Secret Bikes of the Italian Peloton
Road Bike Action made a recent foray to the Italian domestic racing hinterlands to find something different in the way of bike tech coverage. It seemed to us that all of the cycling media had a lot of the same stuff at the same time, so we decided to zag while they zigged and find something different in the way of race bike tech. Here they are, the rarely seen secret bikes of the Italian Peloton:
Cycle Collstrop Canyon Ultimate CF Pro
Cycle Collstrop’s Troels Vinther is Danish U23 Champion and he showed us his Canyon Ultimate CF Pro, the German bike maker claims a frame weight of 920g for the Ultimate CF Pro. Although not well known outside of Europe, Canyon has been the darling of top German magazines like Tour, winning numerous magazine test shootouts over all top bike brands. One reason is the incredible innovation in their Ultimate CF Pro frame, which has a new asymmetric Maximus seat tube with oversized bottom bracket shell and every Canyon frame size has specifically optimized and unique tube diameters.
Unlike most makers, who are moving to 31.6mm seatposts, Canyon has a new seat tube junction that has 200% more vertical compliance, with a classic 27.2mm diameter to better absorb road vibration.
Ultimate CF Pro uses Canyon’s proprietary MonoForm tube-to-tube construction technology, which is a hybrid of tube-to-tube with monocoque manufacturing and retains the benefits of both methods.
Ultimate CF Pro has a conical oversized head tube tapers from 1-1/2′ to 1-1/4′. Vinther’s Cycle Collstrop Canyon Ultimate CF Pro has a Campagnolo’s Record 10v. group, with Lightweight Ventoux full carbon wheels that weigh 920g per pair, FSA’s OS 120 stem & 27.2 carbon seapost with Selle Italia saddle on top.
Team Elk House Corratec cF1
Another German bike maker, Corratec, sponsors Austrian Elk House team. Peter Presslauer has the cF1 frame, designed and hand-made in Italy by Mauro Sannino. cF1 joins two carbon structures with a honeycomb layer in the middle in the top, down and seattube.
Corratec claims a weight of 840g yet superior stiffness from the honeycomb structure. In the 2005 Giro d’Italia, Selle Italia’s Jose Rujano rode a Mauro Sannino Corratec to the Maglia Verde of Best Climber. Presslauer’s bike has Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 groupset, Austrian brand Zzyzx handlebars, stem & seatpost, Reynold’s Cycling DV46 tubular wheelset and a Selle Italia Team Edition Flite saddle.
Team Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli Guerciotti Khaybar
Former Italian champion Daniele Nardello’s Team Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli Guerciotti Khaybar has a Dedacciai Z108 carbon fibre tubeset, featuring tube-to-tube construction that uses IceBox chainstays, IceTail seat stays and has a claimed weight of 1.050kg, plus 340g. Dedacciai Black Fin fork.
Team Diquigiovanni uses Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 10 speed groupset, with a Selle Italia saddle and Selcof carbon fibre seatpost. Dedaelementi Newton bars & stem provide the cockpit, while Nardello rolls on Ambrosio XUL 38mm 1270 gram carbon fibre tubular wheelset.
Team Acqua & Sapone-Caff Mokambo DeRosa King 3
Although Stefano Garzelli and his Acqua & Sapone-Caff Mokambo team were mysteriously not selected for the Giro d’Italia, 35 year old Garzelli has bounced back to take command of the UCI Europe Tour and is hoping for selection to the Italian team at the 2008 World Championship in his hometown of Varese, Italy. We spotted Garzelli’s new DeRosa King 3 and the new nude carbon look makes the already attractive King 3 more “cattivo” (badass).
On first look, we thought Garzelli’s King 3 might be a cousin of the special Idol UD prototype he rode to two stage wins in the 2007 Giro d’Italia, but the frame is a K1 high modulus Mizuno T-700SC carbon fibre with the entire frame in monocoque construction, unlike the previous DeRosa Kings, which used a monocoque front triangle mated to a tube-to-tube assembled rear triangle. Target weight of the De Rosa King 3 is 950g. for the frame.
No seatpost needed on the integrated seatmast King 3, with a Fizik Alliante saddle, Dedaelementi Newton bars & stem provide the cockpit, a Campagnolo Record 10v. groupset and speedy Campagnolo Bora Ultra tubular carbon fibre wheels.
Team Barloworld Bianchi 928 SL
Team Barloworld’s Francesco Bellotti is a climber so he gets Bianchi’s climbing bike, the 928 SL, a new model from the legendary bike maker from Treviglio, Italy. Using Tube to Tube construction technology, Bianchi claims the SL weighs 850gr (55 cm. size) Bianchi Carbon Nano Technology with Unidirectional Carbon tubes to achieve this lighter weight. The 928 SL has a eadtube with a fully Integrated headseat System, new lighter dropouts and an oversize BB for additional stiffness.
Bellotti’s bike has a hodgepodge of components, with Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 shifters, FSA K-Force crankset, headset, bars & stem and FSA brakes. Belotti rides a Fizik Airone saddle in Team Barloworld
colors and rolls on Mavic R-Sys tubular wheelset.
Team Nippo-Endeka Colnago CLX
Nippo-Endeka is an obscure Japanese-Italian (?) team that races in Europe and Asia. Colnago has a long
term relationship with the Nippo guys and Colnago supplies them with his CLX model, equipped with Campagnolo Record 10 speed, Fulcrum wheels and Cinelli RAM one-piece carbon bars.
Team PSK Whirlpool-Author CA7700
PSK Whirlpool-Author team bike of 20 year old Leopold Koenig, is an Author CA 7707, with a monocoque front triangle and assembled rear triangle in traditional geometry. Author’s CA7700 features Shimano Dura Ace 7800 kit, Ritchey WCS bars, stem and seatpost and Fizik Airone saddle. Koenig has Mavic Ksyrium SL clincers wheels with Panaracer’s new Extreme Evo2 tires.