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Scattante CFX SRAM Force 22 Cyclocross Bike - 2014
As featured on the Performance Bike Blog! Click here to Read the Post.We love cyclocross. We love designing bikes that we want to ride. Putting these two pastimes together into the same project yielded incredible results with the 2013 Scattante CFX Black Cyclocross bike. While we've received tremendously positive feedback, we're not satisfied with status quo. For 2014, we offer both a Force and a Red model, so choose wisely. The 2014 Scattante CFX Black Force 22 Cyclocross bike features a SRAM Force 22 11-speed drivetrain, Stan's ZTR Alpha 340 wheels, and FSA and Prologo components are just a few of the CFX's highlights. What really sets it apart from the others is how all of these independent pieces come together on the race course to deliver you through every tight corner with immense power and control.
For years one of the largest complaints about cyclocross bikes, especially at the pro and elite level, has been braking performance. Traditional mechanical rim brakes work fine if the weather is perfect and you're riding the perfect pad/rim combo. But throw in rain, wet roads, muddy and dusty conditions, or a pair of carbon clinchers on a screaming descent and your braking power can be reduced to virtually zero. Fortunately, the cycling industry and race governing bodies like the UCI have made them legal to use in competition. The Scattante CFX, now in its second year of production, was enormously successful in a year where every brand was pining for your cyclocross disc brake bike attention. The 2014 version builds upon the initial vision of the CFX as a versatile race bike by further refining the component package for competition.
Our Scattante Carbon Disc Technology, or ScDT. Carbon fiber as a material for product development has long been utilized in the aerospace industry. The material is highly flexible and lightweight, yet is has high tensile strength for incredible durability. Its high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion make it a valuable material for high stress, high performance bike frames. ScDT leverages these virtues by allowing for the frame to be reinforced where it matters most, without adding undue weight. The fabrication requires precision tooling to maximize performance, fit and overall ride quality.
The ScDT frame features a tapered 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" head tube, for maximum stiffness, minimal fork chatter and improved handling during sudden accelerations or out of the saddle efforts. A 74 degree seat tube angle places your body mass over the top of the bottom bracket for a more aggressive riding position (geometry changes slightly as the overall frame size changes from 52cm to 60cm, but the same result is achieved). Next, the down tube is tapered into the bottom bracket where it meets tall, rectangular section chain stays. This stiffens up the BB area to minimize flex due to specific efforts during cyclocross, such as accelerating in and out of tight corners. Additionally, the ScDT chain stays are shaped to better resist deflection from pedaling forces. The result is a radically improved torsional stiffness for better pedaling efficiency at a lighter weight. The stiffness of the frame and the efficiency of the power transmission are superb. All of the CFX's cables are top tube routed and a K-Edge chain catcher keeps the chain where it's supposed to be; on the chain ring (quite often, chains are dropped from the constant jostling from the race course). Finally, the frame is matched with a tapered carbon fiber fork. The fork features a massive amount of mud clearance.
The CFX SRAM Force 22 drivetrain. 2014 has gone 11-speed crazy. Both Shimano and Campagnolo have effectively moved into the 11-speed category with great offerings. Now, so has SRAM. The SRAM Force 22 levers have benefitted much from the trickledown effect from Red, and they've absorbed many of the technologies and innovations that SRAM made with 2012 Red. To start with, they've gained some new ergonomic features. ErgoFit textured hood covers have a new, gripper feel with a reduced diameter and a smoother transition to the bars. The forward bump is also larger, addressing issues in previous iterations of SRAM levers, where many riders felt their hands would sometimes slip off the bars when the roads got rough. The blade has been made larger, and now features independent reach adjust. This lets you put the levers where you want them, and makes it easier to reach for the levers from any hand position--even in the drops. This lets you create a fully customized fit and feel that improves your ride comfort and makes allows the levers to fit a huge range of hand sizes. The Force 22 cranks with cross-specific 46/36 rings match a uni-directional carbon fiber crank arm with a CNC-machined alloy spider. The result makes better use of the best properties of both carbon fiber and alloy to keep weight low and optimize stiffness. The spider also borrows the hidden bolt pattern design from the Red Exogram 22 cranks to further reduce weight and increase stiffness. This new design gives the crank an understated, elegant look that perfectly mates beauty and function.
CFX details.The CFX Force 22 cyclocross bike componentry has been furthered refined for race conditions. It features a lightweight set of Stan's NoTubes ZTR Alpha wheels. At just 385 grams per rim, the Alpha 340 is many things to many different people - a lightweight climber, a super-fast Criterium racer, or a long distance training wheel. Make no mistake though; they are designed to handle some abuse as well, evidenced by being ridden to a Masters Cyclocross World Championship just months after being introduced. They are tubeless compatible; simply mount your preferred tubeless tire and apply a compatible rim strip. An FSA Energy kit adds versatility and dependability. Both of these attributes are key to delivering you to the finish line. Finally, a Prologo Nago Evo saddle features a semi-round shape and plenty of length to move fore and aft for the best body placement.
- ScDT carbon tech delivers precision and handling required for cyclocross competition
- Avid BB7 Disc brakes increase stopping power, especially in adverse weather conditions
- SRAM Force 22 drivetrain has 11-speeds and a cross specific 46/36 crank configuration
- Stan's ZTR Alpha 340 wheels are tubeless compatible to run lower pressure for increased traction in muck and mud
- FSA Energy components bring serious durability and versatility to the cross course
Scattante CFX SRAM Force 22 Cyclocross Bike - 2014
- bottom bracket:
- SRAM GXP
- Avid BB7 Road, 160mm rotors
- SRAM CS PG 1170 11-28 11SPEED
- KMC X11L
- SRAM FORCE 22, 46/36
- Carbon fiber, tapered steerer, disc mounts
- Carbon fiber ScDT, tapered 1 1/8" 1 1/2" steerer tube, rear disc mounts, water bottle mounts, replaceable rear hanger
- front derailleur:
- SRAM FORCE 22 BRAZE ON 11SP YAW
- FSA Energy Compact
- FSA Orbit, tapered 1 1/8" 1 1/2"
- SRAM FORCE22
- rack mounts:
- rear derailleur:
- SRAM FORCE 22 SHORT CAGE
- Prologo Nago Evo T2.0 HB
- FSA Energy, 31.6mm / 350mm / 20mm setback
- SRAM FORCE22
- FSA Energy, 31.8mm, +/- 6 degree
- Vittoria Cross XM Pro 700 x 32c, folding, 150 tpi
- Stan's NOTUBES ZTR Alpha 340 - 32 Hole, DT Competition spokes. Includes 2- 2oz Bottles of sealant and 2 valve stems.