Sneak peek: Hoy road bike

New bike range from Sir Chris nears completion

by Mat Brett   January 10, 2013  

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Evans Cycles tell us that the initial range of Hoy bikes are close to sign off by Sir Chris. We told you last November how the multiple-Olympic gold medalist was working with Evans on four city bikes and three road bikes. 

Sir Chris has been working closely with Evans’ designer James Olsen and Joel Natale who heads up the bike department, and they all seem extremely pleased with the progress and development. They’re promising that the bikes will come with unique aesthetics and distinctive ride qualities.

The guys at Evans aren't giving much away about the bike yet so all we've got to go on are these pictures. As you can see, the seatstays wind their way in and out, which manufacturers usually reckon adds comfort at the back end, The seatstays sit right on the outside of the seat tube, almost surrounding it. Designers often tell us that this wider than normal stance adds lateral stiffness back there. That's a chunky old head tube; it looks like it's tapered so maybe the lower bearing is 1 1/4in or even 1 1/2in for extra stiffness up front.

There's not a great deal more we can tell from the pictures, although those are Mavic Aksium wheels and Aksion tyres. Oh, and that's an FSA chainset, isn't it? Maybe a Gossamer Pro, or something like that. The down tube looks equally meaty.

Sir Chris will be riding his latest Hoy road bike sample in an open public session at the Cyclopark in Kent at 3pm on Wednesday 16 January – so, next week.

Although there will not be bikes available for the public to ride, this is a opportunity to visit one of the newest grassroots cycling facilities in the UK, and catch a glimpse of what the Hoy road bikes might look like, with a sample being put through its paces by the man himself.

We'll keep you updated with more details on the range as soon as we get them.

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is that the Madison Genesis team colours???

posted by RacePace [19 posts]
10th January 2013 - 15:00

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Going by what we've seen to date, they're more turquoise than blue and more orange than red.

Oh, and they'll be riding Genesis bikes.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7843 posts]
10th January 2013 - 15:45

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That looks pretty damn sweet..

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posted by G-bitch [302 posts]
10th January 2013 - 16:09

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So not a track bike then?

posted by lolol [114 posts]
10th January 2013 - 16:15

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Not for me thanx ugly

posted by issacforce [203 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:12

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It doesn't look very racey; the head tube is mahoosively long and the fork 'looks' very laid back to me. No doubt it will go quick with Sir Chris Hoy on it. Any track frames in the offing?

Ah, but that was then

posted by Pitstone Peddler [104 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:33

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Right about the headtube, my Salsa Vaya's is shorter, and I though that had a long one. Still not sure what the connection to road cycling and the Hoy name is; as he isn't well known for anything other than track work.

posted by jimc101 [56 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:44

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Looks OK to me but nothing special. It's going to have to compete in a very crowded market and, as jimc101 says, Hoy is not exactly known for road work.

posted by Sadly Biggins [261 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:53

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Like the seatstay design and colour scheme seems vaguely inspired by Ritte Bosberg, which is one of my fave bikes.

A lot better looking than the Boardmans, IMO - I know they're excellent bikes but hate all the decals. And don't even start me on the Pendleton bikes...

posted by Yennings [202 posts]
10th January 2013 - 18:00

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It's an XL (60cm) equivalent bike shown there.

Details aren't all finalised yet. The HT on this bike is maybe 10mm longer than some pro race bikes and 10mm shorter than others, for an equivalent frame size + reach. Forks can vary 5, even 10mm by type for a race bike and a lot more for other road-type bikes, so overall front stack is normal.

posted by james-o [188 posts]
10th January 2013 - 18:45

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Liking the understated logos, grey on grey although the underlined/overlined H looks a bit college (American) Football.
Rear end comfort, front end stifness is wrong to me. I can take my ass off the seat, I can't take my hands of the bars...

posted by mybrainthinksim... [24 posts]
10th January 2013 - 19:39

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Not the best looking road bike out there but will certainly like a closer look when it hits the market.

posted by stevenxbaker [3 posts]
10th January 2013 - 23:07

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Yuk.

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posted by Brummmie [56 posts]
10th January 2013 - 23:30

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Slightly retro look? Hipsters will love it. I bet he upscales to a super-bike in the next 12 - 18months.

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posted by mike_ibcyclist [36 posts]
10th January 2013 - 23:34

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mike_ibcyclist wrote:
Slightly retro look? Hipsters will love it. I bet he upscales to a super-bike in the next 12 - 18months.

H is for Hipster

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1161 posts]
11th January 2013 - 1:45

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What i'm about to say is not interesting>>>> I reckon they took these photos behind the Evans warehouse at Gatwick.

posted by 6654henry [56 posts]
11th January 2013 - 11:22

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