At RCUK we’re currently up to the roof with carbon, it certainly is the material of the moment. The Python fills the lower end of the spectrum of bikes we have had in on test – however ride-wise the first impressions are pretty good.
The weight of the frame is a very respectable 1.35KG, for a small size. They are built with finest Toray T-700 carbon fibre material, normally used in the space industry because of its strength and stiffness.
The wheels on the Python are all carbon affairs. The front and rear wheels weigh 700g and 900g respectively, and center around aluminium hubs rolling on cartridge bearings.
Most of the finishing kit on the full bike is from the Trigon stable. It’s all good stuff too. The double ringed chainset is all-carbon, the Venus C7 High Modulus variety and are avialable in three arm lengths (170, 172.5 and 175mm) and either Octalink, ISIS or ISO-square interfaces.
The stem/bars and seatpost/saddle are also full-carbon. The one-piece bars are whale-tail shaped and stem only weigh 360g, available in multiple widths and stem lengths. The tops are areo shaped and grooves on the underside keep cables tucked out of the way, and a bracket attaches to the centre of the bars and provide a useful platform for attaching a hrm or computer.
The seatpost is another aero designed product, weighs 206g and comes in two lengths; 250mm or 300mm. The saddle is crazy light. It’s a solid piece of carbon fibre, no padding and no flex through the titanium rails – surely an appointment with the doctor will be required after spending some time on it? We’ll let you know in the full review very soon.
Above all, the retail price of the complete bike, including Dura-Ace components, is just £2,290.00. Just want the frame? Well that’ll set you back just £899.99, and that includes a Time Avant Stiff+ fork.
For more information check out Cycling Power website.