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Carbon-Ti presents new lightweight line of hubs top of the range called X-Hub SP for MTB and ROAD Disc with flanges for Straight Pull spokes. This new generation of hubs is proposed to set new benchmarks in every aspect.

 


Weight is really extraordinary: only 91 grams and 185 grams for the front to the rear.

 

 

 


The internal mechanism is derived from the proven model X-Hub MTB SL and presents axles with variable geometry, hi-quality sealed bearings with “tool-free” preload systems.
There are versions for quick release or thru axle and compatible with the RockShox RS-1 fork (X-Hub MTB SP X-RS-1 weighs 112 grams only!!!).

 


The freewheel can be optioned for Shimano 10-11s, SRAM XD or Campagnolo drivetrains.

 


Are expected also models with enlarged spacing like Boost 110 and 148 mm and for Lefty 2.0.

 


The X-Hub MTB & ROAD Disc Straight Pull hubs are 100% Made in Italy like all other Carbon-Ti products!!!

Aspide is the aggressive name of the "best seller" saddle of the italian brand San Marco that has been recently renewed and completely redesigned for the 2014 season in both versions road and off-road.

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There are two models that we examine in this article: Aspide Superleggera Open and Aspide Carbon FX Protek Open, respectively for road bikes and mountain bikes.
The young staff of San Marco assures that both models have been developed in close collaboration with professional teams sponsored by the brand of Rossano Veneto (Vicenza).

The saddles are packed with great care, the packaging is similar but immediately indicates the collection that belongs the product: Road or Off-Road.

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On the boxes are also shown the characteristics of the shell "waved" and "narrow", identical for both models.

The waved shape unlike the flat one has a slight concavity in the central zone that provides a comfortable support on the tail that helps in particular in the steepest climbs.

Narrow is referred to the width of the shell (tight), it is very elegant and sleek as evidenced by the sizes indicated on the package 131 x 278 mm.
Both saddles have been designed according to the "new ergonomy" concept to get the perfect balance between load and unload areas.

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The characteristic conformation of the central opening has been designed to optimize the relationship between unloading areas and support areas and reduces the contact zones between rider and saddle and provides relief to the channel perineal that always represents a critical area for the comfort of the cyclist .
The central opening of the shell also ensures comfort both in the normal endurance riding position, in the front zone using the saddle in aero position or in steep ascents.

 

Aspide Superleggera Open

The name already reveals the superlight nature of the product, but once you open the packaging you discover several goodies that surely will excite many demanding fans.
The saddle comes wrapped in a sleek microfiber cover that protects the lining Microfeel from possible scratches during transport.

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A sticker indicating that the weight of the saddle catches our attention, it is guaranteed to be below the nominal 109 grams!
There is also a rich accompanying documentation: is also included a certificate signed by the worker who made the product by hand in the factory in Rossano Veneto.
There is also a set of stickers and a brochure indicating the terms of the warranty.

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On the lower side of the saddle there is a pleasant surprise, a writing with a permanent marker reveals the actual weight of 103.9 grams that we verify immediately on our digital scale. Really an excellent result for a padded and covered saddle!

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The structure of the carbon rail with variable section is called "DNA" and has an X shape reinforced where the forces are concentrate and the longest geometry allows a wider range of adjustment on the seat post.
Even the body sheel is in carbon fiber high modulus and presents central opening designed to relieve pressure from the perineal area without decrease the correct support to the rider.

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The padding is assured by a new generation of low-density material called Pebax that offers excellent comfort and flexibility even with a weight reduced by 40% compared to the classic EVA.
The Microfeel coating, breathable and with a high abrasive resistance, wraps the shell leaving in view only the two bridges linking the two supporting surfaces and that pass through the central opening.

 

Apside Carbon FX Protek Open


The top model for the off-road retains the features of the road one "Aspide Superleggera Open", already amply analyzed in the first part of this article.
The is the shape of the shell "Waved" and "Narrow" is the same, like is the same the central opening according to the "new ergonomy" and the DNA "X structure" of the carbon rail with variable section.
What has changed then?

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This is a model specifically designed for mountain biking so we have a more generous Pebax padding with the function to provide additional comfort and better damping of the stresses caused by the off-road use.
Unlike the Superleggera the shell is no longer "full carbon" but "nylon carbon reinforced", a material as much light and durable, but certainly cheaper.

The actual weight also in this case is really "juicy", only 119 grams actual verified against the 121 grams promised by the usual sticker on the packaging.

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There are in the end (but not less important) some technical devices exclusively for off-road models called "Protek" like the silicone inserts integrated into the cover (a beautiful red color in our tested model) and located in the areas most subject to wear, to protect the saddle and increase also its control skill in the driven out of the saddle riding.

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Therefore also this model shows a great attention to detail by the company from Rossano Veneto, it is the result of decades of experience in the field of saddles, the use of highly advanced technologies and materials and an extremely attractive design: in short, an superb example of excellence "made in Italy".

As soon as the weather will be more lenient we will test whether the high expectations that emerged from the technical characteristics presented will be confirmed even on the road.


Stay tuned!

 

Per maggiori info: http://www.sellesanmarco.it/

 

 

 

X-Lock QR15 is the new superlight bolt thru axle proposed by Carbon-Ti for RockShox and Fox QR15 forks.

 

X-LockQR15 Colours

 

 

The Al7075 variable thickness axle is machined from solid and is the result of meticolous design that makes possible to halve the weight over the standard equipment saving nearly forty grams on one wheel lock, while maintaining stiffness values and safety at the top.

 


X-LockQR15 Red Acid Green

 

 

The closure with a 5 mm hex wrench key ensures safe and practical locking, while the refined laser etched graphic gives a touch of class showing an almost obsessive attention to details.

 

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X-Lock QR15 is available in seven anodized colors.


In the course of next season a rear thru-axle locking for E-Thru 12 x 142 frames will also be available.

X-Lock QR15, like all the Carbon-Ti products, is 100% made in Italy.

 

Actual weights:
X-Lock QR15 X-RockShox: 37 grams
X-Lock QR15 X-Fox: 35 grams

 

Available now!

Here is the first look at Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset, brand new for 2014 and available very soon!

Much loved by riders looking for some of the performance benefits of the company‚ the high-end Dura-Ace groupset, but at the half of the price, Ultegra 6800 features a new 11-speed rider tuned drivetrain, improved shifting performance and increased braking power. Everything in the new group has been designed to make shifting and braking as easy as possible so you can concentrate on the ride.

 

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Drivetrain
Shimano Ultegra 6800 drivetrain benefitting from Dura Ace trickle-down technology, the biggest news for Ultegra 6800 is that it is now 11-speed and features what Shimano calls a ‚"rider tuned drivetrain". Rider tuned is essentially the ability to choose from a wide range of gearing options to suit your riding, whether that be for a sportive, cyclo-cross race or your local time-trial, for example.

The Ultegra 6800 cassette goes from 11-23T all the way to 11-32T and the crank shares the same four arm design as its pro-focussed Dura-Ace bigger brother, providing a better power transfer compared to a five arm design, and reducing overall weight. The crank is available in 53x39T, 52x36T, 50x34T and 46x36T.

There is a new chain too which uses Shimano is Sil-tec surface plating technology, a low friction treatment which increases performance.

 

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Derailleurs
Shimano Ultegra 6800 derailleurs Ultegra 6800 front and rear derailleurs have been overhauled and are now more compact, lighter, and feature a shorter stroke at the lever and deliver more even shifting effort throughout the full range of the cassette.

 

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Shifters
As well as the dual control levers providing maximum gear shift feedback, they also have a shorter lever stroke and a defined click engagement when the shift is completed. The hoods are more compact, and the carbon lever has been redesigned to improve ergonomics and control.

 

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Brakes
Shimano Ultegra 6800 brakes 10% more braking power and enhanced control are the headlines for the new Ultegra brakes, mainly down to a new symmetrical dual pivot design and the new brake shoe compound. Modulation is also improved through the use of new polymer-coated BC-R680 cables.

 

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Wheels
A new 11-speed wheel has been developed for the new group, which has a wide flange hub and an offset rim for high rigidity and power transmission.  

 

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We'll keep you updated as to when the new Shimano Ultegra 6800 is in stock.

The news was in the air from some time, the success of the top of the range single-chainring group XX1 has convinced SRAM to expand its market extending the 1x11 also to a second group a little 'cheaper.

 

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The confirmation comes from Niner that in its 2014 product range catalogue in the technical characteristics of its RIP 9, AIR 9, JET 9 and SIR 9 mentions the SRAM X01 1 x 11 parts.
At the moment we do not know much more, but it is probable that there will be a quality/price ratio probably more balanced and within the reach of much more riders.
We also expect many OEM installation not necessarily only on XC and marathon bikes.

Looking forward to more ... stay tuned!

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