Saturday, April 28, 2007

Independent Fabrications XS Special Edition

1. Independent Fabrication built a version of its XS, which combines titanium lugs and carbon-fiber tubes for a ride that balances the strength of titanium with the vibration damping properties of carbon fiber.

2. The perfect wheel is light, aerodynamic, and strong. Mavic's Cosmic Carbone Ultimates weigh just 2.6 lbs (1.18 kg) a pair, but their carbon construction is tough enough to be ridden daily.

3. SRM's crank spider contains strain gauges that measure the rider's output in watts.

4. Ceramic bearings from Full Speed Ahead are 60 percent lighter than steel ball bearings and also roll with less resistance.

Total weight: 15.6 lbs (7.09 kg).
Total price: US$14,000 (S$21,169.40)

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