Paris-Nice 2016 Tech: Dimension Data puts Rotor UNO on backup bikes, CeramicSpeed on anything…

first_imgThe latest cranks from Rotor are the 2INpower dual sided power meter crankset. It uses the spindle-mounted strain gauge of the original, single-sided INpower cranks with a second strain gauge inside the right crank arm: The Dimension Data pro cycling team had two sets of Cervelo S5 bikes on hand. The majority were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 handling the shifting, but a few were sitting atop team cars with the new Rotor UNO hydraulic shifting group. Starting with the former, the spec mostly carries over from what we saw at the Tour de France last year when they were called MTN-Qhubeka. That means ENVE wheels, bar and stem, Continental tires and Rotor cranks.This time around, we took a closer look at the CeramicSpeed upgrades and photo’d the all-hydraulic backup bikes… After giving the crankset a back spin, we inquired about the setup because it moves effortlessly. Even brand new bikes sitting on the showroom floor don’t spin this freely. The reason? They’ve replaced every moving part except the pedal’s bearings with CeramicSpeed components. That includes the headset, hub bearings, bottom bracket and derailleur pulley wheels. They also use CeramicSpeed’s lube oil on the chain, which is outside the intended use parameters, but when your bikes are cleaned and maintained daily, you can get away with stuff like that.Interestingly, they’re not running the massively oversized CS pulley wheels introduced last fall. We didn’t get a chance to ask why, but it’s likely because a sponsor like Shimano wouldn’t take too kindly to such modifications (though it doesn’t seem to stop Cannondale)center_img This bike shows what a full hydraulic component group will look like (it’s still chain driven, of course).The lever body contains the master cylinder for the brakes, but none is required for the shifting system because it’s completely closed. Check our tech breakdown of the entire group for more the deep dive. These hoods look big, but Rotor’s said they could probably offer a smaller size option for those with smaller hands.We’ll be riding UNO in early April with the engineers at Rotor, stay tuned for a first ride report.If you’ve seen Acros’ hydraulic shifters and derailleurs, you’ll notice UNO uses just one single hose rather than two. That’s possible thanks to a clever ratcheting system that either catches and holds, or releases, depending on how far it’s pushed.These rather large connectors in the brake lines allow bleed-free disconnects between the levers and the Magura RT8 hydraulic rim brake calipers. These don’t look quite like the stock offerings from Magura.They have an external dial sticking out and up from the center mounting bolt, which looks like it could simply be a pad contact adjustment / release mechanism to speed wheel changes.last_img read more

Rock films, floating companies and treatment centres

first_imgJuke box Dury: City firm Field Fisher Waterhouse advised debt fund Aegis on financing Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, a film about the life of pop singer Ian Dury (pictured). Aegis intends to commit $50m (£33m) to film funding in total. Cheltenham firm ­Wiggin advised the film’s ­producers. Nuclear stake: Magic circle firm Linklaters advised energy company Centrica on taking a £2.3bn stake in British Energy, the EDF-owned operator of eight nuclear power stations in the UK. EDF and Centrica will also enter a joint venture to build four nuclear power stations in the UK. As part of a separate joint venture, EDF and Centrica will plan the construction, operation and decommissioning of four European reactors. City firm Herbert Smith and US firm Sullivan & Cromwell advised EDF. Magic circle firm Allen & Overy advised Centrica. Turkish energy: Magic circle firm Freshfields advised German energy supplier EnBW on establishing a joint venture with Turkish conglomerate Borusan, to invest €2.5bn (£2.2bn) in energy projects. Turkish firm Somay Hukuk Bürosu advised Borusan. Telecoms float: City firm Herbert Smith advised US investment bank Goldman Sachs on its role in the flotation of telecoms company Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Magic circle firms Linklaters and Freshfields and US firm Cleary Gottlieb advised Hutchison, its parent company and ­related Hutchison subsidiaries. Treatment centre: ­Birmingham firm Wragge & Co advised the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust on signing a contract for a multi-million-pound treatment ­centre at the Lister hospital, Stevenage, with Clinicenta, an NHS partner organisation. The Lister Surgicentre is expected to open in April 2011 and will treat more than 15,000 NHS patients a year. City firm CMS Cameron McKenna advised Clinicenta.last_img read more