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Ceetec lays out new super light carbon MTB bar & EVO2 seatpost

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Swiss mountain bike component maker Ceetec has just introduced updates to their already incredibly light cross-country racing carbon handlebar and Evo2 seatpost. The new bar is said to set a benchmark of stiffness to weight based on recent tests, and the post actually gets lighter & stronger thanks to a new carbon head – all ready for World Cup racing to kick off.

Ceetec carbon XC flat bar v2.0

The new Ceetec flat bar for cross country racing with its all new carbon layup, just got back from its latest round of industry standard testing, and even Ceetec was surprised with how well it performed. Usually once they make it through the EN impact & fatigue tests, they keep ramping up the force until the bar explodes to determine its ultimate strength.

Instead, the two 720mm wide bars they sent to Bike Test Aachen survived the maximum force of the test rig over 2 million cycles, breaking three test bed stems along the way. And those bars weighed just 116g & 117g.

The bars sell for 275 Swiss Francs (~$293/236€) and are available in 700 & 720mm widths, with claimed weights of 114g & 118g, respectively. Both 31.8mm UD carbon bars share the same 6.5° backsweep, with no rise.

Ceetec carbon Evo2 light carbon seatpost

On the seatpost front, new Evo2 carbon seatpost sheds a few grams with a new high-strength carbon cradle to support the saddle rails. A new lighter layup doesn’t hurt as well. Ceetec actually developed the advanced fiber tech for this small part from carbon engineering they developed for their latest hookless carbon mountain bike rims.

The resulting 10.4g carbon cradle is both 46.1% stronger and 22.3% lighter than its aluminum predecessor.

As they tell it, there was never really a huge need to shed more weight. But with their carbon design & production capabilities they are always looking for ways to optimize. The seatpost with its anodized alloy clamping hardware will still be available in 27.2, 30.9 & 31.6mm diameter and has a no offset head. Post weights range from 118-126g for the 400mm long version depending on diameter with the new carbon shell. Ceetec says most standard posts are actually 425mm which adds a few more grams.

The currently 329 CHF (~$350/282€) post price does not yet include the new carbon cradle (Ceetec calls it a ‘shell’ because of its shape.) Expect the price to increase a bit, but not exponentially. The cradle will also be available separately as an upgrade to anyone with a current Evo2 post using the aluminum cradle.

Ceetec also teased that they have new carbon wheels in the work that we should see later in the season, plus a super light update to their chainguide to debut with the start of the World Cup season.

Availability

courtesy Ceetec, photo by Thomas Weschta

The carbon bars and seatposts, including alloy machining, are fully developed and produced in and around Ceetec’s Frenkendorf, Switzerland HQ. Ceetec provides the new bars, posts, and other components to the pro XC JB Brunex Felt Team who will race them the first time this coming weekend at the opening round of the UCI World Cup in South Africa.

Bars & posts are produced more or less to order, and the same components being raced at the World Cup by top XC & Marathon pros. Ceetec can provide actual delivery timeframes upon request, and will notify you after each order of the exact delivery estimate. Official availability is now slated from April 2018, as they seem to be producing a lot of the new kit for sponsored riders at the moment.

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Brent
Brent
5 years ago

If I read properly the graph, the new carbon seatpost is 300% stiffer… then degrading comfort? isn’t it a shame at the moment where you have the ability to introduce some compliance in this element (Canyon, Cannondale Spe seatposts)?

mateo
mateo
5 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Looks like that graph is for the cradle/”shell” only. Not the entire post.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
5 years ago

That seatpost clamp design is destined for failure I had a few woodman posts like that and they all had issues. Switched to Zipp and Crank Bros and problems solved.

JBikes
JBikes
5 years ago

Why is it destined for failure?
A components basic design is not always indicative of reliability. Materials, tolerances, minute design changes, and quality control differences can make similar looking products have vastly different lifespans.
I’m not saying this will be reliable, and I honestly don’t like the design given the potential for relative movement between the pull down cross bar and carbon post, but I’m unsure it will actually be unreliable.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
5 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

You’re probably right I made an assumption based on the fact that woodman is a premium brand and I use a digital snap on torque wrench and take care of my bikes that the posts failures were not due to material choices but rather design. I will say they were also kind of a pain in the rear to get the saddle dialed in. Funnily my favorite post ever was the one on my 2012 Venge

comrad
comrad
5 years ago

“switched to crank bros and problems solved”

Boy, I never thought I’d read that one

zscs
zscs
5 years ago

FYI. Darimo offers extremely light and good quality seatposts, for example 31.6x350mm is only 84 g, a 700mm XC handlebar is 88 g… 😉 http://darimo.eu/en/darimo-t1-seatpost

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