the Needle

First launched in 2015, and developed with Olaf Wit and Stefan 'Fish' Vis, the Needle set the benchmark for a steel framed fixed gear race bike.

"...the Needle is ready to head straight for the nearest Crit race and mix things up in more ways than one."

Introducing the Needle

The Needle is all about balance. In Crit racing you need a bike that has enough stiffness to ensure it reacts to your every input, but with enough ‘give’ to absorb the rougher surfaces of a typical Crit circuit. It’s for this reason that the Needle uses steel, rather than alloy or carbon fiber for its frame. Every detail of this bike has been considered and optimized thanks to input from the guys racing it week in, week out. Features like a shorter seat tube, to allow the seat post a little more flex, keeping you firmly planted in the saddle, or the optimized trail length for greater stability at high speeds, differentiating the Needle from a typical track bike.

The components and finishing kit on the Needle are all race ready, from the SRAM Omnium crankset to the Bombtrack developed Drome wheels. All this means the Needle is ready to head straight for the nearest Crit race and mix things up in more ways than one.

Highlights

Criterium race developed geometry through collaboration with TeamWIT.

Higher BB for lower cornering angles and allowing optimum racing line.

Columbus Cromor, double butted front triangle chosen for its lightweight yet durable properties.

Brazed rear dropout for a cleaner handmade appearance.

SRAM Omnium Crankset with 48t 7075-T6 chainring.

Bombtrack Drome Wheelset with flip-flop rear hub for single-speed or fixed gear use (freewheel not included).

 

  • FRAMESET

    WHEEL SIZE

    700c

    COLOR 1

    Metallic Black / Lime

    FRAME

    COLUMBUS "Cromor" double butted tubing, tapered head tube, brazed dropouts

    FORK

    BT BIKES "Criterium" carbon / alloy fork, 1.1/8"-1.1/2" tapered

    HEADSET

    FSA "No21/12/44" sealed a-headset, 1.1/8"-1.1/2"

    WEIGHT

    8.6kg (size M)

  • DRIVETRAIN

    CRANKSET

    SRAM "Omnium" 7050 alloy crank

    BB

    SRAM "GXP"

    LEVERS

    TEKTRO "RL-721" top mount hinged brake levers

    SHIFTER

    -

    PEDALS

    not included

    CHAIN

    KMC "HL710" Halflink, 1/2" x 1/8"

    CHAINRING

    SRAM "Omnium" 7075-T6 alloy, 48T

    CASSETTE

    17T threaded, heat treated crmo cog

    DERAILLEUR

    -

  • FINISHING KIT

    HANDLEBAR

    BT BIKES "Compact" drop bar, butted 6061-T6 alloy

    GRIP

    BT BIKES "PRO" shock-proof bar tape

    STEM

    BT BIKES "Origin" forged alloy stem, -7°

    SADDLE

    BT BIKES "PRO" rail saddle, vacuum bonded top cover

    SEAT POST

    BT BIKES 'SP-DC2X' alloy seatpost

    SEAT CLAMP

    Integrated

  • WHEELS & BRAKES

    FRONT HUB

    BT BIKES "Drome" sealed front alloy hub, 9mm female bolt axle

    REAR HUB

    BT BIKES "Drome" sealed rear alloy flip-flop track hub, 10mm regular axle

    FRONT RIM

    BT BIKES  "DM30" double wall, i17, 32h

    REAR RIM

    BT BIKES  "DM30" double wall, i17, 32h

    TIRES

    KENDA "Kriterium" 700c x 25c

    BRAKES

    TEKTRO "R312" calliper brakes

  • COMPONENT SIZE

      S M L XL
    Stem (mm) 100 100 100 100
    Seat Post 300L
    Crankarm (mm) 165 165 165 165
    Seat Post Diameter (mm) 27.2
    Handlebar Width (mm) 400 400 420 420
    Handlebar Reach 70
    Handlebar sweep/flair 0
    Handlebar Drop 120
  • GEOMETRY

    S M L XL
    Horizontal TT length (mm) 524 560 579 598
    Seat Angle (°) 74.5 74 74 74
    Headtube Length (mm) 105 140 168 195
    Head Angle (°) 72.8 73 73.2

    73.2

    Seat Tube Length (mm) 500 530 560 590
    BB Drop (mm) 51.5 51.5 51.5 51.5
    Chainstay Length (mm) 392 392 392

    392

    Fork Offset (mm) 45 45 45 45
    Trail (mm) 58 57 56 55
    Wheelbase Length (mm) 960 989 1007 1027
    Standover (mm) 764 795 821 851
    Reach (mm) 386 405 417 429
    Stack (mm) 502 535 563 589
  • EXTRA INFO

    Maximum tire width front 700C x 25C
    Maximum tire width rear 700C x 28C

     

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