Here’s a quick look at pair of high-zoot carbon road bikes that have just landed at our Californian office from two top US companies, GT and Schwinn.
Schwinn Peloton Pro: Zippity-doo-da value spec
The US$2,299 Schwinn Peloton Pro frame is a semi-compact carbon fibre monocoque with SRAM’s Rival ceomponents throughout. Mavic Askium Race wheels roll with Schwalbe Stelvio clinchers. A Fi’zi:k Arione saddle sits on a Kalloy carbon seatpost while Ritchey aluminium bar and stem complete the cockpit.
The Peloton Pro seems to pack a lot of spec for the price, and the mainly gloss white and gold finish highlights the clear coat carbon. At 18lb in a 58cm size, the weight’s good too and we’re looking forward to some saddle time on this bling machine.
GT GTR Team: Sculpted carbon, high-brow spec
The US$3999 GT GTR Team frame is a sloping carbon fibre monocoque with an unusual sculpted design. The Shimano Dura-Ace group includes Shimano’s new Scandium tubeless wheels with Hutchinson Fusion clinchers. Ritchey WCS Carbon stem and bars are up front, with a Ritchey Carbon Pro seatpost holding a Fi’zi:k Arione CX saddle. All told the 17.3lb 58cm test sample looks to be a fun ride, even with the gray finish and flo green transfers.
As we reported in December, GT is the new sponsor of the Jelly Belly Racing Team. The Team bike will have Ritchey and Campagnolo components, with Hutchinson tyres and Speedplay pedals.
Look for complete reviews on BikeRadar.com in the coming months.