New bike season is in full swing, with manufacturers competing to show off their latest machines ahead of the Tour de France. Aero seems to be the order of the day, with teams and manufacturers all looking for those fractional gains that can make the difference. We take a look at three bike brands, who have launched new models this week, so you can drool over some fresh carbon.
First up are Specialized, with their iconic S-Works Venge, which has undergone what could be seen as its most dramatic redesign ever. Gone is the iconic curved tubing, in preference for a straight lines and angular detailing seen elsewhere in the peloton. Teams riding the Venge in this year’s tour include Peter Sagan’s Bora and early-season high-performers, Quick Step.
Another brand taking aero to new levels is Cannondale. As long-term sponsors of the Education-First Drapac team, and with riders such as Taylor Phinney and Rigoberto Uran on their books, their new SystemSix is bound to turn heads. They’re not being coy about its capabilities either, with their claim of it being the ‘world’s fastest road bike’.
BMC have been around for a number of years, and have always delivered when it comes to innovation. This year’s new model, launched just days ahead of the Tour, and being ridden by the team of the same name, looks very smart indeed. Their new Time Machine offers advanced aerodynamics and clean lines, as well as some smart looking features such as integrated bottle mounts.
These three bikes all look the part, and arguably, bear some remarkably similar characteristics. If you want to own a similarly specc’d bike yourself, you’d better get saving, with a full electronic groupset version costing upwards of £9,000. One thing is for sure, we’re in for a grand tour.
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