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The “perfect” geometry.
This is the philosophy that Maurizio Fondriest looks for and finally finds in every one of his bikes.
Maurizio Fondriest was born in Cles (Trento) in the heart of the Val di Non on 15 January 1965. During his 12 seasons as a professional cyclist, he added a good 69 victories to his list of successes on the road. The winner of the World Championships at the young age of 23, he won the world cycling cup in ’91 and ’93, the mythical Milano-San Remo in 1993, and collected countless successes during his career both in traditional championships as well as stages in the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
Ever since he started putting his name on the first frames, he realized that every single detail of the bicycle would have to reflect his personality and professionalism. Over the past years, he has registered several patents because he has always believed in R&D, and every new idea that comes to life is a new challenge
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MTB WHEEL SIZES - 26”, 650B, AND 29”
from JAMIS bikes
650b wheels first popped up on French touring and randonneuring bikes in the 40’s and 50’s. Their smaller-than-700c diameter and fatter 35 – 42c footprint made them perfect for meandering the less-than-perfect roads of Europe with loads. They were also used on some of the first mountain bikes built by Tom Ritchey and Joe Breeze more than 30 years ago.
So there’s your wheel-size history lesson for the day.
Here’s your wheel-size physics lesson.
It shouldn’t take too much brow furrowing to recognize that for any given size obstacle, it’s the larger size wheel that’s going to roll-over that bump with the least energy expended. Think Monster truck versus Tonka truck.
It also shouldn’t take much cognitive wavelength to surmise that a larger diameter wheel, weighing more, is going to require more energy to get up to speed than smaller wheels. But once up to speed bigger wheels are going to roll and roll without much gas. Until you’ve got to slow it all down and change direction, then get it all back up to speed again. Lots of trade-offs going on here depending on wheel size: acceleration, deceleration, inertia, maneuverability, momentum, weight.
Less obvious is the benefit of lowering BB height relative to the wheel axles. Though the BB heights of most 26”, 650b and 29” bikes are about the same from the ground, their relation to the wheel axle centerline is substantially different. The crank centerline on a Dakota D29” bike is 25mm lower relative to the wheel axles than on a 26” Trail X. The 650b Nemesis is 13mm lower. Getting the rider’s weight further below the axles of rotating wheels is like pedaling with a stabilizing ball: you’re riding between the wheels, not on top of them.
So where does that leave us on the various wheels sizes? Big wheels are clearly the way to go. There are way too many advantages over the traditional 26” wheel to ignore. But to throw a stake into the ground and claim that it’s an either/or proposition: only 650b or only 29” is the only way to go is ignoring the clear benefits each wheel size holds over the other. And it’s why we offer both through much of our mountain bike line. Leaving you a whole host of great choices depending on the kind of rider you are and the kind of terrain you ride.
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The S-Works McLaren Tarmac is more than just a bike, it’s a partnership in seamless technical collaboration. It’s a tailored experience dedicated to the process of perfection. Developed exclusively with McLaren, no detail has gone untouched.
The new Rider-First Engineered Tarmac has created a new standard in bicycle development. Building upon that platform, Specialized and McLaren teamed up to raise the bar of complete bicycle performance. Utilizing McLaren’s vast carbon fiber expertise the S-Works McLaren Tarmac frame and fork feature a unique carbon layup schedule that has resulted in a 10% weight savings over the standard S-Works Tarmac. Like the frame, the crankset, custom AeroFly handlebars, and CLX40 carbon tubular wheelset all benefit from a new carbon layup that ensure both complete performance and maximum weight savings. Rounding out the package is a custom colorway, co-developed with McLaren and painted in their exclusive McLaren Special Operations Center in Woking, Surrey UK – the same location where the $1.2 million McLaren P1 supercar is painted.
Only 250 S-Works McLaren Tarmacs are slated for production worldwide and each highly limited bike comes equipped with a pair of custom made S-Works Road Shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet, both painted to match the frame. Additionally, every S-Works McLaren Tarmac will be built to the individual specifications of the rider based upon the included Body Geometry Fit consultation for a truly personalized experience.