Trigon CW02 carbon road wheelset launched
By James Huang | Sunday, April 14, 2013 3.00pm
The aero-profile carbon fiber spokes are bonded to the carbon fiber hub shells on Trigon's new CW02 road wheelset James Huang/Future Publishing
Trigon is better known as a long-time carbon fiber manufacturer located in the industrial mecca of Taichung, just an hour south of Taipei via high-speed train. The brand continues to grow, however, with highlights that include a new disc-only cyclocross frameset, a time trial platform with heaps of braking options, and an all-carbon road wheelset with a claimed weight under 1,200g.
The new CW02 wheel features a 45mm-deep, blunt-nosed carbon tubular rim, aero-profile carbon fiber spokes, and even a carbon hub shell, all of which is bonded together to form a one-piece structure. Despite the seemingly permanent construction method, Trigon says damaged wheels can be repaired at the factory.
Claimed weight is 1,190g per pair, with the bare rims supposedly weighing 410g apiece. Assuming Trigon has done this properly, the CW02 looks as though it will be an impressively solid wheelset. Pricing and availability is TBC.
Trigon builds the CW02 wheels with a wide tire bed
TX001 carbon cyclocross bike
Also catching our eye in Taipei was the new TX001 carbon cyclocross bike. Tube shapes are fairly conventional throughout, with a tapered 1 1/8in to 1 1/2in front end, chunky chain stays paired to pencil-thin seat stays, carbon dropouts, and your choice of a BB30 or PF86 bottom bracket shell.
The TX001 cyclocross bike, new from Trigon
Trigon builds the TX001 exclusively for disc brakes, however, with post mounts front and rear and the rear brake tucked inside the rear triangle. Claimed weight is 1,090g for a painted 54cm frame.
TT002 time trial frame
If Trigon's new TT002 time trial/triathlon frame looks familiar, that's because it's the kissing cousin to the Culprit Legend we showed you recently (Trigon is Culprit's manufacturing partner).
Trigon's conventional rear end seems to stand a better chance of holding up to structural testing than Culprit's seat stay-less prototype, though, which was still a plastic model at the show.
Other features are shared between the two platforms, including the ability to run rim or disc brakes on the same frameset via interchangeable dropouts and a removable cap on the rear of the fork.
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The new TT stem features a removable cap for cable routing
Cable routing is fully internal – including through the steerer tube and fork blade for disc brake fitments – and the bottom bracket will use PressFit 30 cups. Claimed weight, pricing, and availability are all TBC.
For more information on Trigon products see www.trigoncycles.com.
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