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Alchemy Aithon Road Frameset -2018 Alchemy Aithon Road Frameset -2018
In the late '90s, we were racing on flexy, featherweight alloy frames that barely cleared 23mm tires. Some 20 years later, versatility, comfort, and stiffness have loosened weight's stranglehold on what makes a good bike--largely because those bend-in-the-wind aluminum tubes and tiny tires (at 120 psi, of course) get murdered by the kind of all-terrain adventure riding and racing that are reshaping the American cycling landscape. With carbon stiffness, race-minded tube shapes, and huge tire clearance, Alchemy's Aithon Road Frameset establishes itself as the brand's most versatile frame, addressing the needs of today's take-all-comers cyclist. It transitions from tarmac to gravel to dirt roads without sacrificing any of the efficiency that makes it a suitable road machine. We should stress here that by "suitable," we mean competition-ready. Alchemy classifies the Aithon as a gravel race bike. The italics emphasis is ours in copy, but the inclusion of design elements borrowed from Alchemy's road framesets stresses the fact in practice. This includes the head tube from the aerodynamic Arion frame and the down tube from the Helios, Alchemy's all-purpose road race machine. That means it's stiff and aerodynamic enough for sprints and long-distance solo moves, but it also enjoys a bit of pneumatic suspension in the form of 38mm tire clearance. Unlike the Arion and the Helios (and our old flimsy alloy bikes), the Aithon's race doesn't end when the asphalt does. The bike's multi-surface pedigree is further reinforced by the rear triangle, which features a special carbon layup designed to take the pain out of chattery corduroy and poorly graded gravel. This includes bowed seatstays, which operate like a leaf spring in order to provide a touch of engineered flex without compromising the drive efficiency of the oversized chainstays and built-up Alchemy dropouts. Efficiency and comfort are the priority here, fitting since the bike shares a name with the horses ridden to batt...
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Alchemy Atlas Road Frameset - 2018 Alchemy Atlas Road Frameset - 2018
Usually when we think of artisanal frame craftsmanship in the cycling industry, we think of steel. We think of thin, round, hand-welded tubes. We think of a jig labored over by a reclusive Italian legend or a tattooed IPA enthusiast from the Pacific Northwest. The Alchemy Atlas Road Frameset--which we'd definitely call "artisanal"--doesn't meet any of those expectations. In not meeting them, the Atlas also proves that those expectations are admittedly outdated or inaccurate. After all, any good frameset is ultimately about the details: material, geometry, construction, and the finishing touches that may appear subtle to the untrained eye but ultimately define the experience of riding a bike that transcends the border between sport and art. Whether you opt for a painted model or a clear coat to show off the artful layup, the Atlas is gorgeous. But let's leave that aside for now and focus on what really matters: the ride quality. As much as we love the classic lugged frames ridden by the likes of Coppi and Merckx, there's a good damned reason why they hang unused on the walls of shops peddling mostly carbon bikes. Carbon has simply become the material of choice for bikes from GC contenders to gran fondo endurance riders, and Alchemy's size-specific layup schedules demonstrate why. Each frame size receives its own unique layup, which means that cyclists on a 60cm frame don't have to suffer with a wagging bottom bracket because the tubes are simply elongated versions of those on a 52. Instead, the carbon is applied in order to maintain the same ride quality regardless of size. The Alchemy won't be earning accolades as a pure stiffness-to-weight bike, but it's also a hell of a lot more fun to ride than a too-harsh race machine designed for emaciated Euro pros. We're not saying the bike is heavy; we're saying it's less interested in posing on a scale and far more interested in making sure you enjoy a comfortable, efficient ride whether you're racing or cruising or doin...
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Alchemy Eros Di2 Road Frameset -2018 Alchemy Eros Di2 Road Frameset -2018
It doesn't take a seasoned veteran to recognize the ride quality of titanium. After all, the material is one of the old dogs of boutique frame construction because its strength-to-weight ratio surpasses every other ferrous frame material (even exotics like scandium) but doesn't come at the expense of a harsh ride. That's more or less what the industry collectively refers to as "ride quality," and it's long defined what makes a desirable frame. In the Alchemy Eros Di2 Road Frameset, that ages-old ride quality is updated with Shimano Di2 compatibility, bringing the frame material of our dreams into contact with the drivetrains of the future. If titanium is the old dog on the block, the Di2 Eros proves that it's more than capable of learning a new trick. Titanium recalls the halcyon days of cycling's past (while reminding us why discerning perfectionists still insist on it), but the ENVE carbon fork and tapered head tube are decidedly modern touches. Stiffening the front end is the name of the game here, and it helps preserve a gap while pushing through on fast, sweeping descents and while hammering out of the saddle on a climb in order to get that gap. The Eros is Alchemy's first bike, and even though it has its own carbon wonder bikes, Alchemy stands by the Ti Eros as "a sleek work of art" that will "outperform any bike made from any material." The art part is obvious (Those too-clean welds!), but the Eros is surprisingly sharp under hard efforts. The frame's other dimensions also speak to racing rather than noodling. Its reach and drop are every bit as aggressive as a typical World Tour GC machine, and Alchemy puts that race-minded mien to good use as a showcase for titanium's eager, springy responsiveness. The combination of geometry and material recommends the Eros as a club racer that isn't (too) afraid of the prospect of clipping a pedal in the final corner. That's not to say the Eros isn't only a hard-as-nails race slayer. It's got some elegant design fea...
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Alchemy Eros Mechanical Road Frameset -2018 Alchemy Eros Mechanical Road Frameset -2018
Carbon fiber is the new de facto material for framesets. We get it. We're not fighting it. It's light, stiff, etc., etc.--you know the story. But every once in a while, we throw a leg over a ferrous top tube and we're reminded why brands like Alchemy make frames like the Eros Mechanical Road Frameset. The Eros is made out of titanium, which has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal but doesn't translate road noise into kidney-jarring punishment. It's stiff, light, and springs to life when the pedals are stroked. We realize that sounds borderline erotic, but the tactile pleasure of a titanium bike is a sexy feeling--and anyway, the damned thing's named "Eros." How could we not have love on our minds' Titanium recalls the halcyon days of cycling's past (while reminding us why discerning perfectionists still insist on it), but the ENVE carbon fork and tapered head tube are decidedly modern touches. Stiffening the front end is the name of the game here, and it helps preserve a gap while pushing through on fast, sweeping descents and while hammering out of the saddle on a climb in order to get that gap. The Eros is Alchemy's first bike, and even though it has its own carbon wonder bikes, Alchemy stands by the Ti Eros as "a sleek work of art" that will "outperform any bike made from any material." The art part is obvious (Those too-clean welds!), but the Eros is surprisingly sharp under hard efforts. The frame's other dimensions also speak to racing rather than noodling. Its reach and drop are every bit as aggressive as a typical World Tour GC machine, and Alchemy puts that race-minded mien to good use as a showcase for titanium's eager, springy responsiveness. The combination of geometry and material recommends the Eros as a club racer that isn't (too) afraid of the prospect of clipping a pedal in the final corner. That's not to say the Eros isn't only a hard-as-nails race slayer. It's got some elegant design features that improve aesthetics (the Alchemy ...
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Alchemy Hyas Ultegra Complete Road Bike -2018 Alchemy Hyas Ultegra Complete Road Bike -2018
Though Hyas (who was killed by his own prey while hunting) isn't a terribly inspiring namesake for a gravel bike, the fact that his sisters, the Hyades, mourned themselves to death and were elevated to a constellation whose ascension corresponds with the rainy season does make sense. Alchemy's Hyas Ultegra Complete Road Bike is equipped with huge tire clearance, a stable footprint, and disc brakes, making it an ideal choice for the all-terrain, all-season adventure cyclist who doesn't take bad weather and shifty surfaces as reasons to go slow. The Hyas proves that all-terrain doesn't mean all-time heavy or all over the damn place in terms of handling. It lacks the Aithon's aerodynamic head tube, but it includes similar reinforcement throughout the drive spine and the same rear triangle tweaks. These are most noticeable in the seatstays, which are bowed to produce engineered flex in order to soak up bumps and chatter when the going gets bumpy and chatter-y. Those comfort-first seatstays are paired with oversized chainstays linking the big bottom bracket to built-up Alchemy dropouts, helping the ensure that gravel-road comfort doesn't come at the expense of pedaling efficiency.
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Bianchi Infinito CV Disc Road Frameset - 2017 Bianchi Infinito CV Disc Road Frameset - 2017
The 2017 Bianchi Infinito CV Disc Road Frameset is redefining how we conceptualize race bikes. In stark contrast to the super-aggressive, slammed geometries we so often associate with racing, this frameset offers a more relaxed position with a slightly taller head tube and elongated wheelbase for increased comfort while still maintaining efficient power transfer. The Infinito CV Disc is right at home railing corners, conquering cobbles, or meandering scenic roads on your favorite gran fondo and, with international rules set to lift disc brake restrictions in the near future, this bike will soon be legal to race regardless of an event's sanctioning body. The geometry's focus on rider comfort is complemented by Bianchi's strategic use of vibration-damping Countervail technology. Countervail, a patented material developed by Materials Science Corporation (MSC) and Bianchi, is a viscoelastic carbon layer that's sandwiched between the standard high-modulus carbon layers to devour vibration and road noise without compromising stiffness. The Infinito CV Disc also enjoys the same Carbon Nano Technology used in the construction of Bianchi's top-end, race-specific Oltre XR. This process uses nano-scaled particles to reduce the microscopic gaps between the resin and the carbon, increasing strength and fracture-resistance by a claimed 49% compared to standard epoxy resin. Of course, the added safety of disc brakes means you're that much less likely to rely on the added fracture resistance. The benefits of disc brakes are gaining momentum on the road, and Bianchi's Infinito CV Disc is the latest high-level frame to be offered with disc compatibility. The reasons are simple. Disc brakes aren't affected by damaged rims, they don't cause damage to rims, and you can run carbon rims without worrying about the loud engagement and low-power braking issues that have plagued wheelset innovation. Sure, you can generate enough power to lock-up your wheel with rim brakes, but using a ...
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Bianchi Infinito CV Road Frameset - 2017 Bianchi Infinito CV Road Frameset - 2017
Designed to cover long distances at speed, the 2017 Bianchi Infinito CV Road Frameset marks a strategic re-thinking of how we define racing bikes by shifting the focus to a less stressed riding position with relaxed geometry without sacrificing efficiency or power transfer. For the Infinito, this manifests as a taller head tube and elongated wheelbase for increased comfort to shepherd riders through rough roads and epic centuries with ease. The comfort factor of the Infinito is astonishing when one realizes that it still fits squarely within Bianchi's competition range of framesets. Certainly, its ride properties benefit from the strategic use of vibration-damping Countervail and an extended wheelbase that smooths out rough road surfaces. "Vibration Cancelling Composite Technology" is the phrase used for this all-new viscoelastic carbon layer, and Bianchi has integrated the material at critical areas of the frame and fork, sandwiching it between the standard carbon layers. As a result, vibrations are dulled before reaching the rider, and the frame's overall stiffness levels remain unchanged. Bianchi also incorporated the Carbon Nano Technology found in its top-end race machine, the Oltre XR. This process uses nano-scaled particles to reduce the microscopic gaps between the resin and the carbon, increasing strength and fracture-resistance by a claimed 49% compared to standard epoxy resin. In whole, Bianchi refers to this process as BAT (Bianchi Active Technology), which means that the combination of materials and shapes maintain the frame's phenomenal torsional stiffness for a full-blown power transfer and grand tour handling characteristics. But, at the same time, it provides enough vertical compliance for you to fully enjoy the bike on a century, gran fondo, or your winter training rides. If you're wondering why you should consider the Infinito CV over the Oltre or Specialissima, keep in mind that the Infinito is designed to satisfy three key objectives: To r...
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Bianchi Oltre XR.2 Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Bianchi Oltre XR.2 Road Bike Frameset - 2017
True to its name, the Bianchi Oltre XR. 2 Road Bike Frameset went so far beyond the expectations of what a racing frameset could be that there is little to change about it for the new model year. It still has the same WorldTour properties of the frameset ridden by last year's Belkin team, and it will continue with this year's Lotto. NL-Jumbo team. Once technology catches up to it, we may see a rework of the Oltre XR. 2. Until then, it remains "beyond." The present generation still owes the 20% increase in rigidity over the previous model to Bianchi's Carbon NanoTube technology, an innovative, proprietary take on resin and lay-up that shames standard epoxy resin systems by adding 49% more fracture resistance. The increased strength means less of the UMS 40 and CN60 carbon fiber is needed to maintain structural integrity, which explains the 30 grams of lost weight compared to 2013's Oltre XR model. It's all laid-up with Bianchi's Wrinkleless Molding Process that compresses the carbon internally, eliminating resin deposits and imperfections for a uniform inner wall. This increases strength, reduces weight, and -- along with the thin, compliant seat stays -- makes for a smoother ride. The smoothness is surprising, considering the frame's responsiveness, which is further complemented by Bianchi's X-Tex carbon technology. X-Tex lays the fibers up in an X-shaped grid where power input from the rider torques the frame, the head tube and bottom bracket, for even more efficient stiffness. The tapered head tube, oversized, BB386 bottom bracket, and massive chain stays add yet more stiffness to the drivetrain -- but be warned, you may notice flex in your crankset or handlebars that you were certain wasn't there before. The Oltre XR. 2 also enjoys aerodynamic advantages over its predecessor, which is a required feature in an age where even the helmets are aerodynamic. The key areas for this improvement are head tube, down tube, and fork, which see Bianchi's fork "wing" concep...
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Bianchi Oltre XR4 Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Bianchi Oltre XR4 Road Bike Frameset - 2017
Though it's only been an official model in Bianchi's line-up since summer, the Oltre XR. 4 Road Bike Frameset haunted the peloton throughout 2016 as a series of all-purpose prototypes beneath the black and yellow jerseys of LottoNL-Jumbo. We won't spill Bianchi's beans, but spot-checking images of the Dutch team throughout the year (typical behavior in the Competitive office) reveals a sprinkling of framesets that don't quite line up with the Italian brand's catalogue of officially available models. There are two takeaways from this observation. First, Bianchi clearly supplemented the engineering side of its XR. 4 R&D with what, for we cyclists, is infinitely more attractive: feedback from the organic experiences of some of the world's most accomplished, knowledgeable, and discerning experts on how a bike should feel. Second, we often have a lot of trouble concentrating on work when we'd rather be on the bike. The two conclusions are actually related, too, because the effortless responsiveness that LottoNL-Jumbo's feedback helped Bianchi tease out of the Oltre XR. 4 makes us want to get out on the bike even more. No amount of rider feedback can turn a dumpy noodler into a rocket ship, but since Bianchi was starting with the already impressive Oltre XR. 2, interstellar travel wasn't that far away. Compared to the XR. 2, the XR. 4's changes include deeper, more pronounced tube cross sections, an integrated seatpost clamp design, a lower seatstay junction, and the inclusion of Bianchi's Countervail technology. Engineering aside for now, our most important question (and the one pertaining to the LottoNL-Jumbo feedback) is: How does it feel to ride it' The answer is very, very fast. As we mentioned above, the Oltre XR. 4 is responsive enough to inspire rocket ship metaphors, a trait it owes to its oversized tubes, intimidating bottom bracket, and the high-modulus carbon fiber that the Countervail elastomer is designed to support. It obviously loves the flats, b...
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Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk Road Frameset - 2018 Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk Road Frameset - 2018
It takes something awfully special to improve upon Pinarello's F10. The ride quality, weight, and looks are beyond reproach and put the bike in a class of its own. We have however, become smitten since riding disc brakes on the road. The performance advantage in all-conditions cannot be argued, but we don't want to lose any of the wonderful ride feel or feel like adding an anchor to our lightweight steed. Luckily, Pinarello has launched the Dogma F10 Disk Frameset and it is the perfect foundation for building the ultimate road bike.On the surface, it might appear that Pinarello simply adapted disc brake mounts to the existing F10 frame. This couldn't be further from the truth since adding the mounts and reinforcing those areas would negatively effect the ride quality and take on a weight penalty. Pinarello has experience transforming their previous superbike, the F8, from rim to disc so the exercise wasn't too foreign to them. The F10 was already one of, if not the favorite all-around road bike here at Competitive Cyclist and the additional of discs takes it over the top. Pinarello, already experts in asymmetric carbon layup design in drivetrain applications, now applies this technique into handling disc braking loads. This results in creating areas of the frame that are durable and completely apt at handling the stresses that they will see, without overbuilding the entire frame adding unnecessary weight or making the bike very harsh riding. Pinarello continues its use of an Italian threaded bottom bracket shell, getting kudos from us, as it is easier to install, maintenance is way easier and the potential of press-fit creaks are eliminated.The Onda fork is also redesigned to meet the demands of disc brakes. Thru-axles are used to secure the wheel to the dropouts increasing the stiffness and allow for out-of-the saddle climbing efforts and sprinting without nary a brake rub. Pinarello adds fork flaps, essentially mini fairings, to the trailing edge of the dropo...
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Pinarello Dogma F10 Dura-Ace Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Dogma F10 Dura-Ace Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2017
The launch of Pinarello's new Dogma F10 sends Team Sky's venerable F8 to the bench and sets an even lighter and stiffer bar for our road machine aspirations. While those baby-blue striped power to weight ratios may not be in the cards for us mere mortals, international governing bodies' commercial availability rules mean that prized ride quality and precise Shimano electronic shifting is available to everyone with the 2017 Dogma F10 Dura-Ace Di2 Complete Road Bike. Though the frame angles remain unchanged between model generations, the classic Dogma asymmetry returns in the F10 with a few subtle alterations that produce disproportionate changes. Asymmetry has been a staple tool in Pinarello's arsenal since 2009, and it's a surprisingly simple solution to one of cycling's most essential conundrums. Since the drivetrain is located on one side of the bike, the load created by pedaling isn't uniform across the frameset's left and right hemispheres. The drive side sees the majority of power transfer duties, so by building it up, Pinarello is able to maintain drive stiffness while cutting material on the non-drive side, so lost grams don't translate to lost watts. Compared to the F8, the F10's asymmetry is technically more pronounced on the top tube, which cheats a bit more to the right, and the seat junction, which sees a slight tweak. Pinarello's tests indicate that these minor adjustments make the frame stiffer and lighter. If they're not solely responsible for the 7% and 6. 3% improvements listed above, they're certainly key contributors. Despite those remarkable claims, the changes are hard to detect with the naked eye (hence "technically" above), and the frame's asymmetry is much more apparent in places like the seat stay/seat tube junction. The F10's enhanced asymmetry give it one of the most immediately recognizable silhouettes in the industry, but those lines aren't just artistry; they're inspired by the Dogma F10's Bolide TT DNA, which surfaces both in its...
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Pinarello Dogma F10 Road Frameset - 2018 Pinarello Dogma F10 Road Frameset - 2018
Dogma F10 Road Frameset - 2018
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Pinarello Dogma F8 Road Frameset - 2017 Pinarello Dogma F8 Road Frameset - 2017
While the overall excitement of this year's Tour is up for debate, nobody can argue with the moments of suspense and tactical genius deployed by Team Sky atop the 2017 Pinarello Dogma F8 Road Frameset. From screaming descents to last-minute breakaway time trials to mountaintop epics, this frame delivers speed and agility worthy of the best in the world. Borne from Pinarello's collaboration with Team Sky and Jaguar, the Dogma F8 comes with high-reaching claims of a 47% increase in aerodynamic efficiency and 12% more rigidity, as well as weighing in 120 less than its venerable predecessor, the Dogma 65. 1. Its Onda 8 fork takes inspiration from the TT-specific Bolide with a convex stance that reduces the size of the air's wake as it flows over the fork blades for a smooth, fast ride. The entirety of the Dogma F8 is constructed from carbon fiber sourced from Toray, long Pinarello's favored carbon manufacturer and known for producing some of the most consistent, highest quality, and safest carbon in the world. The fibers are called Torayca T1100 1K Dream Carbon, and feature nano-alloy technology embedded within them to yield exceptional strength at equally impressive low weights. The savvy engineers at Pinarello and Jaguar didn't waste any of these properties, laying-up the carbon to precisely maximize the benefits of these penalty-free weight savings. The partnership's engineering expertise also comes into play through the use of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). Using Pinarello's existing 65. 1 Dogma as a baseline, the engineers plotted 70 frame configurations and 300 CFD analysis cycles to realize the most versatile aerodynamic tube shape, aptly dubbe FlatBack. A cross-sectional view reveals an ovalized face paired with an abruptly truncated back half, which manages the detachment of turbulent lamina at multiple yaw angles to reduce the drag effect of dead air in the tubes' wake. As important as weight and aerodynamics have become in the conversation around t...
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Pinarello Dogma K8-S Disc Road Frameset - 2017 Pinarello Dogma K8-S Disc Road Frameset - 2017
Until recently, plush suspension and disc brakes were things you'd only find on bikes designed to be ridden in the dirt. That's all changes with the influx of disc-equipped cross bike, a trend towards all-road capability, and a continued push to make the cobbled classics a little less jarring on pro tour bodies. Enter the 2017 Pinarello Dogma K8-S Disc Road Frameset. Borne from collaboration between Pinarello and the same Jaguar supercar engineers who helped design the legendary Dogma 8, the K8-S Disc pairs Pinarello's unique rear suspension with disc brake compatibility to set a new standard for rough road ability.Pinarello again relies on Japanese carbon fiber supplier Toray for the K8-S frame's material. It features Torayca T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nano-alloy technology, which is the same material used in the Dogma F8. While the name is certainly impressive, its application is even more so. T1100 1K is the current go-to outer skin for many modern aircrafts, and its stiffness-to-weight ratio is nothing short of stunning. But weight, of course, is only a slice of the Dogma equation; we all know tube shaping also plays a vital role in the bike's handling and overall efficiency.Starting at the front of the frame, Pinarello utilizes its Onda Disk fork, with slightly more rake than the F8's front end to add a hint of additional compliance and stability to the ride. As with the F8's front end, the Onda fork is inspired by Pinarello's TT-specific Bolide, with an optimized surface profile that effortlessly manages airflow from the front wheel. The blades describe a somewhat convex shape, which Jaguar's engineers say keeps air attached, reducing the size of the wake without creating too large a frontal zone.The Dogma K8-S' front triangle closely mirrors the shape and aerodynamic profile of the Dogma F8. Pinarello incorporates its signature FlatBack technology with oval-front and flattened-back tubing throughout the frame and fork for an aerodynamic profile that sli...
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Pinarello Dogma K8-S Road Frameset - 2017 Pinarello Dogma K8-S Road Frameset - 2017
Road bikes and plush suspension aren't things you usually think of pairing, especially in a race bike, but when one of the world's most dominant teams wants a bike to soften the spring classics cobbles you start thinking outside the proverbial road racing box. Enter the 2017 Pinarello Dogma K8-S Road Frameset, the result of a collaboration between Pinarello and the same group of Jaguar supercar engineers who helped design the venerable Dogma F8. Steeped in Pinarello heritage and boasting a unique rear suspension, the K8-S sets a new bar for rough-road performance. Pinarello again relies on Japanese carbon fiber supplier Toray for the K8-S frame's material. It features Torayca T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nano-alloy technology, which is the same material used in the Dogma F8. While the name is certainly impressive, its application is even more so. T1100 1K is the current go-to outer skin for many modern aircrafts, and its stiffness-to-weight ratio is nothing short of stunning. But weight, of course, is only a slice of the Dogma equation; tube shaping also plays a vital role in the bike's handling and overall efficiency. Starting at the front of the frame, Pinarello utilizes its Onda fork and adds slightly more rake than the F8's front end for a hint of additional compliance and stability. As with the F8's front end, the Onda fork is inspired by Pinarello's TT-specific Bolide, with an optimized surface profile that effortlessly manages airflow from the front wheel. The blades describe a somewhat convex shape, which Jaguar's engineers say keeps air attached, reducing the size of the wake without creating too large a frontal zone. The front triangle closely mirrors the shape and aerodynamic profile of the Dogma F8. Pinarello incorporates its signature FlatBack technology with oval-front and flattened-back tubing throughout the frame and fork for an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly through the wind without any extra materials bogging down the scale. As an extr...
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Pinarello Gan Disc 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Gan Disc 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
Disc brakes recently saw an abbreviated tenure in the peloton, but the rest of us are free to take advantage of increased modulation and stopping power on our daily rides. Whether you're training for a century, logging epic social miles, or hitting up a local race ride, the 2017 Gan Disc 105 Complete Road Bike combines Pinarello's legendary ride quality, confident disc braking, and Shimano's workhorse drivetrain at a price that'll leave a few coins left over for those important post-ride burritos. The Gan Disc features similar eye-catching styling as the top-tier Dogma F8, with its signature curves and aerodynamic detailing making the bike as stunning as it is fast. The most notable difference between the two frames is the type of carbon used to make them. While the Dogma F8 boasts the top-end of the top-end Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan RS consists of more compliant T600 carbon that sacrifices a bit in the weight and stiffness categories, but drops the overall cost drastically. The Gan Disc incorporates a few tweaks to the lay-up compared to its rim-brake equipped sibling and reinforcement at the brake mounts to accommodate the extra load of disc braking forces. As with the Dogma F8, this frame incorporates Pinarello's asymmetrical design for claimed improvements in power transfer and comfort. The asymmetry in the Gan Disc's seatstays is less extreme than in the Dogma F8, resulting in a more compliant and comfortable ride while still providing benefits in handling to keep you feeling solid out on the road. At the top junction of the stays, a wishbone shape serves to provide clean lines and aerodynamic protection to keep the rear brake out of the wind so you don't have to worry about it slowing you down when you don't want it to. The Gan Disc also incorporates the Dogma F8's Flatback technology. Flatkack tubes feature a signature ovalized face and flattened back to create an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly through the w...
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Pinarello Gan K Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Gan K Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Though its innovative climbing frames have now spent dozens of years at the top of the GT leaderboard, Pinarello's endurance machines have received no less R&D attention. The Gan K Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike proves this point by also proving that the venerable Italian firm has no interest in leaving the long distance cyclist in the lurch. The Gan K Disc's racing pedigree surfaces in the precise carbon fiber construction and Shimano Ultegra drivetrain (including the Ultegra 68000 crankset--no third-party slop here) and Ultegra-grade hydraulic disc brakes. The endurance aspect is apparent in the frame's all-terrain geometry and the inclusion of hydraulic disc brakes. When these attributes are combined, the result is a bike that loves to go fast all day. Though it's a stiff beast, the Gan K's as focused on comfort as it is on efficiency, a fact that manifests in its geometry. Compared to the Gan S, the Gan K has slacker seat and head tubes, longer chainstays, comfort-oriented FlexStay seatstays, a shorter reach, and a taller stack. These variations are all subtle--manifesting as millimeters or even fractions of millimeters--but the net result is a longer, more stable wheelbase and a cockpit that situates the rider in a more upright position. The Gan S is largely modeled on the Dogma F8, so it's a race bike, through-and-through; the changes to the Gan K mean it's less of an unforgiving missile and more of smooth rouleur, a bike built for laying down miles of tempo across rolling terrain rather than punching the afterburners out of every corner and into every ascent. The Gan K doesn't twitch violently at every rider input; rather, it flows through corners and across rough roads, holding lines as though it's self-guided. These tendencies are reinforced by the front and rear thru-axles, which reinforce the wheel/frame interface, an area that's traditionally guilty of sacrificing handling and power transfer through flex. For all that comfort and stability, the...
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Pinarello Gan RS Road Frameset - 2017 Pinarello Gan RS Road Frameset - 2017
For most of us, Pinarello's dreamy Dogma F8 sits at such an untouchable price point that we've nearly given up hope of clipping into a frame with such classic Italian style and race-proven design. Pinarello's 2017 Gan RS Road Frameset may just be the answer to those top-tier frameset woes, drawing heavily on the technology and design found in the Dogma F8 but swapping out the prestigious Dream Carbon for a more affordable carbon fiber makeup that still sits on par with most of the top-tier competition. The Gan RS presents the same eye-catching style as the Dogma F8, including the signature curves and aerodynamic detailing that make the bike just as stunning as it is fast. The main difference between the two frames is the type of carbon used to construct them. While the Dogma F8 features the best of the best Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan RS consists of slightly more compliant T900 carbon that sacrifices a tiny bit of weight and stiffness, but drops the overall cost significantly. While this carbon is slightly less rigid than the T1100 1K, it remains a high-strength, race-worthy layup designed to ride hard and fast. As with the Dogma F8, this frame incorporates Pinarello's trademark asymmetrical design for claimed improvements in power transfer and comfort. The asymmetry in the Gan RS' seatstays is less extreme than in the Dogma F8, resulting in a slightly more compliant and comfortable ride while still providing benefits in handling to keep you feeling solid out on the road. At the top junction of the stays, a wishbone shape provides clean lines and aerodynamic protection to keep the rear brake out of the wind. Pinarello also incorporates the Flatback technology found in the Dogma F8 into the Gan RS, with its oval-front and flattened-back tubing throughout the frame and fork creating an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly through the wind without any extra materials bogging down the scale. As an added touch, an integrated se...
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Pinarello Gan RS Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Gan RS Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
For years, Pinarello's race bikes have been firmly out of reach from the confines of most bank accounts, leaving us dreaming of the day we could add one of our own to the stable. That all changes with the 2017 Pinarello Gan RS Ultegra Complete Road Bike. Trading out the prestigious Dream Carbon found in the top-tier Dogma F8 for a more affordable carbon makeup, the Gan RS draws heavily on its pricier sibling's design and technology to bring Pinarello's renowned ride to a more attainable price point. Kitted out with Shimano's Ultegra componentry and Fulcrum Racing wheels, this build is chomping at the bit to jump off the line right out of the box.The Gan RS presents the same eye-catching style as the Dogma F8, with its signature curves and aerodynamic detailing that make the bike just as stunning as it is fast. The main difference between the two frames is the type of carbon used to construct them. While the Dogma F8 features the best of the best Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan RS consists of slightly more compliant T900 carbon that sacrifices a tiny bit of weight and stiffness, but drops the overall cost significantly. While this carbon is slightly less rigid than the T1100 1K, it remains a high-strength, race-worthy layup designed to ride hard and fast.As with the Dogma F8, this frame incorporates Pinarello's trademark asymmetrical design for claimed improvements in power transfer and comfort. The asymmetry in the Gan RS' seatstays is less extreme than in the Dogma F8, resulting in a slightly more compliant and comfortable ride while still providing benefits in handling to keep you feeling solid out on the road. At the top junction of the stays, a wishbone shape provides clean lines and aerodynamic protection to keep the rear brake out of the wind.Pinarello also incorporates the Flatback technology found in the Dogma F8 into the Gan RS, with its oval-front and flattened-back tubing throughout the frame and fork creating an aerod...
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Pinarello makes premium race bikes often with price tags reflecting it. You simply don't attain those Tour palmares without leading edge materials and technology to build these world class frames. The downside to this is high overhead associated in the development and to recoup this, the bikes are often well out of our price range. Pinarello realizes this and to help get more riders on their bikes, they created the Gan RS Ultegra Complete Road Bike. The frame is based heavily on the Dogma F8 and F10, maintaining a very similar ride quality and performance but with carbon material that makes pricing much more aggressive. Shimano's latest Ultegra componentry and Fulcrum Racing wheels build a bike that is every bit as capable of tackling long climbs and big days in the saddle without squandering the kid's college sayings. Aesthetically, the Gan RS is a near clone of the Dogma F8 and from a distance it could easily be mistaken for one. Underneath the paint, the Dogma F8's Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology is substituted for a slightly more compliant T900 carbon, giving up a tiny bit of weight and stiffness, but drops the overall cost significantly. While this carbon is slightly less rigid than the T1100 1K, it still possesses very good strength to weight ratios and not too long ago would have been the material of choice for top-end frames. We doubt many will notice much of a difference in the ride quality and will appreciate the money saved opting for the Gan RS. As with the Dogmas, this frame incorporates Pinarello's trademark asymmetrical design improving power transfer and comfort. While the asymmetry isn't quite as extreme in the Gan RS as the Dogma F8, the compliance and road feel is there in spades and if you didn't know there were an F8 and 10 you'd swear you were on the brand's best frame. At the top of the seatstays, a wishbone shape offers a great anchor point for the rear brake, improving feel and contributing to better aerodynamics a...
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Pinarello Gan S Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Gan S Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The Pinarello Gan S Ultegra Complete Road Bike boasts classic Italian styling and borrows design elements from the industry-leading Dogma F8 at a price point that won't crush your bank account quite like its top-tier cousin. The Gan S sits in the middle of Pinarello's Gan line, pairing the classic Pinarello aesthetics with in Shimano's race-worthy Ultegra components. The pros may ride Dura-Ace only, but we'd challenge any self-sponsored cyclist to make a convincing argument that the handful of grams separating it from Ultegra will be the difference between falling of the back and finishing on the podium. The Gan S features the same eye-catching styling as the Dogma F8, with its signature curves and aerodynamic detailing making the bike just as stunning as it is fast. The main difference between the two frames is the type of carbon used in their constructions. While the Dogma F8 boasts the top-end of the top-end Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan S consists of more compliant T700 carbon. T700 sacrifices a tiny bit in the weight and stiffness categories, sure, but it drops the overall cost significantly. While this carbon is less rigid than T1100 1K, it's still a high-strength layup. Make no mistake, the Gan S is a race-ready machine. As with the Dogma F8, this frame incorporates Pinarello's signature asymmetrical design for claimed improvements in power transfer and comfort. The asymmetry in the Gan S seatstays is less extreme than in the Dogma F8, resulting in a more compliant and comfortable ride while still providing benefits in handling to keep you feeling solid on sweeping descents and punchy climbs. At the top junction of the stays, a wishbone shape provides clean lines and aerodynamic protection to keep the rear brake out of the wind so you don't have to worry about it slowing you down when you don't want it to. Pinarello also incorporates the same Flatback technology found in the Dogma F8 into the Gan S. The signature oval-fr...
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Unmistakable Italian flair and trickle down tech from its bigger brother, the Dogma, are alive and well on the Pinarello Gan S Ultegra Complete Road Bike. The pricing positions it at a point that is realistic for most of us and the performance is surprisingly close to what you'll find under the WorldTour juggernaut also known as Team Sky. The Gan S takes the beautiful aesthetics and performance that we have come to expect from Pinarello and kits out the frameset with Shimano's race-worthy Ultegra components. The new Ultegra works so well and is an excellent match for the Gan and pack value that very few bikes can match. We truly feel the functionality of Ultegra is as good as Dura-Ace and unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket so you can drop a little more weight, you'll be best served with the Ultegra.Visually the Gan S looks very similar to the Dogma with its curvy tube shaping and aerodynamic features making the bike look like its poised for a 40mph group sprint while sitting still. Differentiating the frames is the material used in the layup. While the Dogma uses top-end Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan S uses a more compliant T700 carbon so the frame is actually a little more comfortable and able to reach a more attainable price point. The byproduct is a smidge more in the grams department. We think this bike would be perfect if you enjoy pushing the pace on group rides and the occasional race, but comfortable enough that you don't feel like you've been repeatedly punched in the kidneys after a century ride.Just like the Dogma, this frame incorporates Pinarello's signature asymmetrical design for improvements in both power transfer and comfort. The asymmetry in the Gan S seatstays is slightly less extreme than on the Dogma. You'll still get a comfortable ride and enjoy the added stiffness of the rear end for razor sharp handling and excellent power transfer. The rear brake is anchored at a wishbone at the top of ...
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Ridley Fenix C Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix C Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The 2017 Ridley Fenix C Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike retains the sharp lines, straight top tube, and carbon construction of its non-disc sibling to pair race-worthy speed with the power of disc brakes for those of us not restricted by international sporting governance and equipment guidelines. Best categorized as an endurance race steed and finished with Shimano's well-respected Ultegra 6800 drivetrain, the Fenix C Disc strikes the perfect balance of stiff responsiveness, long mile comfort, and low weight, making it an appropriate choice for gran fondo double centuries, local road races, and even the occasional criterium should you be so inclined. Instead of the Fenix SL's blend of 30 and 24t carbon, the standard Fenix features a layup of 100% 24t unidirectional carbon. Since the material used isn't as stiff, the 24t-only frame requires more material to hit target responsiveness for a claimed weight gain of around 170g in size medium. Potholes, cobblestones, and other road hazards are all still as smooth as crosswalk paint on the Fenix Disc, and the oversized bottom bracket and burly chainstays mean comfort doesn't come at the cost of efficiency. If you do ever get tired of wantonly plowing over obstacles, the stiff, tapered head tube nets sharp handling to dodge through debris with ease. If recent trends are any indication, disc brakes are the future of road cycling. This prognosis is based on their ability to accurately modulate braking force over five times the power range of standard rim brakes, so instead of going from light feathering to locking up, they allow precise control over the pressure applied. They also catch virtually immediately, even in wet or dirty conditions that would force rim brakes to complete an entire debris-clearing revolution before grabbing the brake track--exactly the kind of reliability you'll want whether racing the Belgian classics or hammering through spring intervals on your own local loops. Though the integrated brake/shift...
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Ridley Fenix SL 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
While some of us enjoy the variety of a stable full of bicycles tailored to specific rides, others of us prefer a stable of one do-it-all road bike such as the 2017 Ridley Fenix SL 105 Complete Road Bike. The Fenix SL may not be a dedicated climbing or crit bike, but it harnesses qualities of each--combined with a touch of endurance comfort--to truly embody a race-worthy jack of all trades. Finished with Shimano's affordable workhorse 105 componentry, this bike will shepherd you through everything from epic gran fondos to short, punchy Tuesday night criteriums with snappy responsiveness and comfort. The Fenix SL carries over Ridley's 2016 updates to this venerable frame, and is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as its pre-2016 predecessor. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy comfort. It's a rare mix of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a package that doesn't entail an undue weight penalty on the climbs. The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31. 6mm to a more vertically compliant 27. 2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide increase in vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural North American chip seal to the stones of Belgium. The top tube and down tube feature a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible for the claimed increases i...
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Ridley Fenix SL Disc Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Disc Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017
The peloton is notoriously adverse to change, so when disc brakes start to voluntarily appear in the top tiers of European racing, you know that the technology isn't just a marketing gimmick. As such, Ridley's 2017 Fenix SL Disc Ultegra Complete Bike brings all the Flanders-worthy elements we loved in the rim brake version and ups the braking modulation ante with Shimano's Ultegra hydraulic braking system. Add in our own custom colorway, the legendarily trustworthy Ultegra mechanical drivetrain, and stiff, responsive thru axles, and you have a race-ready ride that's as functional as it is prepared for the bike industry's future. While this Fenix is more than capable in Flandrian sprint finishes and animated road race tactics, its combination of powerful disc brakes and artful layup of vibration devouring unidirectional carbon fibers expand its capabilities beyond buttery smooth pavement into roads (and paths) less traveled. In comparison to the super-stiff featherweight frames in Ridley's line that use up to 60-ton moduli, the Fenix SL utilizes a blend of 30-ton and 24-ton carbon to strike a balance between road-smoothing compliance, rigid efficiency, and race-worthy weight. Poorly graded gravel, cobbles, and other road hazards that would otherwise feel like jarring punches on a 60-ton carbon take on all the disagreeability of crosswalk paint--though the stiff, tapered head tube does provide responsive steering to dodge the unrideable obstacles. Compared to the original Fenix, the Fenix Disc also has a slightly bigger wheelbase, measuring 2mm longer for a size medium. While this difference is more pronounced in the smallest sizes, even the bigger frames benefit from a more stable footprint for loose gravel and packed dirt roads. The adventure-minded cyclist will also appreciate the Disc model's increased tire clearance, allowing bigger tires for maximum plushness and reliability on everything from summer chipseal and sun-soaked logging roads to loose limestone g...
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Ridley Fenix SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017
As much as we would all love to have a different bike for every type of riding occasion, most of us can't afford to house a lightweight climbing rig, endurance mile grinder, and super stiff criterium racer without some serious financial repercussions. The 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Road Bike Frameset is for cyclists who want a frameset that's competent in competition but doesn't sacrifice ride quality in pursuit of weight loss or stiffness and aerodynamics. Put through its paces on the grueling cobbles of the spring classics, the Fenix SL is a proven jack of all trades that will revel in any road environment without punishing you for riding anything less forgiving than a velodrome. The 2017 Fenix SL carries over Ridley's 2016 updates and is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as its predecessor. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy confidence. It's a rare mix of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a lightweight package that won't hold you back on climbs. The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31. 6mm to a more vertically compliant 27. 2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide increase in vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural chip seal to the stones of Belgium. The top tube and down tube utilize a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible...
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Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
In an industry of niches and ever narrower specialization, it's refreshing to see a bike that can handle it all. All at once channeling a lightweight climber, long endurance mile workhorse, and a super stiff racer, the 2017 Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike is a one-bike quiver to cover all your road-riding needs. While it's not the bike's defining feature (that would be the Flanders-tested geometry and carbon construction), the Ultegra 6800 drivetrain is certainly no detriment. Ultegra is a favorite around the Competitive office because, except for a few grams of added weight, it's functionally equal to pretty much any drivetrain we've ridden. And we've ridden a few. Ridley doesn't skimp on the build kit, either, finishing it with an Ultegra crankset where most manufacturers opt for a cheaper third party option. The Fenix SL carries over Ridley's 2016 updates to this venerable frame, and is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as its pre-2016 predecessor. Ridley claims this version of the Fenix SL is 15% lighter and 18% stiffer, and any number of First Ride impression articles from across the industry assure us that these gains don't come at the cost of cobblestone-worthy comfort. It's a rare mix of a more upright, stable geometry for long-mile comfort, a high-modulus carbon lay-up for sprint-worthy stiffness, and an overall lightweight package that can soar--or at least not hold you back--on the climbs. The Fenix SL maintains that plush ride in a lighter, stiffer package than the previous Fenix thanks to a few design updates. These include narrower, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a seatpost that's reduced from the previous model's 31. 6mm to a more vertically compliant 27. 2mm. The flat, curved top tube is another significant redesign, serving as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost to disp...
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Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2016
The 2016 Ridley Helium Force 22 Complete Road Bike lives up to its lightweight namesake's feathery demeanor as a sprightly and blazing fast climbing whip that's just as capable railing corners on the flats and bombing descents. Kitted out with SRAM Force 22 componentry and Mavic Aksium One Wheels, the Helium is ready to toe the line right out of the box. Unless you've got them side-by-side on scales, it's not likely you'll be able to notice the slight difference in weight that the Helium's non-SL (the ubiquitous industry initialism for Super Light) carbon layup generates. Requiring more material to achieve the same stiffness as the Helium SL frame, the heavier carbon layup used to construct the Helium gives the frame only a slight weight penalty and a significant decrease in cost. Don't mistake the Helium as a frame that will be punishingly stiff all the time, though; Ridley intelligently blends round tubing with squared-off tubes to give the frame a mix of vibration-dampening comfort and reliable power transfer, so the frame responds with rigidity when you grudgingly stretch out of the saddle to finish a climb, and compliance when you're logging long endurance days on the flats.
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Ridley Helium SL Road Bike Frameset - 2016 Ridley Helium SL Road Bike Frameset - 2016
The 2016 Ridley Helium SL Road Bike Frameset is a featherweight among giants, ready to fly up the mountains like a stage-hunting falcon. While some may express concerns about an ultralight frameset's ability to transfer power and handle descents, rest assured that this frame boasts a near-unicorn mix of minimal weight, stiff power transfer, and the ability to rail corners and bomb descents with the best. This rightly well-loved frameset is back for 2016 with classically inspired colorways to light up any ride. Aesthetics aside, though, the Helium's main job is dropping grams. A medium SL clocks in at a claimed featherweight of 1,110g for the frame and fork, which is a staggering 800g lighter than a similarly-sized Noah FAST aerodynamic machine. This was achieved with smaller, less aerodynamic tube shaping and a strategic arrangement of 60, 40, and 30 ton high-modulus carbon fiber to create a frame that efficiently transfers power. Ridley also incorporates an ultra-strong nano-resin into the frame's lay-up, which allows the Belgian manufacturer to use less carbon, decreasing overall weight while boosting durability and stiffness. To further reduce weight, Ridley constructs the front triangle of the SL with a monocoque design. This means that the entire front triangle (head tube, down tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket lug) is made in one piece, saving weight by eliminating the extra material needed to reinforce frame junctions in multi-part triangles. The SL features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle has been designed with a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without...
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Ridley Helium SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016 Ridley Helium SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016
The Ridley Helium SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike continues the pedigree of low-weight, high-comfort, and an unyielding pedaling platform that made the original Helium one of the Belgian brand's most popular, versatile bikes. As the SL initialism implies, it's just a bit lighter than its predecessor. Shimano's latest Ultegra 6800 drivetrain enjoys a similar drop in weight over 6700, so pairing the two together makes for a bike that's equal to multi-peak epics, endurance centuries, and coffee shop loops alike. Of course, weight savings are the key here, and a medium SL clocks in at a claimed featherweight of 1,110g for the frame and fork--a staggering 800g lighter than a similarly-sized Noah FAST aerodynamic machine. This was achieved with smaller, less aerodynamic tube shaping and a strategic arrangement of 60, 40, and 30 ton high-modulus carbon fiber to create a frame that efficiently transfers power. Ridley also incorporates an ultra-strong nano-resin into the frame's lay-up, which allows the Belgian manufacturer to use less carbon, decreasing overall weight while boosting durability and stiffness. To further reduce weight, Ridley constructs the front triangle of the SL with a monocoque design. This means that the entire front triangle (head tube, down tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket lug) is made in one piece, saving weight by eliminating the extra material needed to reinforce frame junctions in multi-part triangles. The SL features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle has been designed with a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity. Although...
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Ridley Helium SLX Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Helium SLX Road Bike Frameset - 2017
For 2017, the Belgian cobble tested and gram-counter approved Helium SL gets some slight tweaks and a new name to usher in the year. The new Helium SLX Road Bike Frameset takes its predecessor's nearly unicorn-like mix of minimal weight, stiff power transfer, and knife-like handling to the proverbial extreme with a few grams of weight savings and claims of even stiffer, snappier control.The SLX brings back the super light blend of 60, 40, and 30-ton high modulus carbon fiber to create a World Tour worthy frame that efficiently transfers power and a 30 gram weight savings over the SL (for a size medium frame). The front end sees a slightly different curvature at the tube junctions, a small change that Ridley claims boost stiffness by 15% and translates into even snappier, more responsive handling when diving into switchbacks and sprinting towards the finish line.As with the SL, the SLX features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle has been designed with a blend of the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity.
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Few bikes manage the low-weight/efficient-stiffness balance better than Ridley's Helium SLX Ultegra Complete Road Bike. As the Belgian brand's superlative climbing bike, it's got plenty of lightweight pedigree; however, it's also still a Belgian bike, so it's built to handle the abuse of cobbled muurs. When mated with an Ultegra drivetrain and Campagnolo-built (shh!) Fulcrum 5 wheels, the frameset becomes a classroom for putting on a climbing clinic. The SLX's climb happy personality starts with a blend of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. The result is a World Tour worthy frame that efficiently transfers power while shaving about 30g of claimed weight compared to the SL. The front end sees a slightly different curvature at the tube junctions, a small change that Ridley claims boost stiffness by 15% and translates into even snappier, more responsive handling when diving into switchbacks or pushing out of the final corner. As with the SL, the SLX features rounded tubing emanating from the seat tube juncture, which slowly becomes box-shaped as it approaches the head tube and bottom bracket junctures. As Ridley puts it, this system creates a clean transition from stiffness to comfort. Supporting this ideology, the rear triangle blends the two shapes. The asymmetric, flat chainstays provide a stiff platform for power transfer to the rear wheel, while the ultra-thin seatstays create a vertically compliant ride quality without sacrificing rigidity.
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Ridley Helium X 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Helium X 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
The frameset at the heart of Ridley's Helium X 105 Complete Road Bike is typically pigeonholed as a "climber's bike." We take issue with that assessment, and we challenge you to put the bike through its paces on long miles of flat, chip-seal country roads, the start-and-stop traffic of the urban roads you have to take to get there, and--of course--the canyon climbs that mark the end of out in the out-and-back loop. The Helium X breaks the mold of what we expect a climber's bike to be. The frame is eager to please regardless of the road surface or gradient. It owes its sprightly demeanor to a layup blending 30 and 24t carbon fiber, which is slightly heavier than the Helium SLX but every bit as stiff. When you lay into the pedals, the frame lays into the road. Despite the different lay-up, the Helium X does have the same geometry as the Helium SLX, so it's every bit the aggressive racer that guys like Lotto-Soudal's Gallopin relies on during long Alpine climbs and nervous, winding descents.
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Ridley Jane SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Jane SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The 2017 Ridley Jane SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike marks a bold step for Ridley as it launches a full line of women-specific bicycles, and we're happy to report that the company's done a lot of things right. Kicking back against the common myth that there's a consistent difference in leg to torso proportions between genders, Ridley opts for mirrored geometry to its Noah SL while adjusting the touchpoints to better suit riders with narrower shoulders and wider hip structure. Across the size range, this manifests as narrower handlebars, shorter stems and cranks, and wider saddles compared to similarly sized Noah SL builds. This particular Jane SL also gets outfitted with Shimano's exceptional Ultegra 6800 drivetrain with semi-compact gearing and an 11-28 cassette to offer a wide range of gear options for riders of all abilities. In a world of shrink, pink, and downgrade, it's fantastic to see Ridley give the Jane SL the same top-tier carbon blend as the Noah SL, ensuring a snappy, high-end, race-ready ride that doesn't make any compromises in stiffness or weight. This Jane's oversized tubes earn the SL suffix--which we generally assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high modulus carbon fiber. The inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same stiffness, which lowers weight without sacrificing efficiency. As with the original Noah and Noah SL models, the Jane SL's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon--an inclusion that demonstrates the Jane SL's pedigree as a race bike for the top sprinters in the world. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF3..
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Ridley Liz SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Liz SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
The long-standing approach to trendy "women's-specific" frame design has centered around the myth that there's a consistent difference in torso to leg proportions across genders, leaving many women with average proportions wondering why they can't find a bike that fits. Ridley's taking a different approach with its 2017 Liz SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike, giving it mirror geometry to its renowned Fenix SL and adjusting the touch points to better accommodate riders who have wider hip structure and narrower shoulder. Across the size range, this results in shorter stems and cranks, narrower handlebars, and wider saddles compared to similarly sized Fenix SL builds. Inheriting the Fenix SL's jack-of-all-trades ability and kitted out with Shimano's precise and reliable Ultegra drivetrain, this Liz SL is prepared to usher you through all manner of cobbles, chipseal, and buttery smooth tarmac the road ahead presents.The Liz SL is built from the same 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber as the Fenix SL, a move that we can't applaud enough in an industry rife with examples of shrink, pink, and downgrade when it comes to women-specific fare. It's a mix that delivers a rare combinations of long-mile comfort and criterium-worthy stiffness in a lightweight package that soars when the road turns skyward.Ridley maintains the plush ride in a light, stiff as a result of a few design choices. These include narrow, flat-section seat stays that absorb power-sucking road noise while maintaining lateral stiffness. The stays feed into a vertically compliant 27. 2mm seatpost, and the flat, curved top tube serves as a leaf spring of sorts that works in conjunction with the seatstays and slimmed-down seatpost. The net result is a system-wide vibration damping and compliance for a more forgiving ride across everything from rural chip seal to the jarring stones of Belgium.The top tube and down tube utilize a unique multi-hexagonal shape, which is undoubtedly partially responsible for the ...
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Ridley Noah Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Noah Road Bike Frameset - 2017
In a world where saving watts matters and expensive technology buys "free" speed, self-sponsored riders can breathe a sigh of relief with the release of Ridley's 2017 Noah Road Bike Frameset. Boasting the aerodynamic tube shapes of its costlier counterpart, the Noah SL, the Noah features a slightly different carbon makeup that adds just a touch of extra weight while cutting the price tag drastically to give those of us with limited bank accounts a chance to keep up with the more opulent competition.This Noah's oversized tubes are constructed from a mix of 30-ton and 24-ton high modulus carbon fiber, in contrast to the SL's mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton fibers. The inclusion of lower-ton fibers means that the Noah requires a bit more material to obtain similar levels of stiffness and strength, and accounts for a claimed 150 gram difference between a size small Noah and Noah SL. Howver, that small weight gain comes with a drastic reduction in cost. As with all the Noah models, the Noah's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise dampening.The Noah also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, as well as a PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility. The Noah's carbon fiber fork looks decidedly different than other forks on the market, with an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This split fork design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incoming air away from the spokes to reduce turbulence and drag, which keeps the airstream around the wheel smooth and fast. This means more speed with less effort, all thanks to a little bit of surface air routing.Please note that Ridley recommends a maximum rider weight of 209. 5 lbs (95kg) for the Noah.
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Ridley Noah SL Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Noah SL Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Disc brakes have been creeping into the mainstream road scene for a while now, seen first among the more endurance- and gravel-oriented machines and now finally transitioning to race-ready, aerodynamic speed demons. Ridley's 2017 Noah SL Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike pairs the speed-focused design qualities that earned its rim-brake counterpart accolades across the industry with Shimano's powerful hydraulic disc brake capabilities. Capped off with Shimano's legendary Ultegra mechanical drivetrain, this bike says goodbye to sacrificing overheated rims and sub-par braking in a trade for wind-cheating speed, effectively saying hello to the best of both worlds. Although this Noah has been slightly tweaked and reinforced to handle the force dynamics of disc brakes, its oversized tubes still earn the SL suffix--which we assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50-ton, and the SL's inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same efficiency, which in turn lowers weight. As with the rim brake model, the SL's different carbon moduli are placed in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and future-proof electronic group compatibility that are all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later...
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Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset - 2017
Pairing low weight and a highly aerodynamic design, the 2017 Ridley Noah SL Road Bike Frameset stands out as a nearly compromise-free frameset among a sea of discipline-specific options. Designed to privilege pure speed across long, grueling one-day races and hectic sprint finishes, the Noah SL features oversized tubing, aerodynamic FAST technology, and a relatively low weight that combine to provide efficient power transfer when power is all that matters. This Noah's oversized tubes still earn the SL suffix--which we assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50-ton, and the SL's inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same efficiency, which in turn lowers weight. As with the original Noah model, the SL's different carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility that are all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later and more cleanly, reducing the frame's wake and overall wind drag. The Noah SL's high-modulus carbon fiber fork looks distinctly different than other forks on the market, with an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This FAST F-Split Fork channel design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incom...
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Ridley Noah SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Noah SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
A well-rounded road season will include everything from long, mountainous stages to punchy circuit races and frenetically fast crits, and the 2017 Ridley Noah SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike is designed to handle all of it. It may not climb as well as the Helium or handle centuries as comfortably as the Fenix, but it's low weight, FAST technology, and oversized tubing combine for efficient power transfer and aerodynamics that put a premium on speed across the widest variety of conditions. This Noah's oversized tubes earn the SL suffix--which we assume denotes the industry superlative Super Light--through Ridley's inclusion of a mix of 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber. Both the Noah Fast and Noah top out at 50-ton, and the SL's inclusion of 60-ton means it can use less material at key points while maintaining the same efficiency, which in turn lowers weight. As with the original Noah model, the SL's various carbon moduli are used in different areas of the frame based on desired properties of stiffness, weight, durability, and road-noise damping. This targeted blend of materials is a common practice across the industry, though few manufacturers go to the extreme of using 60t carbon. The SL also features a tapered head tube for sharp tracking and efficient power transfer, and the PF30 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, and electronic group compatibility that are all but expected in frames of this level. Unlike other frames, though, Ridley incorporates its Future Aero Speed Technology (FAST) F-Surface design, which involves fluted channels running the lengths of forward-facing tubes to trip air into a manageable layer of turbulence. That tripped layer detaches later and more cleanly, reducing the frame's wake and overall wind drag. The Noah SL's distinctive, high-modulus carbon fiber fork featrues an open channel running down the middle of each leg. This FAST F-Split Fork channel design is revolutionary in its ability to guide incoming air away from t...
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Ridley X-Trail Adventure Apex 1 650b Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Adventure Apex 1 650b Complete Bike - 2018
More and more cyclists are finding rides that venture off the beaten path and away from cars. Gravel grinding or all-road riding has taken off in recent years enough so that manufacturers took note and began building bikes specific to the task at hand. Unique geometry and other features separate these bikes from traditional 'cross and road machines, and riders looking to maximize enjoyment rather than staying within a certain percentage of FTP are lining up. Given the above, the bike many of us are most excited about from Ridley's X-Trail lineup is the X-Trail Adventure Apex 1 650b Complete Bike. It combines the bomber durability and World Cup DNA of the Belgian brand's expertise in cyclocross and road racing in a road plus platform that's eager to knock out that epic bikepacking trip you've been eyeing for months. The Ridley X-Trail Adventure is constructed from a triple butted 6061-T6 alloy frame that is plenty stiff and lightweight and supremely durable. Ridley dropped the bottom bracket height relative to its cyclocross and road bikes for improved stability over rough roads, and the lower center of gravity improves handling especially while loaded for touring. A tapered headtube guides the front end with extra rigidity, and the PF86 bottom bracket ensures all pedaling efforts go directly into forward propulsion. A 12 x 142mm rear thru axle rear improves stiffness, aligns the rotor/caliper each time the wheel is installed, and keeps the axle anchored in the frame over rough terrain. The Oryx carbon fork utilizes a 12mm thru-axle to fight flex and ensure the front end doesn't deflect on high-speed descents over washboards. Flat mounts on the frame and fork allow the TRP Spyre disc calipers to cleanly mount and stay out of the way preventing damage. The mechanical actuation increases reliability and allows for an easy fix when in the bush. This particular build sees a road plus wheel and tire setup so you'll have extra traction and comfort from the wider rubb...
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Ridley X-Trail Alloy 105 Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Alloy 105 Complete Bike - 2018
We have noticed a slight resurgence in aluminum bikes and it's fitting that it still has a place in the cycling world. For one, its super durable so if you are looking for a bike that can handle the day in and day out abuse that make up your adventures, it's a solid choice. The strength to weight ratio is also pretty darn good. Remember, this used to be the material de jure for race bikes not too long ago and plenty of folks still race on this material. Aluminum packs a ton of value versus carbon and that money saved can fund some pretty fun escapades. Ridley's X-Trail Alloy 105 Complete Bike is ready to tackle any of your all-road adventures and keep coming back for more. The frame's triple-butted 6061-T6 aluminum is heat-treated to further improve its fatigue resistance, so it's much better suited for backpacking journeys and travel than the nanotube, high-modulus flavor-of-the-month material. Don't get us wrong, we love our carbon road bikes for racing and all-out performance on the tarmac, in fact, we wouldn't trade it for that. But when it comes to mixed road adventures on unfamiliar terrain, give us the X-Trail Alloy and try to wipe the grin off of our face.While the frame is aluminum, Ridley wisely equips the X-Trail Alloy with a carbon fork. The carbon legs add a bit of chatter absorption to help dampen braking bumps and potholes, while at the same time stiffening the front end so your efforts don't go to waste on steep out of the saddle climbs. The steerer tube is aluminum further contributing to the durability, and the left leg is slightly asymmetrical to offset the torsional forces applied when getting on the brakes. A 15mm thru-axle finds its way on the front to further reinforcing the overall structure against braking forces and helps the fork to track through whatever terrain it's asked to endure. Fender and rack mount attachments are found on the frame and fork so you can put the weight on the bike for multi-day excursions. The X-Trail's geometry...
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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Force 1 Complete Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Carbon Force 1 Complete Bike - 2018
Ridley defines an all-road bike as one that can do everything including road, gravel, and even dabbling into a little CX if you fancy. The X-Trail Carbon Force 1 Complete Bike is equally adept at handling the Tuesday night club ride, long gravel rides and races, and toeing the line at a 'cross race. No need to find a specialty bike that is pigeonholed into one discipline, this bike does it all. By simply swapping the tires, the X-Trail can transform to excel on pavement and beyond. The X-Trail borrows heavily from the X-Night, the no-holds-barred CX race machine used to snatch up wins on some of the most iconic 'cross races in Europe. The bombproof durability and race-proven pedigree contained in the X-Night's DNA is built into this high modulus carbon fiber frameset so stiffness, lightweight, and durability is covered. The tapered head tube adds to the frame's stiffness and the fork's crown melds perfectly with it, offering a beautiful aesthetic. It's slightly taller too, enhancing comfort and is a perfect addition given the bike's intentions. Super thin seat stays allow a good bit of vertical compliance over the pave and gravel so you can ride longer and faster with less fatigue. Compared to its 'cross and road line the X-Trail has a lower bottom bracket which, combined with its longer wheelbase, offers more stability. This is immediately welcome when bombing down a fast descent riddled with braking bumps. Thru-axles front and rear improves stiffness on out of the saddle climbs and under braking. The X-Trail's disc brakes work well no matter the weather conditions and allow the frame and fork to easily clear a 36mm tire so you can be tackle any adventure. The Oryx Disc fork is constructed completely of carbon fiber and securely anchors the hubs in place with its 15mm thru axle. This significantly stiffens up the front end and ensures that the caliper and rotor are aligned perfectly even after removing and reinstalling the front wheel. Also of note, the fork ha...
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Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset - 2018 Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset - 2018
Aggregate assaulting has morphed from a once niche discipline into a mainstream activity that has spawned quite a few gravel specific bikes. Folks wanting to ride in "road-like" conditions and avoid cars are finding the allure of riding bikes designed to excel on dirt roads. Ridley has long been a staple in the European cyclocross circuit and the pro peloton so they know a thing or two about riding and racing dropbar bikes on and offroad. A few tweaks to their road and cross racing bikes, which we will delve in below, turns out building a fine gravel frame and the Ridley X-Trail Carbon Frameset is ready to join you off pavement to embrace all manner of tarmac, gravel, and even some single track.Despite its gravel intentions, it isn't a slow handling slouch and Ridley shapes the X-Trail's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from bikepacking weekend trips to off-road full gravel races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg allowing it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout.As implied by the above, the X-Trail is a smorgasbord of frame geometries. The result resembles more of a road bike than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night; it has a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of an aero is everything, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing the rider into a more upright position to accommodate longer training and touring rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 36mm wide on more...
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Storck Aerfast Comp Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike - 2016 Storck Aerfast Comp Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike - 2016
Amongst the well-heeled family of Storck bikes, the Aerfast is undeniably the sibling that was born to spend its time off the front. Conceived with a focus on aerodynamics, the frame features the same enviable stiffness-to-weight ratio that you'd expect from Storck, with extra attention paid to smooth ride quality. Within the Aerfast line, the Aerfast Comp Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike is the most affordable version. Spec'd with Shimano's new 105 11-speed drivetrain and featuring the same aerodynamic frameset shaping as its pricier siblings, the Aerfast Comp earns the rare distinction of being an attainable but impeccably pedigreed race frame. Storck uses the same molds to construct each of its Aerfast frames, with varying grades of carbon separating each. The unidirectional carbon used to construct the Aerfast Comp requires a heavier layup than the grades used on the other models, adding a few grams to the frame but taking away none of the stiffness, strength, or vibration-dampening effects that you rely on carbon to provide. According to Storck, the Aerfast is about 20% less stiff than its prized Aernario, resulting in a significantly less harsh ride compared to its all-around road racing sibling. Storck prides itself on its demanding tube shaping process, Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping, which the Aerfast frame benefits from in the form of classically-shaped, teardrop tube profiling. While Storck smooths out the tubing on the Aernario in the name of lower weight and versatility, the Aerfast's tubing is purely "aero"; Storck carved the shapes into wind-cheating profiles to deliver you through the air as efficiently as possible during the kind of think-with-your-legs solo moves that leave little room for error. The Aerfast's geometry also helps with this goal, and it's firmly unapologetic in its purpose. Storck constructs the Aerfast with aggressive stack and reach measurements that allow the frame to occupy the selective space between road and triathlon frame...
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Storck Aerfast Platinum Road Frameset - 2017 Storck Aerfast Platinum Road Frameset - 2017
Storck has made a habit of creating award-winning framesets, lauded for their blend of exceptional stiffness and feathery weight in the quest for the ultimate race machine. The 2017 Storck Aerfast Platinum Road Frameset continues this tradition as a nominee for road. cc's Superbike of the Year for the past two years and a lazer focus on getting to the finish line as fast as possible. Its aerodynamic design features pair with Storck's trademark stiffness and responsive handling to serve as the starting point for your next dream bike build. The Aerfast Platinum earns its naming convention with a closely guarded, proprietary blend of ultra high modulus and high modulus carbon to take its place as the lightest of the Aerfast line. This gives it the claim of being lighter than comparable top-end models from other brands. The frame also features Storck's Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping, which means the down tube profile is narrower and more droplet-like at the middle compared to the top and bottom sections. This reduces frontal surface area, which reduces drag, all without impacting frame stiffness or handling. A concealed seat clamp keeps excess bolts out of the wind and just plain looks good by providing a super clean transition from seat tube to seat post. At the rear, a direct mount brake tucks in behind the bottom bracket to provide stopping power without catching any wind. The rear triangle on the Aerfast Platinum is something of a revelation, featuring rear-facing dropouts which allow adjustability to customize the space between the wheel and seat tube based on the type of tires you prefer. This option means you'll maintain ride characteristics and snappy handling regardless of the tire. Storck also incorporates proportional tubing to provide a consistent level of aerodynamics and responsiveness across the size range. For an extra dose of stiffness, Storck opts for a beefy BB86 bottom bracket standard that will solidly transfer every bit of power to the drivet...
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Storck Aerfast Pro Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Storck Aerfast Pro Road Bike Frameset - 2017
The 2016 Storck Aerfast Pro Road Bike Frameset is built with one thing in mind: speed. With aerodynamic design features and Storck's trademark stiffness and impeccable handling, this frameset is built to fly to the finish line. Made from light, stiff unidirectional carbon fiber, the Aerfast Pro features Storck's Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping, which means the down tube profile is narrower and more droplet-like at the middle compared to the top and bottom sections. This reduces frontal surface area, which reduces drag, all without impacting frame stiffness or handling. A concealed seat clamp keeps excess bolts out of the wind, and just plain looks good with a super clean transition from seat tube to seat post. At the rear, an integrated brake tucks in behind the bottom bracket to provide stopping power without catching any wind. The rear triangle on the Aerfast Pro is something of a revelation, featuring rear-facing dropouts which allow adjustability to customize the space between the wheel and seat tube based on the type of tires you prefer. This option means you'll maintain ride characteristics and snappy handling regardless of the tire. Storck also incorporates proportional tubing to provide a consistent level of aerodynamics and responsiveness across the size range. For an extra dose of stiffness, Storck opts for a beefy BB86 bottom bracket standard that will solidly transfer every bit of power to the drivetrain without any watt-sucking lateral movement. At the front, an integrated, tapered headset and Airfast Pro carbon fiber fork combine for stiff, responsive handling to keep things smoothly in control. Storck caps off the 2016 Storck Aerfast Pro Road Bike Frameset with internal cable routing compatible with both mechanical and electronic shifting systems for clean lines and an extra shot of aerodynamic advantage regardless of setup.
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Storck Aernario Comp Disc Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017 Storck Aernario Comp Disc Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017
Two trends have come to define road bikes over the past two years: comfort and disc brakes. Those trends are of course just the latest additions to what we think of when we consider a high-end bike: low weight, high stiffness, and aerodynamic properties. Little surprise that Storck, one of the world's leaders in stiffness-to-weight awards, harnesses all five in the Aernario Comp Disc Ultegra Complete Bike. It's aerodynamic and stiff, so it gets up and goes when you hit the gas, but it's also equipped with disc brakes, so it stops confidently, regardless of conditions. Add to that the frame's built-in comfort and aerodynamics, and the Aernario disc is a bike you can ride all day. If you're familiar with aero-frames, you're most likely aware of the drawbacks that normally plague the category--namely questionable aesthetics and a harsh ride. However, Markus Storck refused to accept the status quo, and he created what Storck calls "sectional aerodynamic shaping." Think of it as an aerodynamic profile on the horizontal plane. By this, we mean that the Aernario's teardrop profile takes shape horizontally rather than vertically. In other words, if you were to take a cross-section, its aero-shape would become strikingly evident. However, the aerodynamic advantage is hidden by a characteristically beautiful silhouette. As with its rim brake-equipped cousin, the Aernario disc was constructed from Storck's own CFR/UD carbon fiber. Compared to a woven carbon fabric, unidirectional carbon is oriented as it sounds, with one direction, or on one axis. Unidirectional fibers tend to better stiffen frames, while also improving the characteristic of vibration dampening. And through a refined layup, this is achieved at a much lower overall weight. It's worth noting that the Aernario is, in fact, molded in a monocoque. In other words, it features a one-piece molded construction. This eliminates excess weight by requiring less carbon and resin application at the tube junctures of the...
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Storck Aernario Comp Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016 Storck Aernario Comp Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016
When considering Storck's impressive lineup of frames, it's difficult to designate one frame as being the true alpha. But, we'd be remiss if we denied the Aernario Comp Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike its position near the top tier of Storck's road lineup. The race-ready frame begs to be unleashed in the harrowing corners and tight lines of a criterium while its weight -- relatively low for an "aero" frame -- also suits it to long days of vertical gain. Of course, the Aernario Comp also exemplifies all of the other advantages of any bike with a Storck pedigree: an exceptional stiffness-to-weight ratio, aerodynamic shaping, and an enviable build kit. The Aernario Comp features the same frame geometry as the pricier Pro and Platinum models, but it's constructed using a grade of Storck's unidirectional carbon fiber that requires a heavier layup than the grades used on its siblings. Though the Comp gains a few grams, it doesn't sacrifice strength, stiffness, or any of the vibration-dampening effects of Storck's lighter, more expensive options. The frame's individual tubes are shaped according to Storck's Sectional Aerodynamic Tube Shapes design, which resembles a classic NACA aerodynamic profile that's slightly revised to shave valuable grams. Minimalists will appreciate the tubes' subtle shaping, which doesn't suggest an ostentatiously "aero" design upon first glance. Regardless of subtlety, though, Storck claims that the frame creates as much of an aerodynamic advantage as possible without resorting to more exaggerated frame lines. Aerodynamics also don't come at the cost of handling; the frame exhibits snappy, responsiveness over everything from wide shoulders on smooth, rolling tarmac, to harsh, weather-beaten switchbacks on nervous descents. That responsive handling comes courtesy of a geometry that caters to the Euro-style, race-ready purists among us. At a time when endurance frame geometries are gaining considerable mainstream appeal, Storck once again ma...
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Storck Aernario Disc Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Storck Aernario Disc Road Bike Frameset - 2017
Combining aero design, endurance-race comfort, and powerful stiffness into one package isn't a simple task, or one that's easy to describe, but, like the good Germans they are, Storck came up with a name for such a contraption: the Aernario. In reality, the Aernario concept isn't totally new, but the Aernario Disc Road Bike Frameset is, having been redesigned to be mounted with disc brakes that let you ride harder, faster, and more confidently. Before we get into the brakes, though, let's cover the frame. Storck designed the Aernario Disc to be an endurance racer, which means it has to be aerodynamic--small amounts of drag add up over hundreds of miles--and comfortable, for obvious reasons. Trouble is, aero frames are notoriously stiff and uncomfortable. To solve this quandary, Storck designed the Aernario with a CFR/UD unidirectional carbon-fiber layup. By laying all the carbon fibers down in parallel, Storck gave the Aernario serious stiffness, but also dramatically improved its ability to dampen vibration, so you can ride it hard and long without serious discomfort. Additionally, the frame is molded in monocoque, a one-piece construction that saves weight be reducing the number of joints and amount of material used. Aerodynamic efficiency comes, simply, from the shape of the tubes. The Aernario employs what's called Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping, which manages to endow the frame with an aero teardrop profile that takes shape horizontally instead of vertically, so you get aero benefits without the unflattering aero look. Each tube also features Storck's Proportional Tubing Concept, which basically means every wall, diameter, and taper is finely tuned to ensure smooth ride quality and efficient power transfer. As for the brakes, Storck didn't just slap on discs and call it good. It added a rear thru-axle and burly bottom bracket to take the added torsion of stronger brakes without flexing, which in turn allowed the seatstays to be scandalously thin, which me...
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Storck Aernario Platinum Road Bike Frameset - 2017 Storck Aernario Platinum Road Bike Frameset - 2017
Storck uses its CFR/UD Optimized carbon fiber for the Aernario. The UD stands for unidirectional. The Aernario is formed by placing strands of carbon fabric oriented on one axis into each mold. Engineers place the strands in a monocoque shell, meaning that, with the exception of the fork, it is a one-piece molded frame. The advantages of this design are lighter weight due to minimal junctures and optimal vibration dampening. The frame sits among the lightest in the industry, and a full 100 grams lighter than the standard Aernario. The Aernario Platinum is complemented by the award-winning Stiletto fork. Weighing a mere 280 grams, this latest version of the fork is 60 grams lighter than the original Stiletto. It features a tapered design with a carbon reinforced head tube and a 1-1/8 - 1-1/4inc integrated headset. Working with the aerodynamics to maximize speed is an oversized PressFit BB86 bottom bracket. It works to efficiently transfer power to the drivetrain. Internal electronic cable routing completes the package so that the Aernario Platinum can stake claim on the top step of the podium.
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Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum Road Frameset - 2017 Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum Road Frameset - 2017
Storck's 2017 Fascenario. 3 Platinum Road Frameset comes with some big claims, with the company investing years of development and touting it as the best road frame in the world. As evidenced by countless stiffness-to-weight ratio awards, Storck has a legendary ability to produce some of the lightest and stiffest framesets available. That leaves us with no doubt that the Fascenario. 3 can go toe to toe with the top models on the market. The specific carbon layup found in the Fascenario. 3 is a closely guarded proprietary secret, but Storck assures us that the Platinum level carbon is a top-tier blend of ultra-high-modulus and high-modulus carbon fiber for a feathery claimed weight of only 1,100g for an entire frameset. To put it in perspective, the Fascenario. 3 (including fork) weighs just a little more than most pure climber's frames only--no fork included. In our experience, frames that light tend to suffer by flexing when the pedals are turned in anger. Not the Fascenario. 3. True to Storck form, it's as light as a feather but as stable as granite when you're hammering. Light frames can also easily cross over from fast to chattering like a tin can, and Storck addresses that potential for discomfort with its Nano Carbon Technology Resin. This process deals in nanoparticles within the resin structure and claims to improve overall strength and provide strategic flex for increases in comfort and durability without impacting weight or efficiency. The tubing features Storck's Advanced Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping (ASAS), which results in a down tube profile is narrower and more droplet-like at the middle compared to the top and bottom sections. This reduces frontal surface area, which reduces drag, all without impacting frame stiffness or handling. Each tube also incorporates a trailing edge designed specifically to minimize wind turbulence for smoother airflow. Out front, the Fascenario. 3's fork benefits from Optimized Aero Fork Design and takes on a unique, ...
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Storck Scenero Disc Road Bike Frameset - 2015 Storck Scenero Disc Road Bike Frameset - 2015
Since the geometry of Storck's Scenero line has always lent itself well to long-distance cycling and rides that occasionally stray from the tarmac, it only makes sense to add disc brakes. The Scenero Disc Road Bike Frameset's long geometry makes it ideal as a stable platform for exploring the kinds of terrain where disc brakes are a must, whether that's gravel, dirt, or sweeping descents. The inclusion of thru-axles also stabilizes the frame, providing more stiffness to offset braking forces and maintain confident tracking through terrain that would make a traditional road frame balk. The Scenero Disc frame features the same uni-directional carbon lay-up as its rim-brake counterpart, which orients the carbon across the frame in relation to the load path and force direction at play in each location. The design is first built digitally with 3D CAD imaging, and that virtual blueprint is translated to the dimensions of the mold. The mold itself is a one-piece, monocoque affair. Since there are no tube junctures, there is no excess weight from the additional material and resin needed to reinforce frames comprising multiple sub-assemblies. The bottom bracket is also the same 86. 5mm colossus found on the non-disc Scenero, and it takes advantage of the over-sized down tube to reduce the number of watts lost to flex during punchy efforts. Storck's annual allotment of BOTY awards is beginning to feel automatic, and it's mostly due to the stiffness-to-weight ratio on models like the Scenero. Of course, all of the stiff efficiency in the world is worthless if the ride is so unforgiving that 30 miles in the saddle feels like 10 rounds in the ring. Storck's proportional tubing concept uses adapted dimensions, wall thickness, tube diameter, and tapering across frame sizes to address rider fatigue by focusing on fit. Rather than just increasing tube lengths and angles by arbitrary increments, Storck essentially designed each size as its own, unique model. Every G3 is built t...
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Wilier Cento10 Air Alabarda Road Frameset - 2017 Wilier Cento10 Air Alabarda Road Frameset - 2017
Wilier's 2017 Cento10 Air Alabarda Road Frameset takes the brand's line of aero road frames to a whole new level. Its updated tube shapes and integrated cockpit work together for a claimed 15% reduction in overall weight and eight percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency over its Cento1 Air predecessor. In other words, the Cento10 Air is built to go fast.The Cento10 Air benefits from Wilier's expertise in the wind tunnel. Its tube shapes break from recent trends in narrow, long tubing to present as wider leading faces with NACA-inspired tapering that varies across the frame to balance weight and aerodynamics while remaining within the UCI's race-allowable guidelines. Compared to the Cento1 Air, the Cento10 Air also sees an increase in frontal area at the headtube, with a wider fork that comes with claims of reducing turbulence around the wheels for smoother airflow.The Cento1 series has long been associated with integrated seatmasts. However, similar to the most recent Cento1 Air, Wilier wanted to keep the ride of the Cento10 Air utilizes a more traditional seatpost to reduce road vibrations and provide a more comfortable ride. Naturally, the teardrop shape is proprietary, and was developed to reduce turbulence as air slips around it. It's held in place by a seatpost clamp developed in conjunction with Ritchey that sits stealthily in the seat tube and hides from the wind. To ensure rigidity and confident handling, the Cento10 Air has been constructed from a 60t Mitsubishi high-modulus carbon fiber. The 'T' in 60t refers to ton, as in it can withstand 60 tons of pressure per square millimeter. Wilier used strong carbon fiber, because the stronger the carbon, the less is needed. Thus, Wilier was able to strike an ideal balance between strength and weight.Other differentiators for the Air include internal cable routing, which is compatible with both electronic and mechanical drivetrains. Most importantly, however, is the Air's new integrated cockpit. Dubbed Al...
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Wilier Cento10 Air Dura-Ace 9100 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Cento10 Air Dura-Ace 9100 Complete Road Bike - 2017
The 2017 Wilier Cento10 Air Dura-Ace 9100 Complete Road Bike builds on its Cento1 predecessor's success with a lazer focus on aerodynamics. It boasts updated tube shaping and a new integrated cockpit that conspire to improve aerodynamic efficiency and net a claimed 15% reduction in weight. Add in race-ready geometry and Shimano's top-tier mechanical Dura-Ace groupset, and you have a bike that delivers a fast, snappy ride right out of the box. The Cento10 Air benefits from Wilier's expertise in the wind tunnel. Its tube shapes break from recent trends in narrow, long tubing and present as wider leading faces with NACA-inspired tapering that varies across the frame to balance weight and aerodynamics while remaining within the UCI's race-allowable guidelines. Compared to the Cento1 Air, the Cento10 Air also sees an increase in frontal area at the headtube, with a wider fork that comes with claims of reducing turbulence around the wheels for smoother airflow. The Cento1 series has long been associated with integrated seatmasts. However, similar to the most recent Cento1 Air, the Cento10 Air utilizes a more traditional seatpost to reduce road vibrations and provide a more comfortable ride. Naturally, the teardrop shape is proprietary, and was developed to reduce turbulence as air slips around it. It's held in place by a seatpost clamp developed in conjunction with Ritchey that sits stealthily in the seat tube and hides from the wind. To ensure rigidity and confident handling, the Cento10 Air has been constructed from a 60t Mitsubishi high-modulus carbon fiber. The 'T' in 60t refers to ton, as in it can withstand 60 tons of pressure per square millimeter. Wilier used strong carbon fiber, because the stronger the carbon, the less is needed, allowing the engineers to strike the perfect balance between strength and weight. Other differentiators for the Air include internal cable routing, which is compatible with both electronic and mechanical drivetrains. Most importa...
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Wilier Cento10 Air Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Cento10 Air Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2017
Lauded as the heir to its Cento1 Air predecessor's throne, the 2017 Wilier Cento10 Air Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike places a lazer focus on aerodynamics with updated tube shaping and a new integrated cockpit. Compared to the Cento1 Air, the Cento10 Air claims eight percent improved aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a 15% reduction in overall weight that pairs with race-ready geometry for a resulting fast, snappy ride. The Cento10 Air benefits from Wilier's expertise in the wind tunnel. Its tube shapes break from recent trends in narrow, long tubing and present as wider leading faces with NACA-inspired tapering that varies across the frame to balance weight and aerodynamics while remaining within the UCI's race-allowable guidelines. Compared to the Cento1 Air, the Cento10 Air also sees an increase in frontal area at the headtube, with a wider fork that comes with claims of reducing turbulence around the wheels for smoother airflow.The Cento1 series has long been associated with integrated seatmasts. However, similar to the most recent Cento1 Air, Wilier wanted to keep the ride of the Cento10 Air utilizes a more traditional seatpost to reduce road vibrations and provide a more comfortable ride. Naturally, the teardrop shape is proprietary, and was developed to reduce turbulence as air slips around it. It's held in place by a seatpost clamp developed in conjunction with Ritchey that sits stealthily in the seat tube and hides from the wind. To ensure rigidity and confident handling, the Cento10 Air has been constructed from a 60t Mitsubishi high-modulus carbon fiber. The 'T' in 60t refers to ton, as in it can withstand 60 tons of pressure per square millimeter. Wilier used strong carbon fiber, because the stronger the carbon, the less is needed. Thus, Wilier was able to strike the perfect balance between strength and weight.Other differentiators for the Air include internal cable routing, which is compatible with both electronic and mechanical drivetrains. Mos...
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Wilier GTR SL Road Frameset - 2017 Wilier GTR SL Road Frameset - 2017
The 2017 Wilier GTR SL Road Frameset flies against current trends in ever more specialized function. Its versatile endurance geometry and wider tire clearance collaborate with lightweight carbon construction to create a bike that may not be the best at any one thing, but boats the versatility to try everything from crosswind-riddled coastal roads to mountain climbs and prairie flats alike. For those of us who pride long-mile comfort and the ability to use one bike across many applications over race-bred, marginal gains aggression, the GTR SL is poised to be the bike you'll want to take along for the ride.We're aware that there's potential for negative assumptions anytime we designate a frame's geometry as "endurance." It conjures images of upright boardwalk cruisers or weekend charity fondos punctuated with frequent stops for peanut butter sandwich quarters and tiny cups of candy-coated chocolates in volunteer-staffed rest areas. The GTR SL is happy to dabble in those passive pastimes, but its take on "endurance" geometry actually falls between the comfort-focused machines produced by most manufacturers and the Euro-slammed race bikes populating criteriums the world over. The GTR geometry manages to feel at home in everything from circuit races to hill climbs to coffee shop loops. It may not be the capital-B Best at any one discipline, but few of the endurance frames we've ridden over the past several years do so well in so many applications.When compared to the GTR Team, the GTR SL frame loses about 200g of claimed weight by bumping the Mitsubishi carbon up from 46/30t to a truly high-modulus 60/46t mix. Those impressive numbers let Wilier hit its targets for stiffness-to-weight ratio with much less material. There is a corresponding increase in price, but -- given the weight savings -- we think it's worth it to spring for the SL.In a signature Wilier design move, the GTR SL's head tube is built up with a squared shape for greater resistance to flex under hard ...
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Wilier GTR SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016 Wilier GTR SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016
If we had one critique of Wilier's GTR Team frame, it's that the lower grade carbon used in its construction bumps the claimed weight up above the 1,100g mark. That's pretty petty, we know, especially when the half-endurance/half-race geometry makes it such a pure joy to ride. Wilier addresses this petty concern with the GTR SL Ultegra Complete Road Bike, which combines a full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain -- even the crankset, which is often where specs take a miserly turn -- with a lightweight frame that comes within 200g of the Zero. 7 super bike. If we were stuck on a desert island with a 50-mile tarmac circuit that included a crosswind-riddled coastal stretch, a long, sweeping descent, and a CAT 1 climb, this may be the bike we'd want with us. We're aware that there are some potential pitfalls anytime we designate a frame's geometry as "endurance." It conjures images of upright, boardwalk cruising or weekend charity sportives punctuated with frequent stops for trail mix and under-ripe banana halves in volunteer-staffed rest areas. The GTR SL is happy to dabble in those passive pastimes, but its take on "endurance" geometry actually falls between the comfort-focused machines produced by most manufacturers and the Euro-slammed race bikes populating criteriums the world over. The GTR geometry manages to feel at home in everything from circuit races to hill climbs to coffee shop loops. It may not be the capital-B Best at any one discipline, but few of the endurance frames we've ridden over the past several years do so well in so many applications. When compared with the GTR Team, the GTR SL frame at the bike's heart loses about 200g of claimed weight by bumping the Mitsubishi carbon up from 46/30t to a truly high-modulus 60/40t mix. Those impressive numbers let Wilier hit its targets for stiffness-to-weight ratio with much less material. There is a corresponding increase in price, but -- given the weight savings -- we think it's worth it to spring for the SL. In a s..
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Wilier Jaroon Plus Complete Bike - 2017 Wilier Jaroon Plus Complete Bike - 2017
Whether it's for racing or bikepacking, gravel bikes are about simplicity and durability. We're hard pressed to think of a bike that embodies the latter quality better than the Jaroon Plus Complete Bike. Steel frame; long, stable geometry; SRAM one-by drivetrain--the Jaroon bleeds gravel pedigree. This is only magnified by the Plus model's huge tire clearance, which is showcased here with massive 3in donuts that add a healthy amount of pneumatic suspension and mold-to-terrain grip. The flaired bars and Boost axles add a bit of performance pep to the Jaroon Plus, giving it the stiffness to drive watts into gravel and loose pine needles and the support base to navigate the front end through terrain while doing so. Bascially, the Jaroon represents a glorious return to the early days of mountain biking where guys like Ritchey (whose company provides some of the cockpit bits) were cramming the biggest tires they could onto rigid road frames. We'd claim that it's just as fun now as it was then, but we'd be lying--the Jaroon Plus' titanic tires are plusher than anything the OG mountain bike culture could fit on a frame, so it's all that more fun to ride.
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Wilier Zero.6 110 SRAM Red eTap Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Zero.6 110 SRAM Red eTap Complete Road Bike - 2017
Wilier put itself in a bit of a difficult position leading up to its 110th anniversary this year. After the Zero family managed to drop significant weight with each new generation, the iconic Italian brand was left with the task of creating a successor to the throne of the Zero. 7 that would pay homage to its quietly illustrious history. After two years of development, Wilier engineers managed to do it, giving us the Zero. 6 110 SRAM Red eTap Complete Road Bike. The frame alone weighs in at a claimed 680g, and rather than wonder how they'll top it next, we're happy to marvel at the impressively crafted, limited-edition design for the foreseeable future. The Zero. 6's striking black and copper paint scheme demands attention of its own, and like the rest of the bike's features, it was chosen carefully. For Wilier, black and copper harkens back to some of the first bikes the brand ever created during the early 20th century, but the elegant aesthetic remains relevant to this day. Throughout Wilier's history, making subtle and carefully calculated changes to create each new model has been far more important than being brash and dramatic. The Zero. 6's frame geometry remains refreshingly similar to that of the Zero. 7; it's all tight angles and compliant, unified feel between the frame and Wilier's signature Integrated Fork. It was bred to corner aggressively and act decisively on everything from sweeping descents to punchy climbs, and now it's lighter than ever. With the Zero. 7, Wilier had maxed out what it could do with its carbon layup process, so trimming weight yet again necessitated revisiting the carbon itself. Together with Mitsubishi, Wilier engineers developed a new material known as Dialed, which it derived from a base material known as Pitch. Pitch itself consists of a blend of high-purity High-, and Ultra-High-Modulus fiber. It then integrated Dialed with materials we've seen Wilier trust before, including 60T carbon fiber and SEI film, using different...
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Wilier Zero.6 Unlimited Road Frameset - 2017 Wilier Zero.6 Unlimited Road Frameset - 2017
Creating a successor to the Zero. 7 was no easy task, but Wilier engineers knew they needed to do something special for the company's 110th anniversary. The result of two years of intense development, Wilier's 2017 Zero. 6 Unlimited Road Frameset bursts on the scene weighing a paltry 680 claimed grams with an all-new carbon layup and clean, classic aesthetics. The geometry remains similar to that of the Zero. 7 with tight, race-ready angles and Wilier's seamlessly Integrated Fork that leave no question that the Zero. 6 is bred to corner aggressively and respond decisively on lengthy climbs, tight corners, and sweeping descents. Wilier maxed out what it could do with its carbon layup process in the Zero. 7, so trimming weight yet again required a reevaluation of the material itself. Together with Mitsubishi, Wilier engineers developed a new material known as Dialed, derived from a base material known as Pitch that consists of a blend of high-purity high-modulus and ultra-high-modulus fiber. It then integrated Dialed with materials we've seen Wilier trust before, including 60T carbon fiber and SEI film, using different temperatures and pressure during the molding process in an entirely new construction method. Carbon of such high moduli is exceptionally stiff, light, and efficient, but the tradeoff is usually a shortfall in the ability to absorb road vibrations and survive the hard-knocks life of a dedicated roadie. Rather than dooming you to harsh pavement feedback or a fragile frame, Wilier injects Special Elastic Infiltrated Film (SEI) between layers of carbon to relieve the harsh and brittle nature of high-modulus fiber and imbue the frame with increased vibration absorption and impact resistance. Together, this layup achieves the impossibly low weight and responsive handling that defines the lightest member of the Zero family yet. The Zero. 6 is also built up in the bottom bracket area in order to increase power transfer and accommodate a PressFit BB86 bott...
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Wilier Zero.7 Road Frameset - 2017 Wilier Zero.7 Road Frameset - 2017
Wilier uses a 60-ton carbon fiber in the 2017 Zero. 7's construction. And while it's nothing new for the bike industry to use higher modulus carbon to reduce weight and spike the strength ratio, the actual comfort factor drops significantly. High modulus carbon doesn't absorb as much road vibration, leaving your bones rattling. Wilier instead looked at the carbon fiber itself and worked the perfect go-around. The result is a frame that weighs 19% less than its 2014 predecessor. Rather than wrapping a bladder in pure carbon, Wilier incorporates both a Zinc Oxide nanoparticle epoxy resin (ZnO) and SEI, a Special Elastic Infiltrated Film, into its high modulus designs. By using an internal inflating bladder, the material is compacted in the mold from both the exterior as well as the interior. This not only creates a smooth surface with uniform wall thickness, it also eliminates any hotspots of resin buildup. Both the ZnO and SEI work to reduce vibration as well as increase impact resistance. So now you have the best carbon imbued with two near magic compounds. How could the outcome be anything other than podium-worthy' If the innate stiffness of the 60-ton carbon isn't enough, Wilier redesigned the head tube into an hourglass shape to further increase front-end stiffness. Additionally, the shape provides more aerodynamic gains, and anything that makes us go faster is a plus in our books. To finish the frame, Wilier uses its integrated fork, a work of art in its own right. The bottom bracket has also received added attention and now houses the BB386 EVO, with 30% more stiffness over a 68-millimeter bottom bracket. Please note that this frame is not compatible with Campagnolo EPS groupsets.
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