If the Sea Otter Classic isn’t the biggest celebration of cycling in the world, I’d like to know what is. To the mix of mountain bike races—with everything from cross country to dual slalom—road races and fondos (both road and mountain), the organizers added a gravel event this year. In addition to all the riding events, there were a number of product introductions as well, aided by the fact that many brands that have not shown at Sea Otter previously chose to put tents up this year.
Lightweight showed off the new disc version of their excellent Urgestalt frame. I’m told that a 56cm frame still weighs in around 800 grams.
Lightweight also showed off their disc version of the Meilenstein wheels. At 1105g for a set of wheels, they are very likely the lightest disc wheels on the planet.
The Meilensteins use center lock rotors to keep weight low and all the spokes are tied with carbon wrap.
In keeping with their desire to produce ultra-light products, Lightweight is introducing their own line of clothing. In addition to a kit,t here will also be a trainer with both a jacket and pants.
Litespeed showed off a new gravel model, the aptly named Gravel. Compared to the T5g which we reviewed recently, the Gravel offers a bit more tire clearance and a more forgiving ride. It will accept up to 45mm tires or 650b x 2.1-inch tires.
In addition to new dropouts, the Gravel goes with flatmount discs and this very minimal brake mount in the rear triangle. It comes with rack and fender mounts plus a third set of bottle mounts.
Litespeed’s new T1sl is the first titanium to come close to the kilogram barrier. On average a medium frame comes in at 1000g. The dropouts are reminiscent of some of the more minimal steel designs.
This bottom bracket shell is a key ingredient in how Litespeed continues to shave weight from their frames. This shell is butted both internally and externally.
Litespeed also showed off a new aftermarket product, a 20mm press-fit head tube extension for 44mm head tubes.
What it looks like installed.
While bar extensions for mountain bikes are so 1990s, the popularity of events like Leadville have reminded people of how helpful it can be to find a more aerodynamic riding position if you’re going to compete for more than six hours. Theses extensions from SQ Labs mount inside the levers to give you a narrower position.
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