Deda Elementi had plenty of “New” tags hanging in the booth, pointing to fresh carbon and alloy cockpit parts. They also introduced headsets, their first, and have put the wheels into production. Across many of the parts, they have two new color options – a POB (Polished On Black) and BOB (Black on Black), helping the entire collection match up with your own stealthy rig.
Above, the new SuperZero carbon seatposts use a dual bolt design with carbon monocoque construction to come in at just 216g for the 31.6. They have a 21mm setback and will be also be available in a 27.2 diameter. Length is 350mm. The cradle’s base is nice and long, offering solid support for your saddle.
The SuperZero and mnlink (monolink) posts now have Shimano Di2 internal battery mounts available for both diameters.
The Zero100 is a new 3D forged 7050 alloy seapost that uses their easy-to-adjust bolt clamp. Also 350mm long, it comes in 27.2 and 31.6 diameters. Claimed weight is 259g for the 31.6.
The new Deda Elementi Zero100 takes the design of their Superleggera stem, which claims to be the lightest production stem available, and makes it a bit more affordable without adding much weight. It tips in at a claimed 126g (110mm), which still keeps it among the lightest out there, while boasting 3D forging and chromoly bolts for strength.
The 35 stem shows the BOB finish. The POB is much shinier at the logos and graphics.
Headsets, right? While there’s nothing terribly high tech or new about the functionality of them (they use high end stainless steel angular contact bearings throughout), they do offer a nice aesthetic touch. Not shown here, their HSS (Headset Stack Spacers) system allows you to replace the standard top cap with a flush spacer and use similar sized 3, 5 or 10 millimeter spacers directly on top. Finish the stack off with the headset cap and you have a very clean look. The spacers will be available in carbon and black anodized alloy, with external diameters of 46mm and 50mm to match up to various headtube sizes.
The headsets are available in a range of standard and inset pieces and work for road and mountain bikes.
The wheels were introduced last year with the “Reverse Inertia” concept of moving as much weight as possible toward the center of the wheel. The original design had a slightly offset brake track a few millimeters from the top of the rim. Now, as they enter production, the design was tweaked to simply have a taller overall brake track. The braking surface is 15mm tall, and they include oversized brake pads called -wait for it- “Big Pad”.
Inside the rim, they use a specially designed washer under the spoke head, letting it set itself at the appropriate angle to line up directly with the hub. That eliminates binding and bending, letting them tension them to 140kg.
The nipples are set at the hubs, where rotational mass matters less.
They use a basalt fiber composite braking surface that they’ve tested with 1200 newtons of force for 30 minutes, getting the rims up to almost 200ºC (392ºF) with no deformation of the clincher’s rim.