2012 SNEAK PREVIEW: GLADIUM 2.0
After receiving a pdf of the new 2012 catalogue, probably the most exciting development to come out of Pistoia is the Gladium 2.0. Previously the Gladium has been a monocoque frame, only available in off the peg sizes. Not any more. It’s been completely re-designed and is now manufactured with tube and bound joint construction, just like the Maxima, Mitus and Perfecta. Which means that a made-to-measure carbon Viner is now more affordable, so that even more people can now own a bike that fits like a glove and handles superbly. The design changes have only shed 20 gr from the previous Gladium, but the 2.0 model is now built with Toray 700 grade carbon and can be built with your choice of BB system and can also incorporate Di2.
With the Extrema being the only monocoque carbon frame that Viner now offer, it seems that Viner are concentrating more on their USP – producing custom, made-to-measure bikes. Right throughout their range, whether it is a carbon, aluminium or steel, made-to-measure is nearly always an option.
Not to be outdone, the 2012 Extrema 1.2 now boasts a new fork, shaving 50gr off the 2011 model, and improved graphics. And like all the other carbon frames can be ordered with either gloss or matt paint finish.
One new model that cannot be ordered made-to-measure is Viner’s new carbon TT frame – the THR Carbon. In order to achieve a very aero profile, the most cost effective way is to produce the frame in a mould. Hence the THR being a monocoque frame and only being available in 4 sizes. Replacing the Kronus, the THR is a completely new design, which also boasts a new aero fork.
It also appears that Viner have re-named a few of their frames, in order to categorise their roles. So last year’s Primus TT frame now becomes the THR AL. Being built with EM2/Force aero tubesets, means this TT frame can be built made-to-measure, so you van achieve that perfect aero TT position.
Viner’s cyclo cross range has also been re-named. The RCX Carbon is a slightly re-modelled version of last year’s Perfecta Cross, and the RCX AL is a frame based on the alu Vigor Cross. It’s largely unchanged but it can be built to use disc brakes, which means the RCX AL can be pitched at people who want a rugged commuter, something that can handle canal paths etc. Both are available made-to-measure.