FSA's K-Force Light SB25 carbon fiber seatpost
provides 25mm of setback for Rujano.
Campagnolo may be using more carbon fiber these days
but it still knows how to polish aluminum to a gleaming shine.
The new Record Skeleton brakes
shed a lot of material relative to last year to drop the weight, but still use ball bearing pivots for smooth operation.
The Tacx Tao cages look nice
but Rujano apparently wishes they provided a little more grip.
Unibet.com is part of the ProTour
, but so far, not yet part of the Grand Tours. At least the four-point braze-on mount for the front derailleur provides a solid anchor for clean shifts.
Rujano's Record Ergopower levers
are mounted on to a traditional-bend FSA RD200 handlebar.
Rujano's Canyon Ultimate Al
, hangin' out in Putrajaya, the political capital of Malaysia.
The man and his machine…
…and just the man.
José Rujano doing a little bit of upper body work
before the start of the stage.
Frame: Canyon Ultimate Al
Fork: Smart Flex CSL
Rider's height: 1.62m (5'4") Rider's weight: 50kg (110lb)
Seat tube length, c-c: 425mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 475mm
Saddle height, from BB center to top: 645mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars: 492mm
C of front wheel to top of bars: 535mm
Top tube length: 510mm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record
Chain: Campagnolo Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Record
Levers: Campagnolo Record
Rear sprockets: Campagnolo Record
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Record
Wheelset: Lightweight Obermeyer tubular (16/20 F/R)
Handle bars: FSA RD 200 7050 T6 Alloy, 42cm (o-o)
Stem: Truativ XR 3D Forged, 95mm
Tape: Cinelli cork
Pedals: Look KeO
Seat post: FSA K-Force carbon
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR, Ti rails
Bottle cages: Tacx
Total bike weight: 6.8kg (15.0lb)