BERGERAC, France (BRAIN) — At the Tour de France's penultimate stage Saturday, Bianchi unveiled a new time trial/triathlon frameset that uses the company's Countervail vibration canceling technology.
The Aquila CV was raced by Team Belkin's Bauke Mollema and Laurens Ten Dam.
The frame was designed for maximum aerodynamocs, with integrated components, smooth surfces and no exposed fasteners. Its share was developed using Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation software, pro athlete feedback and wind tunnel testing.
"Aquila CV with Countervail technology is perfectly suited to the kind of long distance stage the riders will find (on Saturday's stage): a long time trial on a lumpy route, making muscle fatigue reduction and superior handling two key performance assets. In addition, the super aerodynamic design is set to provide a real advantage on any kind of TT route," said Bianchi product manager Angelo Lecchi.
"Aquila CV was engineered with our Countervail patented carbon material to help the riders to reduce the fatigue and increase the ride control," Lecchi said.
The Aquila CV also features Bianchi's airfoil-shape integrated handlebar, all internal cable routing and an adjustable-length stem. The bike's front brake is hidden behind a cover and the rear brake is under the chainstays. A dual-position seatpost allows use for time trial or triathlon. The frame weighs 1.25 kg. and will be available in four sizes. The company did not say when it will be available at retail or what it will cost.