Later this month, VSI will offer Limited Edition Speed M-Series and Intense Podium frames. Both frames feature new lightweight tubing, 10- and 20-millimeter axle compatibility, smooth double-pass welds and new paint jobs and graphics.
Depending on the size, the frames weigh approximately 6 to 8 ounces less than the current production M-Series and Podium models. The weight loss comes from new butting profiles in the tube sets. Each tube was meticulously engineered to be lighter weight, yet retain strength and rigidity where needed. The Speed M533 frame weighs 3.5 pounds, which is 6 ounces lighter than a current model in the same size. The Podium also weighs 3.53 pounds, at a weight loss of 8 ounces, or half a pound.
The Intense Podium Limited weighs just 3.5 pounds and comes with 10-/20-millimeter drop outs.
The Speed Limited M-Series frames also weigh in at just 3.5 pounds.
Although all second-generation Speed frames larger than Expert XL have come with 10-/20-millimeter axle compatibility, the new Podiums are the first to have the versatile dropouts. Both Limited Edition frames include two sets of chain tensioner Blocks for the proprietary rear dropouts. The forged and precision CNC-machined Blocks work with either standard 10-millimeter axle wheels or the stiffer and better-handling Sinz Elite 20-millimeter through-axle wheels.
Use the 10-millimeter blocks and run any standard wheel set or, for better gate snaps, a more powerful and efficient pull down the first straight and better handling, upgrade to the Sinz Elite 20-millimeter iHub wheels and use the 20-millimeter Blocks. Sinz Elite will begin shipping 20-millimter rear hub wheels later this summer
Two sets of precision CNC-machined 10- and 20-millimeter chain tensioner Blocks come with each frame.
Both frames are available in one color each-a "chrome" and red Flying Circus-inspired paint job for the Intense and black and red for the Speed.
Production for both Limted Edition frames was limited to 200. They come in Pro/M520, Pro XL/M533, Pro XL+ (Podium only), Pro XXL/M546, Pro Cruiser/M534 and Pro Cruiser Plus/M547 sizes. The M547 cruiser frame is new size in the Speed line.
The frames also feature smoother double-pass welds, which add strength and give the tubing junctions a cleaner appearance.
Double-pass welds add strength and smooth out the beads.
All these new features add huge value to the MSRP $399.99 frames. The Speed frames remain priced the same as last year, while the Podiums got a slight price increase of $10.
· 3.5 Pounds (Pro XL/M533)
· 10- & 20-millimeter axle compatibility
· Includes two sets of precision CNC-machined chain tensioner Blocks
· New Flying Circus-inspired paint schemes and graphics
· Double-pass welds for added weld strength and a cleaner appearance
· Available in Pro/M520, Pro XL/M533, Pro XL+ (Podium only), Pro XXL/M546, Pro Cruiser/M534 and Pro Cruiser Plus/M547 (new size for Speed)
· Super limited availability
· MSRP $399.99
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