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Definitely one of many standout tech tales of this yr’s Tokyo Olympics was the radical monitor bike Utilized by Group GB.
That bike, the HB.T, was a collaboration between British fashions Lotus and Hope, and It is in distinction to Something out there In the meantime. Distinctive primarily As a Outcome of of its uber-broad fork legs and seatstays, these are said to be designed with the journeyr’s legs in thoughts, placing all three in a line So as that airflow Is biggest managed Throughout the journeyr, thus offering a claimed aerodynamic benefit.
Right now, Group GB’s Ethan Vernon rode an Tailored mannequin of that bike to Seventh place On the earth Championships U23 time trial.
His bike, full with brakes and a groupset in distinction to its monitor-focussed stablemate, is The one one of its type.
“I take pleasure in driving it,” Vernon informed reporters after his journey. “It’s pretty particular to be driving on this bike as there’s Simply one of them round.”
As a Outcome of the one particular person to have ridden the HB.TT in rivals, Vernon is feeding again to producers as to how the bike journeys As in contrast with the monitor mannequin.
“It’s actually stiff, out of the corners You will Have The power To solely really feel it,” he defined. “And on a course like this, the place You are accelerating out of 90-diploma corners, every little helps”
The primary variations To rework the bike from a monitor bike to a TT bike are Inside the addition of a groupset and brakes, however to get these parts fitted required a shut To overhaul of the bike’s physique, fork and stays To merely settle for cable routing, derailleur mounts and brake calipers. All of which have been carried out by Hope engineers Inside the mannequin’s manufacturing unit in Barnoldswick, UK.
The groupset is courtesy of Shimano’s Dura-Ace R9100 collection – notably not The mannequin new Dura-Ace R9200 which launched recently. The brake levers come from The identical collection, the placeas the calipers are Hope’s personal.
Rather than a Dura-Ace chainset, Vernon has caught with Group GB current chains by Choosing a Verve Infocrank power-meter chainset instead. However, Vernon has been pressured to return to A conventional chain – for which He is gone with Shimano Ultegra – since Group GB’s small-pitch chains Do not play properly with Dura-Ace groupset componentry.
Vernon has additionally swapped out the 3D-printed titanium cockpit Utilized in Tokyo in favour of a system That mixes a Hope-currentd base bar with Imaginative and prescient Trimax extensions. Holding his Wahoo Elemnt Bolt biking pc in place between these extensions is a K-Edge TT mount.
On the entrance, Vernon has opted for a Campagnolo Bora WTO 60 entrance wheel, wrapped in Vittoria’s super-quick Corsa Velocity TLR tyre, which he has Arrange tubeless with Muc-Off valves. Curiously, regardless of having run Campagnolo’s Bora Extremely disc rear all by way of look at occasions Prematurely of the World Championships, Vernon was seen using a HED rear disc wheel full with Israel Start-Up Nation mannequining.
“Alex Dowsett lent it to me, as I used to be having factors with my fullly different one this morning,” he defined. “It was A final-minute substitute.”