Over the weekend at CX Worlds in Tábor, we noticed a small CeramicSpeed group assembly with a number of other groups to speak ceramic bearings and low-friction lubrication AND appearing off a next-gen prototype OSPW device. Designed for each avenue & cyclocross, this new model in their Shimano outsized pulley wheel device improve will get cast pulleys and ADR tech inherited from MTB for smoother, longer operating…
Prototype up to date CeramicSpeed OSPW for Shimano Di2
We’re at all times psyched to search out prototypes within the professional pits. Whether or not hidden in undeniable view like the brand new Campy energy meter. Or moderately extra incognito like this vintage black tape lined derailleur cage. Right here, suited to a Dice Pass Race motorbike from Workforce Charles Liégeois, the cyclocross racing offshoot of Intermarché–Wanty. And CeramicSpeed used to be roaming the pits checking in with mechanics from a number of peak riders. We later stuck up with the CeramicSpeed group. They usually mentioned they had been checking-in with current backed riders, assembly with possible new companions, or even quietly turning in some product to unsponsored groups who use CeramicSpeed tools with out sharing that publicly.
So, what’s new within the OSPW division?
The CeramicSpeed prototype that we noticed is an up to date model in their long-running Over-Sized Pulley Wheel (OSPW) improve for Shimano rear derailleurs. Actually having a look again, it’s been virtually a decade since we first recognizing the CeramicSpeed OSPW resolution for Shimano. And outdoor of a couple of adjustments in pulley enamel numbers, that core curvy carbon cage improve hasn’t modified a lot since.
Now, that looks set to switch with a brand new angular design.
CeramicSpeed means that their next-gen OSPW will get extra angular aesthetics. That higher suits with the shaping of contemporary avenue motorbike groupsets. Even below a strip of black electric tape, this prototype surely looks as if a greater are compatible with the most recent Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur, in comparison to the prevailing curvy CeramicSpeed cage.
A more in-depth glance unearths that each higher and decrease pulleys are cast in this prototype. Identical to the ones Alpha pulleys of the just lately offered OSPW X for SRAM MTB Transmissions. We’re now not certain. However it looks as if the similar composite enamel blended to a easy alloy disc, like at the new MTB device.
This decrease pulley may be marked ADR. It options that mountain motorbike cage’s identical Lively Particles Remover shaping on the central quilt over the bearing. Because it’s been described to us, this tangential groove shaping is a patent-pending design that draws mud, dust & grit clear of the bearing quilt because the pulley spins. A self-cleaning resolution that guarantees even longer bearing existence
Not like the mountain motorbike’s X device with slender vast enamel, this avenue OSPW prototype keep on with a 19T decrease pulley. And looks to stay 13T for the higher pulley.
How else does it range from the present avenue OSPW?
But even so the extra angular fresh mountain motorbike OSPW cage with cast pulleys & ADR tech, CeramicSpeed’s newest OSPW innovation have been their fully-enclosed Aero cage. Apparently, that one additionally broke quilt on an Intermarché-Wanty professional’s Dice race motorbike.
The brand new avenue prototypes also are extra angular and have cast pulleys. We’d must be expecting that the brand new design will probably be heavier – it undoubtedly has extra subject material within the pulleys. However time will inform if this is balanced through reduced aero drag, decreased drivetrain friction, or longer bearing existence.
We’ll have to attend and spot what CeramicSpeed has to mention after they make the brand new design professional.
Have been there in truth CeramicSpeed OSPW-equipped motorcycles racing within the dust?
To be fair, now not many.
Nobody in truth raced this prototype right here within the dust, so far as we noticed. The group fastened this one to the motorbike of a rider who wasn’t even at Worlds, I consider. In all probability as a backup if one in all his teammates had any primary motorbike issues.
It will had been simply right here to tease the entire different professional riders in regards to the new tech coming quickly. However to be honest, it used to be so muddy in the market, it’s imaginable that I merely ignored it.
With very muddy prerequisites at the Tábor International Championship route, I will’t believe there have been too many friction-reducing beneficial properties available in a collection of outsized pulleys. A minimum of, the ones now not offset through extra actual property to assemble dust on. However you realize that incremental beneficial properties are at all times there, relative to the baseline usual. And theoretically ceramic bearings must perform extra easily slightly – the more severe prerequisites get and the extra group mechanics blank the motorcycles with force washers.
Anyway, the U23 building group riders of Intermarché–Wanty’s CX group Charles Liégeois had been carrying current OSPW setups.
We additionally spotted one or two different riders on CeramicSpeed OSPW X. Like this great SRAM AXS mullet setup. With an X01 MTB derailleur paired to an differently Drive 1x for the better gearing to take on deep dust.
What else do they have got up their CeramicSpeed sleeves?
In every single place they went – ducking out and in of professional group buses – CeramicSpeed used to be additionally sporting a small black case stuffed with pulley cages, ceramic bearings, and who is aware of what else.
Most likely a few of their UFO Drip wax lube this is somewhat prevalent in top-tier racing.
We most effective formally see CeramicSpeed brand stickers on a couple of professional avenue and a pair professional XC mountain motorbike groups. However, we’ve undoubtedly observed OSPW cages on numerous different ‘non-sponsored’ motorcycles. And towards the top price and concentrate on aero beneficial properties of most professional motorcycles at the present time, it sort of feels like a slightly small bounce for extra professional riders to peer if CeramicSpeed can ship on their guarantees of incremental beneficial properties. Rumor within the peloton – each on- and off-road – means that CeramicSpeed provides a LOT of extra groups. And the entire occasions we noticed CeramicSpeed group pop up everywhere the CX Worlds pits backs that up.