Since the debuet of Rafael Hoffleit’s custom carbon triathlon bikes at this yearsÃ‚Â Ã‚Â European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition, the r-008, r-009, and now the r-011 (above), have gotten in some serious ride time. Including theÃ‚Â 2009 Challenge Barcelona and theÃ‚Â 2009 Ironman Frankfort.
The new r-011Ã‚Â has anÃ¢â‚¬Å“integrated hydration and steering system, which allows the use of standard cable shifter systems totally hidden inside the stem and frame.Ã¢â‚¬Â The Ã¢â‚¬Å“FluidÃ¢â‚¬Â hydration system is open at the top and can be refilled while riding. It is also easy removable for cleaning or for UCI races where the extended headtube fairing is not allowed.
More information on the r-011 and other Rafael models at Bicycle Design.