In case you’ve been too caught up in World Cup fever to note, the Tour de France will get underway tomorrow. Over the course of the following three weeks, one of the best cyclists on the planet will go face to face on what guarantees to be one of many toughest road racing routes in current reminiscence. This yr’s Tour will embrace some extremely tough mountain phases designed to push even four-time winner Chris Froome to his absolute limits. But some riders will discover the race to be only a bit simpler, because of a pair of latest bikes from competing producers, each of which promise to be the quickest ever.
Earlier within the week, Cannondale took the wraps off of its new SystemSix model, a motorbike the corporate has referred to as “the world’s fastest.” A couple of days later, Specialized adopted go well with by unveiling the S-Works Venge, saying it’s the quickest bike it has ever produced. Both fashions are disc-brake solely, include digital gear shifters, characteristic parts designed to work particularly with each other, and supply state-of-the-art geometry. As you possibly can most likely think about, additionally they include some critical worth tags that put them out of attain for many riders.
Which of those two fashions will truly reign supreme on the roads of France stays to be seen, however they take a really comparable strategy to 1 one other with regards to making enhancements when it comes to pace. Both Cannondale and Specialized targeted on making these two bikes as aerodynamic as potential, reducing down on drag wherever potential. The result’s distinctive shapes to the down tube, high tube, and seat tube, in addition to the top tube, which has been constructed to combine neatly with the fork and body.
“Aerodynamic drag is the single greatest resistive force that riders have to overcome, so it is important to everyone, not just racers,” Nathan Barry, design engineer at Cannondale, says. “SystemSix delivers more speed, to more riders, more of the time.”
Both the SystemSix and Venge are meant for all-purpose using, not simply sprinting or climbing hills. To that finish, each see vital positive aspects in efficiency irrespective of the place they’re ridden. Specialized says that its newest creation is definitely eight seconds sooner over a 25-mile route when in comparison with earlier fashions, whereas Cannondale claims riders use 10 % much less energy whereas cruising alongside at an 18-mile-per-hour tempo. The firm additionally boldly claims that the SystemSix will beat another bike on the planet in a 200 meter, 37-mile-per-hour dash, besting the competitors by greater than 4 bike lengths.
For now, we’ll have to attend to see how these bikes carry out within the Tour de France to grasp how these numbers translate to the true world. But beginner cyclists will finally get their probability to check them out as effectively. Cannondale will supply the the SystemSix in 4 males’s fashions and one ladies’s model, with costs beginning at $four,000. The top-of-the-line model that the professional riders will use is available in at a cool $11,000 nonetheless. Meanwhile, the Specialized S-Works Venge begins as little as $2,500, with the elite mannequin priced at $12,500.