Here, we bring you today’s collection of road highlights from the show. We hope you enjoy…
Bontrager have introduced a new carbon stem and lightweight brakeset. Wilier presents its new Cento Record time trial machine complete with integrated seat-mounted bottle cage. Cannondale’s prototype bikes have caused quite a stir in the cycling world over the years, and have not disappointed this year with their new “On” folding bikes. According to Cannondale they’ll be available in the future. On a more conventional note, Cannondale’s new time trial bike “Slice” is pricey for a top-specced machine but there are more affordable builds. Selle Italia have produced a couple of new saddles including an interesting looking carbon composite model and a “flex” saddle with an anatomical cut-out section. And more from the Italians, De Rosa have released several models ranging from a carbon kids bike to an old school steel “Corum”.
Bontrager XXX Lite Team Carbon Road Stem.
Features a carbon friendly, bias cut steerer tube clamp. HCM carbon fibre body (High Compression Molding). 40g for 110mm size. RRP: £149.99
Bontrager Speed Limit Brakeset weighing only 270g per pair. They use a PowerAmp linkage to produce Dura-Ace stopping power. Apparently the PowerAmp linkage provides leverage ratio of a dual pivot brake but without the weight penalty and feature SwissStop brake pads. RRP: £89.99.
Wilier Cento Record time trial machine has to be one of the curviest ones at the show
It also sported the new TT saddle that featured integrated water bottle holder.
SRAMs new i-motion 9speed internal geared hub aboard the fully rideable Cannondale folder.
There are two of the fully rideable “On” concept bikes at the show and Cannondale are serious about developing them, in some form, in the very near future.
Hit the red button in the middle of the frame and the bike is ready to fold
All rideable stuff. The chain actually stays in place when you remove the back wheel. The Righty fork was developed specifically for the “On” bike and allows both wheels to be removed from the same side to help folding.
Cannodale’s Hollowgram SL beating BB30 Zipp Cannondale crank. Ceramic bearings, 555g for the complete crank chainring and bottom bracket assembly.
The cranks adorn Cannondale’s top end time trial bike, the. Iron Man friendly the Slice is built for comfort as well as speed. This Ultra version is an off the peg bike and ready to go version for the Kona Iron Man world champs, this one weighs an impressively light 6.9kg. You can buy the complete bike for £5499.
However for the more modest price of £1499 you can get the identical Slice carbon frame with Shimano 105 componentry.
There’s always an array of new shapes and styles from Italian saddle giant Selle Italia. The carbon composite Esatech section of the “Monolink” rail allows more forward adjustment of the seatpost, decreases rail fatigue and reduces weight by 20% when compared to standard seatpost and clamp assembly.
Their Flex saddle incorporates the rail directly into the C-Wing suspension system. The seat part also features a new anatomical cut-out section integrated into the saddle.
So how much do you love your kids? Here’s something from De Rosa for parents with plenty of love, and money to spare… a carbon kid’s road bike. Not sure it will fit in a Christmas stocking though.
Powder blue Primato for 2008
Some lovely touches on this beautiful steel Corum, we particularly like the fluted lower head tube and the inset De Rosa logo on the fork legs – nice colour too.
Last year integrated seat posts were all the rage on road bikes with the Italians also going for curvy top tubes in a big way – that particular love affair isn’t over yet. Not at De Rosa anyway if next year’s Idol is anything to go by.