Pick one thing that would slow adoption of disc brake in the pro peloton and it would likely be the molasses-like process of unthreading a thru axle. Manitou and Focus have their twist-and-pull systems, Naild has a new twist-and-lock system, but Tune’s new QC system might be the fastest of them all.
The new Tune QC Schnellsteck Spanner thru axle system uses a simple push button release to trim removal time to a fraction of a second. Flip through to see how it works…
To release it, you flip the lever open on the non drive side and then push the red button on drive side. The quick release lever is only there to pull everything right so there’s no wheel wobble. The button is what compresses the angled tabs on the skewer, which lets it slide out of the catch on the dropout. You really need to do both to remove the wheel, so even if the lever gets knocked loose, the wheel isn’t coming out accidentally.
Fork and frame must be made for it, and Haibike has exclusive use for the first year, after which other brands can license it. You’ll find it on the Haibike Affair 8.80 Disc brake road bike.
Weight is just 42g for the front axle, so it’s one of the lighter systems out, too.
Next gen carbon Schwarzbrenner rims go from 20.5mm wide to a massive 28mm wide. But weight dropped 15g, and they getting stiffer and more aero. Available in clincher and tubular, they come in 60 and 38mm depths and use their basalt brake surface. Clinchers are tubeless ready.
They’ll come in at a claimed 1,330g for the 38 wheelset with MIG 70/170 hubs and CX Ray spokes.
The Krummes is their first setback seatpost and will come in three lengths (270/350/420mm) with weights at 112g, 122g and 137g. Prices range from €289 to €309. Diameter of 27.2 only for now.
The Energieträger is an alloy-over-elastomer battery holder for Di2 internal batteries to go into the seatpost. Simply squeeze the battery into the elastomer ring, slide it into the post, then tighten two small screws to expand the elastomer and lock it into place.
Retail is just €19.90. Two sizes fit posts with internal diameter from 24.6-27.9mm and 28-30mm.
Rechstrüger and Linkstrüger bottle cages are only 2g heavier than their standard cages at 21g, but offer right or left side loading of the bottle for smaller frames. Retail is €50.50.
The new Re4mer (reformer) saddle comes in at just 79g, but can be used for road and mountain biking.
Edges are formed with an inward bend, so there are no sharp edges. A closed nose makes it comfortable to grab with your hand to lift the bike over a log, barrier, etc. in the middle is an Alcantara non-slip patch, and there’s a slight tail kick.
Price is €289, 90kg rider weight limit.