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New Culprit Legend available 40% off retail price on Kickstarter

Updated bike without seatstays is available in both rim brake and disc brake versions

Culprit Bicycles is looking for crowdfunding for the new version of its Legend, a triathlon-specific bike without seatstays that’s available in disc brake and rim brake options.

We covered the original Legend on as long ago as March 2013 when we saw it at Taipei International Cycle Show. Since then, Culprit has found a new manufacturing partner.

The Legend is designed to be easy to travel with.

“The tri world around us continues to integrate their bikes further (proprietary brakes, integrated proprietary hydration, cockpits,etc) which only complicate travel with the bike,” says Culprit. “[We] went the other way. The Legend can be assembled and disassembled easily and by most home mechanics. 

“Most parts of the Legend can be replaced with aftermarket products so you can rest assured that no matter how the airline treated your bike, you will most likely be lining up for the race rather than watching it from the sideline.”


Of course, the bike is also designed to be fast and Culprit claims that wind tunnel testing shows the Legend to be highly efficient.

“Testing has shown that the differences between the Legend and Cervelo P5-6 are very close,” says Culprit. 

“The average CdA [a measurement of aerodynamic drag] difference between the two bikes is only .008, or 1.9 aero watts. This is even more astonishing considering the non integration and use of disc brakes. In addition, the Legend Disc can beat the Cervelo P5-6 at several yaws and the Legend (retail value) can be purchased at 40% less than the retail value of a Cervelo P 5-6.”

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The new version of the Legend can have 130mm vertical dropouts or take a 142 x 12mm thru axle for disc brakes. A multi-tool in a neoprene bag fits into a pocket in the top tube with a magnetic cover over the top, and you can opt for either a rim-specific or a disc-specific fork. You can use any aerobar and stem combination with the Legend. 

You need to pledge at least US$2,095 (£1,390) to be in line for a Legend frameset, including TRP brakes. This early bird offer is 40% off the standard retail price. More expensive options are available when these run out. 

The Culprit Legend Kickstarter campaign runs until 1 January 2016. 

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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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steviemarco | 8 years ago
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Does the UCI's front and rear triangle not effect Tri bikes? Just asking.

dave atkinson replied to steviemarco | 8 years ago
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steviemarco wrote:

Does the UCI's front and rear triangle not effect Tri bikes? Just asking.

No, triathlon doesn't come under the UCI's remit

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