Every bike has a story

We have finished all the photography, deconstruction and reconstruction of the test bikes. They have been put on the jig, every part weighed individually, all the specifications recorded. RIDE #62 is coming together rapidly now. There’s riding and writing yet to be done but you’ll soon see another batch of reviews about some lovely pieces of machinery. Every bike has a story. Here you can see one reader’s recent acquisition. Tomorrow is the first testing day of a bike similar to one we reviewed in RIDE #61 (on sale now). We look forward to sharing the telling of this black Trek (below).

 

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“Stealth.”
A one-word appraisal from the owner of this bike. Full story yet to come…
What’s yours? #storyofmybike

 

Each bike we test is ridden by a range of people. The one in question, the black one, will also be reviewed in the future but it’ll be by way of comparison. And a most interesting one by a most interesting reader…

Every bike has a story. Please share a photo of your bike with us on Twitter and, if you have one, the story behind it.

 


 


 

You can find a list of all the bikes that have ever been tested in RIDE over the years – in a range of protocols that have evolved dramatically since 1998 – at ridemedia.com.au and, since issue #46, all are available on Zinio.

Here is a reminder of the six bikes on test in RIDE #61. With each link, you’ll find a gallery of images and recordings with our thoughts after riding each of them one after the other on a day in late-July in Sydney’s Centennial Park.

 

The Trek Madone 7 Series…

“This was our second opportunity to have some fun with Trek’s custom program, Project One. Our new canvas was the latest Madone 7 Series – Trek’s premier road model. It was launched late last year and recently received some fine-tuning courtesy of another year’s worth of product development. Much of the well-deserved hype surrounding Project One is about the dizzying array of paint possibilities, but the opportunity to choose every component is equally exciting. Our choices were finalised in early May and the finished bike arrived in late June.”

The Trek Madone 7 Series…

“This was our second opportunity to have some fun with Trek’s custom program, Project One. Our new canvas was the latest Madone 7 Series – Trek’s premier road model. It was launched late last year and recently received some fine-tuning courtesy of another year’s worth of product development. Much of the well-deserved hype surrounding Project One is about the dizzying array of paint possibilities, but the opportunity to choose every component is equally exciting. Our choices were finalised in early May and the finished bike arrived in late June.”

 

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The Ritte Bosberg 3.0… “This is not a brand that is trying to highlight the performances of their bikes on this hallowed ground, rather, one that finds something that resonates with the history that is linked to this name. Attaching a title like Bosberg to a frame puts some degree of pressure on it but it also defines it as part of the sport we love.”

The Ritte Bosberg 3.0… “This is not a brand that is trying to highlight the performances of their bikes on this hallowed ground, rather, one that finds something that resonates with the history that is linked to this name. Attaching a title like Bosberg to a frame puts some degree of pressure on it but it also defines it as part of the sport we love.”

 

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The Lapierre Sensium 400…

“Trickle down is important; more so in this information age. Brands that stagnate in development are quickly found out. The Sensium is indicative of this. Evolving from Lapierre’s S-Lite, new features include a rear stay elastomer and specific carbon lay-up designed to reduce road vibration. Sitting just above the rear brake bridge and seatstay junction, the elastomer is intended to increase the vertical compliance of the ride.”

The Lapierre Sensium 400…

 “Trickle down is important; more so in this information age. Brands that stagnate in development are quickly found out. The Sensium is indicative of this. Evolving from Lapierre’s S-Lite, new features include a rear stay elastomer and specific carbon lay-up designed to reduce road vibration. Sitting just above the rear brake bridge and seatstay junction, the elastomer is intended to increase the vertical compliance of the ride.”

 

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The Liscio 2 by Volagi… “At the heart of the Volagi frame is an innovation they call Longbow Flex Stays (LBFS). By having the seatstays completely bypass a connection point at the seat tube and instead mould into the top tube, the Liscio takes on some desirable ride qualities. That’s the theory at least…”

The Liscio 2 by Volagi…
“At the heart of the Volagi frame is an innovation they call Longbow Flex Stays (LBFS). By having the seatstays completely bypass a connection point at the seat tube and instead mould into the top tube, the Liscio takes on some desirable ride qualities. That’s the theory at least…”

 

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The Firefly… “This is a story of the pilgrimage to create what I hoped to be The Perfect Object. The final bike (FF-193) is crucial to this story but it is the process of getting it built that is relevant to any potential customer. Having a custom bike made for you is akin to going on a journey. There is so much enjoyment in the planning, the discussion, the decisions and finally the anticipation waiting for the delivery to arrive…”

The Firefly…
“This is a story of the pilgrimage to create what I hoped to be The Perfect Object. The final bike (FF-193) is crucial to this story but it is the process of getting it built that is relevant to any potential customer. Having a custom bike made for you is akin to going on a journey. There is so much enjoyment in the planning, the discussion, the decisions and finally the anticipation waiting for the delivery to arrive…”

 

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The  Cervélo P5 Three… “The P5 benefits from immensely from the Cervélo’s long history on aerodynamic engineering and its understanding that adjustability is crucial in helping each athlete find the best position for their capabilities. Components are second to the body in terms of potential aerodynamic gains.”

The Cervélo P5 Three…
“The P5 benefits from immensely from the Cervélo’s long history on aerodynamic engineering and its understanding that adjustability is crucial in helping each athlete find the best position for their capabilities. Components are second to the body in terms of potential aerodynamic gains.”

 


 

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RIDE Media publishes both the Official Tour de France Guide (Australian Edition) as well as RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.

RIDE Cycling Review is now available in a digital format via Zinio.

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Author: rob@ride

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