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Tortola’s ROUNDTAIL Re-Invents The Modern Bicycle Frame

“RoundTail” Design Revolutionizes Shock Absorption; Unveiling Takes Place at the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show

San Diego, CA (CFEpr+) – Lou Tortola, an inventor and entrepreneur from Windsor, Canada, has created a revolutionary bicycle frame design that dramatically increases comfort, while retaining the lateral stiffness and pedaling efficiency of traditional diamond frame bicycles.

Introducing The RoundTail
An avid cyclist, Lou put in over 5000k (3000+ miles) on his road bike last year. He noticed that many cyclists were stopping riding, due to injuries and discomfort on long rides.

One day, he had an epiphany. What if “straight to your bum” seat stays were replaced with shock-absorbing rings?

He quickly went home and drew up a prototype on his computer, immediately knowing that he was on to something significant.

Armed with years of experience in metals and fabrication, Tortola produced tooling to create rings to test his concept, made sample rings, contacted custom bike builder Paul Taylor, and the Tortola ROUNDTAIL was born.

Rigorous Testing and Certification
The beautifully made frame was then sent to Microbac Laboratories, Inc., of Boulder, CO and tested in accordance with ASTM F2711-08, for Horizontal Loading Durability Fatigue, Vertical Loading Durability Fatigue, and Impact Strength resulting in a “pass” for this product specification requirement.

Off-the-Chart Results
Finite Element Analysis shows that the ROUNDTAIL design provides ten times the vertical flex, and over sixty times the shock absorption of a traditional frame. The unique shape of the rings is expected to provide aerodynamic advantages, and is ideal for promoting the corporate sponsors that cycling teams so greatly depend on.

Be sure to look for the Tortola ROUNDTAIL in the Taylor Bicycles Booth at the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show this weekend, and for Titanium, Carbon, Mountain and Hybrid versions available by the Interbike Show in September.

“I’m really excited to unveil my new design at the San Diego Custom show, please come see us at Paul Taylor’s booth this weekend and join the ROUNDTAIL REVOLUTION” – Lou Tortola, Inventor

“What a fascinating design! it’s fun to see people pushing the envelope…” – Richard Bryne, Speedplay

“Being somewhat of a traditionalist, I am typically skeptical when it comes to new bicycle designs, but the ROUNDTAIL works really well. The bike is stiff, lively and comfortable. What more could you ask for?” – Joe Parkin, Paved Magazine

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.