Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia is 59.4km (37.1 miles) individual time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene, and here are many of the bikes the riders will be using.
This is the only individual time trial in this year’s Giro although the race opened with a 17.6km (11 miles) team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo, won by Orica GreenEdge. That gave us the chance to photograph some of the bikes. Many of the riding shots were taken just after the finish line, by the way, hence the non-aero positions.
Aero road bikes are all the rage at the moment and the latest company to add one to its lineup is Italian brand Kuoto, with the release of the Kougar aero road bike. The company describes it as an “aerodynamic version of a road bike without affecting the functional characteristics of a traditional bike.”
Psst! Want to see some pictures? You know... pictures. These are specialist ones we got from Germany. Hard to get hold of over here.
It has been a big week for spotting new and improved bikes and here are some of the highlights that we saw at The Bike Place dealer show at Silverstone…
Italy’s Fondriest have a new performance bike in the TF4. The frame is made from 24 ton Toray carbon fibre – even the dropouts are carbon – and Fondriest claim a weight of 990g for the medium model. You can consider anything under the kilo mark pretty damn light. The wavy Reflex fork that fits into the tapered head tube is 395g, according to Fondriest.
Italy’s Kuota are launching a new disc-brake road bike called the Khydra, a non-disc equivalent called the Kiral, plus a brand new time trial bike in the shape of the KT5 Zero. We had the chance for a very quick look at all three at The Bike Place 2014 trade show at Silverstone yesterday.
Kuota K factor TT bike
-Full Shimano Ultegra equipped
-Full carbon – ultra light
-58cm (centre to centre)- would suit a rider 6’+
-53-39 chain rings
-10 speed 12-25 cassette
-Profile design tri bars
-Immaculate condition (just a few hundred dry miles)
(Pedals not included)
Please note: The bike is available with/without San Remo wheels (not the Zipps that feature in two of the photos)
Also it will come with a black saddle (not the union jack one in the photos).
Price: £1050 with San Remo wheels, £900 without wheels
The Cervélo RCA is the brand’s lightest ever frame at an astonishing 667g (size medium, including paint and hardware). Equally astonishing is the price: $10,000. That’s for the frameset, not a full bike so, let’s be honest, none of us will ever be owning one of these, will we? Check out the skinniness of those chainstays.
Bike Place is the UK’s newest trade-only show, this was its third year, and fittingly enough it takes place inside the new Wing complex at the Silverstone motor racing circuit. It may be a young show, but it does attract some very interesting brands from the the more boutique and high end of the road and mountain bike market. Here’s our selection of the best road bits from the show.