New British brand Worx is showing its range at Taipei Cycle, and very interesting the bikes look too. They’re largely aimed at privateer racers although the appeal is bound to spread far further than that.
We won’t go into much detail at this stage because the bikes are a few weeks away from going live on the interweb. Worx are selling direct to the consumer rather than going through a bike dealer network.
There are two road bikes in the range, each built around an MU9 Vanadium frame – which is 6000 Series aluminium alloyed with vanadium, the idea being that the manufacturer can stretch the tubes while maintaining the grain structure of the metal so it’s more resistant to cracking.
The frame features a tapered head tube (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in), flattened seatstays to encourage some vertical movement, and oversized chainstays. You’re looking at a frame weight of about 1,160g for the 56cm model.
The RA 1.0 comes with a carbon fork with an alloy steerer and a SRAM Apex level build. It’ll be priced at around £1,200, although that has yet to be finalised.
The RA 2.0 uses the same frame but with a full carbon fork that weighs in at 340g. It gets a SRAM Red groupset and 7000 Series finishing kit as opposed to the 6000 Series on the RA 1.0. This one is likely to be priced at around £2,300-£2,350.
Anyway, we told the guys at Worx that we wouldn’t say too much about the bikes for the time being because you won’t be able to get your hands on one for a few weeks.
We will tell you that Worx have two cyclocross bikes in the range and they have some really neat-looking kids’ bikes too – a 24in-wheeled version, a 26in, and a 700c. These look like miniature adult bikes, unlike some of the monstrosities out there that pose as kids' bikes. Plus, Worx have a track bike and winter bikes coming later in the year.
The bikes might not be online yet but you can follow worxbikes on Twitter already.
Expect more Worx news on road.cc over the next few weeks.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight 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.