Litespeed C1 Race Aero Road Bike – Unboxed, Weighed & First Impressions

first_imgThe bottle mount is designed to shroud the cage and channel air around the bottle. To achieve a concave structure of this sort, a plug is inserted into the mold to shape the carbon. Litespeed claims to be one of the only manufacturers, if not the only manufacturer to use this method. Many aerobikes use water bottle shrouding, but this technique adds a bit of flare on the side. Out of the box, the C1 Race weighs in at 16lb 13 oz. That’s a little heavier than we expected, but despite being bonafide weight weenies, we understand that weight is just one of many factors taken into consideration when crafting an aero bike. Well defined lines throughout the build, and together with sharp graphics make for an aggressive appearance.Examining the spec chart, the geometry for the C1 is interesting. We received a ML size (56cm), which sits smack dab in the middle of their offerings. The head tube and seat tube both sit at 73.0 degrees, at or near what’s considered standard for race bikes. Chainstay length is a very short 39.5cm, wheelbase is 97.4cm, and bottom bracket drop is 6.8cm – all very racy. That’s tighter than a comparably sized Specialized Venge and many other aero bikes.Litespeed borrowed the geometry spec from a particularly successful custom titanium frame they built for racer Jeff Pierce back in the day. By lengthening the distance between feet and front axle (i.e. longer Front-Center), and shortening the chainstays, the rider sits at a slight pivot point over the back wheel. That’s said to make the bike super agile and quick, with reactive handling for breakaways.The C1 first showed up as a 2011 model. Since then, Litespeed switched from a 40T to a 30T unidirectional carbon modulus this year. After experimenting with many different carbon layups, they found this to be the best contender in both strength-to-weight ratio and price. The ride quality in terms of lateral stiffness, torsional stiffness, and vertical compliance is said to be improved from models of previous years. A carbon molding technique called Reactive Pressure Molding that lays pre-preg carbon over a preformed structure that’s inflated once the frame’s inside the mold to produce a smooth carbon finish inside and out, which means more predictable quality control. The seat stays are ribbed into the seat tube to brace the frame, while a very large BB30 bottom bracket shell is reinforced for power transfer. The seat tube is cut out around the wheel for air flow, and the rear wheel is tucked in closer than most bikes we’ve seen.Originally designed with an integrated seat post, and still offered that way in the 2013 C1R, Litespeed took great measures to ensure that this bike remained stiff at the seatpost-seatstay junction despite the adjustable seatpost. Because the bike is designed as a breakaway bike, the tubing is crafted to open and close the air efficiently, creating a vacuum that closes air on the tail end of the bike. Like many aero bikes, it’s designed to benefit the rider while wearing out the pack.Ribbed into the seat tube to brace the frame, the seat stays have a visible rotation. Near the top, the rib and body line up and the seat stays are widened for extra stiffness behind the knees while also maintaining a degree of vertical compliance for ride comfort. As they move downward, they twist to maximize aerodynamics. The fork blades have a slight outward bend to channel air and absorb road shock. A 62mm crown race on the head tube lets you insert a variety of headsets. Litespeed strived for precise, consistent wall thickness throughout the headtube to easily accept a variety of cups. Moving down, the dropouts on the front and rear are both carbon, and a stainless steel exoskeleton on the rear dropout bridges into the frame for extra stiffness.And as is popular nowadays, the headtube is tapered and the chain stays are assymmetrical with different carbon layups in each to withstand pedal forces appropriately.Using a two bolt post clamp that braces at 6nm, this should prevent any seatpost slip, a problematic phenomenon we’ve found in other aerodynamic seat posts.First Ride ImpressionsBeing the dead of winter, we’ve only gotten a couple good rides in on the bike. So far, it rides great. The quality is impressive with sharp cornering and stability on the flats. On the climbs, the bike is responsive with noticeable stiffness in the bottom bracket and torsional stiffness when torquing the bars. We haven’t had the chance to take the bike in a serious paceline, so there’s no word on the micro side-side handling, but first impressions are encouraging.With a price point at $4,700 it seems to be a great contender in the aero bike market, with ride quality pinned against bikes that run $8,000+. In size 56, the C1 Race is slightly heavier than the much larger Alchemy we just tested out, but it feels stiff in the right places. The C1 Race is comparable in spec to the the Cervelo we had in last year at this time, and the C1 Race gets (in my opinion) a better, more refreshing design that will turn some heads. Some weight could be dropped by swapping out the Fizik Arione saddle, Easton EA70 bar and stem, but the component choice is respectable for the price. The Ultegra groupset is spec’d 53-39 in the chainring and 12-25 in the cassette, a ratio we’re familiar with that shouldn’t give any surprises. This being the first time we’ve rolled on Reynolds Assault clinchers, they seem so far to have all the qualities of a good wheelset while being built burly enough to maintain form under heavier riders…something we’ll test.Now that the bike’s out of the box, lubed, pumped and stabled at Bikerumor HQ, we look forward to getting in some serious saddle time on the build. Stay tuned for the long term review!center_img Litespeed, recognized for creating some of the highest quality titanium frames in the classic days of cycling, has been making way the past few years into the carbon market with builds ranging from endurance to all-out race. They’re still producing some very nice ti bikes, but the flagship of their 2013 lineup is the new Litespeed C1 Race aero road bike.The test model came spec’d with an Ultegra groupset, Reynolds Assault clinchers, an Easton EA70 cockpit and Fizik Arione saddle. The C1 Race is a variation of the C1, receiving the upgrade from Easton EA50 aluminum clinchers to the Reynolds Assault carbon wheelset. Pricing is $4700 as shown. With a frameset built to handle both mechanical and electronic systems, adding Di2 to the mix brings pricing to $5000 (with Easton EA50 clinchers).Keeping a relatively low price point for a high end aero bike, Litespeed packed a bunch of tech into the frame. For 2013, they switched the frame’s carbon layup and carried over the Aerologic suite, Litespeed’s proprietary aerodynamic system that shapes everything from the aerodynamic tubing down to the concave bottle mounts.We took it to the scale, with details, photos and a tech rundown after the break… The 54g bottom bracket shell is machined with metal inserts, a method Litespeed thinks is more precise and efficient than molding the shell directly into the carbon. Shifter cables are routed through the frame while brake cables are left unmasked for easier maintenance.last_img read more

Good day sunshine for BullFrog as new Official Sunscreen of Ironman…

first_imgLake Placid, New York Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i Date Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) has confirmed that BullFrog is the new Official Sunscreen of the Ironman US series and of each of the 11 individual Ironman events to be held in the US during the 2014 season.BullFrog is a sunscreen brands made in Cocoa, Florida, by Sun & Skin Care Research (SSCR) and will be provided to all athletes at the events.“Ironman is pleased to join forces with BullFrog and a fellow Florida company, Sun & Skin Care Research,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of WTC (Ironman). “Proper sun protection in and out of water is a crucial element of our sport and we are excited to team with BullFrog to provide our athletes with trusted and proven protection that will keep up with their needs.”SSCR EVP and Acting CEO Tom Nestor said “We are excited to have Ironman as a partner across 11 events in the ultimate competition, the Ironman US series. From Miami to Malibu and everywhere in between, triathletes and anyone who loves the outdoors will discover that BullFrog was created for ultimate performance and protection.”BullFrog will support Ironman events across the US beginning with Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas on 17 May 2014.“Ironman is a natural fit for BullFrog,” SSCR VP, Marketing Valda Coryat added. “That’s because BullFrog can be used everywhere the athletes swim, bike and run. BullFrog is engineered to stay put … in and out of the water.”As an official sponsor, BullFrog will have a tent at the Ironman Expo Village, where the brand will distribute sunscreen samples and provide education on sun protection. BullFrog will have a visual presence along the race course and prominent exposure at the finish-line chute. BullFrog Sunscreen Stations will also be set up along the course, enabling athletes to apply sunscreen at transition points during the race.BullFrog will participate in the following Ironman US series events: Ironman Boulder The Woodlands, Texas Ironman Chattanooga benefitting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America May 17, 2014 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas Louisville, Kentucky Ironman Lake Tahoe Related Ironman Arizona August 3, 2014 August 24, 2014 Tempe, Arizona July 27, 2014 Ironman Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health                                    Event Boulder, Colorado Ironman World Championship September 7, 2014 Lake Tahoe, California Ironman Coeur d’Alene September 21, 2014 Ironman Florida June 29, 2014 Location November 1, 2014 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho September 28, 2014 November 16, 2014 October 11, 2014 Madison, Wisconsin Ironman Wisconsin Ironman Lake Placid Panama City Beach, Florida Chattanooga, Tennesseelast_img read more

Clear Sky Capital purchases Gilbert

first_imgDTZ announced today that Clear Sky Vintage, LP (Clear Sky Capital, Marcus Kurschat – principal) purchased The Vintage, a 106-unit apartment community at 1303 West Juniper Avenue in Gilbert, AZ, for $14.25 million ($134,434 per unit). The seller was Vintage Gilbert, LLC (Matt and Sam Blank, Darryl Berger, Rustin Randal – principals).DTZ Executive Managing Directors David Fogler and Steven Nicoluzakis represented Clear Sky Capital during the transaction.“This was an excellent opportunity for the buyer to acquire a solid asset built in 2000, in a great location, with the ability to unlock value through a light renovation,” said Mr. Nicoluzakis.The Vintage was built in 2000 and was slated for a condominium conversion prior to being purchased by the seller through a Trustee Sale in 2013. The complex features large studio loft, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units averaging over 1,150 square feet, with attached and detached garages, a clubhouse with fitness and business centers, swimming pool and spa and gated entrance.last_img read more

Les liens forts entre enfants et grands-parents

first_imgYahoo Quebec:Des chercheurs de l’Université Edith Cowan en Australie se sont penchés sur le lien précieux existant entre un enfant et ses grands-parents. On remarque en effet dans nos sociétés la place importante que ces derniers occupent dans la vie de l’enfant, et ce, malgré les différences générationnelles.On peut donc lire dans Current Directions in Psychological Science que l’évaluation a porté sur différents facteurs, notamment psychologiques, sociologiques et biologiques.Ce qui retient le plus notre attention concerne les causes anthropologiques de cette relation. Il semble en fait que dans les sociétés traditionnelles, l’implication des grands-parents a pu augmenter de manière substantielle les chances de survie durant la petite enfance et l’enfance.Lire plus/Read more: Yahoo Quebec More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Committed Royalist

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Hang loose, man

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Lord chief justice attacks court secrecy

first_imgThe lord chief justice has said he never wants to see defendants being tried anonymously in English courts again.Speaking at his annual press conference this morning, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd called for clearer rules and guidance for keeping evidence and details of trials secret.His call followed the collapse for undisclosed reasons of a controversial semi-secret trial of a man accused of preparing for acts of terrorism. The defendant, Erol Incedal, was named in June only after the Court of Appeal overturned the government’s request to hold the entire trial in secret.Asked whether this possibility could arise again in the future, Thomas made it clear he wants to see defendants named in all cases. ‘There ought to be clear guidelines and rules so the prospect of an anonymous defendant is one I would hope we never see again in our courts,’ he said.He outlined that the court must ensure ‘at the earliest stage’ that the press is entitled to make representations and see such material as can be shown so journalists know what the argument is about. ‘I passionately believe in open justice, and justice that is not open is not good justice,’ added Thomas.In a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from judicial review to the European arrest warrant, Thomas had a clear message for whoever wins the next general election.Reports this week suggested that civil servants have been asked to identify a further £30bn in public service cuts – with justice spending likely to be under scrutiny again.Thomas said he did not expect the government’s proposed upgrade of the court infrastructure to be included in any cuts but warned of dire consequences if it was.‘There is no doubt in my mind we are reaching a situation where if we don’t invest and if that doesn’t go ahead the justice system would face a severe crisis,’ said Thomas. ‘I am doing judgments on Word 2003 which Microsoft is operating by special arrangement. We don’t have a proper system for people to do claims online. It is wholly inadequate.’Thomas said the judicial system would have to work within prescribed constraints if both major political parties opt not to increase the legal budget.He added that the legal profession would have to look ‘pretty radically’ at how to administer justice at a reduced cost, although he noted lawyers will still play an ‘indisputable role’.‘We need to look in certain areas at a more inquisitorial procedure. Do we need to use more online dispute resolution for smaller claims, for example?’last_img read more

Dominicans urged to put diabetes knowledge to practice

first_img Tweet LocalNews Dominicans urged to put diabetes knowledge to practice by: – November 11, 2015 Share Share Sharecenter_img 216 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! President of the Dominica Diabetes Association, Marvlyn Birmingham . (file photo)A call has been made to citizens to put the knowledge and information they have on Diabetes into action, as Dominica observes Diabetes Awareness Month. The call was made by the President of the Dominica Diabetes Association, Marvlyn Birmingham in light of World Diabetes Day which will be celebrated on Saturday 14 November 2015.“The awareness is there but what we need to do is to take that knowledge and awareness that people have and turn it into action, that is where we don’t see the behavior change in people,” Ms Birmingham said.“People know what they need to do, they all know the effects of diabetes on the various organs, but taking their medication, physical exercise eating healthy; these behaviors change that we need to prevent the complications and the early onset of diabetes, we are not seeing that happening, we are not seeing the required behavior change,” she continued.The Association has several activities planned for this year’s observation which will focus on healthy eating and physical activity, in keeping with the theme ‘Healthy Living’. The Grand Bay branch of the Dominica Diabetes Association will host a walk on Saturday 14 November through Tete Morne generally promoting physical activity, while another activity will be hosted in Cabrits on Saturday in collaboration with the Ross University School of Medicine.“We also have an activity in St Joseph and Jolly’s Pharmacy will be teaming up with the Diabetic Association and St Joseph Health Team to host a health fair at Matthews Hall,” Ms Birmingham informed.Ms Birmingham also called on the youth in particular to adopt healthy lifestyles because diabetes is becoming more prevalent among the young population. “When I was a young person, diabetes was considered a disease of the elderly. Now we find that a lot of younger persons are living with diabetes and there are early onsets among people in their 20’s and 30’s”.She said although younger people are hesitant to come forward and say that they have diabetes, they want them to come and join the Diabetes Association. “It is not an association of Diabetics, it is an association where people are concerned about diabetes and High Blood Pressure,” Ms Birmingham said.last_img read more

House Committee Proposes $5 Million For Fire Reduction Measures

first_imgAccording to Rep. Hopkins: “Last year’s fire season was a record for Alaska. The hard work and dedication of local firefighters was essential to protecting our community from the Shovel Creek Fire in Goldstream Valley. Their success was assisted by the presence of fire break lines. By investing in these risk reduction measures, we give our fire professionals strategic advantages that can make the difference between containing a wildfire and risking whole neighborhoods and communities.” In a release, he claims that this budget proposal provides funding to create and maintain fire breaks over the next two years while also directing the State of Alaska to develop a plan to allocate federal and insurance dollars paid to the state each year to reimburse firefighting costs. The intention for those funds is creating stable funding for future risk reduction efforts, putting rural fire crews and contractors to work developing and implementing protection plans for neighborhoods and communities. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state House committee crafting the budget for firefighting operations within the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, chaired by Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai/Soldotna) unanimously adopted a proposal from Rep. Grier Hopkins (D-Fairbanks) earlier this week that allocates $5 million for the creation and maintenance of fire breaks and other fire risk reduction measures.center_img The budget proposal now heads to the full House Finance Committee for consideration.last_img read more

2019 Africa Games: Nigeria Women’s Beach Volleyball Team Slaughter Benin Republic

first_imgNigeria thrash Benin Republic 2-0 (21-5, 21-5) in the women’s beach volleyball event at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.The pair of Tochukwu Nnoruga and Francisca Ikhiede were too hot for Benin Republic to handle as it took Nigeria less than 20 minutes to win her opening match.Francisca Ikhiede said Nigeria plans to retain the title they won at the last African Games in Brazzaville, Congo.“The game against Benin Republic is a prelude to what Nigerians should expect. We are in Morocco to retain the crown and by the grace of God, we shall overcome,” Ikhiede said.Nigeria who is seeded number one will face Kenya by 9 am and the Gambia by 4 pm on Saturday.Meanwhile, Nigeria beat Mauritius 2-0 (21-16, 25-23) in the men’s Beach Volleyball event.The pair of Goodluck Anyasodike and Sam Godwin suppressed the threat coming from Mauritius.Nigeria will face Egypt by 9 am and Mozambique at 4 pm on Saturday.RelatedVOLLEYBALL: Nigeria Clinch Quarterfinals Berth At Africa B/Volleyball ChampionshipApril 25, 2019In “Volleyball”Nigeria Female Beach Volleyball Team Secures World Cup TicketApril 26, 2019In “Volleyball”VOLLEYBALL: Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique All Win As Rwanda Upsets Egypt at 2019 Africa B/Volleyball SeniorsApril 24, 2019In “Volleyball”last_img read more