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Sneak peek: Culprit Legend bike

New speed machine should go into production later this year

Here are a few snaps that Culprit have sent us of their new Legend bike. They’re not giving much away, are they? But there’s a good reason for that…

Culprit’s General Manager Joshua Colp said, “I am now in prototype stage of my new bike after a year of dreaming, six months of drawings, re-drawing, thoughts, 3D etc. 

“I will release the full bike for show at Taipei International Cycle Show [next week], and will spend the rest of this year working on bringing this bike to reality. I plan to have a rideable version to show off in June.”

Culprit have applied for a structure patent on the design but it has yet to be granted, which is why they’ve not released pictures of the complete bike just yet. 

What do you reckon? Is there something sneaky going on around the bottom bracket? Or have they done something radical with the stays? We'll soon find out because will be at the big Taipei show next week. We’ll swing by Culprit’s stand to see if pictures are allowed by then.

As it is, we can see that the fork crown nestles within the silhouette of the down tube rather than extending down below, and the stem is recessed into the upper section of the top tube. 

Check out the fork too. That looks decidedly like a disc brake option, so maybe the bit of the frame we can't see relates to a disc brake mount. 

The Legend was developed in co-operation with Trigon Cycles, Culprit working closely with them to develop a new stem, aerobar and seatpost. The new Trigon aerobar/stem will be sold aftermarket by the end of the year as well.

As well as being compatible with the new Trigon bar/stem, the Legend can work with a PRO system, but for cable routing purposes Culprit will sell it as a frameset with the Trigon setup.

The bike is not UCI legal although it does conform to triathlon equipment rules. It will be available in five sizes – 49, 52, 54, 56 and 58cm.

For more on Culprit visit For more from the Taipei International Cycle Show, keep checking over the next week.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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