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Show part 1 – Carbon


Every manufacturer now has at least part of their bicycle range made from the magic black stuff, even if it’s just a rear triangle. Complete carbon bikes are nothing new (Trek’s OCLV is nearly 12 years old) but there are many improvements and some very striking looking frames. Carbon is also going to be a lot more affordable too.

More carbon bits will feature in part two…

Trek have re-designed their TdF winning carbon frame created a new bike category called the Pilot. It’s intended for long distance road riding and comfort, however it’s top of
the range components and is very light. Mudguard eyes and a wide fork
make it a very practical bike

Fuji bikes have been in the UK for a year or so and have quickly developed a reputation for stunning value and specification. This bike is as ridden by Judith Arndt, Olympic road race Silver medallist.

Specialized have received some rave reviews for their new Tarmac carbon bike.

Ambrosio also add Carbon to their range of top value frames.

Kestrel have been making carbon bikes for nearly 20 years. This is the latest and possibly the greatest. A more conventional looking carbon frame and a weight well under 1kg. The Evoke and Evoke SL will retail for around £2300. More details from Kestrel Evoke. A review just as soon as we can get our sweaty hands on one.

Condor have a seriously tasty bunch of bikes for 2005. The Baracchi is the lastest in a long line of race-ready bikes. Wonderful paint finishes and a variety of custom specifications make their bikes very competitive with exclusive appeal. Condor bikes.

Look frames are well respected in the pro peloton for being consistent performers and responsive frames. They are now distributed through
Fishers Outdoor Leisure so availability and sales support will no doubt improve.

More from Cycle 2004 coming soon…

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