Australian owned Apollo Bikes is in the middle of its 2015 dealer launch, travelling state-by-state and showing off the new, staggering large range to bike store owners. BikeRadar dropped by and checked out what’s soon to arrive from the Aussie brand.
Due to the early launch date, many of the bikes on display were prototypes and missing the 2015 componentry, such as the 2015 Shimano 105 11-speed and SRAM’s budget 11-speed X1 groups.
Apollo road bikes
We recently tested a group of budget road bikes and found the Apollo Giro to be a worthy contender.
For 2015, the Giro goes up in price to AU$1,499 and receives an updated frame and fork, which reduces its weight further. The gearing has had a boost to 11-speed with Shimano’s new 105 gearing.
The Vispo shares the exact same build-kit as the Giro. The full carbon frame costs AU$2,299 and its high-vis colour is hard to miss.
Amazingly, for just AU$3,000, the carbon fibre Ascent offers a partial Dura-Ace mechanical groupset and DT Swiss Spline 24 wheels.
Built for flat-out speed is the new AU$7,000 Arctec TT time trial/triathlon bike. The brand-new frame comes with SRAM Force 22 and an integrated stem with three different lengths included with each bike.
Apollo cyclocross bikes
Apollo sponsor Australia’s female elite ’cross champion – Lisa Jacobs – who rides the strangely shaped Arctec CX. This bent toptube frame design continues for 2015 and will feature SRAM’s new 1 x 11-speed groupset and mechanical disc brakes.
At the entry-level to the sport is the XACT, which retails at AU$1,699. This Hayes mechanical disc brake equipped alloy crosser has SRAM Apex 2 x 10-speed gearing. A new down tube, seat tube and head tube all help to reduce weight.
Apollo mountain bikes
2015 will see the return of dual suspension offerings from Apollo. The new 27.5in wheeled trail bike features a floating shock system that creates a linear shock path. The AU$3,500 Copperhead 30 has tubeless-ready wheels, SRAM’s 11-speed X1 gearing and a RockShox Revelation fork. Sharing the same frame is the cheaper Copperhead 20, which has SRAM X9 2 x 10 gearing and a Manitou Minute fork.
At the elite-level of the sport is the AU$6,999 Arctec 9, a 9.5kg 29er hardtail built for speed and glory. Featuring RockShox’ new upside-down RS-1 fork, DT Swiss 1501 wheels, SRAM XX1 groupset, Shimano XTR brakes and Answer carbon cockpit, this looks to be one very dialled machine.
No doubt a sign of the times, and certainly a trend we’ll see plenty of in 2015, the Stout is Apollo’s first fat bike. A request from Apollo’s Canadian distributor, this AU$2,299 high-vis monster rolls on 4.7in wide tyres and has front and rear thru-axles along with a aluminium fork.
Apollo urban bikes
One of Apollo’s more popular models is the Gates belt-drive equipped Trace 55. Featuring an Alfine 11-speed group, this AU$1,999 commuter is ready for city riding without the worry of a greasy chain. The belt tension is adjusted with an ecentic bottom bracket that also allows for side-to-side adjustment, making chainline tweaks a breeze. An 8-speed equipped Trace 45 is also available for AU$1,249.
The Volare may look like a ’cross bike, but it’s actually a commuter-focused road bike. It’s equipped with pannier mounts, disc brakes and 32mm tyres, and this AU$999 model could prove perfect if you’re a focused commuter chasing a blend between road bike speed and commuter stability and durability.
The Vintage 8 is a casual ladies’ bike for general around-town riding. Classic, simple styling, luggage accessories included and eight gears at the back make this an attractive casual option.
Lastly, Apollo launched its High-popularity is range in 2014 and has expanded the options. These Trace models feature retina-burning colours for ultimate inner-city visibility.
Click through our gallery to see more of Apollo’s 2015 line-up, as well as some new brands to its parts and accessories division.