State of the Art

Road Bikes

May 15, 2006
Outside Magazine

Carbon-fiber bikes are now as common as LiveStrong bracelets at Austin-area group rides. Because of the expense and difficulty of working with carbon, however, sizes are typically limited. Enter custom carbon frames. This year, Serotta debuted the MeiVici, built from carbon tubes and lugs for a classic-looking bike in nearly any geometry. And Seven capitalized on carbon's infinitely tuneable properties to create the wildly shaped aero Diamas. You'll pay for the privilege: These made-to-order bikes start at seven grand.

Italian component giant Campagnolo has devoted significant R&D over the last few years to its hush-hush electric group. (Shimano also has an electric set in the works.) Though an electronic drivetrain is not a new idea, Campy's group would be the first legit performance-oriented package. And while Campy has not set a release date, several beta models have been spotted in the peloton in recent months, meaning push-button gearing could be available soon.

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