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by Matt de Neef
April 30, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Primoz Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie; Charlotte Becker takes overall win at Tour of Chongming Island; Richard Carapaz takes out the Vuelta Asturias; Surprise win for 18-year-old Letizia Paternoster at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Lieuwe Westra opens up on TUE use for performance enhancement; Chapter2 launches new aero road frameset; Becoming a sports director; Tour of Chongming Island stage 3 with Wiggle High5; Updating the Daily News Digest.
After launching his new bike brand Chapter2 last year, Michael Pryde has added a new frameset to his catalogue. The Rere, which takes its name from the Maori word that means “to flow”, is an aero road bike with Kamm-tail tubing profiles and direct-mount rim brakes.
The Rere sports a variety of aerodynamic refinements that were tested in a wind tunnel at Auckland University. Pryde’s goal was to reduce the drag of every exposed surface, hence the use of Kamm-tail profiles. In addition, the fork crown is deeply recessed within the head- and down-tubes, the seatpost clamp is hidden within the top tube, and the seat tube curves around the rear wheel.
The Rere is quite distinct from Chapter2’s other road bike, the race-oriented Tere, and at this stage, is only available with rim brakes with an asking price of AUD$3,630/US$2,699/£1,695/€2,394. That price includes the frame, fork, headset, and a reversible seatpost with a choice of two finishes, pearl white or matte and gloss black.
Chapter2 has also developed an aerodynamic integrated handlebar/stem that complements the Rere, dubbed the Mana. The carbon fibre bar/stem will fit any bike with a 1.125inch steerer and includes internal cable routing and fittings for out-front Barfly and K-Edge computer mounts. Price, AUD$725/US$539/£341/€478.
Our Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom has just received the Rere frameset and Mana bar/stem and will provide a full review of the two in the coming weeks.