Brake Force One
Brake Force One have built the first ever brake which uses water instead of hydraulic fluid. Sounds crazy but their engineers say that brake fluids don't get as hot as people think - Magura and Shimano seals aren't designed to take more than 100°C and the only reason we use DOT or mineral oil is because of old technology taken from the automotive where fluid temperatures can get much higher.
Brake Force One say that water is actually more heat resistant than hydraulic fluid with two times higher heat capacity, five times better heat transportation and less heat elongation. In direct comparison tests the water filled brakes outlast normal fluids, and the outstanding benefit of water is that it's clean and can be found anywhere. Propylene glycol antifreeze is used to prevent freezing in winter temperatures, and there is also a neat quick release button for the hoses if you need to cut, or re-route them. The H2O brakes weigh in at 188g each and will be available in October for €594 pair. (Editor's note - Don't shoot the messenger)Trickstuff
Trickstuff engineer Cornelius Kapfinger built this upside fork in his spare time, just because he could. It has 200mm travel and weighs 2700g with carbon guards and an 8" post mount. Stiffness is said to be similar to a DVO Emerald, some being gained by using a steel 20mm axle which is 30% stiffer than aluminium of the same weight. Air sprung, oil damped and no steerer tube - short stubs on each crown connected by a long bolt with all forces heading through the fork legs. Cornelius says he has no plans for production although he has made a few single crown versions for friends.
That's right, no steerer tube! Stubs that protrude from the crowns just enough to sit inside the bearing races are then bolted together from the lower crown.
This seat clamp goes by the name of Gandhi and is 10% lighter than any other seat clamp on the market and is designed to be carbon friendly.
|The Gandhi gently caresses your seat post rather than strangling it with brutal force. - Trickstuff |
Make any frame with a standard bottom bracket in to a single speed using these eccentric bottom bracket cups.
Cornelius has also built this derailleur cage for himself. The massive cog gives similar benefits of a longer cage carried on a single sided carbon arm.
Direttissima translates to 'the shortest way down' in mountaineering speak. This all new brake uses four roller bearings in the lever and PTFE coated piston seals to lower friction - less friction equals better modulation and sensitivity. Trickstuff say that the Direttissima is 5-10% more powerful than a Shimano XTR Trail at a very similar weight. The lever shape and pivot placement were chosen to place the finger at 90 degrees to the lever at the bite point for a comfortable ergonomic. Thomas Genon will be using these to slow himself down the Rampage course in October, and the public can get their hands on them in 2-3 months time. Machined in Germany and a snip at €399 per brake.
'Small, Ugly, Useful.' At least they're honest about these bleed blocks.
The lightest 'star nut' in the world. The allen key bolt drives a sliding wedge to clamp it inside the steerer tube, then uses a standard top cap and bolt to preload everything down.Tune
At 0.3 grams world's lightest spoke magnet for speed sensors.
An 8g battery holder to hide away a Shimano Di2 battery inside of your seatpost.
This laser unit sits on your handlebars and shines a red dot on to your front tire for perfect stem alignment. €69
I understand the saddle, but the cake's decorations were a little confusing.
Tune are well known in expert mechanic/uber geek circles for being some of the fastest hubs around. Found on a number of pro downhiller's race run only wheelset's with a spot of duct tape over the logo's. This xc / all mountain wheelset uses AX Lightness 29mm internal carbon rims and comes in under 1200g for a 27.5" pair.EDCO
Not quite German, but Switzerland is close enough, geographically speaking at least. EDCO is a brand that's nearly 140 years old with it roots in engineering for military purposes. This mono block cassette has low range ideal for road bikes but there are wider spreads currently being tested for mountain bike purposes. EDCO say that it's the only true one-piece cassette on the market. A chromoly block is crushed in to a cone shape and then milled out by a 7- axis machine that was constructed purely to build these cassettes. No word on availability but they should be uber-light, hard wearing and priced accordingly.
Photo Credits: Beatrice Baar - @whateverphoto