CeramicSpeed launches OSPW X rear mech – a clutch system with reduced drag for CX and Gravel.

Launched today at the VeloFollies cycle show (Benelux) the X Series defines a new era for CeramicSpeed, combining its trademark bearings with innovative engineering to create products specifically designed to endure the harshest conditions. Commencing with the new OSPW X for SRAM Rival and Force 1 Type 3, the X Series establishes a new category of product development for off-road cycling.

In development since summer 2018 and following a period of rigorous testing with Tom Pidcock and former pro cyclist Mads Christensen, Danish drivetrain efficiency and ceramic bearing specialists, CeramicSpeed has unveiled its latest off-road product specifically for cyclocross and gravel bikes, OSPW X for SRAM 1x derailleurs.

Breakthrough in clutch derailleur systems
The OSPW X is claimed to be the first oversized pulley wheel system available on the market compatible with a clutch derailleur. Previous testing demonstrates that clutch derailleurs have higher drag than a non-clutch derailleur. But, through lowering the spring tension, CeramicSpeed claim the efficiency gap can be reduced while retaining the overall benefits of the clutch (chain retention on rough roads and 1X chainring setups). This results in a claimed 30-40% reduction in friction over conventional systems.

The effect is the clutch is a separate function from the backwards spring tension, so each can be adjusted separately to reduce chain drag. CeramicSpeed OSPW X incorporates a carefully designed and tested pulley tooth profile with a narrow/wide design for durability and shift quality.

The new OSPW X features a custom-designed carbon fiber pulley cage assembly that is lightweight and durable. Designed, developed and handbuilt in Denmark, with CeramicSpeed bearings inside, the OSPW X comes with a warranty of up to six years and gives a 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 specifically designed for Gravel and Cyclocross conditions is the first step of many as we aim to bring our knowledge and expertise to the off-road segment.”

The OSPW X for SRAM Rival and Force 1 Type 3 is ready to ship immediately.

UK stores can enquire with www.windwave.co.uk  02392 505320 sales@windwave.co.uk