NeilPryde, leader in the marine and adventure sports markets and known for its high performance windsurfing equipment, took a brave step into a new industry segment. Two high-performance road bikes, Alize and Diablo, were developed with BMW Group's DesignworksUSA. The bikes will be presented to the public for the first time during one of Europe?s biggest cycling races, the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany, August 13-15, 2010.
The first two high performance road bikes from NeilPryde will launch globally online in August 2010 for pre-orders on its website www.neilprydebikes.com, with shipments to begin in mid-September 2010.
The Alize focuses on aerodynamic performance through optimized tube profiling and an extended Kamm tail. The changing aerofoil profile along the length of the tubes manages the airflow specific to the characteristics of each element - frame, forks, wheels and components.
The Alize incorporates a progressive Kamm tail profile in the lower 1/3 of the down tube, with the extended trailing edge morphing into a squared-off surface, enabling a more efficient transition from the down tube to the seat tube.
"Using a Computational Fluid Dynamic modeling system, we were able to create a design that tricks the airflow to remain laminar around the downtube, seat tube and rear wheel," said Magnus Aspegren, Director of DesignworksUSA's Singapore Studio.
Together with its client, DesignworksUSA developed an exoskeleton design of continuous carbon fibers fully integrated into the monocoque front triangle for the Diablo. Stiffness ribs were also incorporated in strategic locations on the fork blades, chain and seat stays. The design allows carbon fibers to run continuously through tube-joint-tube transitions, resulting in a frameset that has been optimized for its unique material characteristics.
"We are extremely proud of the two bikes that reflect our brand essence and attitude," said Michael Pryde, Group Sales and Distribution Manager at NeilPryde. "Our heritage in winning products in water sports is now expanded beautifully to the cycling world," Pryde added.
Framesets, inclusive of frame, forks, seat post, and headset, are priced at $2,500 for Diablo, and $2,250 for Alize. Complete NeilPryde Bikes, inclusive of frameset, groupset, wheel set, and components, are priced between $3,900-4,300 when specified with Shimano Ultegra; and between $5,100-5,500 when specified with Shimano Dura Ace.