Eurobike 2015: Syntace

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German component and accessories manufacturers Syntace do a lot of their own design and engineering in house, kind of like Hope do over here in the UK. Their methodical approach to design and evolution meant they didn’t have a massive amount of new stuff to show at Eurobike, but they did have new handlebars and some clever Di2 compatible seatposts.

Their sister company Liteville, who deal in the framebuilding and suspension designs for it all to hang on, had some lovely new bike offerings and that show coverage is all here.

Here’s Syntace’s upcoming range of carbon handlebars. Weights also handily pictured (useful for brain-addled journos)
Here’s how they tell us their handlebar strength testing went against other brands… they’re bar is on the right. The one that’s stratospheric.

It’s certainly an impressive looking graph, let’s see if google translate can help. It has a handy camera feature nowadays:

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Thanks Google. The scales have fallen from my eyes.

Uh, ok. Let’s try that by typing it in the old fashioned way:

“Weight and use of the material. How well the standing to transport clients handlebar material was used constructively, showing the CTW-value (cycles to weight). The CTW-value is obtained by dividing the achieved load cycles to failure by the handlebar weight. Break two different handlebars at the same number of load points (for example, FSA SL-K and Answer), then was lighter the better constructed of two and has a higher CTW value. The lightweight Syntace Carbon beyond our measuring scale”

The two lines at the bottom are handlebar weight (Lenkergewicht) in grams, and stem weight (Vorbaugewicht) in grams. We assume that the unlabelled black numbers at the bottom of each bar are the number of cycles until breakage, but then again, unless it was a catastrophic test, I’d also hope no handlebars did as badly as the ones on the left of the graph in testing.

Here’s a cutaway version of their new Di2 seatpost system. It has a pair of special adapters that go on the ends of the battery. Simply turn the two chunky grub screws with an allen key…
… and slide the battery out.
It’s a bit different with the 27.2 seatpost: While it still uses the grub screw retention, space restrictions mean the battery hangs from the bottom of the post.
Syntace rule 2154: all seatposts are to be presented at a rakishly fast angle, as if cornering
See? VROOOM. Note, 10 Year Guarantee on their parts and accessories.
Not new – we actually reviewed them in Singletrack Issue 99 – but the uberblingy (and uberpricey) ‘Numbernine Titan’ pedals come in three sizes, a trend we definitely saw other manufacturers jumping onto.

The Liteville show report is here. Distribution in the UK is through One Way Distribution.

More details directly at Syntace and Liteville.

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly. Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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