terça-feira, 18 de agosto de 2009

"Gary Fisher 29er range goes faster and bigger"

Como já não falava de 29er há muito tempo, aqui ficam os modelos da Gary Fisher para 2010, será que poderemos ver estas belezas no Festival Bike 2009???

"Gary Fisher's premium 29"-wheeled cross-country Superfly range will actually consist of three carbon models for 2010: the Superfly 100 with 100mm of travel at both ends, the Superfly hardtail, and even a singlespeed variant that will be offered only as a frameset for now.

Subaru-Gary Fisher team rider Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski recently used a Superfly 100 to win the US national marathon championship in Breckenridge, Colorado, complete with its composite front triangle and net-moulded chainstays and seat stays that don't even use aluminum for the pivot bearing seats or ABP dropouts.

Subaru-Gary Fisher teammates Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger recently captured both the marathon and cross-country US national titles - both using 29"-wheeled bikes in the process - and Gary Fisher just happened to have finished their new custom paint jobs just as we stopped by.

Aluminum inserts aren't required for the net-moulded bottom bracket shell either, and the carbon upper link reportedly weighs just 44g. Claimed frame weight is an ultralight 2.2kg (4.85lb) including the rear shock and associated hardware.

The Superfly 100 geometry has also been tweaked to minimise any handling disadvantage owing to the bigger wheels. An offset seat tube and direct-mount front derailleur bring the chain stay length down to a reasonable 452mm (17.8") and the tapered E2 head tube houses a Gary Fisher-exclusive Genesis 2.0 custom-offset fork for a more 26"-like trail figure.

The Superfly hardtail, on the other hand, is intended as full-blown race rocket with an approximate 1.3kg (2.87lb) frame weight. Chainstays measure an even-tighter 440mm (17.3") while the Genesis 2.0-specific 80mm-travel Fox F29 fork is housed within a standard non-tapered head tube to save a few grams.

New for '10 will be the singlespeed version with pivoting rear vertical dropouts that reportedly have enough range to accommodate a four-tooth cog spread without altering the chain length. Gary Fisher will offer the Superfly SS in a frameset only (complete with a Fox F29 fork) and team rider Jesse Lalonde supposedly has built his down to just 7.3kg (16lb) or so. Yowza.

At the opposite end of the spectrum lies the all-new Rumblefish, again using 29" wheels but in a more capable 120mm-travel aluminum package. Rumblefish is essentially the 29"-wheeled version of Gary Fisher's successful Roscoe all-mountain bike, complete with the unique Fox Racing Shox DRCV-equipped (Dual Race Control Valve) rear shock for a more linear and coil-like stroke, ABP dropouts for improved braking performance in rough conditions, custom Genesis 2.0 frame geometry, a tapered E2 front end and a 15mm thru-axle dropouts."

Fonte: Cycling News

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