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Rotor Uno finally in production

Rotor was present with demo bikes on trainers letting anyone try out the new UNO hydraulic shifting group. The only news from the booth was that UNO is in production, so you’ll soon be able to mount the group to your own bike. It’s showing on their website, with our first real look at their cassette (image below).

Check it out along with clever new cleats and entry level pedals from VP, bikepacking bags from Ortlieb and the ultimate socket set from Park Tool…

Rotor Uno cassette

The cassette uses a one-piece machined steel body for the lower section and heat treated 7075 alloy for the largest two cogs. Claimed weight is 135g and it’ll originally come only in a wide-ish range 11-28 (11,12,13,14,15,16,17,19,21,24,28).

The new VP Components VXE pedals are aimed at first time users for clipless pedals. They’re a bit heavy (400g) and use simple ball bearings inside, but they’re cheap, adjustable and come with these new patent pending cleats:

The VP-C51 cleat adds additional rotational adjustability at the cleat, letting you easily set up the right angle for your shoes without having to dilute the retention strength on the pedal itself. Simple, brilliant, and SPD compatible.

The new Harrier C (right) is a more compact version of the original that adds a concave surface. Weight is the same at 362g per pair.

Park Tool’s new 37-piece SBS3 (foreground) might be the ultimate bike-specific socket set. Longer bits help reach into tight spots (like between brake levers and shifter mounts), and come in every size you’ll need to fix your ride. Behind it is the smaller SBS 1.2, getting 18 pieces in more essential sizes. Both use 3/8″ socket openings for all parts.

Ortlieb’s bikepacking line gets a new small-sized handlebar and saddle bag, and a new frame and top tube bags. All will be available in 2018.

The original larger one was launched last year at Sea Otter.

They get reflective patches and an air release valve to make rolling it up easy…an important feature if you’re trying to stuff and compact a waterproof pack, it’s all but impossible to fully compress without one.

The Gravel Packs are small panniers sold in a pair thatbuse the same lightweight waterproof ripstop nylon as the frame bags. Get a few extra rolls at the top to fully seal them.

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Ryan S
Ryan S
6 years ago

Isn’t that Uno groupset already​ two years old from the first press photos? It’s going to have to be competitively priced to they everyone on a proprietary groupset.

James Balentine
James Balentine
6 years ago

Every brand is proprietary, you can’t mix and match shifters and derailleurs with anybody else’s stuff either. So as long as it is in the ballpark of Sram red/ Shimano DA then it is appropriately priced.

Bmx
Bmx
6 years ago

Na sorry james most 11spd are cross compatible. Most people ride shimano and sram as a bubget saving.

MaraudingWalrus
6 years ago
Reply to  Bmx

And you’ll be able to run shimano, sram, campagnolo cassettes with the Rotor group. Just like all the other 11 speed stuff.

Also just like all the other 11speed stuff, you won’t be able to mix shifters and derailleurs.

bruto
bruto
6 years ago

SRAM 11s road shifters (rear) use the same cable pull as their 10s road/MTB line (Exact actuation), which opens a way for partial upgrade and/or allows one to use MTB RD on a drop bar bike, for example

Interchangeability of SRAM’s and Shimano’s 11s MTB components is also well documented

badbikemecahnix
badbikemecahnix
6 years ago

I have never seen this groupsset in my shop. It’s dead as amp bikes

Hexs
Hexs
6 years ago

I really like their 11-28 tooth jumps,
same as 11-25 up to 21 then big jump on bail-out gears on 24 then 28.
Simply great. Better than Sram that made 22-25-28. And Shimano that just skip 16t for finer tooth jump in climbing region where power to speed up is quite linear unlike at 16t zone where wind resistance already make speed up require quadratically more power thus lack of 16t is more noticable than lack of fine gear on climbing range.

Hexs
Hexs
6 years ago

Shimano 11-28: 11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28
Sram 11-28: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-22-25-28
Rotor 11-28: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-24-28

my proposed range: 11-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-25-28
thought?

shemp
shemp
6 years ago
Reply to  Hexs

Hexs, You make me long for days when you configure you’re own cassettes. Was it Sachs, Mavic or Campy allowed you do that in 8 and 9 sp era I can’t remember. I just wish there was 10 sp. 12-36 with 30-33-36 for back end instead of 28-32-36. On both my XC (double 38/26) and CX (42 one by) bikes I find 4 tooth difference sometimes scrub too much momentum.

Tomi
Tomi
6 years ago
Reply to  shemp

@shemp You can still do it thanks to the Marchisio Multikits cassettes : http://clemenzo.com/fr/marchisio/

In my experience the downside is a slightly slower shifting, a bit noisier and it is more expensive than a second tier cassette (think ultegra/Force). I never compared the weight but I suspect it is heavier too.

Walter
6 years ago
Reply to  shemp

Marchisio is still producing them. I have 11-12-13-15-18-21-24-26-28-30 on my trekking bike.

Dinger
Dinger
6 years ago
Reply to  Hexs

I think you may find the jump between 16 and 18 to be just as frustrating as 15-17. I find 15-19 is right in the meat of my usual speed range. Missing a gear in there is uncomfortable for me.

Food for thought. A gear tooth is not a fixed value. It is a percentage of a circle. The larger that circle, the smaller the difference in circumference 1 tooth makes.

For my money, I’d take the SRAM (which I use) or the Rotor’s 11-28 range, even thought I like Shimano’s cog quality the best.

Robo
Robo
6 years ago

Why is a saddlebag better than a rear rack and panniers?

Joe Lee
Joe Lee
6 years ago
Reply to  Robo

Originally it was so you could ride narrow single track. Now it’s fashion it seems.

blah blah blah
blah blah blah
6 years ago

i do like the looks of that groupset!

typevertigo
typevertigo
6 years ago

VP’s rotational adjustment for their cleats is very clever. I’ll wait to see how well they work in the real world. If the system is “transparent” and introduces no other issues of its own then it’s a boon for improved bike fitment.

Santiago Sebastián Matías Hernandez
Santiago Sebastián Matías Hernandez
6 years ago

That Rotor Groupset would have been cool, in 2012. No clutch, iffy delivery and even more marginal support, do they have flat mount or 140 options? And mostly – why tho? Its a bummer to see a company put so much into something that’s so misguided, and late.

MaraudingWalrus
6 years ago

They do have flat mount options. I am unsure about 140.

Eopinions
Eopinions
6 years ago

They’re so deep into the project it’s too late to pull the plug. It’s got to be excruciating as an upper level exec in that company to know one has failed. Bringing a product DOA to the market is their only option. A lesson to be learned.

Brian
Brian
6 years ago
Reply to  Eopinions

Your obituary for this groups is seriously premature, as it hasn’t even been available long enough to gain any market traction. As for the why, how about that it has no cables to wear out and it has no batteries to worry about. The shifting system is sealed and doesn’t require bleeding. The shifting ratchet mechanism is also sealed, so it will be unaffected by water, dirt, etc. It should be essentially maintenance-free, other than hosing it off and lubing the pivots. It’s actually a very smart design, despite what you nay-sayers think.

That said, whether it catches on will depend on how well it performs and how effectively Rotor promotes it.

Flux
Flux
6 years ago

11-28 is considered wide?

The_truth.
The_truth.
6 years ago

To understand this product is to understand the industry. The industry doesn’t NEED this, as is the case for most of the new products that come out… however, the difference is, that most of the new stuff people WANT (or at least are convinced to).There is no want for this. There have been attempts in the past for hydro and pneumatic systems but there’s a reason why we don’t see them on bikes today. As someone who has worked in the industry for over a decade and demo’ed this uno group set for themselves first hand, I can confidently say that this product is more than likely going to fail. As stated above, unfortunately, it is in fact too late for Rotor to pull out, but who knows, there’s always room for change.

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