Ultralight Spanish carbon cockpit maker Darimo expands a line of unique T1 Loop aero carbon posts that open up gram shedding options for the latest & greatest road bikes from BMC, Canyon, Cervelo & Specialized, making aero proprietary no longer. Plus, a similar MTB version drops a lot of weight off your Fourstroke, new Brompton specific components lighten up your folder, more superlight stem options, and a feathery water bottle cage in the works…
Darimo T3 Loop Aero ultralight carbon road seatposts
Pretty much every time I pick up a Darimo cockpit components, I’m impressed by the finish quality and the surprising light weight. But here it was more just thinking how nice it is that someone is giving new options to all the proprietary ‘standards’ that abound on premium bikes.
So you bought a fancy BMC Teammachine, S-Works Tarmac, Cervélo R5, or Canyon Aeroad that comes with a heavy clunky seatpost. And since it’s a proprietary aero shape you have no upgrade options. Well, Darimo feels your pain. So, they reached out to each brand to check that the aero shape was not patented, then worked with a precision engineering analysis company to get perfect measurements of each specific aero shape, and created their own replica molds.
Now for 320€ (just 20€ more than their round posts, due to the extra unique mold production for each brand), Darimo will make you an ultralight aero carbon seatpost that fits your proprietary bike. Each uses Darimo’s lightest Dyneema Loop clamping system for ultralight, secure attachment to round or oval saddle rails. Weights vary slightly from model to model, but expect to drop down to ~70-90g, even for a post up to 400mm long!
Each post is made to order, so feel free to reach out to Darimo and they will tell you how much your post will weigh. If your bike isn’t on this list yet, reach out and ask. Damià says they are working to add more brand compatibility as the demand arises.
Darimo T3 Loop MTB ultralight carbon dropper post replacement
A similar story, if you bought a high-end BMC Fourstroke and wanted to build it into a super light XC racer, you probably realized you were stuck with the integrated dropper post. Again, enter Darimo who has a solution to drop a lot of weight of your already light mountain bike.
The 370€ T3 Loop MTB ultralight carbon seatpost follows the same path as the road posts with a BMC-specific aero shape & Dyneema Loop clamp. But it also includes a unique two-stage clamp, with the bottom/outer clamp securing the setup to your frame, and the upper clamp keeping the seatpost from slipping. The post & clamp together weigh <100g and drop right into your Fourstroke with no modifications necessary. So, feel free to pull the dropper out to save a few hundred grams on race day, then drop it back in for more technical riding.
Darimo T3 Brompton ultralight carbon seatpost & 25.4 MTB flat bar
OK, we’re getting niche here. Want to drop some weight off ahead of Brompton Worlds? Darimo created a new Brompton specific seatpost that weighs just 163g in a 700mm length (600-800mm available). The T3 Brompton posts costs 370€ (the same as any round post they make over 420mm long) and gets reinforced areas with white tick marks labeling where to clamp it when folded. Then you need an ultralight flat bar with a 25.4mm stem clamp. No problem, Darimo can do that for 190€ and offers widths up to 800mm (this one is 620mm & <80g.)
Darimo IX2 ultralight carbon stems in more size options
When Darimo shared their ultralight four-bolt IX4, then two-bolt IX2 carbon stems, they told us more sizes and options would always be in the works. Now the IX2 adds a 1 1/4″ version for Canyon, Giant & any other bikes with the same oversized steerer. They’ve also added new -17° & -25° 1 1/8″ stems for anyone needing to get low (in addition to more standard -6° 7 -12° versions). IX2 stems are offered in lengths from 60-130mm, and all carbon stems sell for the same 360€ price.
Prototype Darimo ultralight carbon water bottle cage
So, we’ll leave you with this first prototype carbon water bottle cage that only weighs a few grams. This very early version isn’t close to final. It seems incredibly flimsy when empty, but stiffens up once the bottle was in place. Darimo told us of how it will change in the next prototype, connecting lines from the upper bottle bolt, down over to the tab at the bottom of the bottle. But we’ll leave more detail for when it gets closer to reality…
All of these new carbon parts are made-to-order, entirely by hand in Darimo’s Valencia, Spain workshop. They also are all product innovations that come directly from customer requests, so it’s a pretty good indication of ‘ask and you shall receive.’