This is the WyndyMilla Foo Fighter aero road bike that’ll be ridden by the UK-based WyndyMilla Reynolds Racing Team this year (formerly MG Maxifuel).
The team will be supporting three tiers of the sport, with a seven female rider line up supported by six males and the newly introduced Youth Development squad of three riders.
The riders will race on custom-built WyndyMilla carbon framesets, the Foo Fighter being the aero option. Like other WyndyMilla frames, it is handmade just outside Venice, Italy, and painted in Surrey by Ooey Custom.
The most distinctive feature of the frame, paintwork aside, is probably the rear end, the offset seatstays extending backwards horizontally before heading down to the dropouts. Wyndymilla reckons that although the frame is stiff, that back end adds to the level of comfort.
The split-legged fork, designed to reduce drag, is closely related to the 4ZA Fast fork used on the RidleyNoah Fast. Ridley don’t own exclusive rights to the basic design so this is a version that’s been modified to fit the WyndyMilla frame. The integrated V-style front brake sits behind the fork legs where it is shielded from the wind, and there’s enough clearance in there for the wider wheels/tyres that many racers are now using.
Although you can’t see it, the rear brake is a Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount one positioned behind the bottom bracket. WyndyMilla say that the aerodynamic benefit of siting it here is negligible but they prefer the extra stiffness of having the brake in this position.
A lot of the WyndyMilla riders will be racing on the Massive Attack, which is their wide-tubed lightweight model, with a Columbus Grammy monocoque carbon fork. The frame is claimed to weigh under 900g.
WyndyMilla run Reynolds wheels. As you can see in the main pic, this is a mixed set – an Aero 46 up front and an Aero 58 at the rear – although they’ll mostly be using Attack (29mm deep), Assault (41mm deep) and Strike (62mm deep) carbon clinchers.
The groupsets are Shimano 9000 11-speed with Rotor chainrings, the saddles come from Fizik, Lazer provide the helmets and eyewear, and the shoes come from Bont.
If you want a Foo Fighter for yourself, you can have it made with any bottom bracket standard, for direct mount or standard calliper brakes, and with either a normal or an integrated seatpost. They’re not built as monocoques so WyndyMilla can easily offer these different options. They can offer direct mount brakes on the Massive Attack for the same reason. You get a lifetime warranty on the frames (excluding crash damage).
Go for a stock size and a full-carbon Foo Fighter frame, fork and headset will set you back £2,650. Opt for a custom size and you’re looking at £2,950. If you want the split-legged fork, that’s a £300 upgrade (it retails at £750 if bought separately).
The team’s focus will very much be on the Women’s Tour Series, as well as National Series Road events. The male team will focus on a strong Nat-B race calendar, selected Nat-A events and guest spots at the Tour Series. The Youth arm will be racing in the UK across all disciplines of the sport.
For more info go to www.wyndymilla.com.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.