A star turn

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - FIRST RIDE -

The mono­coque Colum­bus high mod­u­lus car­bon fi­bre frame­set is claimed to weigh 970g, with a 440g fork, which is a more than ac­cept­able weight, smack­ing of dura­bil­ity over crash di­et­ing. Its beefy head-tube area and broad shoul­dered fork, over­sized, six-sided down-tube, 86.5mm wide press-fit bot­tom bracket shell and chunky asym­met­ric chain­stays en­sure ex­cel­lent tor­sional rigid­ity.

Thru-axles fur­ther in­crease ef­fi­ciency, not only per­fectly align­ing the disc brakes for max­i­mum brak­ing ef­fect, but keep­ing the bike track­ing ac­cu­rately through tech­ni­cal turns. The slim­ming, kinked top-tube is said to brace the head-tube dur­ing ex­treme sprint-type ef­forts, some­thing that’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to as­sess. But dropped seat­stays are a recog­nised method of mul­ti­ply­ing seated com­fort, and along with the

27.2mm car­bon seat­post and 28mm tyres, help soak up the ma­jor­ity of bro­ken road vi­bra­tions. Front end com­fort is good , with big­ger hits be­ing damped suf­fi­ciently.

Our large frame fit­ted like a con­ven­tional 56cm, its 16cm head­tube giv­ing op­tions for rac­ers and cruis­ers alike, but this bike wants to be set loose, and dis­plays a great turn of speed when pushed, which isn’t hard to sus­tain. While it lacks the ul­ti­mate zing of BMC’S Road­ma­chine for ex­am­ple, the much cheaper Su­per­star Disc is ex­tremely ca­pa­ble, com­fort­able and quick, with great all-day or bunched race abil­ity, and those unique looks.

Ital­ian flare in a mod­ern ma­chine

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