EB13: Italian Builder Caam Corse’s Unique Disc Brake Road Bike w/ Single Leg Carbon Fork
Italian brand Caam Corse is only about two years old, but their designs are sure to bring attention to them. Based in the Emilia region of Italy, they handcraft each tube in their own facility, using 3K woven carbon that’s pressurized into shape in a two step process. Each frame is custom built for the end user using tube-to-tube construction.
The GA8.2 RR road bike has a unique frame and fork designed to balance weight from left to right. And while that’s the standout feature that drew us in, there’s a lot more going on. Things like an intricately shaped seat tube, integrated bottle cage and sleek disc brake placement.
But first, the fork…
The one-sided fork is called Lamé, loosely translating to Blade.
It uses an indented carbon steerer (1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″) and airfoil shaped leg with internal cable routing. Like Cannondale’s Lefty, it’s disc brake only.
A sliding top clamp lets it fit any size headtube.
For now, they’re having custom wheels built by Gipiemme since the axle is not the same as the Lefty. The design allows for ultra quick tire changes, but full wheel changes will require that you loosen the brake mounts from the base of the fork until it’ll slide over the bolts to the right.
My Italian’s rusty to the point of being useless, so there was a bit of a challenge in communication getting weights and whether it’s available separately.
Now, back to the bike. The seat tube is shaped to hide the leading edge of the rear tire from the wind. It continues upward into a custom aero seatpost. The seatstays are flat, likely for better compliance.
Not everyone uses the second bottle cage mount, but most of us use at least one bottle on a ride, so they integrated it right into the frame.
A medium frame comes in at a claimed 1085g.
There’s also a GA8.2 R road bike with traditional fork and rim brakes, and several other models they make are offered with or without disc brakes. They also make steel road bikes, and a range of mountain bikes. Their top model, which is the green one in the background of the top photo, uses flattened seat- and chainstays to get up to 30mm of rear axle vertical movement.
Check them out at CammCorse.it.