THE LIGHTEST PRODUCTION BIKE ON THE PLANET!
In its fourth incarnation, the Scultura is entirely re-worked for significantly improved aerodynamics and reduced weight.
The Scultura 9000 ltd weighs just 4.56kg.
A sensational frame weight of just 740 grams (S/M – 52cm), makes it one of the lightest production bikes on the planet.
Creating a world beater required us to develop new carbon production techniques such as making it possible to use wall thicknesses of only 0.7 mm.
Highly trained carbon specialists put together over 400 different carbon-fibre mats around a synthetic positive core to create a beautiful and ultra-high performance frame.
A massive BB386-bottom bracket delivers a torsional stiffness of 60 N/mm – an outstanding value for instant acceleration.
Head tube stiffness of 92 Nm/° gives perfect high-speed handling.
The 400 mm chain stays deliver the bike’s cat-like agility.
Every day usability is delivered through our own carbon technologies :
“Flex Stay” – flattened seat stays provide the super-stiff rear end with enough horizontal flex to significantly smooth out rough road surfaces.
“Bio Fibre Damping” - organic flax fibre’s are woven into the carbon structure to eliminate high-frequency vibrations
Moving the rear brake to the bottom bracket area is aerodynamically more efficient but also allows the omission of seat stay bridge, which in combination with a carbon 27.2 mm seat post and 25 mm wide tyres delivers a superb degree of comfort.
The most visible sign of improved aerodynamics are the down and seat tube which use extremely truncated “NACA Fastback” teardrop profiles, taking the aero learnings from the Reacto and Time Warp, but reducing tubing sections to deliver weight minimal.
Many aerodynamic bits are hidden, all cable routing is internal, and the tapered head tube houses a svelte 1 1/8” to 1 1/4” fork to minimize wind resistance whilst maintaining stiffness.
The name Scultura is derived from the Italian for sculpture, a name that couldn’t be more apt as each frame takes many hours to finish by hand.
THE NEW SCULTURA IN THE PRESS...
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