The carbon fiber Uber Lords at AX-Lightness have debut their latest Vial Evo Disc road bike, which tips the scales at an astonishingly light 11.9 pounds (5.4kg) for a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red HRD equipped complete bike, while the German brand’s own 840g Ultra Disc 25T wheelset with Extralite SPD-3 hubs, full-carbon Rigid stem, Ergo 4200 handlebar, Europa seatpost and Leaf Comfort Anti-Slip full-carbon saddle played no small role in achieving this gravity-defying weight.
The new Vial Evo Disc frame weighs in at a claimed 750g for a size medium. But, despite its feathery weight, AX-Lightness says the frame is no shrinking violet, as it’s designed for “everyday use and riding conditions”, citing 62% more laterally stiffness and a 22% stiffer bottom bracket than “the current market’s benchmark”, giving an overall stiffness-to-weight figure of 159.83 N/mm/kg.
“Based on our Eurobike Gold Award winner VIAL evo D / Ultra / Race and Eurobike-Award winner VIAL evo XC MTB, we now present the next generation of the VIAL evo line after intensive development work: the VIAL evo Disc!,” says AX-Lightness.
“As with the VIAL evo Ultra and VIAL evo Race, the focus of development was on the ideal symbiosis of lightness, stability and comfort; and all of this without comprising suitability for everyday use! This is made possible thanks to the ingenious construction, intelligently formed tube cross-sections and the choice of strictly selected carbon prepreg material from motorsport and aerospace. In over 30 hours of handicraft in our factory in Germany, we shape these into an absolute masterpiece of technology. Lamination in clean room and curing in autoclave enable peak levelst hat cannot be achieved with conventional manufacturing processes. The result is a disc frame of the 700 gram class with outstanding technical properties that does not shy away from heavy riders,” AX-Lightness adds.
Versatilely was also a major factor when designing the Vial Evo Disc, which can accommodate tires up to 32mm – think light gravel duties.
The Vial Evo Disc frameset sells for €4,299, with complete bikes starting at €7,499.
There’s also a special “Climbers Limited Edition” model, which features a special red paint scheme that fetches €12,299 for SRAM Red 22 HRD equipped version and €13,999 with SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD.
You can learn more about the new AX-Lightness Vial Evo Disc by visiting Beno Bikes.
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