Why mountain bike modifications are the future of road bike performance
The Honda CBR1000RR is a road bike with a reputation for handling well, but the new CBRX4 is the first bike to use the bike’s all-new, ultra-lightweight, and all-aluminum alloy frame.
As part of a series of six road bikes designed to deliver a similar feel and performance as the CBR600R, this one uses the same lightweight aluminum frame as the standard CBR650RR, with the same 700c rims and a lighter carbon fork, but with a larger carbon fiber stem, which increases the bike to 2.3 tons.
Honda says that this new, lighter frame and fork combined with the new carbon fiber fork and stem allow for a more consistent ride without sacrificing stiffness.
But it also adds weight.
The frame weighs 7.5 pounds, while the fork weighs 7 pounds and the stem 6 pounds.
(We’ll have more on the new, light frame later.)
The carbon fiber stems are also longer than usual, so that they don’t stick out too much at the front, which makes for a wider stance on the bike.
But the biggest change is the new rear end.
Honda is using its patented TKC-L1 brake system, which the company says is “tighter, stronger, and lighter than ever before.”
And with the longer carbon fiber rim, it means the brakes can now be used up front, and the front brake lever can be mounted more easily to the handlebar.
This new rear brake lever is longer than the standard lever, and is longer to accommodate a larger brake reservoir, and to accommodate larger calipers.
And Honda says it’s now able to mount the brakes in a more direct, rear-facing position on the frame, instead of the way they’re currently mounted on the rear.
(For those unfamiliar with TKC, it’s a technology that was first developed in the early 2000s and which was later expanded to handle larger caliper sizes, and ultimately the TKC brake system was adopted by Ducati.)
The bike also has a new fork.
The fork is also lighter, at 1.7 pounds, and it has a larger front end, but Honda says its smaller fork also offers increased stiffness, which translates to a lighter, more responsive ride.
(As with the standard fork, the new fork also has carbon fiber spokes.)
And the bike is also now able and willing to use a wider seat post.
Honda claims the seat post can now accommodate a more upright riding position, but this will be more important to the rider when the bike hits the trails.
(In other words, the rider will need to sit farther back in order to fit the seat properly.)
Honda says the seatpost is a combination of a single seat tube and a triple seatpost, with a large tube in the middle that fits on the seat and a smaller tube in a section on the handlebars.
It also has more adjustment, but it is still much easier to adjust the seat angle.
The seatpost has a carbon fiber pad at the base of the post, and a carbon-fiber inner sleeve.
The bike is now also able to use three different grips.
These are called Sport and Elite, and are designed to provide a more aggressive ride, and more precise grip.
(The Elite grip has a large hole in the center for a seat strap.)
The seat post has a different design than the normal seatpost.
It has an opening that allows the rider to use either a standard seatpost or the extra-wide Elite seatpost that was introduced in 2017.
This seatpost was developed specifically for the CB250R.
It is lighter and more responsive, but is also much easier for the rider.
The Elite grip is designed to be the standard for the next-generation CBR250R, which will also use the same technology, but will be taller and have a wider grip area.
And while it may seem like a lot of extra hardware, Honda says this new system makes the bike even more responsive.
The carbon-carbon inner sleeve also comes in two sizes, which means the rider can fit a different bike-specific grip.
The handlebars are a little different from the CBRs before, but they’re still the same height, and they still have the same handlebar-to-seat post height adjustment.
The new frame is also significantly lighter.
The front and rear suspension have also been redesigned.
Honda calls the rear suspension a “superlative design” that has been designed to achieve a more precise ride.
This design allows the bike not only to have the handling characteristics of a roadbike, but also to have a smooth, controlled ride, with no feel of being “oversteer-sensitive,” Honda says.
(This is important to note because when it comes to handling, the ABS in a road car is often oversteer, which can make it difficult to steer.)
The new front suspension uses a new, all