We put one of NeilPryde’s flagship bikes to the test in our First Ride review
- First Ride
The Alize is a new aero road bike from NeilPryde. Our test ride was a carbon Ultegra build with Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels. The frame has been designed with speed in mind. Cabling is mostly internal and tubes are shaped to improve airflow. That translates well to speed on the road and our first impressions were positive. This is a fast bike and we couldn’t wait to put more miles on it.
- Fast Ride
The Alize’s speed took us by surprise. We tested it in the coldest, iciest conditions, running the Hutchinson Atom Comp tyres at just 95psi. We were amazed to average 21mph on our first ride, easily our quickest ever winter ride, but at a surprisingly low heart rate. We liked the positive transfer of power to the pedals, and it’s surprisingly easy to maintain high cruising speed.
- Hill Ride
We expected the 7.3kg Alize to perform well on hills and it didn’t let us down. The bike’s light weight and positive power transfer meant we could climb fast. Even when we switched off the power, we weren’t that slow. On descents we didn’t exactly fly down, but that was due to being cautious in case of ice. That aside, we found cornering on the shallow bars to be a little unnatural.
- Long Ride
Comfort-wise, riding for hours was easy. The bike’s stiffness is countered by the Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio saddle, which is flexible and mops up vibrations well. Ride comfort is enhanced by FSA cork handlebar tape and Hutchinson Atom tyres. The only problem we had was the Ultegra gear shifters, as you have to move the inner lever independently of the outer for a successful shift.