Deda is touting a higher level of cockpit integration with the launch of its new Vinci handlebar and stem.
Given its lack of obvious hardware, the Vinci stem and handlebar at first glance appear to be a one-piece design. Indeed, a round clamping surface combined with an inconspicuous opening make for an almost seamless transition. Plus, a channel that’s been built into the front of the steerer tube, along with special spacers that allow both brake and shift housing to pass through the headset, further adds to its single-piece look.
According to Deda, the Vinci stem is 3D forged from 2014 alloy, which features a -17° angle, a 31.8mm bar clamp and 1.25″ steerer tube clamp that also includes an adapter to fit more common 1.125″ steerers. Also, it has 40mm of stack that includes the Italian brand’s upper DCR headset cap for proper internal routing installation, while matching spacers for internal cable routing are available in 2.5, 5 and 10mm.
The Vinci’s finish is a polished black with graphics that’s available in lengths of 90 to 140mm in 10mm increments
It’s important to note, that the DCR system works with a standard tapered steerer with 1-1/8” upper diameter, but requires a 52mm (1.5”) upper headset bearing, while the stem leaves room at the back for the cables to fit the gap in between the headset bearing and the fork. Furthermore, the stem also features special spacers that provide the channels for the housing cables. The spacers are designed with slits that allow them pull open so they can be added or removed to get the fit right without having to remove all cables.
The Vinci carbon handlebar shares a similar finishes to the stem, and features Deda’s RHM (rapid hand movement) design that they claim results in improved comfort and control at all hand positions.
Naturally, the bar also has provisions for cable routing and ports for Campagnolo EPS and Shimano Di2 controllers as well, and is available in widths of 40 cm, 42 cm, 44 cm and 46 cm.
Additionally, eliminating the space between bar top and stem involves the use of removable “handlebar foil” composite spacers. Deda says the idea behind this design is to again create a seamless aesthetic, while also allowing for the use of its clip-on Superzero aero bars and other accessories.
The Vinci stem and handlebar sell for 110€ and 260€ respectively, while the DCR integrated headset costs 50€.
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