Duratec’s new ultralight carbon road bike, the Phantom, will be on show for the first time in the UK at Bespoked
Designed and crafted in Europe, the Phantom race frame weighs just 760g and is made using the most advanced carbon fibres from Japan to achieve the low weight and high level of rigidity. Combined with Nanoalloy resin, the fibres are considered to be the strongest in the world, the same material is also used to build Formula 1 cars.
To make the Phantom, Duratec developed new ‘OnePiece Technology’ where the frame is made from a single piece of carbon fibre without any joins. Shaping the carbon fibre into the form of a racing bike frame without a single join is technically very demanding - the composite unit consists of four hundred pieces, each one of which has its precise position, alignment, shape and level. The fitting of the fibres is a factor which fundamentally influences the final product - Duratec fit the fibre in the longest possible section without interruption to create a super strong, stiff yet forgiving and light weight construction to achieve values of just 760 grams (in size 57cm), torsional headtube stiffness 143Nm/°/kg , and pedalling stiffness 68N/mm. Put in layman’s terms, it’s a super-fast professional racing machine.
The full build, with SRAM wireless shifters and Zipp carbon wheels, weighs just 6.16kg and comes in eight sizes with custom colour options. Frames and complete builds are available to order through Bicycles By Design and take six weeks from order. Come and see it first-hand at Bespoked 2017.