We've just returned from Bike Place 2015, held at the Silverstone motor racing circuit, and which is the first of many bike shows we'll be attending this year to bring you news of the latest bikes, parts and accessories from the bike world. Here are some highlights from the show then, including new bikes from Italian brand Bottecchia and Sarto, a disc-equipped frame from Edge, a new line of Solo clothing and much more.
Bottecchia isn’t the most familiar bicycle brand in the UK, but with several new, and very nice looking bikes, for 2015 and a good distributor supporting them, we expect them to become a more familiar sight this year.
Aerodynamics are increasingly influencing even regular road bikes these days, no longer is it just aero bikes getting the wind tunnel treatment. Bottecchia has designed the area between the fork crown and down tube to smooth airflow, which the company claims results in it being 10% more aerodynamic than the previous Emme2 frame. The rear brake calliper has also vanished from the seatstays, taking up position on the chainstays.
Frame weight is a claimed 895g for a size medium, with a 360g carbon fibre fork. All cables are naturally routed internally and the dropouts are CNC-machined from aluminium. Full build prices start from £4,399 with a Shimano Ultegra build, and you can spend your way right up to £9,999 if you go with the Campagnolo Super Record EPS model.
If you want an aero road bike, Bottecchia has your needs catered for with the new T1 Tourmalet. It’s clearly an out-and-out aero bike, with aero shaped tube profiles and fork blades, an integrated seat clamp and aero seatpost.
It has a compact rear triangle too, to keep the seat stays out of the airflow they join the seat tube well below the top tube. It's something we're seeing on many aero road bikes and clearly appears to be favourable for decreasing drag.
The front brake might be in the regular position on front of the fork, but the rear brake has been dispatched to below the chainstays. That's something we're seeing on a lot of aero road bikes.