It has been reported that Fondriest bicycles will borrow some of its composite technology from their partner brand Torpado to get their F80 cross country 650B hardtail mountain bike project up and running on the market. It has also been reported they will likely be importing the Fondriest mountain bike to the US shores for the 2013 season.
There aren’t huge amount details of test rides from prototypes to be had just yet, but analyzing the Torpado website, it appears the hard tail mountain bike will likely model after the great looking Nearco carbon hard tail model, which weighs a scant 990 grams for the UD HiMod frame. The cool ride is shown at the bottom of the page.
If this happens, it will run a tapered head tube, an X12 rear thru-axle, along with clean internal cable routing for both the rear brake and both derailleurs. It also appears the mtb will hold onto its Italian theme by utilizing the new Formula 33 front fork.
The specs for the Nearco geometry stand with the steering at 70°, and seat angle at 73°, the chain stay length is 16.7 inches or(425 mm). With development they opted to proceed with the initial design of their T50 trapezoidal tube concept that gives greater rigidity for pedaling hard. All of their tech advances that have derived from research are integrated into this latest F80 27.5 XC mountain bike.
- Claimed frame weight (for the Size Medium) 990 grams
- Latest hard tail 27.5 wheel size
- High-Modulus monocoque carbon (UDM)
- Press Fit 30 Bottom Bracket
- Direct Mount front derailleur
- Head tube is tapered
- Internal rear hydraulic brake cables
- Thru axle 142X12 millimeter
- Post 27.2 mm diameter