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By Zack Vestal
Scott teases time trial bike
For reasons of fit and geometry, and the fact that they already own exotic, wind tunnel-proven time trial frames, the Scott-sponsored Columbia-Highroad team does not use Scott Plasma TT frames. But that appears to be changing, and quickly: in a brief press release with little more than a video link, Scott USA has leaked information about a new TT platform already in the testing phase.
Scott USA marketing manager Adrian Montgomery said that Scott and Highroad Dev engineers are developing an entirely new frame for road time trials. With this video Scott hints at a machine that combines elements of the current Plasma2, along with new design features cued from the Highroad Dev bikes currently used by the team.
“Design work started the day we signed the team,” said Montgomery. “We added resources to expedite the project. We started immediately working with the Highroad Dev guys and collaborated our data,” he continued.
He said completed bikes will be on display at the Giro, and will be raced on the opening day.
There are no plans to bring this bike to market.
Stay tuned for more info as it comes to light, and a full report from the Giro next month.
The latest from Richard Sachs Cycles
With recent surges of popular attention to both cyclocross and handmade bikes, Richard Sachs has been busy tending to his growing flock of followers. He’s updated his web site and blog and has several new products on offer.
Oval Concepts has agreed to let Richard Sachs import and distribute Oval Concepts R701 handlebars, a road bar with a classic bend. Sachs has been a fan of classic bend road bars for years, and with Morgan Nicol at Oval, he’s supplied the R701 bar on his handbuilt road and cross bikes. Now Sachs is permitted to sell the bar (and the forged R700 stem) to the U.S. market. Widths 40 to 44cm are available, in either 135 or 144mm drop, in both clamp sizes (26 or 31.8mm).
In another evolution of a long-term partnership, tubing supplier Columbus has given Sachs the green light to supply Spirit for Lugs (SFL) tubesets to other framebuilders. The Columbus SFL tubeset was developed by Sachs and Dario Pegoretti from 2004-06, after they discovered that many tubesets available at the time were not suitable for handbuilt lugged frames. SFL tubes are made to meet the exacting needs of framebuilders who want to create strong, lightweight frames using lugs and low-temperature brazing, and now these tubesets are available to qualified builders from Richard Sachs Cycles.
Other new items for sale on the Sachs website include ATMO duffel bags and messenger bags, built by Bailey Works, and a limited edition RGM watch based on their 252 North Pointer GMT Automatic watch.
Genuine Innovations leaks revised inflation devices
Where would Genuine Innovations be without leaks?
In advance of a planned Sea Otter launch, the company shared some prototype samples of new inflation devices. Both are still in development, but should be available by early fall.
A new, updated version of the SecondWind MTB hybrid pump will be built in aluminum, and will be modeled off of the road versions. Shaped like a standard mini pump, the handle stores a threaded CO2 cartridge, and the pump head acts as a CO2 inflator chuck. The pump itself is 100 percent metal, with a higher volume barrel compared to the SecondWind road versions. The pump handle threads off to reveal a storage compartment in the shaft that is wide and deep enough to store a tire lever and patches. Presta only, it has a target retail price of $35.
Another new inflator takes the shape of trigger-style CO2 inflators like the Ultraflate Plus and Proflate 16. Meant as a premium product that can handle both threaded and non-threaded cartridges, it features a machined aluminum cup handle and a cast aluminum head. According to Genuine Innovations president Marty Mares, the company plans to produce a run of 50 inflators that are custom engraved for key industry people. There is also potential to produce a special edition with a carbon fiber head.