As many of you were anticipating and as our testers obviously knew very well, there is a new Magnus frame just around the corner.
Introducing the new Velocite Magnus!
Since the original Magnus set the performance bar so very high, following up and improving upon it was no simple task, however I firmly believe that the new Velocite Magnus retained all that was extraordinary about the Magnus and improved on it.
Our live testing program test feedback has been universally positive with some really surprising findings. While numerically the new Magnus is identical in stiffness to the original Magnus, the testers all reported that the new Magnus feels stiffer. While this was welcomed but not expected, I was hoping that one other target aspect of the new Magnus frame will be observed in use. To my great delight the testers did observe it: they found the new Magnus to be more comfortable than the previous one.
High modulus and ultra high modulus unidirectional carbon fiber
High Compression Technology molding – smooth walls
Monocoque (multicoque) structure
Carbon fiber headset races
1.5” asymmetric head tube
Carbon fiber BB30 shell
Carbon fiber dropouts (thermo set in a mold, not pinned to the stays)
Patented seat post clamping system
Weight: 1100g for size L, fork 360g uncut
Price: US$ 2499 This price includes the frame, fork, seat post, seat post clamp and headset.
Availability: by March 2011
They also reported even greater feeling of being in total control and feeling as one with the bike. This is something I also observed during my brief ride on the new Magnus. You get the sensation of being able to feel what each wheel axle is doing – you can feel the bike pivoting around those two points, and nothing else. There is no perceptible flex.
Thus again in our findings, using empirical data on stiffness, and rider feedback, there is no correlation between frame stiffness and rider comfort when riding the road bike on sealed roads. Our findings indicate that all other things being equal, what actually delivers the comfort is the vibration dampening, and one other thing that will for the time being remain confidential.
So what are the changes for the new Magnus that delivered this new high water mark for high performance road bikes?
- Revised head tube headset races. Our modification of the standard allows much greater interface area for any angular contact bearing with nominal 52mm diameter. This ensures a very tight fit of the bearings without relying on friction or high accuracy bearings (as used in in the Velocite 1.5 headset) to keep the bearing in place.
- Rear brake internal routing. It now uses cable stops so the brake cable housing is not threaded through the frame.
- Derailleur cables. Now routed through the head tube using threaded adapters and CNC machined (Alligator®) adjusters. This makes for a visually “cleaner” appearance and allows for easier adjustment and crisper shifting due to less housing use
- No front derailleur braze on. We removed the braze on to allow for changing front derailleur technology. We will offer the Velocite Elemental carbon front derailleur clamp that has been in testing for 7 months now, as an option.
- Patented seat post retention system. This new system simplifies the seat post retention and allows torque values up to 10 Nm without risking damage to the frame or the seat post. Even though there is no seat post extension above the top tube, this new system does not save weight due to increased frame reinforcement at the new clamp area. Over time as technology develops we will consider introducing this technology to our other frames
- Bowed and aerodynamically profiled seat stays. I need to say that while the new Magnus [and the old one for that matter which precedes the competitor’s design] resemble a new aero road frame from one of the major brands, the new Magnus is not designated as an aero road frame. If it performs well as an aero road bike we will not complain, but for that purpose we have the extraordinary Helios Aero which is a true aero road frame.
- Layup changes. The new Magnus now makes use of what is commonly known as “ultra high modulus” carbon fiber, has a different layup in the rear triangle, and seat tube/seat post junction areas. The new Magnus still retains the no compromises 13 layers of high modulus carbon at key areas. This is between 5 and 6 layers more than is used with mainstream frames.
- New fork. The new Magnus is using the new Bora S fork which is 20% stiffer than the current Bora fork while weighing just 360g, uncut. The profile is also thinner and more aerodynamic. In fact we are considering offering this fork as an option with the Helios Aero for those riders that want to experiment with a 45mm offset fork while riding in a full aero position with the saddle above the BB which the Helios Aero seat post allows.
The graphical design of the new Magnus has also been modified to enhance the simple beauty of the frame…or possibly to enhance the raw aggression that it radiates. To help it in this regard the special HG Giger inspired red texture is now rendered in gloss red while the rest of the frame is finished in matte lacquer with the trademark UD carbon finish showing – we still do not use cosmetic top layers with any of our frames so you can admire the beauty and intricacy of the hand laid carbon fiber.
The overall appearance of the new Magnus is now decidedly high end, and still mostly unique even though the mainstream is encroaching
Notable achievements of the new Magnus during live testing include a third place division 2 finish in a grueling 228km Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic race. This is over 7 hours of racing on at times truly terrible roads with the test rider reporting best ever comfort levels; and an outright win and the new course record for a tough hill climb event in Taiwan. I mention these two results since they help communicate that the new Magnus is a very versatile high end frame that is equally at home on tough classics as well as hill climbing, and it excels at both while weighing a highly unfashionable 1100g for size L. In essence, if you want to win a classic, criterium or a hill climb and have the power and aggression to do it, ride a Magnus. Why just talk about one day events? Because Magnus pushes you to ride harder, faster, more aggressively, without letting you keep anything in reserve. This sensation is familiar to all current riders and it is something that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. For stage racing and alternative geometry needs we have the unique Helios Aero and the versatile high performer, the new Geos frame.
For the current Magnus owners, the new Magnus would be a minor upgrade simply because while the new Magnus offers improvements, they do not invalidate the excellence of the current Magnus model. For anyone else, the new Magnus is a revelation.
The new price point positions the new Magnus squarely among the high end frames from large brands. I feel that it outperforms them all thus we still remain true to our original pledge of offering the best performance at a more reasonable price. It is also highly unlikely that any major brand has a frame in current or future production (baring special versions for their pro teams) that can equal the Velocite Magnus in performance for one day events regardless of their asking price, or heritage.