Cheers guys, sorry for my absence: I had been on vacation.
- We are indeed very happy about the Roadbike test as well. Whilst we of course already have been in the know about the properties of the frame (and bike) as for conducting "construction accompanying lab (and road) tests" ourselves, it still is very nice and reassuring to have these confirmed by a mag as well.
The wording of the test has been way better than expected though so was the gap to the next best frame or bike in their ranking.
- There will be a test in Tour-Magazin over the winter as well. Here we would prefer to have a comparative test rather than an individual test as this eases comparisons (for the reader) and as we of course are open to face the competition.
- The reasoning behind the eventual repositioning of the cable guides is actually quite simple: The renderings have only been meant as a guideline to literally have a picture of the appearance. In practice it would not have been an option to have the guides on the outside there as we have UHM (ultra high modulus) reinforcement stripes along the outside of the downtube. These are easily identifiable through the clear coat (as said the frame has a very technical appearance and you can easily distinguish each (external) layer, stripe or reinforcement). If we would have placed the cable guides there, we would have had to cut the fibers which would have rendered them practically useless. Also as a side-effect: With the cable guides on top of the downtube we arguably achieve better aerodynamics as well.
The housing entry accomodates standard shifting housing, 4mm in diameter, without end caps as these are already incorporated into the guides. Guides for an Di2 electronic group are included as well.
- Lastly as followed and promised pics of my personal bike to be featured in the upcoming 'Schwalbe Tour Transalp' alongside Gerrit Glomser (AT). Also on VIAL evo Team bikes: Bart Bury (BL) and Bart Vrolijkx (BL). Build-List
Frame: ax VIAL evo, team paintjob, size S
Fork: THM Scapula CT
Stem: ax Rigid 17deg, 120mm
Bar: engage Apsis Race, 400mm
Seatpost: ax Deadalus 27.2 UD
Saddle: ax Sprint
Bottle Cages: ax Nasdorowje
Wheels: tbd (pictured: ax Ultra Road 24)
Tires: Continental Competition 22
QR: ax.Quicky evo Road
Crankset: ax Morpheus, O-Symetric 52/38
Pedals: Aerolite Ti
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 11-28
weight as pictured: 4.96kg