BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Early July is the time for many new bike releases, especially for companies that supply Tour de France teams. In the last week, Giant, Look, Orbea, Ridley, Trek, and Wilier have each announced new models. In the gallery below, we take a quick look at some new bikes.
Giant's 2014 model year line includes the TCX Advanced, a carbon, disc brake cyclocross race bike with a sub-1050-gram frame. The bike features a 15 millimeter front thru-axle for steering and braking precision, asymetrical chainstays, internal cable routing, a D-shaped seatpost and roomy tire clearance: 50 millimeters front and 44 millimeters at the rear. Models includes the TCX Advanced O, with SRAM Red 22 drivetrain and Red hydraulic brakes, and the TCX Advanced 1 with SRAM Force drivetrain with SRAM S-Series hydraulic disc brakes.
The Giant TCX SLR series features a new ALUXX SLR aluminum frame. The frames are triple butted and 20 percent thinner than Giant's ALUXX SL frame tubes. Like the TCX Advanced bikes, the TCX SLR series features disc brakes with a front thru-axle and a D-shaped seatpost and internal cable routing. Both the TCX Advanced and TCX SLR bikes will be available starting in August.
The new Liv/Giant women's cyclocross bike line, called Brava, includes a 1,200-gram frame with disc brakes and Liv/Giant women's geometry. The company claims the bikes are the lightest women's specific cyclocross bikes on the market and were inspired by multi-time world champion Marianne Vos. The Brava SLR frameset uses Giant's new proprietary alloy technology called ALUXX SLR. The bike has a 15 millimeter front thru-axle, an oversized, tapered steerer tube, asymmetrical chainstays, a D-shaped composite seatpost and internal cable routing. It will be available in August.
Look's 695 Aerolight was introduced in Corsica just prior to the Tour start last week. Living up to its name, the Aerolight is both lighter and more aerodynamic than the 695 model. It's lighter thanks to a lighter carbon material and more aerodynamic thanks to tube shaping and integrated brakes. It also features Look's proprietary trademark integrated carbon crank, seatmast, stem and fork/headset design. The bike is being raced by Team Cofidis.
For the 10th anniversary of its flagship carbon road bike, the Orca, Orbea has redesigned the stack and reach to better fit shorter riders and offers a longer fork rake—53 millimeters versus 43 millimeters—for the three smallest sizes. The fork legs are just 1 centimeter wide, right at the UCI minimum, to minimize aerodynamic drag. The 2014 Orca launched at the Tour de France under the Euskaltel-Euskadi squad, marking Orbea's 20th year with the team, the longest-running active partnership on the ProTour.
The Ridley Noah Fast is the latest version of the brand's aero road bike, which features integrated front and rear brakes. The brake arms are actually integrated pieces of the seatstays and fork blades.
The Ridley Dean Fast is the brand's newest time trial bike, ridden by Team Lotto–Belisol in the Tour de France. The Dean Fast includes an integrated brake, full internal cable routing, a new stem adjustment system and a newly shaped F-Split fork.
Trek unveiled its newest Madone model on the eve of the Tour de France, where the model is being ridden by the RadioShack-Leopard-Trek team. The new Madone 6 and 7 Series features a claimed frame weight of just 725 grams. It also features Kammtail Virtual Foil tube shaping on the frame and fork. The Kammtail technology is said to offer optimum aerodynamics while staying within UCI limits for tube shaping.
The new Trek Madone also features integrated brakes for aerodynamics and lightness, along with new chainstay shaping for improved braking performance and ride feel.
Wilier Triestina’s newest road model, the Cento1 Air, borrows technology from the brand's Twin Blade time trial bike in a road bike format. It includes a channeled fork design, and Kamm-tail tubing shapes and dropped seatstay positioning. The new frame also features the BB386EVO bottom bracket, developed by Wilier with FSA. The BB386EVO design enables excellent power transfer, compatibility with a wide variety of cranksets, and facilitates the use of massive, assymetrical chainstays to manage drivetrain and riding forces. MSRP for the frame, fork, headset, bottom bracket and seat post is $3,999. Complete with either Ultegra Di2 build kit, or combination Dura Ace/Ultegra 11 mechanical kit is $4,999.
On the offroad side, Wilier's new 101XB, is a race/performance carbon hardtail with 650b wheels. The 101XB is compatible with suspension forks with 80 to 100 millimeters of travel, and comes with internal cable routing that accommodates mechanical drivetrains as well as future electronic options. The frame offers excellent tire clearance, built-in chain catcher and chainstay guards, and a removable dropout with option for thru-axle, vertical dropout and standard or direct mount derailleur. The seat and chainstays are asymmetrical to manage drivetrain and disc brake forces appropriately. Frameset pricing is $2,599.