From the moment the Needle was launched it caught the eye of track and criterium riders due to its steel, rather than alloy frame. The Reynolds 725 tube-set is double butted and heat-treated for a higher strength to weight ratio.
This strength produces a very stiff frame, and thanks to the inherent dampening properties of steel, also very comfortable. This dampening characteristic means the frame is very compliant and stable through corners, and on rougher surfaces, which ultimately makes for a fast bike.
The Needle frame has had a few significant updates for 2016. Perhaps most noticeable is the sloping top tube, and the tapered head tube. These are designed for very different reasons, the tapered head tube works together with a tapered carbon fork for stiffer, and more direct handling.
The sloping top tube is a result of reducing the seat tube length, which allows for a little extra riding comfort and gives the bike its distinctive silhouette. The dropouts have been updated too and are brazed into the rear stays for a cleaner, smoother look.
The drive train of the Needle is the proven Sram Omnium 7050-T6 alloy crankset and 48t sprocket which drives a 17t heat treated crmo rear cog. Each turn of the cranks transfers the drive through to our own Drome wheelset. The wheelset rolls on high quality sealed bearing hubs that are laced into a wider rim with 25c tires, for reduced rolling resistance and improved comfort
TOP TUBE:(Effective Horiz.) Small äóñ 524mm / Medium äóñ 560mm / Large äóñ 578mm / X-Large äóñ 598mm
CHAINSTAY LENGTH: 392mm
HEAD TUBE ANGLE:Small äóñ 72.8ŒÁ / Medium äóñ 73ŒÁ / Large äóñ X-Large äóñ 73.2ŒÁ
SEAT TUBE ANGLE:Small äóñ 74.5ŒÁ / Medium äóñ X-Large äóñ 74ŒÁ
BOTTOM BRACKET: 51.5mm drop
SEAT TUBE: (C-T) Small äóñ 500mm / Medium äóñ 530mm / Large äóñ 560mm / X-Large äóñ 590mm
WIDTH: Small äóñ Medium äóñ 400mm / Large äóñ X-Large äóñ 420mm
COLOR: black / green
FRAME:COLUMBUS äóìCromoräó? double butted tubing, tapered head tube, brazed dropouts
FORK:BT BIKES äóìCriteriumäó? carbon / alloy fork, 1.1/8äó_-1.1/2äó_ tapered
BARS:BT BIKES äóìCompactäó? drop bar, butted 6061-T6 alloy
GRIPS:BT BIKES äóìPROäó? shock-proof bar tape
STEM:BT BIKES äóìOriginäó? forged alloy stem, -7ŒÁ
HEADSET:FSA äóìNo21/12/44äó_ sealed a-headset, 1.1/8äó_-1.1/2äó?
LEVER:TEKTRO äóìRL-721äó? top mount hinged brake levers
BRAKES:TEKTRO äóìR312äó? calliper brakes
CRANKSET:SRAM äóìOmniumäó? 7050 alloy crank
CHAIN:KMC äóìHL710äó_ Halflink, 1/2äó_ x 1/8äó?
CHAINRING:SRAM äóìOmniumäó? 7075-T6 alloy, 48T
CASSETTE:17T heat treated crmo cog
FRONT HUB:BT BIKES äóìDromeäó? sealed front alloy hub, 9mm female bolt axle
REAR HUB:BT BIKES äóìDromeäó? sealed rear alloy flip-flop track hub, 10mm regular axle
FRONT RIM:BT BIKES äóìDM30äó? double wall, i17, 32h
REAR RIM:BT BIKES äóìDM30äó? double wall, i17, 32h
SADDLE:BT BIKES äóìPROäó? rail saddle, vacuum bonded top cover
SEAT POST:BT BIKES äóìSPDC-2äó? alloy seat post
SEAT CLAMP:integrated with frame
TIRES:KENDA äóìKriteriumäó? 700c x 25c
WEIGHT:8.6kg (18.9lbs) äóñ size M
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