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New Stella Azzurra Website Launched!

In the short time Stella Azzurra has been in business, it has not only created some startling new road bike products, but also a stir in the pro peloton of both United States and Europe. Stella Azzurra equipped team bikes also notched some impressive placings on both the North American and Continental race circuits via equipment sponsorships of the Navigators squad Stateside and the Ag2r and Cofidis teams in France. Stella Azzurra believes that through feedback of professional team riders and mechanics that future product innovations will be available to all racers and riders.

In a short summary, Stella Azzurra is the Italian manufacturers of high-end bicycle equipment with most of their products’ range hand-made, and built in Milan, Italy.

For more information, take a look at their website: www.stellaazzurra.com

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Stella Azzurra Products are in!

Stella Azzurra Eleganza Bar Tape
Eleganza bar tape is a revolutionary new design in professional-grade road tape which is designed to remove moisture on the surface of your bars, whether it be perspiration or precipitation. Its new stitched dual-striation synthetic material has superior tack and strength in all conditions, and the look is incredibly elegant, as well. Designed to achieve maximum breathability and comfort thanks to its perforated style. It is also designed to remove moisture and the stitched dual-striation material has superior tack and strength in all conditions.

  • Perforated to achieve maximum breathability and comfort
  • Revolutionary new design in professional-grade road tape
  • Designed to remove moisture on the surface of your bars
  • New stitched dual-striation synthetic material has superior tack and strength
  • Polyurethane material
  • Length: 185cm
  • Weight: 55g / 180cm
  • Color: Black, White, White/Black, Red, Red/Black, or Blue

Stella Azzurra Tecno Spugna Bar Tape
The tecno spugna (tek-no spoon-ya) means “sponge tech” in Italian, and tecno spugna comes in five densities designed to handle every type of surface vibration, providing the perfect combination of comfort and efficiency. Used by pro teams in both the United States and France, Tecno Spugna comes in extra Soft for cobbled roads, Ssoft for ‘cross courses, medium for asphalt roads, firm for trials loops and extra firm for velodromes. Riders hate the problem of spring training rides over broken, potholed asphalt or summer crits that include sectors of hand jarring, old down town brick. Extra Shock absorption is the answer. That’s why there’s tecno-spugna tape to absorb vibration so your hands and arms don’t get jarred and cramp up as you ride.

  • Unique custom comfort system contains 5 bar tapes designed for every kind of surface vibration
  • Provide the perfect combination of comfort and efficiency
  • Extra soft for cobbled roads
  • EVA foam material
  • Regular density/mediu for asphalt roads
  • Weight: 50g / 180cm
  • Color: Black, Red, or Blue

Stella Azzurra Neo Borsa Bag
The Neo is made predominantly from thick neoprene, reinforced with webbing in seat and post contact areas. The only one in the test to do so, the neo opens along its length rather than back. This requires the retaining strap to be undone to open it, and there are two side bands to stop tools falling out. Drop a patch kit, levers, and multi-tool into this ultra-compact seat bag and a spare tube for your choice city ride and the durable nylon hook-and-loop attachments secure the neo under the saddle of your urban fixie or century steed. Reflective piping aids visibility and adds to the style.

  • Neoprene and nylon material
  • Two side bands to stop tools falling out
  • 230cc volume
  • Weight: 80g
  • Color: Black/Grey

Stella Azzurra Aria Borsa Bag
Keep gear off your back and in the Stella Azzurra aria seat bag.

  • Nylon mesh material
  • 230cc volume
  • Weight: 64g
  • Color: Black/Grey

Stella Azzurra Eterno Rim Tape
High pressure rim tape in 16mm wide from Stella Azzurra.

  • Stella Azzurra logo printed
  • 16mm wide
  • Color: White

Stella Azzurra Carbon Calibro 50F – 50R
The calibro high-profile rim shape works with the wind when you wind up, giving you all the speed you and your frameset can muster. The rim itself is a high-modulus carbon creation, compressed at high pressure in carbon-specific molds. At 38mm, you get the most high-profile bang for your buck when you crank it up on a pair of calibros. Sealed-bearing, forged and CNC-machined hubs. Straight-pull, titanium, aero spoke lacing to reduce breakage. Italian and Japanese-friendly cassette machining.

  • Hand-Built in Italy
  • Full Carbon Clincher or Tubular
  • New high modulus CB851 with UD carbon fiber rim
  • DT Swiss Aerolite stainless steel bladed spokes
  • Ergal alloy hex head nipples
  • Chromoly skewers
  • Forged alloy hubs
  • Skewers, brake pads, spoke tool, and wheel bag included
  • Compatible with Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo
  • Spoke Count: 20 front, 20 rear carbon blades
  • Rim Height: 50mm
  • Weight: 1456g set

Stella Azzurra Alloy Compasso 24F – 28R
With a stiff alloy rim, minimal spoke count, and smooth spinning hubs, the Stella Azzurra compasso clincher wheelset rides true, accelerates fast, and changes direction with ease. Best of all? They dont require a second mortgage to ride.

  • Hand-Built in Italy
  • Alluminum alloy 6061-T6 24mm height front and 28mm height rear
  • Rear wheel has 24 bladed DT swiss aero speed spokes laced 3-cross driveside and radial non-driveside for the ideal mix of strength, light weight, and aerodynamics
  • Front wheel has 20 bladed aero speed spokes laced radially for reduced weight, and enhanced lateral stiffness
  • Variable depth rims (smaller front, larger rear) perfectly balance strength, weight, and aerodynamics
  • Cartridge bearings ensure low maintenance and high performance
  • Ergal alloy hex head nipples in 14mm
  • Forged alloy hubs
  • Compatible with Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo
  • Finish anodized black
  • Weight: 1450g set

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Bike Checks: New Build on Eddy Merckx EMX-5!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks: New Build on a Eddy Merckx EMX-5!
Merckx’s technology partnership with Pinarello has created a bike with traditional geometry, modern materials, and killer looks. What a combination.

Characteristically predictable and stable geometry, Eddy Merckx bikes are designed to be ridden long and hard and the EMX 5 is no different. The frame geometry and design are taken from the years of experience of the worlds best cyclist and combined with pro tour grade46HM3K Carbon to make it look like the most lethal bike in the peloton. The fork has a unique broad blade design that remains stiff out of the saddle, yet soaks up road vibration.

Read on…

The final complete build!


Upfront of the complete build!


Series 1k carbon fork.


Cockpit with 3T 110mm stem and 3T drop bar. Transmission with Shimano Dura Ace Shifters!


Front drive train with Shimano Dura Ace crankset and front derailleur.


Rear drive train powered by Shimano Dura Ace rear derailleur and Shimano Dura Ace cassette and chain.


Stella Azzurra Calibro 38 wheelset, super light!


Eddy Merckx EMX-5 signature frame.


Stella Azzurra Calibro 38 high flange hub with hollow machining to reduce weight!

Components List
Frame: 2010 Eddy Merckx EMX-5
Fork: 2010 Eddy Merckx EMX-5 Fork
Headset: Eddy Merckx sealed integrated headset
Wheels: Stella Azzurra Calibro 38 wheelset
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700c x 23c Front and Back
Saddle: Fizik Titanium Rail seat
Bar: 3T drop bar, 31.8mm clamping diameter
Grip: Lizard Skin Bar tape
Crank: Shimano Dura Ace crankset
Brake: Shimano Dura Ace
Stem: 3T stem, 110mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Eddy Merckx Full carbon seatpost
Pedal: LOOK Keo 2 Carbon SPD pedal
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace Cassette 10sp 12t – 25t
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace Chain 10sp

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Stella Azzurra Wheelset

Carbon, carbon, carbon!!! We know, it’s all we talk about, but little do we know about Italian maker Stella Azzurra with an unmatchable shapability of carbon, and designs made for every taste. With their experience, knowledge and passion, Stella Azzurra build one of the most innovative Italian road wheelset on the market today. This translates to products that constantly push the envelope of design, weight reduction and above all, safety. In short, they get you and who you are…

For year 2011, Tiong Hin will be the authorized agent for Stella Azzurra here in Singapore. Stay tune as the first batch of 2011 Stella Azzurra wheelset that’s drilled and hand laced at Milano, Italy will be available soon!

Below is a tech review on the Calibro 38/38 by Velonews.

Stella Azzurra Calibro 38
The Calibro 38 has high flanges and black DT Swiss Aerolite stainless steel double butted and bladed spokes with J-bend elbows. The silver alloy nipples are external (They stick out of the rim in the traditional way). It’s a wheelset with the same number of spokes front and rear (20), as well as the same spoking pattern front and rear (One-cross).

The rim’s top layer is woven carbon, including on the brake track. The gluing surface is a uniformly-curved rim bed.

The hubs are high-flange with large cutouts, with the exception of the drive side of the rear. The drive-side hub flange holes are dogbone-shape and thus reduce the strain on the elbows of the most highly stressed spokes of the set, while the high flanges front and rear all have keyhole-shaped holes for the bladed spokes.

Even though Stella Azzurra’s Web site says that these wheels are specifically not recommended for cyclocross, I used them for ’cross anyway (After considerable riding on the road with no problems), and I would love to use them again for that. The external nipples are a bonus for ’cross, since you can true the wheels without removing the tires, much less having to contend with glue in the spoke holes in the rim bed complicating access to internal nipples. Aerodynamics plays a very minor role in ’cross, so there is no down side to the rider that I can see to external nipples.

Comes with a padded double-wheel bag.

This is a fast, light wheelset that can take a beating and can be easily trued if badly abused.


Stella Azzurra new color scheme Red/white for 2011 Calibro 50


Not forgetting it’s Stella Azzurra wheelset that’s displayed on De Rosa road bike at Interbike 2010

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