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Sofiane Sehili wins Tour Divide with Columbus Futura Adventure

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Several weeks ago Sofiane Sehili, the newly-crowned champion of Tour Divide, posted detailed pictures of his race-winning set up on Instagram.

Carefully examining every detail we were surprised to discover that, amongst other meticulously thought out choices, his Vitus Rapide CRX mountain bike featured an after-market upgrade: the Columbus Futura Adventure fork! Intrigued and flattered we got in touch with Sofiane to learn more about this choice and the many others that render both his setup and approach so unique and interesting.

Sofiane sehili con bici setup

Columbus: Ciao Sofiane!

Sofiane: Ciao Lodovico!

Columbus: Thanks very much for taking the time to talk with us.

Sofiane: No problem…

Columbus: So as I already mentioned on whatsapp we were studying the images of your Tour Divide winning setup here in the office when all of a sudden we noticed you were using a Columbus fork!

Sofiane: yes (laughs)

Columbus: Actually there are so many interesting details on your setup… maybe the most interesting and unusual is your cockpit setup. Do you think you could talk us through it?

Sofiane: So basically as a rider I’m more comfortable with a flat bar when things get technical, so that’s why I have a flat bar. The triathlon bars I use for several interconnected reasons. The first one is obviously aerodynamics. Tour Divide has a lot of flat and windy sections where an aero position is advantageous. But the main reason is hand position. As everybody knows on the bike you have three pressure points: butt, feet, hands. I find that hands are the most fragile and prone to nerve damage. With the triathlon bar I relieve pressure from my hands for a period whilst my forearms take the load. Not only that but the different position on the bike provided by the triathlon extensions also puts your butt in a different position on the saddle. So the setup allows me to relieve two pressure points. Important on a very long race.

Columbus: We also noticed you used a Red Shift Shockstop Stem which has about 20mm of travel…

Sofiane: For sure a suspension stem is not as comfy as a suspension fork but it’s not much heavier than a traditional stem at it offers a bit of vibration dampening. Actually I use this stem on both my bikes (gravel and MTB – ED) and I have to admit it works better with the gravel bike as the drop bars offer more leverage and thus you maximize the benefit.

Columbus Futura Adventure fork

Columbus: And this brings us to your choice of fork! First of all, why no suspension fork?

Sofiane: The basic idea behind my build is: minimal risk of failure. I wanted to eliminate any possibility of something going wrong. Suspension forks have a very small chance of failure. But it will happen. It happened to a friend of mine at the Italy Divide and the winner of the Silk Road race in 2019. The Tour Divide is more than 4000km… suspension forks are made for mountain bike riding and require regular checks, bleeding and so on.

Columbus: So you wanted a rigid mountain bike fork. Why did you choose the Columbus Futura Adventure?

Sofiane: So like I said before I wanted security and everything to be top notch so I really had to go with a big name brand that gave me the guarantee of safety. For the requirements I had limited my choices to three brands and products that offered me confidence: Columbus, Niner and Enve. In the end I chose the Columbus Futura Adventure because I liked the design and the fact that you could switch out the dropouts for two different rakes (40-50mm – ED) and because I’ve always been a big fan of the brand, stemming probably from the six years I spent riding as a messenger in Paris where I rode mostly rode steel bike with Columbus tubing before eventually moving to Titanium then carbon for competition.

Columbus fork mounted

Columbus: Ok, thank you! Now for a classic question… how much did your whole setup weigh?

Sofiane: I don’t know actually know (laughs). I don’t know because my philosophy is not to weigh the bike because it’s been built so that there is nothing I can take off it!

Columbus: Good philosophy! Well, thank you so much Sofiane for taking the time to talk to us, congratulations on your recent and victory and good luck at the Silk Road Race and Rhino Run over the next few months!

sofiane sehili full bike setup vitus

FULL TECH SPEC:

Bike: @vitusbikes Rapide CRX with Columbus Futura adventure fork
Wheels: @hunt.beyond trail wide boost carbon dynamo wheels with SON hub
Tyres: @reneherse 29×2.25 Fleecer ridge
Groupset: @shimanomtb XT M8000 11sp groupset (34 front 11-42 back) with XT rotors (180/160) and XT pedals
Cockpit: @redshiftsports ShockStop pro stem, @ritcheylogic WCS carbon bars, @ergonbike g3s grips, @profile_design t3+ aerobars
Saddle:@pro_bikegear stealth off road saddle,
Seatpost: Niner RDO carbon
Bags: @miss_grape_official
Lights: @supernova__design E3 triple 2 front light +E3 tail light
GPS: @hammerheadrides Karoo 2

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Columbus Tubography

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We are extremely happy and proud to introduce you to The Tubography Collection, our latest project with House Industries. A full collection of cycling gear.

 

Inspired by tubing, a new Columbus script logo has born, and the individual glyphs joyfully compose a dazzling and disruptive colour pattern which defines the racewear and the streetwear of the collection.
Either while pushing hard on your pedals or enjoying an after-ride beer with friends, or in your daily life, we are pretty sure you will enjoy this superb collaboration. 
Shop the collection on Columbus-House.com

Futura Adventure

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Password, adventure!
Engineered for bikepacking and ultra-trail, the new Columbus Futura Adventure is the perfect travel companion for the most ambitious explorers.
With MTB DNA, this fork can match the most advanced tailor-made Ti, Alu and steel frames, as well as replace suspended forks on hard-tail MTB geometries.

The innovative Multi-Rake system, with two rake options (45-50mm) provides framebuilders more freedom to design when it comes to geometries.
Moreover, riders benefit the adjustable set-up, to properly tune the riding experience according to tyre choice, surface, and loads.
The 110mm spacing ensures maximum compatibility with MTB groups and wheels and also increases the stability in action.

The predisposition for dynamo hubs guarantees the adventurers the possibility to recharge devices at any time during the journey, without stopping in search of a power source.

Discover the Futura Adventure features on columbustubi.com!

Grinduro Wales

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We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Grinduro global series for the 2021 season.
At all six events, Columbus will provide steel tubes and carbon forks to five local independent artisans who rarely get the spotlight at traditional trade shows and bike events, to build a bike that will be exposed at the Grinduro Handmade Bike and Art Show section.

The first 2021 Grinduro stage is taking place on Saturday July 24th in Wales.
You will see exposed the works of our friends ISEN Workshop, Lord Cycles, CMG Bicycles, Flying Fish, Teme Frameworks.

Stay connected to discover which tubes and forks have been used and how, to check out the images of the bikes, and to experience the perfect party-to-race ratio.

Peloton X Columbus

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We are honored to share the first chapter of the Peloton x Columbus series.

This amazing article investigates the connections between Columbus, Moreno Moser, his legendary uncle Francesco and the epic 2021 Strade Bianche Giro stage, through the words and photographs of James Startt.

Read the entire story here and stay connected for future episodes.

2021 Catalogues

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Dear Friend,

We’re happy to share with you our new 2021 Carbon and Steel catalogs,
featuring some new interesting projects we just developed.

Our “Futura” carbon-forks family is doing great and growing more and more!

Futura Cross+ is finally available,
with plenty of features for the bike-packing world, as well as Futura Adventure,
for the off-road riders with even more extreme necessities!

Then the two new Caliper SLX and Disc SLX models with 1-1/4” head are now restocked
and gaining a great reputation among the handmade steel & titanium worlds.

Thank you for riding with us
and don’t miss to check our new website!

Traguardo Volante exhibition video

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Mr. President Antonio Colombo guides you through Traguardo Volante, the Columbus Continuum exhibition that investigates the relationships between Colombus, Cinelli, art and design.

Traguardo Volante is open from Sept. 24 to Nov 21 at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea gallery in Milan.

Traguardo Volante. Columbus and Cinelli: art and bicycle

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Dear Friend,
we are very proud to invite you to the opening of ‘Traguardo Volante. Columbus and Cinelli: art and bicycles‘, the third chapter of ‘Columbus Continuum: 100 years of a steel manufactory in Milan’.
Grand opening next Thursday, September the 24th from 3 pm to 9 pm at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea gallery.

To know more about the show and the artists click here.

The exhibition will be on view from September 24th to November 21st 2020
at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery, Via Solferino 44, Milan

In compliance with the anti-Covid regulations we remind you to bring your mask, necessary for the visit of the exhibition. The entrances will be subject to restrictions.

Columbus – Covid19

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Dear friends,

despite the covid-19 lockdown and the hard times, every day we give our best to deliver our products to all the cycling enthusiasts all around the world.

We are deeply committed to respect the safety measurements, health is the first priority right now and we want to protect our local community.

Nonetheless we are also determined to keep the operations working, even if a little slower. We are doing our best to satisfy every need, as we have always done. All good things need patience, after all.

In these days the struggle is real, but the soul of cycling is stronger.

In case you need to restock urgently any steel tubes and/or carbon forks
we strongly suggest to provide us your orders as soon as possible
writing to ascivetti@gruppospa.com.

Due to some shortage of personnel, priority will be given to OEM batches.