So far we have only done prototype stiffness tests at the university lab closeby in Bayreuth. These are only qualitative tests for us in comparison to other models that have been tested (as well as all of our previous models) as whilst the testing procedure is in-line with the industry standard the resulting figures aren't (due to a different leverage and weights). The predecessor, the Vial
non-Evo, had scored a 1.3 (96 Nm/°) in lateral stiffness and a 1.0 (62 N/mm) in the test of Tour Magazin 04/2013, 1.0 being the best possible mark, and was touted as being suitable also for sprinters. The Vial EVO is targeted to match these figures, but will of course also be featured in tests both in Tour Magazin as well as its counterpart RoadBike.
I cannot talk about other people's frames and have to stress that I find both of the mentioned frames really exceptional and sort of a benchmark at the moment. The difference with us, if my understanding with them is correct, is that we actually also build them in-house in our own factory.
Of course technically you could always spend more money for a given project, however as you already indicate with the diminished returns at a certain point it is no longer worth it. So despite of actually utilizing aerospace materials for the frame (similar to Rolo: M55J, M46J, M40J), we are actually not talking about aerospace and neither a design object here. Of course we could have booked several windtunnel hours to have nice graphs (and not only relied on CFD) or we could have had big sponsoring budgets that needed to be refinanced or simply engage a well-known designer to make the frame stand out aesthetically (not referring to any of the mentioned frames above), but we have tried at a more sober approach down to the technology available today as well as the great manufacturing possibilities given by our facility. There is shortly going to be a factory report on BikeRadar
that will grant a view behind the scenes with us and eventually give some more insights.
Having read your post whilst just having watched the Club World Cup finals in soccer I had to laugh a bit: Game being FCB (FC Bayern Munich, AX
is from Bayern (=Bavaria)) vs. RCA
: 2-0. RCA here was Raja Casablanca from Morocco though..
In regards to the clinchers: We have just laminated the very first prototypes just today! We momentarily have company holidays from Monday until Jan 6th 2014, but then I will be able to show off the first pictures. Targeted weight is well below 1100 gms / set whilst coming with a 28 mm deep and 26 mm wide aero profile.
The Vial EVO disc version as mentioned is targeted for a presentation at Eurobike 2014. We have already been in talks about the disc fork as well (...), but I cannot say more here just yet.
The carbon pot for the plant is only fake carbon. However you will find all sorts of carbon gimmicks in Axel's office: The table for instance has real carbon legs and there is also a set of carbon shot glasses as well as tons of motorsport and cycling bits around: F1 front wings, LeMans oil tanks, F1 brake exhausts, full carbon car wheels, F1 front and rear wishbones etc etc. Well worth a visit - mine is a bit less spectacular, but sports the one or other jewelry and prototype as well. If anyone ever wants to pay us a visit, just give me a shot. You definitely are welcome with us.