When UK based Worx Bikes stepped onto the scene, the direct-to-consumer brand focused on two models – SR-01 and SR-02 which were essentially nice fixed gear models with one or two speeds. Looking towards the future, the brand has been hard at work, unveiling a new line of bikes at the Taipei Show. Between the Road Worx, Cross Worx, and Junior Worx bikes the brand will radically expand its offerings – once the bikes are complete. As of now, everything is still in the sample/prototype stage, but the results look promising.
More details after the break.
In a world gone carbon, Worx is sticking with shapely aluminum in the form of their Road Worx 1.0 and 2.0 models. According to Road.CC’s coverage, the frames are to be made from MU9 Vanadium – essentially 6000 series aluminum with Magnesium and Vanadium added to the alloy which helps with the shapely forming of the tubes. The choice of material will also help keep costs down, which fits with Worx’ vision for affordable, race worthy machines.
Worx bikes will feature tapered head tubes, right down to some of the Junior Worx models. While the frame is aluminum, the Road Worx RA 2.0 will feature a full carbon 360 gram 1 1/8 to 1.5″ tapered fork. Frame weight for the Road Worx is reported to be around 1,160g for a 56cm frame. The yet to be seen RA 1.0 will have a carbon fork with alloy steerer, and will be priced around $1800-1900 with SRAM Apex.
The Road Worx frame features flattened seat stays to aid with compliance, mated to oversize chainstays which state their purpose with “engineered for racing” printed on the inside of the stay.
Worx is also working on their own wheel systems which by the looks of things will be manufactured by Alex Rims. The key here is that they are wide – judging by the label we’re assuming a rim that is 26mm deep, that is 23mm wide. We shall see.
As mentioned, Worx is working on a line of cross and a line of kid’s bikes as well. According to Worx the Cross Worx CA 1.0 will have a 1250g alloy frame, carbon/alloy fork, and SRAM Apex while the CA 2.0 gets upgraded to full carbon fork, lighter wheels and a higher end drive train. The kid’s bikes are really interesting with a 24, 26, and 700c model designed for 6+, 8+, and 11+ respectively. The bikes look like they may have nailed the market for junior road bikes, though we’ll wait on the price tag for the final verdict.