First look: Cervelo T1 track frame

T3's aluminium little brother

Cervelo are introducing a more affordable aluminium version of their T3 carbon track frame, the T1.

Available in January 2010, it will come as a frameset – with Cervelo's new FK24 fork, aero carbon seatpost and headset – for £999.99.

The T1 is made from low-drag TrueAero tubing with Cervelo's Smartwall butting to increase lateral rigidity – the company claim it "puts some carbon track bikes to shame for stiffness".

Like the T3, it's a pure track frame with no bottle cage bosses, cable guides or drillings for brakes. There are horizontal dropouts at the back, and the carbon fork has aluminium dropouts for greater durability when used with steel track nuts.

The T1 will be available in four sizes: 51, 54, 56 and 58cm. UK distributors Madison are accepting advance orders.

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