EB13: Deda Elementi Debuts New Seatposts, Stems, Headsets & More

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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.

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The SuperZero and mnlink (monolink) posts now have Shimano Di2 internal battery mounts available for both diameters.

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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.

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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.

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The 35 stem shows the BOB finish. The POB is much shinier at the logos and graphics.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Comments

Slow Joe Crow - 09/11/13 - 12:06pm

Apparently nipples in the hub is a new trend. Do you know if they use a standard size spoke wrench, since I just had to buy a new wrench to true a set of Shimano wheels?

Andrew - 09/11/13 - 12:29pm

Any weights for the wheels?

jose espinoz - 09/11/13 - 12:38pm

that kind of hub/nip was used before by Shimano wheels, right? nothing new -.-

Velo Zephyr - 09/11/13 - 1:07pm

Slow Crow Joe: Shimano and Cane Creek have been doing nipples at the hub for probably 7 or 8 years, maybe even 10. It definitely makes a significant difference in the inertia of a wheel, especially if you’re using brass nipples.

fleche - 09/11/13 - 1:37pm

velo zephyr
shimano uses internal nipples in their aero wheels, but in general all nipples from them are on the rim.

Johann - 09/11/13 - 1:43pm

ok but if you use aluminum nipples then you better have them at the rim!

Velo Zephyr - 09/11/13 - 2:21pm

Fleche, I think you may be right about their new wheels, but Shimano did in fact use nipples at the hubs for several wheelsets including the Dura-Ace WH-7801-SL ~2006, XT WH-M765 ~2004, and WH-R540 ~2004.

http://ftp.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=photos/2006/tech/reviews/shimanoduraace/Shimano_Dura-Ace_WH-7801-SL_wheelset_offset_rear

Psi Squared - 09/11/13 - 2:55pm

Yes, it makes a difference in the already small moment of inertia of bike wheels. According to bike mythology, however, it makes a huge difference, so huge that you won’t even have to pedal up climbs.

Ham-planet - 09/11/13 - 3:31pm

Any word on what type of alloy the spacers are made out of?

goathead - 09/11/13 - 3:48pm

Is it just me or are stems and seatposts so completely boring? I mean how many iterations can a company have to even present anything as innovative? A new clamp or color… whoop de flippin’ do.

feldy - 09/11/13 - 6:03pm

I’m so excited that the dude who goes by Psi Squared used the term moment of inertia. Though “rotational mass” as a substitute bothers me less than the inexplicable alloy = aluminum, which, AFAIK, has been around the bike industry for as long as frames have been made of said material.

FWIW, Cronometro – later purchased by Cane Creek – first made wheels with inverted nipples. I think that dates back to the mid-90s; so more like 20 years old for this go-around of the technology. I put it that way because someone probably made wheels like that in the 1890s or so.

Alex Field - 09/11/13 - 7:59pm

Cromoly bolts on a $70 stem – really? Does no one ride in the rain anymore?

Anonymous - 09/11/13 - 11:53pm

Ham-planet, why do you constantly ask about types of alloy??

DerHoggz - 09/12/13 - 12:39am

Yeah, am I missing the joke on the alloy type thing?

Ham-planet - 02/04/14 - 6:34pm

@anon, DerHoggz
An alloy is a mix of two or more metals. There are thousands, if not millions, of different alloys in existence and they can vary enormously in their properties. Saying something is made of ‘alloy’ is little better than saying it is made of ‘metal’. I want to know what exactly the author means when they say ‘alloy’, so I ask.

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