Culprit Extends Range w/ Lower Priced Road, Triathlon & Youth Bicycles
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…
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.
Like the Croz Blade, it’ll also accept aero direct pull brakes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Up front is a Profile Designs bullhorn handlebar and aero extensions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).