Tech News November 8, 2006
Edited by James Huang
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SRAM sponsors Saunier Duval Prodir for 2007
A SRAM-equipped Scott Addict
Photo ©: Saunier Duval Prodir
With only a single year under its belt in the road componentry market,
SRAM announced that it will be the official component supplier of a ProTour
team for 2007. The Saunier Duval Prodir squad will use the complete SRAM
Force group on its bikes throughout next season's campaign, including
full drivetrains, brakes, and the innovative DoubleTap integrated levers.
According to SRAM's Road PR and Media Manager Michael Zellman, "Both
sides were enthusiastic and it really came together in a matter of weeks.
We plan on working closely with the team through the season and we'll
look for great feedback as we continue our advanced road componentry developments.
With superstars like Millar and Simoni, this is the next level for us
and we are excited and look forward to being in the classics as well as
the grand tours."
SRAM's Force groups will be hung on the team's new superlight Scott Addict
carbon framesets, along with Mavic wheels, Hutchinson tires, Ritchey seatposts,
bars, and stems, Time pedals, fi'zi:k saddles, Elite bottle cages, and
Serotta takes possession of MacLean Quality Composites facility
The Meivici marks Serotta’s entry
Photo ©: James Huang
NY-based framebuilder Serotta Competition Bicycles seeks to enhance its
carbon fiber capabilities with the addition of a dedicated composites
facility. MacLean Quality Composites (MQC), parent company of Reynolds
Cycling and a long-term collaborator with Serotta as well as a number
of other manufacturers in the industry, currently operate the Poway, CA
facility that will change hands on January 1, 2007.
According to Ben Serotta and Dean Gestal, CEOs of Serotta and MQC, respectively,
"Our companies have enjoyed an excellent working partnership of more
than five years. At the core of the relationship has been our honest and
open dialog, in which we've shared some of our long range strategic plans
and concerns with each other."
Serotta will retain the complete staff of the Poway operation as part
of the agreement, including lead engineer Mike Lopez who will also continue
to provide engineering and consulting services to MQC and its customers
on an "on call" basis. Lopez, a widely regarded expert in the
field, views the new arrangement as a "win-win result for all parties
Pace suspension and rigid forks
will soon be produced by DT Swiss
Photo ©: James Huang
DT Swiss acquires fork division of Pace Cycles
In other business news, DT Swiss has recently acquired the suspension
and rigid fork division of Pace Cycles Ltd. DT Swiss anticipates that
the line will be fully integrated into its suspension range within 6-12
months, during which Pace will continue to manufacture its forks in the
UK. Current Pace owner Adrian Carter will also serve as a technical consultant
to DT Swiss during this period and for future developments.
Production will eventually be transferred to the DT Swiss factory in
Switzerland, at which point Pace will become the exclusive UK distributor
for the DT Swiss suspension range, in addition to providing continuing
support for the Pace suspension brand.
Cervélo frames finally available in Scandanavia
Cervelo Soloist Carbon
Photo ©: Paul Henderson-Kelly
It seems a bit ironic that Team CSC Manager Bjarne Riis has been technically
unable to purchase his squad's own official Cervélo frames in his
native Denmark since the company began its sponsorship agreement in 2003.
Currently, no distributor exists for Cervélo in the region but
that is set to change as Riis' own company, Riis Cycling, has partnered
with the Canadian builder to finally bring its frames to all of Scandinavia.
Selected retailers throughout Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, will have
access to all of Team CSC's workhorses beginning in January 2007, such
as the Soloist Carbon and P3, as well as Cervélo's newest SLC-SL
frameset. According to Gerard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo, "We're
very excited to increase our collaboration with Riis Cycling with this
partnership. Originally, we were bike suppliers, then we became partners
in product development and now we are partners in making Cervélo
available to the Scandinavian market. Of course, it is a great advantage
for the customers to have the team do this, and it really adds value to
the whole experience of purchasing a Cervélo."
Columbus takes another shot at stainless steel tubing
After a long hiatus, Columbus has reintroduced a stainless steel tubeset,
dubbed XCr. Unlike the older Metax pipes, XCr will be truly seamless,
starting from a solid machined billet and then cold drawn to produce the
final wall thicknesses. Columbus claims that this production method will
keep the mechanical properties constant and uniform throughout the entire
round section of the tube. Moreover, the grain structure of the new XCr
tubing is said to be unaffected by welding, thus maintaining joint strength.
As expected, frames built with the new XCr tubes will boast excellent
resistance to corrosion, and many builders will likely opt to use a bare
finish. XCr frames also promise to be rather light as well, since tube
walls as thin as 0.4mm will be possible given the material's high strength.
Pearl Izumi's new Gavia soft shell
boasts wind- and waterproof
Photo ©: Pearl Izumi
Pearl Izumi introduces high-end cold weather clothing line and new mid-weight
Pearl Izumi's new cold weather Gavia collection utilizes a mix of its
UltraSensor-Kodiak and new Microsensor-Thermal fabrics along with strategically-placed
panels of AmFIB-Ultra laminates to offer cold weather warmth and wind
and water protection without the need for multiple bulky layers. Included
in the premium line will be a "soft shell" jacket, bib tight,
and gloves. While not intended for truly ugly winter weather, the new
garments should offer ample protection for most riders in typical winter
The Microsensor-Thermal mid-weight fabric is also used for a new cool
weather line when conditions are too cold for a summer weight garment,
but not cold enough to justify full winter gear. Microsensor-Thermal is
said to offer the same moisture-transferring properties as standard Microsensor,
but with the additional warmth of a brushed thermal fleece interior. Pearl
Izumi utilizes the fabric in a novel short sleeve jersey with slightly
longer sleeves, a long sleeve jersey, as well as bib shorts and knickers.
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