Friday, November 28, 2008

Fuji Bicycle a Pro Tour Team

A Brand of Advanced Sports, Inc.
Fuji-Servetto Registers with Pro Tour for 2009 SeasonNovember 28, 2008 (Philadelphia, PA) - The former Scott-American Beef (Saunier-Duval) team, registered with the UCI last week under the name of GM Bikes, has announced today that the team has acquired title sponsorship for the 2009 season from the Fuji bicycle company and Servetto, an Italian company which manufactures accessories for wardrobes. The Pro Tour team also will also be supported in 2009 by TMC Transformers, designer and manufacturer of electric transformers, and of the government of Cantabria.For Fuji bicycles, the largest brand of Advanced Sports, Inc., headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this will be its first foray into the Pro Tour ranks. Previously the sponsor of U.S. Continental team Toyota-United, Fuji continues to expand its presence in the elite sports arena. In addition to Fuji-Servetto, Fuji bicycles will sponsor the Pro Continental team Elk Haus, based in Austria. Fuji also continues to sponsor Equipe Nurnberger, the top-ranked women's pro team out of Germany as well as U.S. Olympian and current National Champion in triathlon, Matt Reed."We are thrilled beyond belief," said Advanced Sports' Director of Marketing Karen Bliss. "We've had competitive road bikes for a long time - Judith Arndt, Regina Schleicher, Ivan Dominguez, Dominique Rollin and Tyler Hamilton all can attest to that. Now with the addition of our new D-6 time trial bike, we are Pro Tour ready."Fuji-Servetto's team headquarters will be situated in Cantabria, a province in northern Spain. The team has signed four new riders for 2009: Andrea Tonti and Davide Viganò (Quick Step), Daniele Nardello (Diquigiovanni) and Ricardo Serrano (Tinkoff).The remainder of the current Fuji-Servetto roster is comprised of riders from the 2008 Scott-American Beef squad including David Cañada, Eros Capecchi, Ermanno Capelli, David De la Fuente, Jesús Del Nero, Arkaitz Durán, Alberto Fernández de la Puebla, José Ángel Gómez Marchante, Héctor González, Beñat Intxausti, Josep Jufré, Javier Megías, Ángel Gómez, Juanjo Cobo, Iker Camaño and José Alberto Benítez. The squad, lead by the General Manager Álvaro Crespi, will have its roster finalized in the coming weeks

Monday, November 3, 2008

Campagnolo 11 speed cassette compatibility

Campagnolo 11 speed cassette compatibility

It has been realized that there are some compatibility issues with the Campagnolo 11 speed cassette and non Campagnolo / Fulcrum wheels.
The issue at hand is that on non Campagnolo / Fulcrum wheels the 11 speed cassette may ride on the hub shell or spokes preventing it's intended operation. Essentially, it rubs and will not turn.
Most wheel manufactures are aware of the compatibility issue and are developing simple solutions like the addition of very thin spacer to the cassette hub body.
Our Mavic and Zipp OE buyer has spoken to his vendors. Listed below are the solutions they have developed.Zipp - 2007 and 2008 / current wheels do require an additional .25mm spacer between the free hub body and the hub shell.
Mavic - Wheels built prior to August 2008 are not Campy 11 compatible straight out of the box. Any wheels built prior to Aug. '08 will require a new Campy 11 speed free hub body. Very soon Mavic OE wheels will be coming will .5 mm space. The Cosmic Carbone SLR may be an exception
I've also heard of compatibility issues with various other wheel sets and hub types.
The issue is with the hub not the Campagnolo 11 speed cassette.
The placement of a spacer behind the cassette from .25mm -1mm may solve the problem.
Very important!
If you should try the spacer solution please make sure the bottom gear:
is able to properly grab the splines of the cassette hub body
does not rub the frame
lock ring is able to grab enough threads to securely fasten the cassette to the hub
Customers should contact the wheel or hub mfg. for their official solution