Brad's bike

by Super Domestique   July 27, 2012  

Apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but last night I walked in on the snippet in the itv news about Brad and Cav riding Box Hill yesterday, etc.

The quick glance I got and Brad's bike did not look like his usual Pina. The headtube and the position of the stays made it look more Cervelo like (not saying it was one for certain but more than style). But is was a quick glance as I say.

I thought that you rode your team bike but just the national kit, etc or have I got that wrong?

Maybe I just got it wrong but thought you guys would be able to put my mind at rest one way or the other.

Thanks.

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If you take a look at the main road.cc page there's a piece on potential gold medal winning bikes.

Sounds like Team GB will be riding specially made/developed UK Sport bikes similar to how the track cyclists ride specially made bikes.

Edit: This is the link in the piece, the frame is near the bottom - http://www.uksport.gov.uk/pages/cycling/

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
27th July 2012 - 15:09

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There's a piece on Cycling Weekly about the bike - pig ugly if you ask me and I wouldn't be wild on ridding an absolutly brand new bike having just ridden the Tour on a Pinarello or Cervelo

posted by boardmanrider [67 posts]
27th July 2012 - 15:15

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Team GB have used similar bikes before, I'm certain that I've seen a pic of Emma Pooley riding one with 'Boarman-esque' tri-bars mounted to the fork crown. IMHO it looks better than the Pina, and I certainly wouldn't say no if I was offered a go...

Currently going slower than I'd like...

posted by stealth [176 posts]
27th July 2012 - 15:21

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"Aero Road/TT Frame
Weighing around, 1kg, the Aero Road Frame is one of the stiffest in the world today.
The frame is available in MK1 (standard seat post) or MK2 custom seat post versions.
D2i or Std cable option should be specified at time of order.
Available in 6 sizes ranging from XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL"

I'd expect more info than that buying a frame for me, and that's just for club runs, fitness etc. Certainly wouldn't be chuffed about switching to that without knowing any more. Any 'spotters know what that is? Oversize downtube, low joining point for seatstays.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2938 posts]
27th July 2012 - 15:21

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Thanks guys. I hadn't caught up with the news section so will do.

At least I know my eyes weren't playing tricks!

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
27th July 2012 - 15:24

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notfastenough wrote:
"Aero Road/TT Frame
Weighing around, 1kg, the Aero Road Frame is one of the stiffest in the world today.
The frame is available in MK1 (standard seat post) or MK2 custom seat post versions.
D2i or Std cable option should be specified at time of order.
Available in 6 sizes ranging from XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL"

I'd expect more info than that buying a frame for me, and that's just for club runs, fitness etc. Certainly wouldn't be chuffed about switching to that without knowing any more. Any 'spotters know what that is? Oversize downtube, low joining point for seatstays.

The point is UK Sport don't want to sell you a bike Big Grin

Under UCI regulations any bike ridden by athletes must be available to purchase by other teams, UK Sport therefore have to make their bikes available but can put as little information out their as possible and charge as much as they like. £150k for a bike? Sure, why not.

Pina, Spesh, Cervelo etc etc all look to make money from their bikes so make pro bikes at a cost level that is accessible to anyone with £10k to spare then trickle the tech down to the lower end models.

UK Sport make bikes to win medals, nothing else, they don't want to sell anyone their bikes, don't need to turn a profit, therefore can justify spending much more on development than they'd ever be likely to recoup through sales.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
27th July 2012 - 15:35

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i'd still like to have a go...

Currently going slower than I'd like...

posted by stealth [176 posts]
27th July 2012 - 17:49

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