Sometimes the info the manufacturer sends is just so elegant it’d be a crime to rewrite it. Ã‚Â Here, straight from Fisher’s brand manager is the dealio on the all new 2010 Gary Fisher Cronos road bike:
Story here is that Gary Fisher is doing a carbon road bike, the Cronus. Light and stiff. Of course. 900 gram frame for a 56. Some robust downtube and chainstays for front to back stiffness. Then we took it one step further and redesigned the whole front end of the bike. The Fisher Control Column (FCC) touches the entire steering column to produce the best handling bike out there.
Tapered E2 (1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″) Headtube with a wide stance, reinforced fork.
Bontrager FCC Hub with wider, taller flanges, larger 25mm endcaps, and outboard J-bend spokes for a wider bracing angle.
It all adds up to less front end deflection for a truer tracking ride. 27% less front end deflection than 2009 best in class product.
Then we also wanted to create a bike that we could race on the weekends, but also train on Mon-Fri. Raceable utility. But we werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to compromise weight or aesthetics. That said, Fisher road bikes have the ability to run full coverage fenders in less than ideal conditions. The fender mounts screw into the frame when you need them and can be backed out when the sun is shining or itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to get lean and fast. Threaded brake nuts allow you to attach your fenders without removing your brakes. Ã‚Â Also, external cable routing and a standard 27.2 seatpost make Fisher bikes readily serviceable.
More pics, our own words and pricing after the break…
2010 Gary Fisher Cronus Pro C (above) and Cronus C (below). Ã‚Â Ultimate shown at top of post.
Three models of the Cronus, MSRP are as follows:
Cronus C: $2,399.99
Cronus T: $2,399.99
Cronus Pro: $3,299.99
Cronus Pro T: $3,299.99
Cronus Ultimate: $5,249.99 (14.7 lb w/ SRAM Red!)
The Cronus will be offered in eight standard sizes and five women’s-specific versions, each with consistent 20mm stack and 6mm reach increments, making it simpler to find one that fits you.
Velonews had a few closeup pics of some of the first Cronus bikes to be released into the wild under the Kelly Benefit Strategies road team in theÃ‚Â Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.
Swoopy top-tube-to-seat-stay transition.
76mm-wide downtube (the biggest Trek has made for any of its bikes) meets some stout chainstays at the bottom bracket junction. Ã‚Â BB90 shell uses threadless, molded bearing cups for pressed-in bearings…the same method used in the new Madones. Ã‚Â There’s just enough clearance on the drive side to run a Triple, if you wanted to.
The wide spacing and design of the stays and fork allow for up to 28mm wide tires, or 25mm with fenders attached, making the bike (potentially) as useful for touring as racing, though the geometry may be more skewed toward performance…as is the stiffness. Ã‚Â Unofficially, the Cronus is stiffer than the new Madone.