Poshbikes.com dropped by the office to show off the newest line up of ultra exclusive and high end carbon parts sourced from some of the best independent composites manufacturers in the world, first up from THM Carbones (makers of Storck's excellent Stiletto fork and Power Arm cranks) are these Clavicula cranks, based on a very similar system to Shimano's Dura Ace these are 100% carbon fibre (including the BB axle) and kept smooth running using hybrid ceramic bearings with the complete system weighing in at around the 400g mark (418g for the 175mm version here) also available in 172.5mm, 110bcd (compact) and standard 130bcd for both British and Italian BB shells. Priced at £580 complete the compare on cost with Campag's Record carbon chainset whilst weighing significantly less, expect to see these on high-end show bikes in the near future. Also from THM but not shown here are the Scapula SP fork which at just 260g with an uncut steerer have to be simply the lightest fork we've seen, a lighter version is available the SP 'Tuned' which weighs as little as 230g (uncut steerer) prices range from £445 upwards. For more on the THM range checkout www.thm-carbones.de/english/
The photo on the homepage and second here is the new 2006 line-up from AX lightness including the frankly incredibly light Phoenix saddle weighing between 47 to 59grams (depending on rider weight) and is fully custom to the rider including the finish, so if you ever fancied have your name or initials woven in carbon fibre here you go, exclusivity like this comes at a price though with the Phoenix retailing at £300. Ax also have 3 other saddles in the range the Endurance (78g) as used by Beloki in the tour, the Apollo (74g) and the Sprint (74g) and priced at £225, £200 and £200 respectively.
Next is the Ax brake range. The Orion (single pillar on cable mount) at just 48g (front) 47g (rear) are simple yet beautifully made using strain orientated carbon and manufactured to aerospace standards, all the non carbon parts are titanium (as you'd expect), The other brake shown is the Perseus a slightly more robust model which has been used on Tour bikes (specific climbing bikes for mountain stages) and at 68g(fr) 59g(rear) not exactly heavy either - prices on these are tbc. The seatpost's shown are the Daedalus - a road specific layback post weighing between 89g and 119g dependent on rider and length and available in 27.2 and 31.6mm diameters. The other is the Europa the non-offset post is for road or mtb use and weighs between 86 and 114g (dependent on rider and length) and is available in 27.2,31.6 and 34.9mm lengths. The Europa retails for £220 and the Daedalus £300.
Now we at Cycling Plus know that what we see here is the most exclusive and expensive componentry out there, and out of reach of mere mortals (especially us working stiffs in the office) but we can dream...
In the next issue of Cycling Plus we will also feature the more realistic Alpha Q products now being brought into the UK by Poshbikes. Alpha Q is the carbon and lightweight componentry arm of US Tubing giants True Temper (they must have taken note of tubing rivals Easton's huge success in the componentry market) and CSC is riding the Alpha Q range in this year's tour. Highlights of the range include a sub 300g carbon fork (called as you could guess the Sub 3) and priced very competitively at £276. Bars, seatposts and stems, for more on the true temper components range see www.truetemper.com. For more info' on these and a whole host of other components and bicycles take a look at www.poshbikes.com