Bontrager introduces Speed Limit road brakeset
Friday, June 8, 2007 11.00pm
Can it be? Blimey, I thought they were NOS Campag! procycling.com's Gary Boulanger reports on the ne
PIC: Bontrager Speed Limit (Gary Boulanger) In an unexpected departure from its conservative product offerings, Bontrager introduced its Speed Limit road brakeset at the Trek Madone launch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 31. While perusing the 2008 Madone line-up in the main lobby of the Milwaukee Art Museum following a stirring intro by Trek and Lance Armstrong, compatriot and co-worker Jez and I noticed what looked at first to be NOS Campagnolo brakes clamped to a transfer-less, all-white Madone dripping with Bontrager bits. A closer inspection discovered the new Speed Limits, and we were quick to inquire. Engineering-grade bushings were chosen over standard bearings for weight reduction and high abrasion resistance under extreme loads, the engineers said. Bushings handle contaminants better than bearings, and are more robust for long term durability. The Bonty stoppers use a PowerAmp linkage, providing the leverage ratio of a dual pivot brake but using a single-pivot design to save weight. The beefy wide cross-section arms seem a bit too burly to the eye, but Bontrager engineers assured us it was all part of their quest to maximize performance while minimizing weight . Compared to its lofty competitors, the Bontrager Speed Limit brakeset weighs just 270g/pair, versus 279g for both the SRAM Force and Campagnolo Record Skeleton. Bontrager has put a 5-year warranty on the brakes, and are compatible with road levers from all the majors. Price for the pair is $179US. Look for full report on the new Bontrager Speed Limit road brakeset, including a test review, when www.bikeradar.com launches soon. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
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