EB14: For KTM, Team Orange is the New Cross, Plus Codeveloped Road Disc

first_imgAustrian bike specialists showed a few pretty eye catching new 700c disc-brake bikes at Eurobike, marking their 50th anniversary. The standout was probably their cross bike mainly because of its blaze orange matte paint job. All of the new bikes in their road disc series were developed together for this year and share a bunch of tech features and nice detailing. Follow past the break for a breakdown of the details and a look at the whole series… The all-new €2900 Revelator Sky is a disc-brake version of their popular road race bike, but with more laid back geometry better suited as an endurance or gran fondo road bikeThe €3700 Ultegra Di2 version of the Revelator Sky has a much more stealthy build. The series uses a semi-sloping top tube design with an internal expander wedge seatpost clamp to leave a lot of 27.2 post hanging out to add a little ride comfort. Long for road, short for cross stays mean plenty of tire clearance and hit the bottom bracket junction in a wide, flat profile for drivetrain stiffness and all day comfort. All cable routing is internal, and for cross this might be a bit of an issue as is makes for a small mud shelf right where the internally routed front derailleur wire comes out, but at least KTM has though to include a rummer grommet.  All bikes feature PressfitBBs and really have some great paint jobs , with amazing detailing. Each of the road disc series incorporates a tapered 1.25-1.125″ front-end and thru-axles front and rear using the 100/15 and 142/12 that thankfully are solidifying as industry standards. The thru-axles make for very lightweight and strong carbon dropouts with continuous fibers looped from seatstay to chainstay. They also pair well with the Shimano Flat Mount disc tabs on both the new frames and forks. For now that means the bikes get adapters, but its a sign of lower-profile disc calipers to come.Check our coverage of their mountain bikes here.KTM-bikes.at The standout €3000 carbon framed KTM Canic CXC cyclocross bike comes spec’d with a hydraulic Ultegra kit. An aluminum version with the same frame features is also available with 105 for €1500.last_img

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