This is what we came for! Slap bang outside the new press centre the Viva Duro - singlespeed, double tubed, wooden rimed and fixed. It doesn't get more retro with a twist than this.
Not sure what happens if you leave the rims out in the rain, but it is from Denmark and it rains there too… plenty of varnish, we reckon. We'd certainly be interested to ride this baby. Spot those Cook Bros - replica we reckon - cranks. Nice. Viva are available in the UK so we will update with more details soon.
Included is the new Giant Accent commuter bike with integrated lights, brushed aluminium frame and an adjustable elastomer-based suspensenion. The all-up weight on the road.cc scales was 11.8Kg (26lb) - not light, but not lardy, and if style and utility are your thing… No details on UK pricing yet, but Giant tell us that if it does hit our shores it will do so in October - eurozone price is €1,499 which should give a clue to the likely cost in £s.
We've just added more pics to the gallery of the new range of Cannondale Bad Boys - gone is the singlespeed option and in its place a choice of three-speed or eight-speed hub or 2x9 compact chainset derailleur options. More details on these soon. The three-speed Bad Boy with its new 'stealth' tubeset - no, Cannondale aren't making any performance claims for the tube shape, it 'just looks good' - tipped out scales at 11Kg (24.2lb). The three-speed also has some nice touches like grey anodised bars. On the rest of them it's black and more black - according to Canondale, they tried to make every component, bar the chrome seat collar and the headset, black. Well, if you've got a theme, run with it.
We also like the Quick Ultimate - shown here as a concept bike last year, it's a cyclo-cross derived light trail or road bike, full carbon frame with some interesting touches - check out the two-bole seat adjuster integrated into the seat tube.
More to follow…
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.