VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Matt de Neef
April 30, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Primoz Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie; Charlotte Becker takes overall win at Tour of Chongming Island; Richard Carapaz takes out the Vuelta Asturias; Surprise win for 18-year-old Letizia Paternoster at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Lieuwe Westra opens up on TUE use for performance enhancement; Chapter2 launches new aero road frameset; Becoming a sports director; Tour of Chongming Island stage 3 with Wiggle High5; Updating the Daily News Digest.
After launching his new bike brand Chapter2 last year, Michael Pryde has added a new frameset to his catalogue. The Rere, which takes its name from the Maori word that means “to flow”, is an aero road bike with Kamm-tail tubing profiles and direct-mount rim brakes.
The Rere sports a variety of aerodynamic refinements that were tested in a wind tunnel at Auckland University. Pryde’s goal was to reduce the drag of every exposed surface, hence the use of Kamm-tail profiles. In addition, the fork crown is deeply recessed within the head- and down-tubes, the seatpost clamp is hidden within the top tube, and the seat tube curves around the rear wheel.
The Rere is quite distinct from Chapter2’s other road bike, the race-oriented Tere, and at this stage, is only available with rim brakes with an asking price of AUD$3,630/US$2,699/£1,695/€2,394. That price includes the frame, fork, headset, and a reversible seatpost with a choice of two finishes, pearl white or matte and gloss black.
Chapter2 has also developed an aerodynamic integrated handlebar/stem that complements the Rere, dubbed the Mana. The carbon fibre bar/stem will fit any bike with a 1.125inch steerer and includes internal cable routing and fittings for out-front Barfly and K-Edge computer mounts. Price, AUD$725/US$539/£341/€478.
Our Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom has just received the Rere frameset and Mana bar/stem and will provide a full review of the two in the coming weeks.