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This presentation starts with a demonstration of Santana’s frame efficiency testing device. Designed in Germany by Manfred Otto of EFB Prüftechnik, Similar “Otto” frame testing devices are being used by leading builders and Tour de France teams to determine a frame’s relative efficiency. With this device it’s easy to understand why the lightest frames are not the fastest!

Is there an emerging technology for frame design that’s more important than weight, stiffness or aerodynamics? Bilaminate damping™—relatively new to cycling—is being used by Boeing, Ford, and at least three Tour de France teams. If you attend this seminar you’ll learn how to build (or buy) a higher performance UCI-legal frame that, in effect, weighs less than zero.

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