We showed you the prototype version of Koga’s BeachRacer way back in January – we’re so far ahead of the game, us – and got the chance to check out the finished article at Eurobike recently (okay, it was nearly four weeks ago; we’ve been busy).
If you’re not familiar with the concept of beach racing, it’s exactly what the name suggests – racing across sand. It’s popular over the winter in The Netherlands, which is where Koga are based and it's popular (well, the idea at least) with Vecchiojo who picked it out as one of his Eurobike Faves and who coincidentally lives quite near a beach - even it it's a pebbly one.
Of course, riding on the sand is very different from riding on the road and you need the right tool for the job. Koga actually started out with a cyclocross bike and blended it with a 29er mountain bike.
The frame is made for 7005 aluminium alloy tubes while the Koga Pinza fork is full carbon. The geometry is designed to be very sporty with a steep seat angle, while the brake and shift cables run on top of the top tube. The idea there, as with a cyclocross bike, is that it’s easy to carry the BeachRacer on your shoulder where running is faster than cycling.
The BeachRacer gets a short head tube and a drop handlebar that flares outwards dramatically so you can get into a low and aerodynamic riding position with plenty of control. It has Tektro Spyre disc brakes, a Truvativ single-ring chainset – you’re not going to be tackling long, hard hills – and an EThirteen chain guide.
The rear mech is Shimano Ultegra (you don’t need a front mech, obviously) and the BeachRacer is fitted with a Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1 tyre at the front and a Supermoto 2.35 beach tyre at the rear. The complete bike weighs 10.3 kg (22.7lb) according to Koga, and it’s priced at £1,299.
Koga emphasise that although the BeachRacer is designed specifically for the sand, you can also use it for riding fast both on and off road. You might want to change the tyres to suit the surface, though.
For more info, go to Koga’s website.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.