This bicycle was produced by hand in Waterloo, WI, using the same molds and techniques as the Madone 6.9 SSL of the same year. The bicycle uses Trek's proprietary OCLV 110 carbon fiber material for very light weight and impressive torsional strength. An aggressive geometry provides nimble handling and lightning-fast pedaling response, especially during uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Up front, a 1-1/8" Cane Creek external-cup headset holds the lightweight Bontrager Race X Lite OCLV 110 carbon fiber fork. The Madone's cables are all externally routed, allowing easy servicing in the field.
The Livestrong Madone bicycles feature real gold leaf panels on the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Lance Armstrong's signature appears across the top tube under the clearcoat. Yellow highlights and custom graphics adorn the bike and many of the components.
Shimano's 10-speed 7800 Dura Ace components are found throughout the bike, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs, both multi-pivot brake calipers, and the 12-25T cassette. Long service life and precise operation can be expected for years to come from Shimano's best pro-level components. A Bontrager crankset with carbon fiber arms, 53/39T chainrings and matching custom graphics is an impressive centerpiece to the Livestrong Madone. Bontrager Race X Lite alloy wheels also feature custom yellow spokes and carbon fiber hubs, and are wrapped with 700x23mm Bontrager tires. A Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Bontrager saddle, Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and OCLV carbon fiber handlebar also boast custom yellow graphics.
The VR5 is built for more than just an hour on the bike path. Centuries, "double metrics" and challenge rides are what this bike is built for.
Felt's VR geometry allows a wide range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable for multi-hour rides with a tall head tube and a long wheelbase. By using their proprietary UHC Performance carbon fiber, Felt combined that geometry with an outstanding chassis, allowing the bike to soak up fatiguing vibration over rough pavement. A ControlTaper tapered head tube and BB386 bottom bracket improves overall frame rigidity, along with 12mm thru-axles for reduced wheel flex in turns. This all combines to make the VR5 very efficient when tackling steep ascents, especially out-of-the-saddle charges.
Felt selected Shimano's recently redesigned 105 components, making the VR5 a precise performer when shifting and braking. An 11-30T cassette and an FSA Gossamer Pro 50/34T alloy crankset brings a huge gearing range for roller-coaster hills. Tubeless-ready alloy Devox Road RLS1.9 wheels are wrapped with 700x28c Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, making for easy acceleration and a confident feel in fast turns and descents. Speaking of descents, the VR5 is equipped with Shimano's latest hydraulic disc brakes, making stopping much more controlled in all conditions, rain or shine. A Prologo Kappa Space saddle sits atop a UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost, while an alloy Devox stem and Devox Ergonomic road handlebar completes this century-ready machine.
The Bianchi Impulso Dama road bicycle is a Bianchi in the Italian tradition: Fast, functional, and classically styled. The Impulso Dama takes Bianchi's legandary road manners and adds an excellent fit for female riders. The lightweight aluminum frame has been shaped and hydroformed to be responsive to every pedal stroke with no energy-robbing flex. The Impulso Dama's carbon fiber fork not only subtracts weight but also soaks up fatiguing vibration, thanks to Bianchi's own Kevlar Vibration Isolation Device (or K-VID) construction. The overall fit of the Impulso Dama accomodates female riders with a shorter top tube length and taller head tube for a more upright and comfortable posture.
Bianchi equipped the Impulso Dama with Shimano's proven 11-speed 105 drivetrain, including the front derailleur, rear derailleur and dual-control levers. For quick operation, long service life and light weight, Shimano's 105 components fit the bill nicely. The levers feature and adjustable reach to accommodate smaller hands and shorter fingers. An alloy Shimano 50/34T compact crankset and 11-28T Shimano 105 cassette provide a wide gearing range for tackling challenging inclines. Shimano also provides the lightweight alloy RS wheels. Wrapping the wheels is a set of 700x25c Vittoria's Zaffiro Slick tires, bringing a smooth ride and confident grip during high-speed turns and descents. Bianchi's own Reparto Corse multi-pivot brake calipers help reign in speed with excellent lever feedback. A Selle San Marco Era women's saddle sits atop an alloy Reparto Corse seatpost, while an alloy Reparto Corse stem and alloy road handlebar complete this classic road machine.
A road bike that only work well on sunny days won't be your favorite bike if it isn't sunny. Or if the road is barely a road.
The Contend AR 3 stakes its claim as a value-oriented machine, with a design that makes every mile easier. Bad roads? No problem! The Contend AR 3 starts with a 32mm road tire. Need wider rubber than that? The Contend AR 3 can handle up to 38mm tires! A long wheelbase, stable handling and an upright fit makes the bike perfect as a starter road machine, or a daily commuter in a wide range of conditions. Giant's own ALUXX-Grade hydroformed and butted aluminum is used to build the frame, keeping weight low for hilly excursions. 12mm thru-axles bring an extra dash of torsional strength, adding to the Contend AR 3's handling prowess. An all-carbon Advanced-Grade Composite fork is mounted in a tapered head tube, ensuring sharp handling in technical turns and descents.
Shimano's 9-speed Sora components handle drivetrain duties, including the dual-control levers, long-cage rear derailleur, front derailleur and 50/34T compact crankset. An 11-34T Shimano cassette brings a huge gearing range to the party, helping to make short work of challenging hills and terrain. Giant supplies the S-R2 Disc alloy wheelset, also keeping overall weight low. The aformentioned 700x32c S-R3 AC tires boast a wide contact patch for a smooth feel and confident grip, especially on rough and choppy pavement. The Contend AR 3 helps reign in speed with a set of cable-operated Tektro disc brakes. Rain? Dust? Dirt? Stopping power is at your fingertips, rain or shine. The Contend AR 3's Giant Approach saddle sits atop an alloy D-Fuse seatpost that flexes slight to take the edge off harsh pavement and railway crossings. An alloy Sport stem and alloy Connect road handlebar completes this excellent all-rounder.
Sometimes a bike comes into Machinery Row that makes us all smile and say, "This is what we want to see in more bicycles". The Avail AR 3 doesn't try to be anything else other than a useful bike for all kinds of riding. Day trips, club rides and excursions across roads rough and smooth. It does everything pretty darn well.
An ALUXX-Grade aluminum frame and Advanced-Grade carbon fiber fork make up the "chassis" of the Avail AR 3, keeping the bike light and strong over every hill and dale. The fork sits in a tapered OverDrive head tube, improving handling in high-speed turns and descents. The Avail's long wheelbase and stable handling make every mile more comfortable. An upright fit allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable for extended excursions. Mounts for fenders and bottle cages add practicality to the Avail AR 3.
Shimano's 9-speed Sora shifters and derailleurs add a precise feel to gear changes, while A 50/34T Shimano Sora compact crankset and 11-34T Shimano cassette boasts a massive gearing range for attacking challenging terrain. Alloy S-R2 wheels are wrapped with wide 700x32c Giant S-R3 AC tires, bringing a smooth feel over broken tarmac and hardpan gravel alike. Cable-operated Tektro disc brakes help keep reign in speed in all conditions, wet or dry. The Avail AR 3 features a clever D-Fuse alloy seatpost that soaks up impacts from potholes and pavement transitions, while a women's Liv Approach saddle adds a comfy perch for extended rides. An alloy Connect road handlebar and alloy Contact stem complete this excellent all-rounder.