Scope Cycling: Updated product range, including a complete new Disc Brake series
Scope Cycling, a Dutch brand specialized in the development and production of full carbon clincher wheels for road racing, announces that they are set to update their current rim brake product range, while simultaneously launching a new disc brake series.
These new developments highlight Scope Cycling’s pillars of design, and continuous innovation – even after being on the market for 2 years. This upgrade has been able to come to fruition after a year and a half of development in the Netherlands itself. This has been possible by making use of Scope’s own in-house development test devices, and even taking into account the experience of its Pro riders. Plus, Scope Cycling has ensured the optimization aerodynamics and carbon lay-up, by partnering with Technical Universities in the Netherlands. Nieck Busser, co-founder of Scope Cycling says of the development process: "The development of our new disc brake series took us way more time than expected, since no compromises have been accepted. It has been imperative to keep with the Scope standards".
The updated rim brake series will have several characteristics which set it apart from its predecessors. Firstly, it will have an even better braking performance than the original. In addition, also the aerodynamics, stiffness, and weight have been optimized. But, through all these changes, the concept will remain the same: there will be three heights (30 mm, 45 mm, and 55 mm), available in three colors: white, grey, and glossy black. Scope still believes in the idea of providing a limited range, but with the best performance: “three wheels, one philosophy”.
The new disc brake series are completely developed from scratch. As with the updated rim brake series, the aerodynamics, stiffness, and weight are all optimized. The rim width is also 26 mm, and is tubeless ready.
The retail price for the updated rim brake and new disc brake version will be the same as the current price, namely EUR 1398, - independent of the type (rim height) or color.
Both product ranges take into account the needs of the customer and the current trends of the cycling community. They will be on the market by the end of 2016.
The technology as highlighted below is applicable for both the rim brake series (R3c, R4c and R5c) and the disc brake series (R3d, R4d and R5d).
Aerodynamics: The rim shapes have been optimized in cooperation with the Technical Universities in the Netherlands. Computational Fluid Dynamics (see Figure 1) is used iteratively in order to reduce the drag and crosswind influence from all angles, while benchmarking and outperforming other premium brands.
Tubeless ready rim: The tire bed of the rim is optimized for tubeless tires while being compatible with all clincher tires. The optimization of the tire bed is performed in close cooperation with Schwalbe tires. The internal width of the rim is 19 mm, when mounting a 25 mm tire the actual tire diameter will become 26 mm thereby perfectly joining the sidewalls of the rim.
Hubs: Scope has always developed and produced its own hubs since it’s our believe that wheels should be built as a system. By building the wheels as a system the geometry of the hubs are optimized to create an optimal stiffness with equal spoke tension. The extra wide flange distance of 60 mm for the rear hub results in a lateral stiffness of 47-49 N/mm for the rear wheels while the 2:1 spoke pattern ensures that the spoke tension of the Non Drive Side and Drive Side are near-equal.
All Scope hubs use a six pawl engagement system in combination with a 36 tooth freehub body (see Figure 3). Furthermore, the hubs are equipped with SKF bearings (or optionally CeramicSpeed) and use an oversized axle for increased stiffness. The disc hubs are compatible with all quick release and through axle standards by simply replacing the end caps, for which no tools are required.
Weight: According Scope’s philosophy durability goes above weight. Hence, no compromises have been made with regard to the bearings, sealing, spokes, or the rim profile. Due to an intensive partnership with the Technical Universities a 30% stronger and 10% lighter carbon lay-up has been developed using advanced Final Element Analysis Software (see Figure 4) and several test devices. By using this new carbon layup technology Scope is able to offer both; lightweight and durable wheels that can easily be used on a day-to-day base.