David Turner took some time to show us the new Czar and explain a bit behind it. We’ve known that he’s been working on a carbon bike for a couple of years now, but it never seemed to be nearing readiness. With David doing most of the design work (and the travelling to visit factories to iron out the details), it was always going to take longer than a company with departments full of people to do that thing.
Anyway, here’s the result. The Czar. We had a chance to look at some of the closer details, like the removable cable bosses. They’re nothing new, but what is clever is that there are bosses on both sides of the bike because Turner realises that some riders (himself included) run their brakes the other way round to most Americans, and so would like to run their hoses around the head tube on a different side – hence bosses on both sides.
There’s a moulded-in direct mount front mech boss for everyone who can’t afford XX1 just yet. It also means that riders running 1×10 (or 1×9 or whatever) can fit something like the MRP top chain guide.
The back end is a 142mm bolt-thru. Something that seems to be gaining popularity even in XC racer world.
So, there we have it. That’s it from Mr Turner for a bit. He’s got some new stuff in the works, but don’t hold your breath.
Czars should be starting to appear in July from UK distributor, Silverfish