B’Twin launches its 2014 bikes extending and updating its collection of performance and good value bikes.
Our first look at the bikes at the UK Surrey Quays headquarters really is a first look, these UCI legal puppies aren’t going to be available until Spring next year – but here’s a preview to whet appetites:
The 6061 aluminium and carbon/ alloy fork Alur kicks off the race ready range for an impressive £700.
Coming dressed with Shimano 105 running gear, B’twin’s own Comp Compact chainset and Aero2024 wheels and Look Keo compatible Comp Auto pedals. The sum total 8.9kg may be on the portly side but for the price it’s certainly a remarkable package.
The 2014 full carbon frame and fork Mach Evo, has had a complete lay-up overhaul loosing 100g over last year’s model and a fork redesign reducing frontal rigidity by 15%. All three models come with the same frame and fork at the core and while keeping the same Comp Auto pedals, offering different levels of finishing kits and prices accordingly.
The carbon entry level 700 is dressed exactly the same as the Alur, weighs 8.5kg (for a medium) and carries a price tag of £1100.
The 720 gets Campagnolo Centaur throughout (well all bar the Veloce cassette) and gains a Campagnolo Khamsin wheelset. The upgrade saves you 500grams on the overall weight, 8kg, but ups the price to £1300.
The 740 sees another upgrade to Campagnolo Athena 11speed and Scirocco 35 G3 wheels with Michelin Pro 4 Race tyres. Weighing the lightest at 7.7kg it’s price also gets an upgrade, but still at a very impressive £1750.00.
The collection is now topped with a brand new full carbon Ultra range. Pitched as a good balance between efficiency and comfort, just as happy going up as down as it is on the flat. In other words a rouleur bike. The two models again follow the B’twin tradition of keeping the same frame and fork at the core and price tags to reflect level of finishing kits.
The 920 gets Shimino Ultegra 6800 throughout, mechanical 11speed to the uninitiated, and highly regarded Mavic Ksyrium Elite S wheelset. The other upgrade here is the Deda RHM 2 bars and Zero2 stem, Fizik Arione saddle and Look Keo 2 Max pedals. Weighing just 7.1kgs (size medium without the pedals) the £1999.99 swing tag is another competitive model.
Finally, gaining the electronic Ultegra 6870 11speed Di2 means the 940 tops off the whole collection. It still keeps the same bar, stem, saddle and pedals as the 920, this time getting a wheelset upgrade to the steathly looking Mavic Ksyrium SLR. It’s the lightest at just 7kgs, but understandably the most expensive at £2999.99.