THM has dropped a stunning 1/3 of the load off their already gentle carbon mountain bike crankset – all the way down to a claimed 299g for the brand new Clavicula XC, with a claimed weight of simply 299g utilizing an built-in 4-bolt spider. On the similar time, THM have a brand new built-in 1-piece Frontale cockpit that may exchange your present bar & stem with simply 222g of German carbon. And since THM is definitely part of Schmolke lately, there are additionally some new TLO bars for these trying to shed weight off extra typical 2-piece highway and gravel bike cockpits…
THM Clavicula XC new 299g MTB crankset
After a couple of years beneath 3T possession the place they helped refine manufacturing of the Torno cranks, Schmolke purchased THM simply over two years in the past, a few weeks earlier than the pandemic hit. Stefan Schmolke tells us it made for a worrying transition, however each manufacturers have come out of it stronger, with the ability to share assets and know-how as there wasn’t actually as a lot product overlap as I’d have anticipated. Within the final two years the 2 have supported one another in growth, usually with Schmolke going ultralight & THM going extra built-in.
However this new Clavicula XC MTB crankset replace exhibits THM remains to be keen to go loopy gentle…
The brand new mountain bike cranks eschew the modular spider design of the favored Clavicula M3 MTB crankset and as an alternative adapts the built-in highway Clavicula SE spider design to return in at simply 299g. That’s 31% lighter than the comparable 434g M3 mountain cranks, and even a couple of grams lighter than the basic highway Clavicula, thanks to 1 much less arm.
At first, it appeared an odd alternative to not go for a Direct Mount resolution as has grow to be widespread within the days of 1x chainring drivetrains. However actually, THM’s built-in carbon spider is lighter and stiffer than something you’ll get out of DM rings in the marketplace lately, even with 4 chainring bolts.
The 1300€ Clavicula XC cranks function Enhance spacing, a 168mm Q-factor, 4-bolt 104mm BCD and are suitable with a minimal 32T chainring. THM presents backside brackets (for an additional 70-110€) to suit all frequent BB requirements. The ultralight carbon cranks can be found to order now for autumn 2022 supply in 170, 172.5 & 175mm lengths and rated for rider/bike/gear as much as 110kg/243lb.
Curiously, they’re rated for X1-X4 mountain biking which covers from “Gentle cross-country terrain” all the best way as much as “Free experience, heavy terrain” – primarily any MTB self-discipline besides “Downhill, excessive terrain”.
This 11 or 12-speed suitable Carbon-Ti X-Ring EVO ring just isn’t included, however out there direct from Carbon-Ti for 70€ and including 27-57g (30-38T).
THM Carbones Clavicula SE PM is the World’s Lightest Energy Meter crankset
A couple of 12 months and a half in the past THM debuted their 1975€ Clavicula SE PM, arguably the World’s Lightest Energy Meter crankset at simply 320g for compact, 329g for traditional highway 5-bolt. The ability meter internals solely add about 27g to the overall crankset, whereas boasting +/- 2% accuracy from 0-1999W output.
The actual attention-grabbing a part of the story right here now… is that the ability meter internals are completely suitable with the brand new Clavicula XC mountain bike crankset. THM is already engaged on refining how the ability meter turns uncooked torque sensor knowledge into correct energy knowledge to transmit to your gadget, so count on a Clavicula XC PM model within the close to future, as properly.
It would for certain be the lightest MTB energy meter cranks when it debuts!
THM Frontale 1-piece carbon highway bike cockpit
On the extra built-in facet of THM, their new 999€ one-piece carbon Frontale highway bike cockpit combines a light-weight carbon bar and stem to create an ultralight, ultra-stiff setup. At simply 222g (42cm extensive x 100mm stem), the Frontale lets consumers decide from 90/100/110mm efficient stem lengths, 40/42/44cm bar widths, AND customise your required stem angle.
The usual combo is designed round a -6° stem, however THM adjusts every bar to the client’s choice so that you get the proper setup to match the precise headtube angle of your steerer tube – at no additional cost!
The bar options 119mm drop, 77mm attain & a delicate 6° of flare on the drops. It will get inside cable routing and a 1 1/8″ clamp, so it’ll solely be absolutely inside for some setups. It additionally has a direct mount for an out-front GPS mount beneath the bar.
Schmolke TLO ultralight carbon gravel & highway bike bars
Schmolke has been constructing carbon bars since 1992 too, though from the start the molding course of was a bit extra primitive than what we see immediately. However that was ok for Jan Ullrich and a second place on the Tour de France again in 2003, so I assume Stefan Schmolke knew what he was doing then.
Now molds usually tend to be machined out of huge blocks of metallic, however inside you continue to get light-weight carbon bars made in Germany.
The most recent addition to Schmolke’s TLO – The Lightest One – household is their new Gravelbar TLO.
Obtainable in 40/42/44cm widths (outside-outside on the hoods), the gravel bars get a 20° flare within the drops, and one other 6° on the ends to return out to 51/53/55cm extensive general – 115mm drop, 75mm attain.
Beginning at a whopping 495€, the Schmolke Gravelbar TLO allows you to decide from 3 rider weight classes to get the lightest bar, with or with out reinforcement to be suitable with clip-on aero bars, a 1K weave or UD end, elective inside cable routing, and this normal White version graphics or stealthy Black version (just like the highway bar under)… as much as 555€ relying on choices. Claimed weight for this tremendous gravel bar is simply 170-180g.
Roadbar EVO TLO
Evaluate it on the road-side to the Roadbar EVO TLO from 495€. Choices are just about the identical for the 40/42/44cm bars (o-o), besides these are even stiffer & lighter from 135-155g, and may climb as excessive as 605€!
Roadbar EVO SL
But when your handlebar finances isn’t fairly as extravagant, you will get nearly the identical weight & stiffness from the extra ‘reasonably priced’ Schmolke Roadbar EVO SL. From 165-180g, it’s not a lot heavier and will get all the similar options. And its worth is a bit decrease however nonetheless tremendous costly at 380€.
You’ll need to determine for your self the place to make your price financial savings. For those who simply purchased the costly, however surprisingly not astronomical new 5-6kg Schmolke full bike, perhaps it is smart to go TLO, too…