Kuota K-Uno Frameset
The sleek new K-Uno is Kuota's brand new flagship frame, and is the culmination of all of the experience and the feedback that Kuota has received in recent years by top professional teams, such as AG2R, countless amateur racers and sportive enthusiasts.
The K-Uno was designed from scratch using sophisticated and high-end UD carbon tube shapes to deliver a blend of high speed and comfort that go hand-in-hand to offer riders an exhilarating but forgiving ride. It also happens to deliver a bike that at the same time tooks agressive and purposeful, but with elegant flowing lines.
The K-Uno is also Kuota's lightest ever frame, weighing in at 885 grams for size medium - while carbon lay-up and tube shapes etc are all more important than frame weight in determining ride quality, it is reassuring to know that intertia is being kept to a minimum in accelerations and hard climbs!
The K-Uno's truly massive bottom bracket area and assymmetric chain stays, featuring different lay-up and carbon laminate thicknesses on the drive and non-drive stays, ensure that power transfer is maximised. Precise and ultra-predictable steering comes from the 1 1/2"to 1 1/8" head tube, while the newly developed fork provides a balance of comfort and stability under high cornering loads. A neutral geometry caters for a range of riding positions and styles, from all-out road and criterium racing to more relaxed high-speed sportive riding.
The advanced carbon lay-up of the K-Uno utilises the properties of uni-directional carbon fibres in ways that entry-level carbon frames cannot hope to emulate - as the fibres are aligned in different planes they alter in terms of stiffness vs elasticity. Think of a bunch of hair - pull it length-ways and it won't stretch, but hold the two edges of the bunch and light pressure will pull the individual hairs away from each other. UD carbon fibre behaves similarly, and the K-Uno is optimised to deliver rider comfort by using more "elastic" lay-ups in areas that add to vertical compliance/comfort, while applying stiffer lay-ups to areas that are critical for power transfer and lateral stiffness. Each frame size also uses different lay-ups to ensure that they all offer the same ride qualities.