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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 In not meeting them, the Atlas also proves that those expectations are admittedly outdated or inaccurate.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 is name "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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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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Boardman Bikes Elite SLR Endurance 9.8 Road Frameset - 2016 Boardman Bikes Elite SLR Endurance 9.8 Road Frameset - 2016
For 2016, Boardman's SLR Endurance line breaks free from its former SLS gran fondo neighborhood and heads over to the SLR's sleek racing high-rise. While lightweight carbon construction means the Elite SLR Endurance 9. 8 Road Frameset is bred to race, its more upright geometry gives the bike versatility to cover a wide range of courses, so gone are the days of having to choose between long-mile comfort and race-worthy efficiency. We're happy that Boardman is finally broadcasting the SLR Endurance frame's capabilities rather than tucking it away in the SLS line where it tended to be unnecessarily -- and unfairly -- relegated to sportive duties. The SLR Endurance chassis consists of a targeted lay-up of Boardman's C10 carbon fiber, balancing considerations of stiffness, price, and the ability to erase road noise, chip-seal chatter, cobbles, and gravel road feedback for a ride that's not just limited to well-groomed tarmac. The SLR Endurance's post-tarmac pedigree also owes a debt to the frame's geometry, which mirrors the outgoing SLS. Compared to the standard SLR, the endurance model has a shorter head tube and longer chainstays (by about 20 and 5mm, respectively) for a longer, more centered wheelbase that increases stability across less than ideal surfaces. It's also got a higher stack and shorter reach, dimensions that benefit the recreational cyclist or the racer who recognizes the value of a comfortable ride position in events that last longer than 50 minutes spent circling a business park. These variations are also good news for those of us whose height means that there's always a gap between sleeves and gloves, tights and booties. The SLR Endurance's geometry means tall cyclists don't have to add a comical expanse of spacers up front in order to accommodate a higher saddle, so fittings are no longer a question of an uncomfortably slammed, track-inspired cockpit or an unsightly spacer stack. Finally, while many cyclists would rather just get on with the rid...
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Boardman Bikes Road Pro Carbon Disc Complete Road Bike - 2018 Boardman Bikes Road Pro Carbon Disc Complete Road Bike - 2018
With the arrival of disc brakes in the peloton, the era of road disc is firmly upon us. Boardman Bikes wasted no time embracing the new technology, releasing several race-ready models last year, and it's expanding the range to include the more budget-minded Road Pro Carbon Disc Brake Complete Road Bike for 2018. The Road Pro Carbon is essentially the same frameset as the SLR model with two differences: the fork uses a more conventional quick-release skewer rather than a thru-axle, and it's slightly heavier. If you were shopping at a big-box, "budget-minded" might translate to "throw-away"; however, this is still a Boardman, so it means that the Road Pro Carbon uses a composite mix called C7 (consisting mostly of Toray T700 carbon) instead of the SLR range's C10 (mostly T800). The difference is that Boardman uses a bit more material to achieve the same level of stiffness, so the bike's a little heavier. And that's it. Militant gram-counters might be thrown off by that added weight, but cyclists more interested in the confident braking of hydraulic discs and ride quality--which the bike retains in spades--will happily save $1,000 in exchange for a few grams. As mentioned above, the Carbon Road Pro features the same geometry as the SLR Endurance, which itself mirrors the outgoing SLS. Compared to the standard Boardman models, the Road Pro has a shorter head tube and longer chainstays (by about 20 and 5mm, respectively), which net a longer, more stable wheelbase across less than ideal surfaces. Given that you can fit 30mm tires on this thing, stability matters. Given those dimensions (and the high spoke count of the wheels), it begs to be tested on gravel roads and manicured dirt; however, we should note that there are no bosses to mount a rear fender, so expect a muddy racing stripe if things get damp. On the road, the longer wheelbase and tapered steerer keep tracking clean and on point through sweeping descents, letting you glide rather than fight the bike throug...
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Boardman Bikes SLR Endurance 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016 Boardman Bikes SLR Endurance 9.0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016
For 2016, Boardman's line has stayed largely the same except for some re-shuffled nomenclature and a graphical redesign. The SLR Endurance 9. 0 Ultegra Complete Road Bike is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the changes, as it represents the retirement of the SLS line in favor of the SLR Endurance. There aren't many changes to the bikes, just the name, which bumps the British manufacturer's endurance species into the SLR racing genus in a move that emphasizes the fact that Boardman is fielding a competition-grade endurance frame. The reasoning for this is clear, as the SLS has long languished in the shadow of its race-branded SLR counterpart, relegated unnecessarily to sportive duties despite its eminently capable layup and low weight. We believe the 9. 0's Shimano Ultegra shifting is equally under-valued by the race scene, and -- when these two elements are combined -- the result is a surprisingly light, surprisingly aggressive racing platform that doesn't sacrifice a rider's comfort in pursuit of watts. Despite the shakeup of naming conventions, Boardman sticks with the same materials and geometry. This includes a targeted lay-up of T1000 and T800 Carbon, which balances considerations of stiffness, price, and the ability to erase road noise, chip-seal chatter, pave, and even feedback from gravel for a ride that's not just limited to well-groomed roads. The SLR Endurance's post-tarmac pedigree also owes a debt to the frame's geometry, which mirrors the outgoing SLS. Compared to the standard SLR, the endurance model has a shorter head tube and longer chainstays (by about 20 and 5mm, respectively), which net a longer, more stable wheelbase across less than ideal surfaces. It's also got a higher stack and shorter reach, dimensions that benefit the recreational cyclist or the racer who recognizes the value of a comfortable ride position in races longer than 50 minutes. These variations are also good news for those of us whose height means that there's always a ...
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Boardman Bikes SLR Endurance 9.2 Dura Ace Complete Road Bike - 2016 Boardman Bikes SLR Endurance 9.2 Dura Ace Complete Road Bike - 2016
The SLR Endurance 9. 2 Dura-Ace Complete Road Bike's Dura-Ace shifting and carbon fiber FSA crankset should tell you all you need to know about the top-end mechanical entry in Boardman's so-called "endurance" line. Specifically, it's a race bike, not (just) a comfort rig. By relocating the endurance bike from the SLS's gran fondo neighborhood to the SLR's racing borough, Boardman has removed any doubts about the SLR Endurance's true intentions: behind the facade of a more upright geometry lurks the stiff, low-weight aggression of a long-distance killer. We're happy that Boardman is finally broadcasting the SLR Endurance frame's capabilities rather than tucking it away in the SLS line where it tended to be unnecessarily -- and unfairly -- relegated to sportive duties. Despite the shakeup of naming conventions, Boardman sticks with the same materials that it uses in the standard SLR race frames. Each SLR Endurance chassis comprises a targeted layup of T1000 and T800 Carbon, which balances considerations of stiffness, price, and the ability to erase road noise, chip-seal chatter, pave, and even feedback from gravel roads for a ride that's not just limited to well-groomed roads. The SLR Endurance's post-tarmac pedigree also owes a debt to the frame's geometry, which mirrors the outgoing SLS. Compared to the standard SLR, the endurance model has a shorter head tube and longer chainstays (by about 20 and 5mm, respectively) for a longer, more centered wheelbase that boosts stability across less than ideal surfaces. It's also got a higher stack and shorter reach, dimensions that benefit the recreational cyclist or the racer who recognizes the value of a comfortable ride position in races that last longer than 50 minutes spent circling a city block. These variations are also good news for those of us whose height means that there's always a gap between sleeves and gloves, tights and booties. The SLR Endurance's geometry means tall cyclists don't have to add a comical exp...
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Charge Bikes Plug Grinduro Disc Complete Bike - 2017 Charge Bikes Plug Grinduro Disc Complete Bike - 2017
Despite our misleading name, Competitive Cyclist isn't about Lycra-clad hammerfests where every outing on the bike with friends inevitably turns into a snot-bubble pain duel. Well, we're not only into that. Charge Bikes' Plug Grinduro Complete Bike is a celebration of the days when we want equal parts cycling celebration, foodie indulgence, and--yes--singlespeed pain cave-ery. The Plug Grinduro is pretty much an amalgam of everything we like about the race of the same name, all you have to do is add food, friends, and CAT 5 tattoos in whatever you quantities you do (or don't) prefer. Regardless of how you dress it up, the Plug Grinduro is essentially a Plug 1 topped with a fresh purple visage, a custom stem and saddle, and the sinister man-in-the-mountain mascot painted on the fork. The bike is designed to celebrate Charge Bikes' move to become "the title sponsor" for the Grinduro race. The changes aren't all aesthetic, though; Charge builds the Grinduro edition with hydraulic TRP stoppers, ensuring that high speeds don't necessarily engender high risks of injury due to insufficient stopping power. The addition of disc brake rotors does mean that the Grinduro doesn't feature the Plug 1's flip-flop hub; it's singlespeed with a freewheel only. The Plug Enduro still features 6061-series aluminum tubing cut and welded in the pattern of Charge's neutral, All-Road geometry. This combination of materials and shaping provide the versatility and durability necessary to take on the questionable surfaces that Grinduro made its name with. The fact that it's a singlespeed means you may have to occasionally work a bit harder on the climbs, but you'll appreciate the freewheel while descending.
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Diamondback Haanjenn Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjenn Complete Bike - 2017
Redefining where and what a "go-anywhere" bike can really go and do, the versatile Diamondback Hannjenn Complete Bike proves its mettle as a trustworthy commuter, gravel, or XC bike every time you saddle up. Budget-friendly and performance-driven, the Hnjenn is built with a solid aluminum frame and Shimano's ever-improving Sora drivetrain. As with its brother bike, the Hnjo, Diamondback focuses on creating a bike that would adapt to a wide range of terrain, allowing riders to indulge their mid-ride impulses and veer off the pavement in favor of dirt to momentarily check out a new area or trail they hadn't noticed before. In order to do this, Diamondback brought in treated 6061-T6 aluminum to ensure the frame itself achieves the ideal blend of durability, stiffness, and low weight. Then, DB shaped that frame with an endurance geometry--think longer wheelbase, higher stack height, and shorter reach. A geometry that's popularity has skyrocketed recently for obvious reasons; when paired with less aggressive, flat handlebars, the endurance geometry of the Hnjenn achieves a comfortable riding posture and intuitive handling without any of that twitchy jitteriness you'd normally find in a race frame. From winding canyon roads to rolling bike paths, Shimano's two-by, nine-speed Sora drivetrain does what you ask of it without hesistation, enabling you to enjoy your ride without worrying about mechanical malfunction. Like all Shimano groupsets, Sora has received trickle-down technology from its flashier siblings, and it's only becoming smoother and easier to operate with time. Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes provide you with reliable stopping power whether you're pedaling through wet mud or down steep grades on smooth roads, and the Hnjenn's alloy rims come wrapped in the Kenda Flintridge tires that handle slippery, loose gravel, mud, and rain-slicked city streets with aplomb.
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Diamondback Haanjo Comp 1x Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Comp 1x Complete Bike - 2017
While gravel road racing is quickly gaining popularity, the question remains of which type of bike is best suited for gravel. So, Diamondback sought to nip such an issue in the bud by picking and choosing the best parts from all different varieties. Combining the best of road, mountain, and cyclocross designs, the Diamondback Hnjo 1X Comp Complete Bike serves up an economical, yet race-ready bike that'll have you running the course and cruising through town with equal adeptness. Since riding rut-ridden gravel snatches energy from your legs and beats up your core, the amount of comfort, stability, and endurance your bike provides is of the utmost importance. Focusing on such factors, the Hnjo features an Endurance geometry, which offers a relaxed head tube angle in order to reduce strain on your lower back while you're stretched over the hoods. Not only does this improve the fit for riders with less flexibility and pelvic rotation, but it also creates more stability and easier handling compared to most other cyclocross bikes. Meanwhile, the frame itself is constructed from 6061-T6 butted aluminum, which--when tubes are butted instead of featuring a continuous wall thickness--allows the ends of the tubes to be given varying widths. The butted construction removes the stress concentration that occurs in the joints of bikes that aren't butted, resulting in an overall stronger frame. And when you factor in Diamondback's Gravel Disc carbon leg fork that takes the edge off rough road chatter, you have the ideal gravel road bike. This bike's driven by an SRAM S350 X-Sync with 44T Chainring crankset, which has been combined with an 11-speed SRAM PG1130 11-42T cassette and a KMC X11EL chain for smooth gearing in all conditions. Then, the HED Tomcat disc wheels, which are wrapped in Kenda Flintridge 700x40 tires, ensure you cruise over pavement, gravel, and dirt easily. Meanwhile, reliable stopping power is provided by Apex 1 hydraulic disc brakes with a 160mm front ...
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Diamondback Haanjo Comp Carbon Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Comp Carbon Complete Bike - 2017
Combining the durability of a 'cross bike with the stability of a touring bike or commuter, the Diamondback Hnjo Comp Carbon is the easy choice for serious riders who refuse to let the conditions outside dictate their routes. A completely new, hand-built carbon fiber frame and fork, relaxed geometry, and superior components throughout make this Hnjo an immediate favorite for gran fondos and off-road explorations alike. The Hnjo Comp Carbon's all-purpose functionality starts with, well, its DB carbon fiber frame and fork, which offer substantially lower weight, enhanced compliance on the road, and aggressive versatility thanks to added tire clearance. Complementing the carbon fiber frame, its relaxed Endurance geometry tends toward the long and comfortable end of the spectrum, which keeps you more upright and doesn't handle like a twitchy racing frame. This pairing makes it perfect for riding in a fondo or going on a mellow spin to soak in the scenery, while also being able to keep up in a road race or competitive group ride. A tapered head tube further contributes to the Hnjo's easy handling while reducing front end flex during intensive bursts. Whether for race or recreation, what makes the Hnjo a favorite goes beyond frame material and geometry, but actually lies within its attention to detail. For example, the top tube of the frame is flattened a bit, which makes the bike easier to carry when walking up stairs after commuting or for clearing 'cross obstacles with ease. It also benefits from the certainty of TRP Spyre disc brakes for reliable stopping power when loaded with touring gear or navigating tricky terrain. Finally, touches like the 700c HED Tomcat wheels and 40mm Schwalbe G-One tires make short work of high-speed descents, while its Shimano 105 ST-5800 2x11 speed drivetrain has a gear for every gravel grind and headwind to keep your cranks spinning when the going gets tough. After your first ride, it'll be abundantly clear that this bike i...
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Diamondback Haanjo Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Complete Bike - 2017
With dependable components and comfort-minded geometry, the Hnjo Complete Bike is a wallet-friendly way to log more miles on the bike and less in the car without ever compromising quality. Diamondback kicks things off with a reliable 6061-T6 aluminum frame, which is a treated version of aluminum that provides an ideal blend of low weight and strength. With a larger head tube angle than traditional road bikes, the Hnjo allows you to stay more upright as you weave through bike lanes and under traffic lights, and the endurance geometry works to alleviate tension in your neck and shoulders, which especially helps when you're riding to the office with a backpack full of gear and your computer. Flat bar handlebars keeps the Hnjo feeling more stable than it would with road drop bars, which work together with the Gravel Disc alloy fork to allow for smooth and consistent steering over a wide range of road and off-road surfaces. Shimano's 9-speed drivetrain and compact Tiagra cassette offer a variety of gear ratios and promise straightforward, consistent functionality whether you're pedaling in to work or heading out for a weekend bike path ride. The Hnjo is well-equipped to handle gravel and smooth dirt tracks in addition to rough roads with its aptly-named 40c Kenda Flintridge tires, and for the days when the weather decides to wait until after your commute starts to turn nasty, trust the Tektro Lyra disc brakes to provide reliable stopping power in a pinch.
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Diamondback Haanjo Trail Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Trail Complete Bike - 2017
Diamondback has been known to build up their bikes with impressive kits, and the Hnjo Trail Complete Bike is no exception. And while the Hnjo is a bike set up for gravel and multi-surface riding success, it's really the individual components with shining names such as Shimano Ultegra 6800 and HED Tomcat Disc on the drivetrain and rims that will guarantee it. Wholly capable of handling a whole host of terrain, the Hnjo Trail skillfully navigates surfaces ranging from the obvious--asphalt, gravel, grass--to the not-so obvious--dirt roads and light singletrack. This versatility is owed in no small part to its Endurance geometry, which is long and low for added stability that keeps you more upright and secure than a twitchier frame designed for racing. Other elements of the Hnjo's construction recommend it for the recreational and commuting life. These include the top tube, which is shaped for easy shouldering to carry up stairs or across impassable obstacles, and Shimano BR-RS805 hydraulic flat mount disc brakes for stopping power that stays consistent regardless of varying conditions and demands. Whether you're weighed down with touring panniers or caught out in a late spring rain storm, the disc brakes will almost always feel the same. Of course, there's no hiding the race pedigree of HED and Ultegra, so the Hnjo Trail is ready to get up and get going when you're ready to lay down the power.
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Factor Bike 02 Road Frameset - 2017 Factor Bike 02 Road Frameset - 2017
Despite its status as a relative newcomer to the industry, Factor Bikes is already known primarily for its willingness to depart from traditional frame limitations in pursuit of on-road benefits. The O2 Road Frameset represents a different kind of departure for the British brand, eschewing much of the aerodynamic wizardry that defines Factor's flagship models with a more classic design and some always-appropriate weight loss. Given the fact that so many of the pros at One Pro Cycling are choosing the O2 for all-purpose race applications ranging from the fast courses of Britain and Korea to Utah's grueling mountains, we believe the results speak for themselves. The O2 doesn't have the OTIS head tube/fork construction or Twin Vane down tube of Factor's flagship model, but it does feature the same uncompromising carbon lay-up and an angel-of-the-mountains-worthy 740g of claimed frameset weight. The low weight and deceptively responsive drive spine seem mutually exclusive, but Factor manages to bridge the divide while maintaining an admirable amount of long-mile comfort. It's not as smooth as an endurance-minded steel frame, but the O2 doesn't have the ass-on-asphalt punish factor so common in the sub-800g, high-mod category. The O2's characteristics are the product of a collaboration between some big names in the cycling industry and a big name in automotive aerodynamics. The project was started by bf1systems, a motorsport firm that dabbled in cycling with the revolutionary (and non-race-legal) Factor 001 and Vis Vires framesets. A group of two-wheeled visionaries recognized the potential of bf1systems' designs, snapped the Factor name and technology up, and have since translated it into race-legal framesets with the ultimate aim of sponsoring a World Tour team. Though not as pronounced as the One and One-S models, the O2's aerodynamic benefits are still readily apparent to the naked eye. The vertically oriented tubes' bullet-nose face and truncated tailing edge ...
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Factor Bike One David Millar Special Edition eTap Complete Road Bike - 2018 Factor Bike One David Millar Special Edition eTap Complete Road Bike - 2018
Cycling history is full of champions whose feats in the saddle are only matched by their outsized personalities out of it--think guys like Coppi and Anquetil, whose extraordinary romances excited a great deal of scandal in their respective media. While David Millar doesn't have the salacious reputation of Il Campionissimo, he certainly matches those legends' penchant for style, and that fact is reflected in Factor Bikes' sartorially appointed One David Millar Special Edition eTap Complete Road Bike. The One is Factor's flagship model: a combination of off-the-front aerodynamics, climb- and sprint-happy stiffness, and the style of one of cycling's most mod rouleurs. Factor's stated aim is "to be the best specialty racing bike company in the world"; with the aerodynamically advanced One, the brand may well have done it. The One combines every bit of aerodynamic technology and frame construction expertise from Factor's other models with one addition: the One Total Integration System (OTIS) front end. OTIS enjoys the obvious benefits of presenting a minimal face to the wind (it's practically two-dimensional head-on) and--with the inclusion of an external fairing that rotates with the fork and bars--disturbing the air as little as possible. These features are designed to work in cahoots with the bifurcated down tube in order to take full advantage of the peculiar design, and without both elements, the significant claims of reduction in air resistance are void. OTIS's integrated bar/stem combo also does its part, increasing stiffness, boosting the frame's aerodynamic benefits yet further, and actually managing to reduce frontal surface area when compared to the concept bikes that the One owes its DNA to. OTIS's final benefit runs contrary to everything we'd expect to see in an aerodynamic race frame: It contributes to handling that's so stable and sharp we experienced a brief adjustment period to it. The One never feels like it's going to drift off its line or twitch i...
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GT Grade Alloy 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 GT Grade Alloy 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
It's becoming easier and easier to buy a bike that isn't just designed for one specific discipline within cycling, and the fact that aluminum has remained relevant through the rise of carbon has only served to make these new, versatile frames more accessible. When GT fuses the lightweight, responsive material with its endurance road designs, you get a bike that's dependable and ready to go anywhere at a price that won't send your bank account fleeing for the hills. GT's Grade Alloy 105 Complete Road Bike combines the best of road-ready geometry with the off-road spirit GT is known for to create a bike that's comfortable on a wide range of terrain. GT uses its iconic Triple Triangle design to take advantage of aluminum's innate stiffness, and alleviates the harshness aluminum is known for by using its Grade carbon fork to dampen chatter. The peculiar seatstay design serves to keep road vibrations from traveling directly up the seat post. Stiffer seatstays also improve the Grade Alloy's acceleration whether you're navigating stoplights in town or pedaling hard uphill through gravel. GT expects you to take this bike off-road, so it designed the frame with extra tire clearance to accommodate knobby tires for exploring trails and light singletrack, as well as a low bottom bracket height to add stability on uncertain surfaces. Staying with the frame's theme of rock-solid, affordable materials, GT outfits the Grade Alloy with an 11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain to provide clean, consistent shifting. The Shimano 105 levers control brake levers control the reliable TRP Hyrd mechanical/hydraulic disc brakes, which are becoming increasingly common on road bikes, and the blend of mechanical and hydraulic controls makes them easier to maintain yourself. GT includes an FSA Omega Vero Compact crankset on the Grade Alloy, which offers a wide range of gearing to adapt quickly whether you're riding at tempo on the flats or trying to keep your cadence up on a steep grade.
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GT Grade Carbon 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 GT Grade Carbon 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
GT may categorize its 2017 Grade Carbon 105 Complete Road Bike as "enduroad", but we're going to go ahead and classify it as fun. Clipping into a Grade Carbon opens up nearly limitless route potential and licence to spontaneously explore those intriguing side paths that would have a traditional road bike quaking in its spokes. Pairing Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain, powerful hydraulic brakes, and Stan's NoTubes wheels wrapped in Clement's lightly treaded Strada USH tires, this Grade is ready to shepherd you through your next all-road adventure.The Grade features GT's All-Day geometry, designed for comfort over long miles on roads less traveled. It manifests as a longer wheelbase for extra confidence and stability, with a taller head tube that sits at a slacker angle than traditional road bikes that further boosts the feeling of stability and confident control.GT shapes the Grade Carbon frame and fork using with its Enduroad carbon, which is reinforced with a glass matrix for equal parts vibration-damping and stiffness to reduce fatigue and wasted watts over long rides. This construction paired with its relaxed geometry makes the Grade Carbon perfect for riding a fondo or heading out on a leisurely spin to soak in scenery, while maintaining its ability to keep up in a road race or competitive group ride. The Grade Carbon also features a slightly more compact rear triangle than other similar frames, owed to GT's Triple Triangle, which is designed to add stiffness and rigidity to the frame using tighter angles and reinforced seatstays.The fork features longer, narrower blades than a traditional road bike, creating extra clearance for the front tire and better compliance over bumps. You'll remain stable on fast descents with the tapered head tube and retain efficient power transfer as you pedal out of the saddle over dirt, gravel, or tarmac.
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GT Grade Carbon Frameset - 2016 GT Grade Carbon Frameset - 2016
If your ride of choice includes all manner of pavement, gravel, and smooth fire roads winding lonesomely through the hills, then the 2016 GT Grade Carbon Frameset might be just the bike you're looking form. Keeping in line with its long-time passion for taking the path less traveled, GT created the Grade to comfortably handle all manner of road surface with its Triple Triangle Design and vibration-dampening prowess. GT introduced its iconic Triple Triangle design over two decades ago and has yet to see a need to replace it. Its simple, efficient design is constructed using GT's Dual Fiber Dynamic tech -- carbon with integrated glass fibers for increased responsiveness. The sharper seat stay angle disperses road noise and bumps through the frame. It also allows GT space to reinforce the slim, flattened seat stays, which are constructed out of fiberglass cores wrapped in carbon to give them the right mix of vertical compliance and lateral stiffness. The wide down tube offers more rigidity and better energy transfer, while the slack head tube angle adds steering stability across gravel and comfort during all-day endurance road rides.GT fashions the Grade's full carbon fork with longer, narrower blades than a traditional road bike, creating extra clearance for the front tire and better compliance over bumps. You'll remain stable on fast descents with the tapered head tube and retain efficient power transfer as you pedal out of the saddle over dirt, gravel, or tarmac.
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GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Aggressive race bikes have their place on buttery smooth criterium courses, but some of us want a bike that's a little more versatile and able to match cycling's new go-anywhere attitude. As such, GT categorizes the 2017 Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road as "enduroad," which means it feels like a responsive race frame but with endurance geometry and durability that will have you riding in comfort mile after all-road mile. Its Shimano Ultegra drivetrain (the ST-RS685 shift and brake levers are Ultegra-equivalent) and powerful hydraulic disc brakes solidify this bike's reliability, while Mavic's Aksium Disc Allroad wheelset and lightly treaded Clement Strada USH tires put the final touches on its gravel grinding capabilities. GT shapes the Grade Carbon frame and fork using carbon that's reinforced with a glass matrix for equal parts vibration-damping and stiffness to reduce fatigue and wasted watts over long rides. The hallmark of endurance frames, and a major reason for their appeal, is their relaxed geometry. It's perfect for riding a fondo or heading out on a leisurely spin to soak in scenery, but it's still able to keep up in a road race or competitive group ride. The Grade Carbon fits this description aptly, and also features a slightly more compact rear triangle than other similar frames. That compactness is owed to GT's Triple Triangle, which is designed to add stiffness and rigidity to the frame using tighter angles and reinforced seatstays. The fork features longer, narrower blades than a traditional road bike, creating extra clearance for the front tire and better compliance over bumps. You'll remain stable on fast descents with the tapered head tube and retain efficient power transfer as you pedal out of the saddle over dirt, gravel, or tarmac.
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NeilPryde Nazare 2 Road Frameset - 2016 NeilPryde Nazare 2 Road Frameset - 2016
With NeilPryde's long history working with carbon in the windsurfing world, it isn't surprising that the 2016 Nazare 2 Road Frameset comes with claims of wind-slicing aerodynamics, responsive handling, and an impeccably balanced ride. It's constructed from NeilPryde's C6. 9 uni-directional, high-modulus carbon fiber, which is the highest grade carbon the company feels is appropriate for constructing bicycles. As a result of this construction, the Nazare 2 frame weighs in at a claimed 920 grams (for the 56cm size), placing it firmly amongst the lightest of the aerodynamic road category. NeilPryde fashions the Nazare 2's tubing for optimal aerodynamic efficiency across a wide range of yaw angles rather than just straight headwinds in a tunnel, which translates to a fast, stable ride in variable air movement you'll encounter in real-world conditions. While the tubing shape varies slightly across the frame to manage airflow, much of the frame features NeilPryde's Extended Kamm design, which essentially is a chopped off NACA foil shape similar to that found in other top-end aerodynamic road options. Up front the Nazare 2's carbon fiber fork features a bladed shape for an extra dose of wind-slicing prowess. In place of a traditionally mounted rear brake, the Nazare 2 tucks the brake caliper out of the wind behind the bottom bracket, and both it and the front brake are direct-mount. Keeping up with the times, the Nazare 2 features a Di2 battery mount and internal cable routing compatible with both electronic and mechanical systems. As a final touch it gets an integrated seat post clamp for clean lines and easy adjustment.
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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 - 2017 Pinarello Dogma F10 Road Frameset - 2017
You're a venerable Italian frame builder. Over the past two years, your current flagship race machine has been ridden to the top of the world's most prestigious podium. Twice. The bike it replaced was earlier ridden to the same podium step. Also twice. What's your response' Well, if you're Pinarello, it's to go back to the drawing board and further push the limit on a bike that, under the riders at Team Sky, has already defined the limit of what a racing bike can do. Welcome to the reign of cycling's new king, the 2017 Dogma F10 Road Frameset. It's got a similar geometry and material composition to the outgoing F8, but the Dogma F10 features a few subtle tweaks that result in some claims that, given the impressive gains the F8 made over the Dogma 65. 1, are almost comically impressive: 7% more stiffness and 6. 3% less weight. We can only assume that, in the next few years, those numbers will add up to another trip (or two) to the top step of that podium. Since this is the new flagship model of one of the industry's most storied bike brands and one of the sport's most dominant teams, the Dogma F10 warrants healthy consideration. We'll cover the details at length below, but any bike is ultimately defined by its ride, so it makes sense to start there. Featherweight frames are often, well, feathery, but the F10 meets pedal strokes with buoyant solidity. When spinning up out of corners, punching it on Ardennes-esque walls, or turning the screws ever tighter on climbs, the F10's bottom bracket exhibits the stability--but definitely not the ponderous gravity--of a cinderblock, transforming frantic, stop-and-start pedal inputs into weightless, floating propulsion. Even while accelerating to sprint speeds or red-lining a double-digit gradient, the frame's efficiency eliminates dead spots between pedal strokes. At times, the F10's tapered head tube and oversized tubing make it feel like a sentient animal that's driving itself forward, but this eager urgency means it also ...
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Pinarello Dogma F8 Disc Road Frameset - 2017 Pinarello Dogma F8 Disc Road Frameset - 2017
For those of us not chasing WorldTour dreams and bound by fussing international governing body rules, the unrivaled stopping power and modulation of disc brakes make them the wave of the future. Given Pinarello's dedication to design and innovation, it's no surprise that it created the 2017 Dogma F8 Disc Road Frameset, a disc-compatible version of its venerable Dogma F8 dream bike. The disc version incorporates some changes, including a tweak to the internal lay-up and reinforcement to the brake mounts, all of which are necessary in order to account for the extra load of disc braking forces. These tweaks do come with a slight weight gain, but Pinarello assures us that it's hardly more significant than the difference in weight between paint schemes. Disc brake compatibility excluded, this is the same frameset Pinarello designed in cahoots with Jaguar. While we aren't privy to the details of this partnership, it certainly bore fruit. The Dogma F8 improves on Pinarello's previous flagship bike, the 65. 1, by mating its Tour-winning geometry with material upgrades and fresh tube shapes for a claimed 47% improvement in aerodynamics, a 16% more balanced feel, a 12% increase in rigidity -- all while losing a claimed 120 grams of weight. The Dogma F8's carbon fiber is provided by another proven industry partner, the venerable carbon geniuses at Toray, whose Japanese factory produces arguably the most consistent, highest quality, and safest carbon in the world. The F8 is made from an all-new Toray masterpiece: T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nano-alloy technology. While the name is certainly impressive, its application is even more so. T1100 is the current go-to outer skin for many modern aircrafts, and its stiffness-to-weight ratio is nothing short of stunning. Compared to a 54cm Dogma 65. 1 -- which was built with Toray's 65HM1K -- the F8's T1100K construction weighs nearly 80 grams less while retaining the same structural characteristics. The savvy engineers at Pinarello and..
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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 105 Complete Road Bike - 2016 Pinarello Gan 105 Complete Road Bike - 2016
Affordable isn't a word usually associated with the Pinarello brand, which is more commonly associated with a penchant for top-tier designs and the accompanying sky-high prices. Its Gan collection changes the game though, bringing the famed Pinarello pedigree into a price range that's far more accessible to us mere mortals. The 2016 Gan 105 Complete Road Bike does make some compromises compared to the super light, super stiff race machines that precede it, but its blend of carbon fiber and workhorse components is more than capable of grinding out epic miles on mid-summer fondos or lining up and throwing down at local road races. Pinarello eliminates zeros from the price of the Gan by utilizing a lower grade carbon than that used on purebreds like the Dogma F8 and F10. That being said, a lower-grade layup translates into a nearly undetectable sacrifice in added grams and less stiffness for all but the most discerning cyclist. It still has an incredibly responsive, vibration-damping ride quality, as well as those mesmerizing lines that give frames like the Dogma models their aerodynamic prowess. Aside from carbon layup, the differences between the Gan and its pricier counterparts are few and far between. Line up confidently as the crosswinds kick up just in time for your next road race knowing the Flatback tube profile on the Gan is capable of managing wind from a full range of angles. Pinarello's signature asymmetric design reinforces the drive-side of the frame while removing unnecessary weight from the non-drive side, promising unyielding rigidity during out-of-the-saddle efforts. Pinarello also shows that its bikes are defined on entirely different terms than the rest of the industry by spec'ing this entry-level member of the Gan line with Shimano's 105 5800 shifting. Better than the groupsets earning winner's jerseys just a few years ago, 105 deserves every bit of praise it's earned since its most recent update, and it makes a reliable addition to the build.
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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 GR-S Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Gan GR-S Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
For 2017, Pinarello joins the all-road endurance party with its Gan GR-S Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike. With disc-specific construction, stiff thru-axles, and a proprietary suspension system, the Gan GR-S brings a rare mix of exceptional comfort, classic Pinarello aesthetics, and efficient speed to your next off-pavement adventure. Built up with Shimano's smooth-shifting Ultegra drivetrain and hydraulic brakes and rolling on Fulcrum Racing wheels wrapped in Vittoria's trusty Adventure tires, this bike is ready for almost anything. The Gan Disc features similar eye-catching styling as the top-tier Dogma KS-8, with its signature curves and unique elastomer suspension system. This suspension, dubbed the Dogma Suspension System 1. 0, sits at the seatstay junction to provide up to 10mm of plush cushion to smooth out bumpy roads and cobbles without sapping away power. Pinarello is understandably secretive about the final composition of the elastomer, but it claims that this system effectively dampens vibrations without experiencing excessive movement when riders dump watts into the pedals. Slightly flattened chainstays and seatstays provide additional compliance over the bumps while maintaining lateral stiffness. The most notable difference between the Gan GR-S frame and its high-end cousin is the type of carbon used to make them. While the Dogma KS-8 boasts the top-end of the top-tier Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan GR-S 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 handle hard miles over varied terrain. The Gan GR-S isn't called out as specifically aerodynamic, but it inherits Pinarello's signature oval-front and flattened-back tube shaping throughout the frame and fork, creating an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly ...
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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 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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Pinarello Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike - 2016 Pinarello Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike - 2016
Though many of Italy's most venerable manufacturers have been slow to embrace road disc brakes, Pinarello proved itself an early adapter with the Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike. To us, Italy and gravel bikes make sense--see for example l'Eroica, a race across Tuscany's white gravel roads that started as a gran fondo in '97 and quickly grew into a favorite with the top hard men of the peloton, too. We suspect the reason for its immediate success is two-fold. First, its varied terrain of tarmac and limestone makes for a race that's full of opportunities for ambitious racers to blow the field apart (which also makes it a fan favorite). Second, everyone from the pro ranks on down to us aspirational cyclists can agree that this kind of mixed-surface adventure cycling is just a hell of a lot of fun. Gravel bikes are about freedom to explore everything up to and including singletrack and fire roads, and bikes like the Mercurio embody that ethos of exploration. The Mercurio's frame is constructed from a targeted lay-up of 24HMUD carbon, which is spec'd to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square centimeter. It's not quite as light and stiff as the carbon used in the Dogma line, but it's not supposed to be. Rather, the 24HMUD used here is meant to strike a balance between rigidity, low weight, chatter-devouring smoothness, and price. It excels on all fronts, as it's stiff and light enough to meet the needs of everything short of crit sprinters and featherweight climbers but still keeps the price to a point where a dedicated self-sponsored racer could even pick one up as an all-terrain adventure bike. That's not to say it's a slow-plodding, unwieldy urban noodler, though. In addition to benefiting from Pinarello's high-modulus carbon expertise, the Mercurio has the same Onda fork shape that was developed in conjunction with Jaguar for the Dogma F8. The only differences are that it's made from a different material (the same 24HMUD used in the frame) and built-up on the ...
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Pinarello Treviso Carbon Disc Sora Complete Bike - 2017 Pinarello Treviso Carbon Disc Sora Complete Bike - 2017
Years ago, a rusty commuter scrounged together with yard-sale pieces was a trendy way to get across town faster than walking and with freedom not found in a bus schedule, provided all the nuts and bolts held together for the trip. Things change though, and once you've moved on to full-carbon dream bikes and buttoned-down commuter kit, it's time to upgrade your townie game and clip into a more refined ride on the 2017 Pinarello Treviso Carbon Disc Sora Complete Bike. Featuring a smooth shifting Shimano Sora drivetrain, powerful disc brakes, and clean aesthetics, the Treviso add a dash of functional style to the daily grind.Made from high-quality T600 carbon fiber, the Treviso's frame provides a responsive ride while sopping up road vibrations to keep you comfortable over the miles. Its eye-catching lines feature classic Pinarello curves, strategically placed to provide compliance where it's needed while maintaining efficient energy transfer from the pedals into forward motion. Trickling down from Pinarello's more race-oriented offerings, Think2 internal cable routing keeps cables protected, preserves uninterrupted frame lines, and opens up future upgrade options with both electronic and mechanical drivetrain compatibility. As a final touch Treviso Carbon Disc is finished with a threaded Italian bottom bracket that does away with PressFit's creak and longevity issues, a trend that we're happy to see resurfacing across the industry.
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Raleigh Roker Sport Complete Bike - 2016 Raleigh Roker Sport Complete Bike - 2016
For years now, we've been treating (or mistreating, rather) our road bikes like gravel bikes. Dirt, gravel, patchy weeds--nothing was off limits. The new trend of bikes like Raleigh's Roker Sport Complete Bike promise to save our racing machines from the abuse of all-terrain cycling by combining the punchy responsiveness of carbon fiber with the frame geometry and tire clearance of a bike that isn't afraid to push on when the road ends. Compared to a traditional, all-purpose road racing machine, the Roker's bottom bracket sits about 7mm lower and its head tube is around 1. 5 degrees slacker. While dimensions like wheelbase, stack, and reach are all similarly gravel-minded, the Roker's low slackness are the primary contributors to the bike's confident stability across all manner of surfaces. When paired with the above mentioned carbon fiber and the kind of stiff thru-axles we'd expect to see on enduro sleds, the frame's geometry dispatches stretches of rough terrain with the same ease that it punches up steep forest paths. As with the frameset itself, the Roker Sport's component spec is eminently abuse-able. It's largely composed of Shimano Tiagra with a strong supporting cameo by TRP's Spyre mechanical disc brakes. The build kit's biggest highlight might be the surprisingly sexy finishing touch in the form of Clement tires. Raleigh assures us that the frame has clearance for 45mm tires, but the included 40mm X'PLOR MSO donuts ride so well across everything from smooth tarmac to gravel and washboard fire roads that we can't think of any reason to replace them. A big part of their success are the rims, of course, which boast a 24mm internal (28mm external) width. That Herculean dimension allows the tires to fill out far more than the typical plus-size rims, which top out at just under 21mm internally.
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Ridley Dean Fast CC Road Frameset - 2015 Ridley Dean Fast CC Road Frameset - 2015
If there's anything that the engineers at Ridley have taught us through successive generations of FAST technology, it's that aerodynamics aren't simple. Fortunately, they've dumbed the science down to four simple letters: F, A, S, and T. And that spells PR, podium spots, speed, and--of course--fast. The Dean Fast CC Road Frameset embodies all of the Ridley's aerodynamic science to date, providing the most clear example of pure speed that the Belgian brand has produced to date. Though the Dean Fast is built with an uncompromising blend of high-modulus carbon fiber, the real star of the show remains aerodynamics. Compared to previous Deans, the Dean Fast maxes out on speed with cleanly integrated aerobars and an F-Splitfork. Since it also incorporates the F-Surface air trip and discreetly shielded brakes, the alterations to the front end make the FAST concept a truly bike-wide application. The net effect is impressive, to say the least; Ridley credits the Dean Fast with a time savings of two minutes across a 112-mile bike leg. The savings start with the F-Splitfork, which is counter-intuitive in that it actually creates more drag in the wind tunnel--but only while the wheels are standing still. When the wheels are spinning, the F-Splitfork nets a claimed 7. 44% less drag than competing fork designs. It achieves this reduction in drag by redirecting the air resistance that spokes encounter at the top of the rotation, when they're moving forward into the wind. Think of the split in the fork as a kind of emergency release valve for the extra wind resistance that a wheel's rotation can create. Those drag savings are complemented with an integrated cockpit that feeds into the top tube with no wind-catching impediments. The frame's tube shapes are obviously aerodynamic, but the inclusion of F-Surface sets the Dean apart from the sea of TT bikes from other brands. F-Surface involves trips or small ridges molded on the frame at strategic locations. These slight surface var...
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Ridley Dean RS 10 Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2015 Ridley Dean RS 10 Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2015
In a perfect vacuum, creating the most efficient aerodynamic bicycle would be an easy job. Just make it light and stiff. But since we don't live and ride in a vacuum, questions of aerodynamics must be addressed, and the Ridley Dean RS 10 Complete Road Bike does so in ways that aren't always intuitive but do produce wind-tunnel proven results. By now, you're no doubt aware of the benefits and properties of high-modulus carbon fiber, so it should come as no surprise that a manufacturer of Ridley's standing strategically arranges a blend of 40, 30, and 20 ton uni-directional carbon fiber moduli throughout the Dean RS in order to maximize comfort without sacrificing efficiency or weight. This is a fairly common practice, but what really sets the Dean RS apart from its competitors is Ridley's FAST-Concept design ethos. FAST-concept is a bike-wide application, extending to the Dean RS F-Splitfork, the aerodynamic teardrop tubes, and even the paint used on the frame. The F-Splitfork is one of the Dean RS's head-scratchers. It actually creates more drag in the wind tunnel, but only while the wheels are standing still. When the wheels are rotating, the F-Splitfork nets a claimed 7. 44% less drag than competing fork designs. It achieves this reduction in drag by redirecting the air resistance that spokes encounter at the top of the rotation, when they're moving forward into the wind. Think of the split in the fork as a kind of emergency release valve for the extra wind resistance that a wheel's rotation can create. The aerodynamics of the Dean RS also owe a great debt to the teardrop-shaped tubes. Like the varied moduli of carbon in the frame's layup, teardrop tubes are now a standard feature on aerodynamically-minded frames, so Ridley ups the aerodynamic ante with paint. Yep, that's not a typo and you did read right: paint. According to Ridley, the F-Surface paint addresses the tendency of airflow to release prematurely from certain areas of the frame, which in turn cr...
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Ridley Dean Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Dean Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Now that you've decided to get serious about triathlon, you can't keep showing up to events with your decidedly un-aero road bike in tow. But you also know that your bank account won't tolerate an insurmountable price tag. Regardless of the rumors, you don't actually have to drop five figures to get fast, and Ridley delivers that unicorn balance of speed and affordability with its 2017 Dean Ultegra Complete Road Bike. Borrowing inspiration from its top-tier sibling, the Dean Fast, this Dean is designed to minimize drag and comes kitted out with Shimano's venerable Ultegra drivetrain and Dura-Ace bar end shifters for confident gear shifts as you speed towards T2. By now, you're no doubt aware of the benefits and properties of high-modulus carbon fiber, so it should come as no surprise that a manufacturer of Ridley's standing strategically arranges a blend of 30 and 20 ton uni-directional carbon fiber moduli throughout the Dean RS in order to maximize comfort without sacrificing efficiency or weight. This is a fairly common practice, but what really sets the Dean RS apart from its competitors is Ridley's FAST-Concept design ethos. FAST-concept is a bike-wide application, extending from the aerodynamic teardrop tubes to the paint used on the frame. The aerodynamics of the Dean RS owe a great debt to the teardrop-shaped tubes. Like the varied moduli of carbon in the frame's layup, teardrop tubes are now a standard feature on aerodynamically-minded frames, so Ridley ups the aerodynamic ante with paint. According to Ridley, the F-Surface paint addresses the tendency of airflow to release prematurely from certain areas of the frame, which in turn creates additional drag in the form of low pressure areas or stalled air in the frame's wake. These low pressure areas result from the tendency for bodies in motion through a surrounding medium (in this case, bicycles through air) to create turbulence in the lamina, or layers, of air through which they're passing. It's helpf...
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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 Disc Road Bike Frame - 2015 Ridley Fenix Disc Road Bike Frame - 2015
Get improved stopping power without compromising race-ready speed with Ridley's 2015 Fenix Disc Road Bike Frame. Harnessing the versatility we loved in the original Fenix, this version trades out rim-brake caliper mounts for post-mount disc brake attachments to bring you confident modulation to manage your speed. No matter your ride plans, you'll clip in knowing you're riding with a famed blend of long-mile comfort and snappy handling that will manage whatever roads lie ahead. The Fenix's versatility expands beyond the pavement to multi-surface excursions thanks to Ridley's artful layup of vibration devouring unidirectional carbon fibers. While the super stiff, purely featherweight-focused frames in Ridley's line use up to 60-ton moduli, the Fenix utilizes 24-ton carbon to strike a balance between road smoothing compliance and rigid efficiency. Potholes, cobblestones, and other road hazards that would otherwise feel like jarring punches on a 60-ton carbon take on all the disagreeability of crosswalk paint. Just in case you ever do get tired of wantonly throwing your tires over road obstacles, the stiff, tapered head tube provides responsive steering to dodge through debris with ease. Compared to the original Fenix, the Fenix Disc also has a slightly longer wheelbase. While this difference is more pronounced in the smallest sizes, even the bigger frames benefit from a more stable wheelbase for loose gravel and packed dirt roads. The adventure-minded cyclist will also appreciate the Disc model's increased tire clearance, allowing up to 28mm tires for maximum plushness and reliability on everything from summer chipseal and sun-soaked logging roads to packed limestone paths. It can't compete with the massive tire clearance found on true gravel bikes, but the Fenix finds its balance by priding snappy handling and road speed at the expense of a few extra millimeters of clearance. The beefy bottom bracket junction and burly chainstays work in harmony to address all y...
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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 SL Dura-Ace R9100/Ksyrium Elite Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Helium SL Dura-Ace R9100/Ksyrium Elite Complete Road Bike - 2017
Helium is a noble element, which is the purest, simplest form of matter this side of breaking down into sub-atomic particles. So it's appropriate that, for the Helium SL Complete Road Bike--built here with Dura-Ace R9100 and Ksyrium Elite wheels--we've opted for the noblest, most peloton-proven drivetrain and what may well be the ultimate set of training wheels. We think the end product speaks for itself: a climb-happy race bike that makes no compromises on punchier walls or while winding up for the finale. As a noble element, Helium is light. Really light. And Ridley didn't forget that while designing the frameset that bears its name. The Helium SL frame and fork are an astonishing 1050 grams -- that's around 170 grams lighter than most other big-name brands pro frames and 200 grams lighter than the regular Helium. This was achieved through a strategic lay-up of unidirectional 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber, whereas the standard Helium only uses 30 ton. The SL also incorporates a nano resin to improve the compatibility of the resin and carbon, which decreases weight and increases durability. The first time we built a Helium SL, we found ourselves questioning the strange seatstays and seatposts that have become all the rage in bicycle "innovation." The Helium's seatstays, which are simple, slightly flattened tubes, combine with the traditional 27. 2 seatpost for a compliant ride by devouring road noise and bumps like Helium's halogen cousins gobble up other molecules' electrons. It's far more comfortable a ride than its drive stiffness and low weight suggest. We're also enamored with the Helium's thoughtful blend of internal and external cable routing. The brake cables, which undergo some contortions without getting down near the grime-collecting drivetrain to get where they're headed, are left out in the open for ease of installment and maintenance. The derailleur cables, which travel dangerously close to the drivetrain and are therefore more susce...
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Ridley Helium SL Red eTap/Zipp 302 Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Helium SL Red eTap/Zipp 302 Complete Road Bike - 2017
It's hard to get much more pro than the Ridley Helium SL complete road bike, especially when we've taken the liberty of building it up with SRAM's Red eTap and Zipp's new 302 carbon hoops. Though the pros at Lotto Soudal ride Campy, this build is every bit equal to the needs of all-rounders like Gallopin and climbers like De Gendt--in fact, we'd be hardpressed to assemble a more race-worthy bike. Which was exactly the criteria behind why we built it the way we did. This is no manufacturers' slop with garbage wheels and an off-brand crankset. It's the product of us choosing what we want to ride and building a bike accordingly. Given the "what we want" clause, it's only fitting we started with a frame that we want to ride. Hence the Helium. The name Helium calls to mind light, floaty things, which is no doubt what Ridley had in mind when selecting the naming convention. The Helium SL frame and fork are an astonishing 1,050 grams--that's around 170 grams lighter than most other big-name brands pro framesets and 200 grams lighter than the regular Helium. That low weight is the result of a strategic lay-up of unidirectional 60, 40, and 30-ton high-modulus carbon fiber, whereas the standard Helium only uses 30 ton. The SL also incorporates a nano resin to improve the compatibility of the resin and carbon, which decreases weight and increases durability. The first time we built a Helium SL, we found ourselves questioning the strange seatstays and seatposts that have become all the rage in bicycle "innovation." The Helium's seatstays, which are simple, slightly flattened tubes, combine with the traditional 27. 2 seatpost for a compliant ride by devouring road noise and bumps like Helium's halogen cousins gobble up other molecules' electrons. It's far more comfortable a ride than its drive stiffness and low weight suggest, adding additional depth to the "floaty" descriptor we used above. We're also enamored with the Helium's thoughtful blend of internal and external cabl...
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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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Ridley Helium SLX Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Ridley Helium SLX Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
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 A20 105 Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Trail A20 105 Complete Bike - 2017
Even in the age of graphene, we find that aluminum has its place in the world of cycling. That place is several dozens of miles beyond cellphone reception with nothing but freeze-dried camp food, a sleeping bag, and Ridley's X-Trail A20 105 Complete Bike for company. The frame's triple-butted 6061-T6 aluminum is heat-treated to further improve its fatigue resistance, so it's much better suited to the abuse of pannier-laden bikepacking than the latest wonder materials. Save the carbon climbing bike for five hour rides, and take the aluminum X-Trail for rides lasting five days. Though the frame is aluminum, Ridley equips the X-Trail A20 with the same fork on the full carbon model. The legs of the Oryx Disc fork are shaped from a blend of 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber, which add a bit of chatter-absorption while stiffening the front end in the event your bikepacking route leads straight up a steep fire road. The steerer is still aluminum, and the left leg is built-up in order to offset the twisting forces applied by disc brakes. The fork is equipped with a mountain-grade thru-axle, too, further reinforcing the overall structure against braking forces and the general lumps of all-terrain cycling. The X-Trail's geometry is something of a melting pot, but the end result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night. It's got a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extended the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training 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 40mm.
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Ridley X-Trail C40 105 Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Trail C40 105 Complete Bike - 2017
Few brands enjoy Ridley's dominance on the European cyclocross scene, but those tight geometries and steep angles aren't so necessary in the wide-open landscapes of the new world. The X-Trail C40 105 Complete Bike adjusts accordingly, sitting long and slack for stability across everything from North Western chip-seal to Kansas gravel. It's built up with Shimano's 105 drivetrain and a set of 105-equivalent hydraulic disc brakes, which--when combined with that big, stable geometry--makes the X-Trail a far cry from the compact cantilever frames that come to mind when we think of traditional 'cross. It's still perfectly suited to the sand pits and run-ups of fall, but it transitions equally well to the weeklong, pannier-fueled gravel epics of spring. Ridley shapes the X-Trail C30's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from pannier-laden weekend trips to off-road grinduro segments. The Oryx Disc fork is reinforced on the left leg to allow it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 12 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout. The X-Trail is something of a melting pot of frame geometries, but the end result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night. It's got a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extended the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training 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 40mm.
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Ridley X-Trail Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Trail Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017
All-surface adventuring is having a moment, building from a niche discipline and morphing into a popular mainstream activity that has opened up a whole new perspective on cycling. This is unquestionably a positive shift in the industry that's getting more people on bikes and generating more available bike options, but we also understand that the sudden popularity has left some of us searching for a way to find our own unique ride to stand out among the crowds. To address this, we've partnered with Ridley to bring a special edition of the 2017 X-Trail Ultegra Complete Bike to life in two unique colorways that are guaranteed to shine no matter where your ride takes you. As with the standard X-Trail Ultegra, this bike pairs the legendarily precise and reliable shifting of Shimano's Ultegra drivetrain with powerful hydraulic brakes. The combination breaks free from the limits of pavement to embrace all manner of tarmac, gravel, and even washboard single track. Despite its big, gravel-bike footprint, it's important to stress that the X-Trail isn't a dumpy noodler. 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 pannier-laden weekend trips to off-road segments in gravel/enduro hybrid races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg to allow 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 melting pot of frame geometries. The result resembles a road bike more 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 a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends th...
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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 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 Aernario Road Bike Frameset - 2016 Storck Aernario Road Bike Frameset - 2016
It seems that, while searching for that perfect road frame, you're forced to choose between aerodynamics, efficient power transfer, and handling. It's rare to find a frame that has mastered two of these qualities, let alone three. The Storck Aernario is one of the only frames that can truly claim to be a master of all three arts. The first problem is aerodynamics. Storck achieves this using "sectional aerodynamic shaping." What that means is that the frame tubing is aerodynamically shaped on a horizontal, rather than vertical, plane. It just looks like a regular road frame from the side, but if viewed from the front or back, the aerodynamics quickly become apparent. The Aernario's incredibly low weight and excellent ride characteristics are achieved through advanced carbon fiber manipulation. The frame is a true monocoque. That means that it's all formed at once, from what is basically one piece of carbon fiber, so there's no extra carbon fiber. This reduction in the mold drastically reduces weight. At 890 grams, the effects of this process are readily evident. Ride quality is also derived from the production process. The box-section seatstays are vertically compliant but extremely rigid laterally. The huge PressFit BB86 also improves the ride by transferring power directly to the rear triangle with almost no loss. And finally, there's the fork. The Stiletto 340 is, as the name implies, an incredible 340 grams. It maintains its precise ride, however with an oversized, tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in integrated headset.
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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 Cento1 Air Road Bike Frameset - 2016 Wilier Cento1 Air Road Bike Frameset - 2016
We've long since entered the age of the aero road bike, which makes Wilier's timing perfect in introducing the Cento1 Air Road Bike Frame. Think of it as the next evolution in the Cento1 series, or more specifically, the progression of the Cento1 SR. As you may already know, the SR was the first significant update to the Cento1 since its introduction in 2008, marking a significant step forward from the Cento1 in terms of both stiffness and power transmission. But knowing it could be even better, Wilier's goal with the Air was to reduce aerodynamic drag while simultaneously improving the ride experience. The Cento1 Air benefits from the experience gained in developing what Wilier calls the Twin Foil. The aggressive profiling extends from the leading edges of the fork blades, all the way back to the dropouts. And while most aero road bikes suffer in ride quality due to the design constraints of low-drag tube shapes, this type of compromise was viewed as unacceptable during the development of the Cento1 Air. To combat the poor handling exhibited by most of its competitors, the Cento1 Air was built with a massive tapered head tube and steerer tube, which yields surgically precise steering, even on high speed descents. The heavily profiled down tube should yield under power, but with the oversized bottom bracket shell, your watts won't be wasted in frame deflection. Developed in cooperation with FSA, the BB386EVO is a competitor-dwarfing 86. 5mm wide and has a diameter of 46mm. Wilier estimates that the new bottom bracket increases rigidity by 30%, while reducing power dispersion to almost zero. Additionally, this shell's width provides Wilier with the ability to widen the seat and down tube diameters by around 20mm. This drastically increases rigidity, while also promoting an efficient power transfer to the rear triangle. But, this also permits Wilier to decrease the tube's wall thickness, further shedding grams. You'll also find that the BB386 EVO was developed ...
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Wilier Cento1 Air/Shimano Dura-Ace - Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike - 2016 Wilier Cento1 Air/Shimano Dura-Ace - Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike - 2016
In case you've been living under a rock, the age of the aero road bike is upon us, which makes Wilier's timing perfect in introducing the Cento1 Air Dura-Ace - Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike. As the next evolution of the Cento1 SR, you already know that this is a thoroughbred that loves to go fast. And while the aerodynamics are impressive, it's the smooth, controlled ride that's had the Cento1 Air turning so many heads this year. The Cento1 Air benefits from the experience gained in developing what Wilier calls the Twin Foil. The aggressive profiling extends from the leading edges of the fork blades, all the way back to the dropouts. And while most aero road bikes suffer in ride quality due to the design constraints of low-drag tube shapes, this type of compromise was viewed as unacceptable during the development of the Cento1 Air. To combat the poor handling exhibited by most of its competitors, the Cento1 Air was built with a massive tapered head tube and steerer tube, which yields surgically precise steering, even on high speed descents. The heavily profiled down tube should yield under power, but with the oversized bottom bracket shell, your watts won't be wasted in frame deflection. Developed in cooperation with FSA, the BB386EVO is a competitor-dwarfing 86. 5mm wide and has a diameter of 46mm. Wilier estimates that the new bottom bracket increases rigidity by 30%, while reducing power dispersion to almost zero. Additionally, this shell's width provides Wilier with the ability to widen the seat and down tube diameters by around 20mm. This drastically increases rigidity, while also promoting an efficient power transfer to the rear triangle. But, this also permits Wilier to decrease the tube's wall thickness, further shedding grams. You'll also find that the BB386 EVO was developed to use press fit bottom bracket cups, eliminating the need for alloy inserts in the shell. Of course, this also shaves a good deal of unnecessary weight. Altogether, Wilier cred...
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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 Jareen 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Jareen 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017
Your Wilier road bike has been a trusty steed for years, and though you love it, you're intrigued by this gravel grinding phenomenon currently taking over your newsfeed and would really like something to give the roadie a break in inclement weather. Stay in the Wilier family and channel the company's impeccable design ethos in an all-road ready package with the 2017 Wilier Jareen 105 Disc Complete Road Bike. Its durable aluminum construction maintains a lightweight, snappy profile without the full-investment price tag of a steel or carbon frame, allowing you to dip your toes into miles of dusty gravel and unpredictable weather without worries of crushing your wallet.The Jareen hits all the features a newly minted gravel enthusiast requires with Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain, powerful cable-actuated disc brakes, and cushy 42mm tires to smooth out the ride. A sub-compact crankset belies its all-road focus, with a 48-tooth large ring and 32-tooth inner ring working in tandem with an 11-32 tooth cassette to provide a massive gear range and low enough gearing to handle the punchy, loose terrain you'll come across in the wild. As a final touch, the Jareen will accommodate mudguards as well as front and rear racks, allowing it to transition easily from unfettered day trip to fully packed wilderness adventures.
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Wilier Jaroon 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Jaroon 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017
Wilier has built itself a stellar reputation for creating impeccably designed road machines, so it's no surprise that the company's foray into gravel is just as on point. The 2017 Wilier Jaroon 105 Disc Complete Road Bike hits all the features a gravel enthusiast requires with Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain and powerful hydraulic brakes all tacked onto a frame that--in keeping with the do-anything, go anywhere ethos of gravel--is made from smooth, responsive, and durable steel.Of particular note, Wilier utilizes a welding technique that contains the welding material inside of the Jaroon's tubing for an outside aesthetic that is nothing short of crisply clean. Wilier also combats the often unwieldy appearance of disc brakes by adopting the new flat-mount standard to minimize the size and obtrusiveness of the caliper without impacting braking power. Wilier does make one concession to carbon with the inclusion of a carbon fiber monocoque fork, which we applaud as a thoroughly modern touch to help manage road vibrations without taking away from that coveted steel ride. As a final touch, the Jaroon will accommodate mudguards as well as front and rear racks, allowing it to transition easily from unfettered day trip to fully packed wilderness adventures.
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Wilier Twin Blade Road Frameset - 2016 Wilier Twin Blade Road Frameset - 2016
Gone are the days when slimmer and smaller meant more aerodynamic. The industry's evolving understanding of drag has seen a corresponding evolution in thinking about how to address it. This new understanding is perhaps best embodied by the Wilier Twin Blade Road Frameset. Instead of dealing with drag by trying to hide from it with minimized tube shapes, the engineers at Wilier have accepted it and are now in the business of managing it. Their thinking extends beyond the frame, though, encompassing all elements of the bike to include even the rotational motion of the wheels. This philosophy of embracing turbulence is reflected in the wide stance of the stays, fork, and included Aerobrake calipers, which creates a safe zone for turbulence caused as the wheels turn. The rear caliper lives in a carbon shell behind the bottom bracket and the front caliper is incorporated in the fork, making both as aerodynamically unobtrusive as possible. The tube shapes and general layup of the frame are what you would expect from a top level TT bike. The 60-ton carbon fiber Wilier uses here is the same as in its flagship Zero. 7 frameset, and the Twin Blade Frameset benefits from the same targeted use of lower-modulus carbon in areas where its incorporation nets gains in comfort without sacrificing efficiency. Wilier's carbon construction begins by incorporating Zinc Oxide nanoparticle epoxy resin (ZnO) into the layups to improve impact resistance and reduce the amount of complementary, lower-modulus carbon needed for a compliant ride. It continues with a technique called LIT (Large Inflatable Tube). As the name implies, LIT involves inflating a tube-like bladder inside the frame while it's in the carbon mold. This compacts the material from both sides and creates a uniform wall thickness that eliminates structurally compromising resin deposits and excess material. Both bits of tech underwrite the Cento1 family's heritage, and it's yet one more technology that the Twin Blade shar...
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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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