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First pics of Specialized's new time trial bike...

Nice to see that the pros get excited by the prospect of a new bike. Here's Fabian Cancellara taking some pics of the latest Specialized Time Trial bike which UCI commissaires permitting he'll be riding in the Tour de France.

The pics come courtesy of SRAM's Road Diaries, the Schleck brothers were mightily impressed too. However if the head tube is as it appears in the pictures you've got to wonder whether the UCI will allow it, questions about the aspect ratio aside it also looks suspiciously like a fairing. On the other hand given there are no close ups it could also be some sort of cover…

 

 

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purplecup [217 posts] 8 years ago
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there ain't a cat in hell's chance that the UCI'll allow that, surely? the aspect ratio of that head tube must be about 10:1. unless it's about a foot wide as well  1

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miffed [164 posts] 8 years ago
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Is it really a new specialized or is it rebadging of another companies bike, a la Columbia with their TT bike. Arent Specialized only a couple of years into the developement of the current incarnation of the Transition. I thought it was launched at the London Prologue of the Tour.

On the TV coverage I thought it looked a lot like the new P4 from Cervelo, which wouldnt be out of this world seeing as CSC were probably roped into to developement of it last year. Though the pic above seems to have a sloping seat seat tube and a bigger 'fairing' at the front.

Just my two pennys.

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purplecup [217 posts] 8 years ago
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it might well be a rebadged bike from another maker. it certainly ain't a P4 though, the angles are all wrong...

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Tony Farrelly [2911 posts] 8 years ago
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Check out this close-up, there's no way that integrated steerer/headtube isn't a fairing, the 'headtube' bit is about 7-8cm in front of the fork… Surely not UCI legal, not that the UCI's rules on bike design aren't a steaming pile of luddite cack anyway  14

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 8 years ago
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It appears to have a bayonet style leading edge similar to the latest felt tt/tri bikes (albeit more pronounced). From a purely cosmetic point of view it isnt a patch on the current 'transition' models specialized have out there but looking fast and going fast are two different things.

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miffed [164 posts] 8 years ago
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could it not be a developement version of the P4? Also as I understand it if the nose is used for steering and can be proven to load bearing it doesnt count as an faring.

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 8 years ago
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could be but i doubt it, as all the P series development has been leading to the upright down tube and this is a move away from that. as regards rules, the book states that:

"A fuselage form shall be defined as an extension or streamlining of a section. This shall be tolerated as long as the ratio between the length L and the diameter D does not exceed 3."

the s-works clearly exceeds that 3:1 limit