NeilPryde previews upcoming time trial/triathlon frame, reports bikeradar.com technical editor James HuangGlobal windsurfing giant NeilPryde will bolster its burgeoning bicycle business for 2012 with a new
time trial/triathlon model called Bayamo. As with the current Diablo and Alize road bikes, the Bayamo was shaped for NeilPryde by BMW DesignWorks and while the company still has to validate the new form in the wind tunnel – not to mention figure out the lay-up schedule as the prototypes shown at Interbike were just mock-ups – it at least looks the part for now.
Key features include a rear wheel cutout on the deeply profiled seat tube, a diamond-section down tube, an hourglass-profile head tube, adjustable rear-entry horizontal dropouts, a matching aero carbon fiber seatpost with adjustable offset, and internal cable routing.
NeilPryde plans to offer two different levels of Bayamo once it becomes available next spring with the top-level variant featuring an external-steerer fork and brakes integrated into the fork crown and chain stays. The second-tier model will use a more modest fiber blend and a conventional fork but according to NeilPryde sales and marketing manager Michael Rice, that bike might still keep the integrated rear brake moving forward.
NeilPryde is also aimed for fairing aggressive price points to help increase the Bayamo’s appeal to the exploding triathlon market with a complete bike starting at US$2,500.
The Diablo and Alize road bikes are unchanged for 2012 but NeilPryde is offering both with custom paint options with 22 different colors and thousands of possible combinations with the various panels and decals. Rice says the custom color option will add US$250 to the bikes’ standard price and no more than ninety days to the promised delivery date.