EL CAMÖS 00
CREATED AND PRODUCED IN ITALY
EL CAMÖS 00
EXCURSION / 120MM
The complementarity and synergy between technical know-how, materials research and technological innovation are expressed in a bicycle that is as light as it is strong and responsive.
The Y-shaped frame takes shape in the carbon fibre, breaking classic patterns in an interplay of unexpected geometries, of solids and voids, giving life to visionary balances, for an exclusive design at the service of the performance.
The carbon look – no surface treatment – reveals the texture of the fibres, the heart of the main frame El Camos 00: 1750g without shock absorber and rear axle, the lightest on the market with 120 mm travel and XC features: a testament to design creativity and cutting-edge technology.
PASSION, SKILLS AND DESIRES
El Camös is passion translated into Made in Italy design at the service of performance.
El Camös is the end result of many years of experimental research processes aimed at obtaining a product that is a reference in terms of innovation, quality and functionality: visionary layouts, unique suspension systems, exclusive design make each element a harmonious combination of functionality and aesthetics.
El Camös was born from a distinct focus on purity, minimalism, extreme simplicity – “less is more” – which finds expression in the unprecedented lines of this project conceived as a technological work of art.
Intuition becomes an idea, the idea a thought and the thought an ambitious project, moving the limits of the possible and making them reality.
The configuration of El Camös breaks classic patterns and plays with rhythms of unexpected geometries, of solids and voids, giving life to visionary balances, for an exclusive design serving the performance.
The Y-frame, born in the 1990s, is now reinterpreted and takes shape in carbon fibre: a dream cultivated over thirty years.
El Camös is a minimalist structure using advanced composite technology and a progressive suspension in the core.
El Camös is a total bike, designed with the intention of adhering to the most varied possibilities of use.
The Y shape, which originated in the 1990s, now finds its greatest reinterpretation thanks to this design that makes the most of the structural properties of the particular carbon composite.
This shape, in fact, combines the advantages of rigidity and low weight thanks to the better exploitation of large structural surfaces, thus overcoming the traditional tube and triangle architecture.
The design of El Camös pursues, in total design coherence, multiple objectives dictated by the highly technical use of the highest levels of competitiveness in Racing XC Marathon as well as in ‘Fun’ use, Trail, All Mountain and in all sectors where the future wide range of El Camös frames can be used.
The structure allows a reduction in the materials used and the use of a very small number of parts: the consequence is a significant weight reduction.
The particular set-up of geometries that characterise this frame turns towards maximum performance and rideability everywhere, maximum responsiveness when pedalling and maximum safety and stability when descending.
This result is given by the a combination of multiple angles and geometries: short carriage and central pivot, front with long reach and open headset (67.5 degrees), very vertical seat post (75 degrees) bottom bracket, 120 mm progressive travel.
TARGET KINEMATICS TECHNOLOGY
Technology and resources employed to develop a new fulcrum and a consequent new kinematic motion. The whole assembly allows for a reduced number of components thanks to the full-pull linkage system that essentially works by pulling and eliminates one of the four points compared to traditional linkages. Even the rear carriage is reduced to a single piece: a two-arm swingarm that enhances the functional and structural simplicity of the whole.
OBJECTIVE CENTRALISATION OF THE MASSES
All mechanical parts and the shock absorber are concentrated close to the centre of gravity of the frame and as low as possible, in a very narrow area between the bottom bracket and the forward pivot.
The bike is an object steeped in functional technicalities, which must fulfil biomechanical and structural characteristics, and aesthetics must take this into account. Only a designer who has all the necessary ingredients in his head can arrive at the packaging of an aesthetic ‘recipe’ consistent with the overall design that enhances the individual elements and gives personality to the product.
The choice for El Camös was to follow the lines of force, to connect the points through straight segments, connected by studied radii.
The result is a minimalist aesthetic, deliberately simple, balanced in its volumes, which conceals the mechanical parts in the bottom bracket area. A shape that does not give room for frills or unnecessary arching of lines, which often used inappropriately ‘weigh down’ the whole. El Camös lives in its three-dimensional whole, created by a sculptor, who plays with the octagonal sections and the perspective of the elements that make up the form. The history of design teaches that it is more difficult to design a beautiful chair than a beautiful house, because the fewer elements you have and the simpler the object, the greater the complexity.
FULL PULL E CENTRAL FULCRUM POINT
The extremes of minimalist thinking
In the truest sense of the word in this case, a kinematic mechanism was designed to combine as few parts and components as possible, as light as possible and placed in the centre of mass of the bicycle. The characteristic linkage is inspired by a motorbike ‘pro link’, but eliminates the classic ‘triangle’, i.e. the fourth shock absorber attachment point is eliminated, making it coincide with the joint between the two connecting rods.
Complicated operation in terms of calculations as it eliminates a ‘corrective’ possibility in the development of the linkage, but offers countless advantages once the result of the complex calculations is achieved. A big advantage is in the simplicity of the components, which are reduced to small connecting rods working in traction. Another advantage is the particular progressive curve that is generated, very suitable for mtb, with a great variation of load from the first part of the stroke to the end of the stroke, which makes the range of shocks it can absorb very wide.
CENTRAL FULCRUM POINT
The central fulcrum point on the El Camös frame is one of the fundamental and relevant overall features of the design. What does it mean in practical terms to have a pivot so far forward of the bottom bracket and what advantages can it bring?
The first very important advantage is to obtain a “very long” swingarm with ample shock-absorbing capacity, and likewise, to obtain a frame with a “very short” wagon (swingarm length 575mm, wagon length 418mm). This gives maximum traction/handling when climbing and maximum force absorption and smoothness everywhere.
Second advantage, having the fulcrum more advanced than the bottom bracket allows better balance and less energy dispersion with respect to the forces generated by pedalling and which are discharged horizontally with the pull of the chain pushing directly ‘forward’.
Third advantage, it provides a unique riding balance, a more neutral and instinctive, natural ride, as the fulcrum point is very close to the overall ‘bike + rider’ centre of gravity. Another important advantage, it allowed the entire mechanism of the kinematic mechanism to be fitted in the space between the bottom bracket and the fulcrum itself, a very compact, protected, light and reliable assembly.
TECHNOLOGICAL AND PRODUCTION RESEARCH
El Camös is the ultimate result of multi-year experimental research processes aimed at achieving a product that is a benchmark in innovation, quality and functionality. Every detail is studied and realised according to criteria that guarantee a final product technologically advanced.
El Camos’ composite products are manufactured by high-pressure autoclave moulding using traceability and high quality processes.
The frames have a carbon look, i.e. no surface painting treatment, to reveal the texture of the fibres, the heart of the El Camös main frame.
Carbon has high mechanical strength and thanks to the accurate study of lamination has a shock-absorbing capacity and maximum rigidity when pedalling. The material is hand-laminated in one piece, produced through an autoclave polymerisation process.
El Camös 00 was created to set a new benchmark in the XC, MX and Down Country racing segment.
The Y-shaped frame (patent pending) in carbon fibre and the advanced swingarm pivot allow a geometry with elongated Reach and an extremely short rear carriage (418mm). The verticalised seatpost angle and open headset give the Rider intuitive and easy downhill handling.
Carro compatto (il più corto sul mercato) e piantone verticalizzato rendono la bicicletta reattiva in salita al pari di una front e, al contempo, rapida e agile nei single track più lenti.
The frame model comes with 120mm travel and can work with 120mm forks for Racing use or with 135mm forks for Trail use. The suspension compression curve is progressive to perfectly follow the course and discontinuities of the terrain at low speeds and ensure smooth damping of impacts at high speeds and in landings from the most extreme jumps.
El Camos 00 has unique characteristics of uphill effectiveness and agility and feeling and downward precision.
The Y-shaped frame combines purity of line with exceptional strength, guaranteed by the directionality of the carbon fibres.
The rear suspension scheme is structured with a single physical fulcrum point, located far forward in the middle of the bike’s wheelbase.
The pivot is on the chain line resulting in a surprisingly neutral behaviour when pedalling: an absolute novelty, the subject of a patent, which has very positive effects on both rigidity and weight. Sizes available: M and L. Sizes on request: S and XL.