Deda Elementi Boosts 35mm Bars & Stem Count, Intros Offset Brake Track on Wheels
Deda Elementi’s 2013 range has some interesting parts, none more so than the new Inertial wheels.
The design is called a “Reverse Inertia” system and basically takes the laws of rotational mass and makes them work in favor of the cyclist. Some of the tricks are fairly common, like putting the spoke nipples at the hub rather than the rim. What’s new is the dropped brake track, as seen above. It’s only a few millimeters down from the rim’s edge, but the combination reportedly moves 36.1g of mass away from the outermost part of the rim. Every bit helps, I suppose.
For those worried about carbon brake tracks heating up and delaminating or exploding under the pressure of a clincher tire, Deda’s got you covered there, too. First, the brake track is pretty much completely below the bead hook wall, and that wall is quite thick. Second, their resin and fiber mix has been tested to almost 200ºC (392ºF) with 30 minutes of continuous braking without failure.
More details, plus an expanding range of 35mm bore handlebars and stems for road and mountain bikes and aero, pista and fixie stuff after the break…
The hub shells get a decent amount of machining and hold all nipples. At the rim, the spokes’ rounded head sits inside a curved shape to let it angle directly toward the hub with no bending stresses.
Two wheels will be offered with these rims, the WD45CCL and WD30CCL, both clinchers. The 45 has 45mm deep rims and the 30 has 30mm deep rims and comes with offset brake shoe holders to help get the pads low enough. Both have two slightly thinner, lighter spokes adjacent to the valve stem to balance the added weight. Claimed weights are 1460g and 1380g respectively (without skewers).
Across the range, the carbon tubulars and alloy clinchers all get the new hubs with spoke nipples at the center, but only the top two clinchers use the offset brake track.
Deda’s Trentacinque (35) series of handlebars adds mountain bike riser bar and stem options. The Condor (center) is a UD carbon riser that’s an impressive 750mm wide, has minimal rise and comes in at just 170g.
On the bottom row is the XDR, and alloy riser for more aggressive riding. Also 750mm wide and also 170g claimed weight.
The Reverso 35mm stem has an 18º angle and comes in 60 or 80mm lengths. Claimed weight is 142g. Not shown is the Box 35, a stubby, machined zero-degree rise 45mm long stem for freeride bikes
At the top of the range, the new Superleggera handlebars and stems set a pretty good target for weight weenies. Available in standard OS 31.8 and 35mm bore, they get a new 40T UD carbon build to come in at just 180g (42cm – 44 and 46 also available). The 35 bars carry the oversized clamping section all the way to the bend.
The Superleggera stem is a 3D forged 7050 alloy that claims to be the lightest production stem at just 99g for a 110mm. It’s only available with an 18º angle but comes in a huge range of lengths: 80-90-100-110-120-130-140.
If last year’s Bandito wasn’t eyecatching enough, there’s the new Carbon Blast aero extensions. We all know how nervous roadies get when someone shows up at the group ride with full on aerobars. And, truthfully, they’re not all the comfortable for base miles and winter training. These let you clip on a little free speed when circumstances warrant without freaking everyone else out or forcing yourself into a tuck on every ride. They’re 135mm long with a 34mm rise from bar center to front center when mounted level. Width is fixed at 90mm with the ITU-required front bridge installed. Weight is 226g.
The new Pista (black) and Velocita (chrome) bars have a traditional track bar shape. The Pista is the more performance oriented model being made of double butted 6061 T6 alloy and coming in at 279g (42cm only). The Velocita is for style. It’s full chromoly steel and fully chrome plated. Weight is 676g, available in 42 and 44 widths (outside to outside).
On the right, the Street Issimo bars are aimed squarely at the fixie riding hipsters. They’re just 460mm wide and come in at 190g. There’s a tiny flat bar, too, called the Dritto 26 that’s 500mm wide. The stem is the Cortissimo and has zero rise and just 45mm length. Weight is 148g.
Note the wide variety of handle bar tape colors in the background, too.
The new RSX seatposts (left and right, colors) use a two-bolt clamp. The RSX02 has a slightly lighter (285g), one-piece 3D deep forged post from 2014 alloy. Only available in 31.6 diameter and 350mm length.
The RSX01 is made of 6061 alloy and has a bonded head. Weight is 295g, available in 31.6mm and 27.2mm diameters and 350 and 400mm lengths.
The RS01 is the chromed 6061 alloy model you see at far right. It’s 3D deep forged, available in 31.6mm and 27.2mm diameters and 350 and 400mm lengths. Weight is 333g. All three posts have a 21mm setback.