For our end of year review we’re looking at some of the finest bikes we’ve had through the door this year. These are exceptional and beautiful bikes that we’ve still got on the books. We’ve worked through the size range so there should be something for everyone and they’re all amazing value for money.
Specialized S Works Tarmac Sagan Edition 52cm
First up is this 52cm Specialized S Works Tarmac Sagan Edition. Two times world champion, a European Championship, five national titles, the first rider to win green jersey in the Tour de France in his first five attempts (and may well have been six if not for his questionable disqualification this year) - Peter Sagan is one of the finest riders of his generation.
Specialized celebrated his second world championship win with a typically flamboyant special edition bike. Taking their top of the range S-Works Tarmac they’ve given it a rainbow glitter background and rainbow camouflage highlights, then added a gold head tube badge for good measure. It’s about as subtle as the man himself.
The Tarmac S-Works is as good as you’d expect from the big S - by measure of total individual wins the most successful bike on the professional circuit. Our example comes with a suitably high end build - Dura Ace Di2 and Enve Wheelset and we’re selling it at just half the original price - save £5000!
Part 2. Pinarello F8 Team Wiggins 53cm
Pinarello brings together Italian design, cycling heritage going back to 1952, and the latest technology to give you visually stunning bikes that push the boundaries of what's possible. Handmade in Italy from the world's lightest and strongest carbon fiber - Torayca T1100 1k - the Dogma is a muscular, powerful looking bike. It’s an aero bike, but it’s not a heavyweight - 860g for a size 54cm - Stiff, light, wind cheating - it begs to be ridden fast.
The F8 is the bike that Team Sky have ridden to countless victories but Pinarello also provide bikes to ex-Sky rider Bradley Wiggins race team and we’ve secured a few of their race bikes. White with touches of blue, red and gold and a flash of mod-cool in the roundel logo we think it’s the best looking colourway we’ve seen the F8. It’s a new and unridden 53cm frameset with a saving of >£800 on the retail price.
Part 3 Trek Madone RSL Team Issue 54cm
To quote Trek: “Race Shop Limited is for the insiders. This is the real deal, the stuff you can't get everywhere or any time. It’s the rare and beautiful consequence of Trek product development collaborating with world-class athletes, and now it's available to you. Available in strictly limited quantities”
The RSL editions are the highest spec frames Trek offer - as issued to Trek-Segafredo team riders. They utilise Trek’s proprietary 700 Series OCLV carbon which they claim to be the lightest and the strongest in the cycling world (that claim does seem to get made a lot).
Very lightly used our 2017 54cm bike is £4300 off the retail price.
Colnago Concept 56cm
Colnago is a brand with serious heritage but we don’t see that many through the door. However, their frames have an Italian flair and style that remains unique and their ride quality is legendary.
The Concept is a very different looking bike to the C60 we had in earlier in the year with its lugged star shaped tubes. It’s Colnago’s first true entry into the aero arms race and it’s as drool worthy as you’d expect.
Our’s is a brand new 2018 frame in 52 sloping (equivalent of a 56cm). We’ve built it up with a mix of SRAM eTap and Dura Ace with a saving of >£2000 on full retail.
Bianchi Specialissima 57cm
There are a number of claims to be the manufacturer of the first modern bicycle but Bianchi was there right at the beginning and is the only company from that time that’s still trading.
The original Specialissima was the bike that Fausto Coppi was riding through the 1950’s while the latest incarnation is the company’s flagship climbing bike. The colour, of course, has to be Celeste - the company’s signature shade of minty blue-green (officially Pantone 333 but they have to vary the colour to match appearance on different materials). As you’d expect for a climbing bike, it’s light - just 780g frame weight and the full carbon fork adding 340g. Despite being that light the frame gets the same NASA developed ‘countervail’ vibration dampening carbon that goes into the company’s cobble munching endurance frame.
It’s a beauty and in ex-display condition - save >£1900 on retail.
De Rosa SK Pininfarina 58cm
The Pininfarina design house has been where car makers have sought out beautiful wind cheating designs since the 1930s. Most famous for their association with Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati they also designed the Eurostar E320 train. Surprisingly they’ve done little in the cycle industry before but it’s no surprise that their collaboration with De Rosa has produced an exceptionally beautiful aero frame in the SK Pininfarina. While you can see that the wind tunnel has driven the overall design there’s a flair to the detailing that separates it from other similar bikes.
The SuperKing has its origins in the first carbon King frames De Rosa produced in 2000. Their own ‘inner mould tooling system’ uses 3D printing and a special resin to further boost stiffness and keep the weight low.
It’s not just a great looking bike - as you’d expect from a company with De Rosa’s experience it rides beautifully, finding that balance between sprinting stiffness, cornering accuracy and seated comfort. De Rosa say it's "the perfect synthesis of style and performance”. Who are we to disagree?
It’s a 2016 58cm model in great condition with £2500 off the original price.
Cervelo S3 Disc
Launched in 2017 the new S3 is Cervelo’s first disc equipped aero bike. It looks a little more conventional than the S5, taking design cues from the R-series, but is only slightly less slippery and it comes in a little lighter. Whilst still a stiff, responsive, race bike it’s tuned for a little more comfort with thin seatstays and a bladed aero seatpost designed to have some flex at the top to further improve comfort.
This is a lightly used 2017 bike with a saving of over £2000
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