Nick Ee | 1st Aug 2016 | REVIEWS
Known throughout the cycling world for their bicycle tubing, components and now tires, the people at Deda in Campagnola Cremasca, Italy are fanatical about creating the most innovative equipment possible. Famously known as Deda Elementi components, it was launched in 1999 and achieved quite immediate success with their anatomically designed drop bars and stems, but most importantly, they innovated the 31.8mm OS or OverSized stem / handlebar clamp size, the Newton OS stem was developed together with Lance Armstrong, and when he and his racing team US Postal started winning cycling tours and races. This game changer caught the cycling’s world attention, the new OS drop bars and stem then set the new standard for every cyclist.
Above all, the Italian parent company named Dedacciai started in 1992 by Luca Locatelli and his younger brother Stefano. Originally they named their company Dedalo but was later renamed to what it is today Dedacciai in which ‘acciai’ means steels, more relevant to what their main business was, to supply drawn steel tubes in Italy. Five times Tour de France champion in the 90’s, (Team Banesto) Miguel Indurain’s 1996 Pinarello Olympic Gold medal Crono bike used Dedacciai TIG-welded steel frame with very thin tubing and very aerodynamic profile.
The Mercatone Uno Bianchi Mega Pro XL Reparto Corse using a lightweight Dedacciai doubled-butted 7000-series shaped alloy tubeset, a very slightly sloping geometry, and a relatively generous head tube. This true Italian masterpiece was custom-made for Marco Pantani for his in-the-drops climbing style, a wispy climber’s attacking strategy, which won him victory in both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in 1998.
Dedacciai launched their innovative magnesium frame in 2000’s, developing the AK61 tubing for Pinarello’s Dogma frameset which Alessandro Petacchi conquered the podium five out of seven “sprinter’s stages” during the 2004 Giro d’Italia tour.
From there they moved to Titanium and most recently Carbon Fiber under their own brand – Dedacciai Strada in 2009. Living up to its name as “The Racing Technology” company, Dedacciai Strada continue to innovate base on their past successes and translate these into developing and manufacturing performance framesets with unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship.
Dedacciai’s latest high-modulous carbon fibre frame, RAN, it is a monocoque frame that is made with MRC MR60 and HR40 carbon fiber with a UD external layer, resulting in a frame that weighs only 790 grams for a Medium sized frame, which is one of the five frame sizes that this model is available in, XS, S, M, L, XL. The monocoque fork is a beauty which weighs only 325 grams and comes with a tapered steerer that matches the frame’s 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered headtube, and integrated full carbon Dedacciai headset, this frame offers balance when riding on every kind of asphalt surface, while also providing superior handling and steering precision through any corner or around any obstacle.
The RAN frameset is fully compatible with mechanical or electronic shifting system. Depending on individual preference on the chosen groupset, mechanical will run externally while electronic cables are being run inside the down tube and through the chain stays via a special internal bottom bracket passage.
The RAN is equipped with a Press Fit 30 bottom bracket with a bottom bracket length of 68mm, and you could get adapters if you need to fit BB30 or BSA cranks to your RAN frame.
The Bob Green coloured frame that we had the pleasure to test out is the first time that I’ve seen such a colour combination on a road bike, and I must say it certainly looks very awesome. The neon fluo green highlights the monocoque carbon frame along with the matt black paintwork finish, projecting a super cool and stealth look, kudos to the designer for such an excellent choice of colour usage and design.
The complete bike we tested weighed in just a tad over 7.4 kilograms when kitted out with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and Swiftblade wheels, and the bike’s lightness was evident in every stroke of the pedal. This was truly one beautiful riding machine as it was buttery smooth on uneven, crumbling surfaces but yet stiff enough to never notice any flex in the frame at all. Taking the usual Loyang – Changi Coastal loop, I especially loved climbing with this bike, power seemed to be immediately transferred to the wheels from the crank, and the lightness also aided my climbs tremendously, I can honestly say that this has to be the best climbing machine that I’ve ever ridden in my life! This frame was such a joy to ride with that I wished I didn’t have to return the bike back to the shop!
Dedacciai Ran is distributed and retailed at Pro Cycle Bikes. Make an appointment for a test ride today!