Building on recent launches of its new off-road products, Danish drivetrain specialist CeramicSpeed is set to unveil its latest Oversized Pulley Wheel System. The new OSPW X for Shimano derailleurs is being unveiled at this week’s Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California (Booth M37).
The new OSPW X for Shimano RX800/805 is the result of product development that focuses on improving the riding experience for off-road cyclists. At the core of CeramicSpeed’s off-road focus lies the OSPW system – ‘proven at events including Paris Roubaix, Strade Bianche and the full range of Cyclocross World Cup races’.
The new OSPW X is compatible with Shimano RD-RX800 mechanical and Shimano RD-RX805 Di2 derailleurs. It fits cassettes up to 36-tooth (11-36t range), making it well-placed for both road and cross/gravel. The latest release also features the company’s signature custom-designed carbon-reinforced polyamide pulley cage assembly that is lightweight and durable.
CeramicSpeed cites previous testing, which reveals that non-clutch derailleurs create less drag than a clutch derailleurs. Larger pulley wheels also provide a smoother articulation of the chain, plus the ability to adjust spring tension. All this, combined with a low tooth count on the stock pulleys, results in OSPW X delivering a claimed 30-40% less friction.
Designed, developed and handbuilt in Denmark, with CeramicSpeed bearings inside, the OSPW X Series comes with a warranty of up to 6 years and gives a claimed three to five times longer lifetime over a conventional pulley wheel system.
CeramicSpeed’s Executive Vice President, Martin Banke said, “This product introduction is a fantastic step for us. An Oversized Pulley Wheel System designed to suit road, cyclocross and gravel conditions is the first step of many as we bring our knowledge and expertise to the off-road segment. Our experienced team will be on-hand at Sea Otter to introduce the entire X Series range, which we hope will excite the off-road community as much as it does our entire team!”