Tresca TCA-1 review

Has this lightweight aluminium bike from a boutique British brand got what it takes to challenge the American heavyweights?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

This is a data-driven, performance-led, innovative frame that is lightweight, fast and fit for racing. It’s also very competitively priced, making a bike from a boutique British brand just as accessible as one from the American globals while being arguably more desirable. Each rider looks for something slightly different in a bike’s ride feel and handling so whether or not it is the ‘ultimate aluminium bike’ will be a subjective judgement but for fast, punchy riding it’s got to be up there with the best in its class.

Reasons to buy
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    Racy ride

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    Caché of boutique brand

Reasons to avoid
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    Slightly dull paintjob

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Tresca is a new London-based collective made up of an industrial designer, an aerospace engineer, a pro bike mechanic and an accountant who put their heads together and came up with a bike that they say can challenge the global brands not only on performance but also on price thanks to in-house design and an optimised business model.

To help keep costs down there are just three sizes on offer, three complete build options and just one minimal paint scheme. This 105-equipped model clearly has the Specialized Allez Sprint and the Trek Emonda ALR in its sights.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.