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xavierdisley

Member since Jan 2011 • Last active Jul 2021
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    We had a ton of different versions of these before we settled on the final one, some required individual carbon moulds for every size which would have made the price even higher (yes I know it’s high already but machining a dinner plate out of a block of very very high quality non stressed Ti is difficult, and also pretty much wrecks a cutting tool on every chainring so they’re replaced constantly).

    We’ll definitely have a couple in the Olympics but have another first batch which may make it in too, will be tight though.

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    The first revision we did for the UCI was more exciting than that (and I was convinced they'd be fine with it! But they weren't.). But yes trips above and below, you can't see amazingly in those photos but we'll get some better ones soon.

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    Not going to lie, my notifications go in a seldom read email account so I often miss stuff on here anyway :D

    Domenico Pozzovivo is along with Walscheid the stars of the show from QA, we did an aero session with Pozzo the day after Tirreno finished this year and he has the lowest drag of any world tour male pro by far (forget all the hyperbole about Bisseggers road CdA, his is good but no better than others). Walscheid also had an aero session earlier in the year and we built him some special handlebars which he got last week. More to come for sure, he does a whole ton of watts and has a lot of potential for TT. Victor I’ll need to check his data as something went wrong it looks like!

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    GP Supersonic style compound but put into the older GP4000 moulds for aerodynamics

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    More than one team running our stuff, although it’s a bit inconsistent: one team have been explicitly forbidden from riding our wheels by Shimano, even after doing their own independent testing, and they are super pissed that teams like Jumbo and INEOS are doing so. There are more behind the scenes who are in the process of finishing their testing and in negotiations with their sponsors but we’ll see what happens.

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    Aha 😀

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    Thanks - although I was more involved in the Zephyr (our 78mm wheel) rather than the Titan 100mm. I did the calcs/scripts for the Zephyr to get it to handle like a wheel half its depth without sacrificing the aero, but Andy (head of engineering) did all the design and analysis work on the Titan along with our other flagship stuff. He's our secret weapon and heaven help us if something happens to him.

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    Missed this months ago, sorry. Half link chain is how I did it - on there is a 60x17t combo

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    I don't think it'll affect things too much really. I saw a fun suggestion on Twitter, where someone said that forearm riding should be allowed once a solo rider had a gap of x seconds on the peloton or something, which would be an interesting take on it. It's not a mega Zwift aero boost style improvement the way most people do it (arms too low, elbows too wide) so not really going to change anything.

    With the downhill position - we have seen it help especially in stages races for the odd extra second or bridging to a group ... I'm ambivalent really about whether it should or shouldn't be banned. We have tested it a fair bit in the wind tunnel and it is a lot faster than being in the drops etc.

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    Aha 😀 unfortunately narrow bars are a big win (as long as they don’t make/you don’t let your elbows flare out)

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