Quintana Roo Tequilo review

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£1350

This is One of the most comfortableTri bikes out there

BikeRadar verdict

70.0 out of 5 stars

"Well priced, with an immediately comfortable and relaxed ride that long-distance triathletes will especially appreciate"

Sunday, April 26, 2009 7.00am By

Quintana Roo have been building triathlon-specific time trial bikes since way back in 1987, and with that vast amount of experience behind them, they know exactly what they're doing. The Tequilo and its sister model, the splendidly non-PC named Chicqilo, are the entry-level bikes in the family of nine. Despite being relatively affordable (for time trial bikes), they tick all the boxes that the pioneering brand drew up more than 20 years ago.

Ride & handling: One of the most comfortable tri bikes out there, but not the snappiest

With Quintana Roo’s immense experience it’s no surprise that we felt at home on their frame geometry straight away.

Despite sounding radical, the 78.5° seat angle works well to put you into an aerodynamic yet still comfortable tuck position with noticeably more room between your lungs and legs than you get on more conservative bikes. This in turn means less creep onto the nose of the saddle as you pedal.

The flattened top tube and the other relatively skinny tubes really help to remove a lot of the hammer and hardship of riding rougher roads, while the relaxed poise means it’s controllable rather than nerve-wracking in crosswinds.

Thanks to this comfort and controllability, we spent nearly all of our test time happily stretched out on the long bars.

While spinning easily in the low ratio gears, even bad weather and blustery winds don't spoil the enjoyment. The lack of jarring through the saddle, bars and pedals makes it simple to stay ‘in the zone’ and maintain your rhythm.

This is a well proven aluminium favourite from triathlon's original bike brand: this is a well proven aluminium favourite from triathlon's original bike brand

While the Quintana Roo doesn’t cut through the wind as obviously as some rivals at higher speeds, once you’re up to cruising pace it holds it fine, and keeps its composure on descents and dirty roads too. We wouldn’t think twice about taking this bike for a super-long ride straight from the box.

Inevitably, such a reassuring and relaxed ride has a flipside, and this is a bike that will wait for you to add the speed rather than encouraging it automatically.

At just over 20lbs it accelerates fine when you do fire up your quads, but there’s some lost power sensation from the back end in the process.

That slight degree of softness also undermines any sense of urgency you might want on shorter, sharper rides, races or interval sessions.

There are plenty of entry-level time trial bikes out there that err on the side of clattering efficiency by sacrificing the comfort that leaves you fresher and more efficient over longer distances. That leaves the Quintana Roo as a standout choice for committed long-distance or high-mileage athletes.

The aerodynamic forks flow almost seamlessly into the short head tube to give a neat and efficient front end :

Chassis: Steep frame geometry results in a super-aerodynamic ride position

The slimline looks of the Tequilo are refreshing and there are plenty of cunning drag-cutting features to the frame and forks.

The thin-stripe detailing of the straight-legged aerodynamic forks continues up onto the head tube before curving back along the very shallow ovalised top tube. This all gives a classy look, as do the smoothed welded junctions.

The steep angle of the seat tube means you get less of a wheel-hugging cutout than normal while the cables are routed externally.

Adjuster screws on the horizontal dropouts make accurate wheel positioning easy and a neat twin-bolt clamping piece fixes the carbon post in place.

The Tequilo comes in an impressively broad range of six sizes. These stretch from an effective 42cm to 56cm seat tube, with the women's Chicqilo adding 43, 45 and 48cm sizes.

Shimano's top-end rear mech is the highlight of the gearset :

Equipment: Quality kit, but Vision tri bars don't offer as much adjustability as many rivals

While it’s priced at £1,350, you wouldn’t guess that from the level of kit fitted to the Tequilo. The Shimano Dura-Ace and 105 derailleurs shift faultlessly through Dura-Ace bar-end levers.

The Alex wheels are light enough, though you have the option of upgrading to an FFWD F5R wheelset for £910 extra if you prefer. Continental Ultra Race tyres make a welcome appearance too.

Broad base bars give a range of non-tuck riding positions while the long Vision clip-on tri bars are well-shaped – although we'd prefer more adjustability. The saddle is excellent and our only real criticism on the kit front is that the brakes are a bit soft in use.

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Specification

Name:
Tequilo (09)
Brand:
Quintana Roo
Price:
£1350

Available Sizes:
L M S XL XS
Bottom Bracket:
FSA sealed cartridge
Brakes:
Forged alloy dual pivot
Cassette:
Shimano HG 5600 10spd, 12-25
Cranks:
FSA Gossamer, 172.5mm, 53/39 chainrings
Fork:
Carbon bladed with 1 1/8in alloy steerer, crown and dropouts
Fork Weight:
575
Frame Material:
Smooth welded alloy
Frame Weight:
1800
Front Derailleur:
Shimano 105 black braze-on front
Front Tyre:
Pro Race 3
Front Tyre Size:
700x23C
Front Wheel Weight:
1089
Handlebar:
FSA Vision TT
Head Angle:
72
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Tyre:
Pro Race 3
Rear Tyre Size:
700x23C
Rear Wheel Weight:
1617
Rims:
Alex ALX 220
Saddle:
Quintana Roo padded vinyl, ti rails
Seat Angle:
78.5
Seatpost:
Kinesis carbon aero teardrop, single bolt alloy clamp, 360mm,
Shifters:
Shimano, 10spd
Stem:
Quintana Roo forged alloy, 100mm,
Weight (kg):
9.13
Year:
2009
Weight (lb):
20.11
Brake Levers:
Dia-Comp reverse plug-in levers
Bottom Bracket Height (cm):
26.5
Chainstays (cm):
39
Seat Tube (cm):
53
Standover Height (cm):
79.5
Top Tube (cm):
58
Wheelbase (cm):
103.5

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