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The Rca is the pinnacle of the research and development in our Project California facility. A refinement of the previous version, the current frameset represents the leading edge of composite material manufacturing and our understanding of what makes a truly inspirational ride. The original Rca was recognized for industry-leading innovation, earning Eurobike Gold, JEC Innovation, Core77 Design, and Bike Radaräó»s äóìMost Wantedäó awards. Germanyäó»s prestigious Tour Magazin also rated the Rca the lightest frame theyäó»d ever tested, with the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio. The latest iteration of the Rca was an opportunity äóî as our riders would agree äóî to improve upon perfection. And of course, itäó»s still entirely hand-made at Cerví©loäó»s Project California design facility, using new layups, materials and fabrication techniques.
When starting on a second run of the limited-production Rca, we looked hard at areas for potential improvement. And we realized: Why not apply Project California learnings about frames to the fork? The result äóñ as we hoped äóñ was significant weight reduction and an increase in lateral stiffness, as well as a significant decrease in longitudinal stiffness for an unequivocal ride-quality improvement. Thanks to new materials and layup techniques, the new Rca frameset weighs 35 grams less than the classic edition, while maintaining its elegant frame and Squoval tube shapes.
The new Rca layup schedule is the most complex in Cerví©loäó»s history. Where some bike frames involve two dozen steps as most, at Project California we lay over 500 individual pieces of carbon. Each individually cut piece of aerospace-grade carbon fibre is weighed and recorded before it is laid into the Rca moulds. Each completed Rca frame and fork is then weighed before and after paint, and again after final assembly to ensure consistency.