The guys from the cycling division of Moto Direct, the UK distributors of Trigon Bicycles, dropped by the office this week to show us what we can expect from the Taiwanese bike company in 2012.
Although not a household name, Trigon have vast experience in carbon fibre frame production and have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Moto Direct are continuing to push the Trigon brand in the UK and are hoping the two 2012 models below help in those efforts.
Let’s start with the SRAM Force-equipped RQC-27. As with the whole Trigon range, the name could never be described as memorable but Moto Direct say they’re working hard to change this. It’s very much a sportive machine designed for longer stretches in the saddle, with a long wheelbase and head tube.
Integrated carbon dropouts help to shave off a few extra grams and achieve a claimed frame weight of 995g, while the underside of the top tube has a groove that helps conceal the rear brake cable. For £2,399.99, you get SRAM’s second-tier Force groupset and Intrepid RC24 alloy clinchers.
Trigon rqc-27 : Oliver Woodman/BikeRadar
The bulk of the components are Trigon’s own carbon parts, including the 198g RB120S handlebar, 100g HSA01S stem and 165g SP110S seatpost (Trigon’s reluctance for catchy product names extends to their components). A Prologo Scratch saddle completes the spec.
We also took a look at their entry-level road bike, the all-carbon RCC-11 (£1,599.99). Designed to give an even more forgiving ride than the RQC-27, it’s predominantly fitted with SRAM’s Rival group, one step down from Force. It shares the same wheelset as its big brother, but an FSA Energy crankset, Intrepid alloy handlebars and alloy/carbon stem help keep the price down.
Trigon rcc-11: trigon rcc-11 Oliver Woodman/BikeRadar