Daniele DeFranceschi, who rides for the OCTTO-sponsored Jet Fuel Coffee Cycling Team, was profiled in an article in a recent edition of Windsor Life magazine about the historic 50th edition of the Tour de Via Italia bicycle race in Windsor, Canada.

The well-written article about the race, the riders and the historical and cultural impact on Windsor, is on p.57 of the August/September edition of Windsor Life. It can be downloaded in PDF format from their website here.

In 2008, the JetFuel Coffee Cycling Team rides these OCTTO Professional-Grade Components: handlebar-tape, carbon bottle-cages, carbon seatpost, carbon-handlebar, stems.


The Count rode an OCTTO Reference Series road frameset for the first time during the 850km Tour for Kids epic fundraiser.   Here is his report:

"With a few days to go to the Tour for Kids, I was asked if I would be willing to ride the Tour on an OCTTO frame to give some feedback.  I jumped at the chance to be a Guinea Pig for the Doctor on one of his new frames. 

After the parts transfer from my Renaissance and some scrambling for small parts, the bike was finally complete and ready to go Wednesday night around 8pm (the tour only started Thursday at 8 am)!!  So with a few meters test riding before, we started our 800+ kilometer trek.

The bike performed outstandingly and was a joy to ride. I have ridden carbon before (OCLV, Kestrel, etc) so I knew what to expect. The frame built up was light (16 1/2 lbs complete with OCTTO cages, pedals and a small saddle bag) and very responsive.

The bike handled well and as expected was nice over the road 'chatter', a plus when riding 200+ kms a day. Climbs (which there were plenty) were not a problem both in the saddle and out with no excessive flex anywhere.

On the descents, the prototype OCTTO 1400g aero wheels were the class of the field. They rolled out so well I was passing everyone on downhills. When the speed was ramped up on the flats, the OCTTO was right there for me handling all kinds of accelerations with ease.

All in all I was very happy with the way the bike handled and look forward to a few more rides on it before the Doctor wants her back