Culprit Extends Range w/ Lower Priced Road, Triathlon & Youth Bicycles

Culprit expands road and triathlon bike range with lower priced adult and youth models

Culprit continues to develop their unique Legend triathlon bike, which will sit alongside their other top spec bikes. Meanwhile, the rest of the range gets a lower priced sibling. That includes the kids and youth road bikes, bringing an incredibly well built bike in at about half the price of the premium Junior models.

The Legend bike (above, right) gets full hydraulic Ashima brakes and the no-seatstay design. Founder Josh Colp says production won’t start until next year since development and layup schedules are still being finalized. In testing, they were getting just enough movement at the rear wheel that the tire would skim the aero cut out in the seat tube, so they’re adding an internal carbon brace to make it stiffer.

Tuck into detail photos and the rest of the range, including the disc-or-rim brake Croz Blade, below…

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The seatpost has a wide adjustment range fore/aft. It’s built to use either Shimano PRO or Trigon aero bars. The Ashima hydraulic brake levers are ultra minimal.

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Like the Croz Blade, it’ll also accept aero direct pull brakes.

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For testing, Colp’s been running the triangle shaped alloy braces at the front of the chainstays. This fixed the problem, so now he’s working up a full carbon solution to get the same stiffness. Sliding the rear wheel further back in the dropouts worked, too, but erased some of the aero benefits and wasn’t nearly as good looking.

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New lower price point Croz Blade with a different carbon (Toray 700 instead of Toray 800) and a switch to PF86 bottom bracket with alloy inserts.

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Fork and seatpost remain the same, and it’ll have a Ritchey WCS bar and stem, Shimano 105 and custom Token disc wheels with 27mm deep alloy rims and 25c tires. The bike will come with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes only, but you’ll still be able to mount the TRP rim brakds if you wnat to add your own brakes and wheels.

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This frame switches from a BB30 to Shimano-friendly PF86. Retail is $3,295 for the complete bike. We reviewed the original here and really liked it.

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The Bullet triathlon bike also gets a lower priced model. It’s the same Toray 800 frame as the top models, but is spec’d with alloy Token wheels, FSA Vision Trimax PFBB30 cranks and Microshift Arsis drivetrain.

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Up front is a Profile Designs bullhorn handlebar and aero extensions.

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The kids bikes gets a new S1 (Starter One) that comes in at $875. Compared to the $1,550 Junior One, it has the same geometry but a standard round tube frame with external cable routing.

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It also switches to a single 39T front chainring with a 9-speed 12-30 cassette in the rear and Microshift derailleur. The handlebars keep STI levers on both sides for a balanced look, but the left hand is only used for braking.

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It’s not a completely dumbed down frame, either. Notice the shaped tubes and clean welds…much better than you’ll find on most “kids” bikes. Claimed weight is 8.4kg (18.5lb), compared to 7.95kg (17.5lb) for the Junior One. These are generally aimed at kids 6-9 years old.

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For bigger kids, the new S2 takes most of the same changes to the larger frame for kids 10-13 years old. It does get a double chainring, but like the S1 gets lower level Token wheels and Microshift group instead of Shimano 105.

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It also uses a square hole BB rather than a threaded external cup BB. It does get to keep the carbon fork, though, and carries a retail of $925.

Check their website for updated pricing, some models are on special this weekend (through July 7th).

Comments

Deer - 07/05/13 - 3:35pm

Start em young on the ‘I got this really good deal online’ thing

Rico - 07/05/13 - 5:08pm

Smaller bars, shifters and saddle for kids bike would be nice. Maybe it doesn’t exist?

Rico - 07/05/13 - 5:09pm

I do love the idea of entry level kids road bikes.

Jack - 07/05/13 - 8:23pm

Why oh why do manufacturers “forget” that deep drop bars are good for just about nobody and insist on putting them on low end bikes and kids bikes. I help friends set up new bikes all the time and the two things I swap out the most are terrifying shitty tyres and insanley deep wide long-throw handlebars. It is amazing how good a bargain bike rides and looks after this change and a bit of tidy cable trimming.

S. Molnar - 07/06/13 - 7:54am

Jack, you are absolutely correct. The third thing that usually needs swapping out on a budget bike for an adult who will actually ride the thing is the saddle: kids can sit on anything, but there’s nothing like a rubbish saddle to discourage an adult from sticking with it.

velorider - 07/06/13 - 8:27am

Maybe you guys have stumbled upon something here: ALL aftermarket accessories can now be removed from the bike shops! Instead every single bike will come assembled to your exact specifications and nothing will ever need to be purchased after the fact.

And then we can all drive Scions too, tricked out just the way you like. No one will need to change or customize anything ever again…all 2,000,000 bikes sold each year will be just the way YOU want it. Genius!

Oh but then these bikes would cost more and you know what? You would bitch about that.

Rico - 07/06/13 - 3:15pm

Personally I don’t care about adult bike setups, those are very easy to remedy. For the kid’s bike it’s a different story. Imagine a kid in the drops on that bike above. He’d have to be lower than flat to reach the levers in the drops. I assume the saddle is so high to make the bike look good, but that much drop is not gonna work with a child either. So, you could change the drop, but that still leaves the giant bars and saddle.

Do child sized drop bars even exist? I would love to see that bike setup with a small saddle and bars – everything in proportion, and then see a kid learning to sprint on it. Hell, when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s we had the ultimate in custom BMX setups. We raced the whole state everyweekend and even had a mechanic truck and an RV that came with us to races. I think that whole thing died off in the late 80s.

Why not get kids on road bikes racing mini crits? Abandoned airport? I would love to do that for my kid.

velorider - 07/06/13 - 3:19pm

Generally female-specific bars are suited well to a setup for a child, but there are no bars specifically for children that I am aware of.

Timo - 07/07/13 - 8:24am

No seatstay TT bike with no deflection into the rear wheel from the cutout? Yeah, that’s going to be comfy.

John - 07/07/13 - 9:12pm

Quit complaining about every article and every little detail about each bike. Dear god have a beer and lighten up francis.

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