Chapter 2 Tere review£5,999.00

New Zealand has a new chapter

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Chapter 2 is the new project from NeilPryde Bikes’ founder Mike Pryde. The New Zealand-based designer has kept busy since leaving the NeilPryde brand.

The details of the Tere highlight current design trends, the move towards a more compact silhouette, and the radically dropped seatstays remind us of BMC’s design direction with the Roadmachine and Teammachine, along with Giant’s latest TCR, and of course Specialized’s all-new Tarmac.

The Tere’s seatpost with its D-section design is very on-trend too. The tube sections are all based around Kamm tail shaping, which we first saw pioneered by Trek. A Kamm tail shape ‘cheats’ the air into believing that a full teardrop shape is present, making it better at cutting through and conditioning the air than a standard round tube.

A fantastic bike for quick direction changes and nimble manoeuvrability

The frame is built using Toray carbon, the same stuff used by Pinarello, so this is no budget build. My 56cm/L test bike has 73.5-degree head and 73-degree seat angles, with a lowish stack of 580mm and reach of 387mm. Claimed weight is 950g for a fully painted frame (M), so the Tere is very light, but not at the cutting edge of low weight.

My test bike weighs an impressive 6.8kg, and comes with some pretty high-end finishing kit. SRAM’s eTap provides the drivetrain and it rolls on Zipp’s 404 NSW clincher wheelset shod with Continental’s GP4000 S II tyres. Steering duties are handled by Chapter 2’s own design carbon aero wingbar and clean-looking aluminium stem. The seatpost is D-shaped for aero benefits.

The Tere is an impressively rapid ride, with its aggressive ride position and those deep and fast Zipp 404 NSWs adding plenty of speed. It’s also infused with a sharpness, which makes it a fantastic bike for quick direction changes and nimble manoeuvrability. The frame feels robustly rigid when really hammering out-of-the saddle sprints, all with the superb confidence that Continental’s GP 4000 S IIs are some of the most dependable tyres around.

The solidity of the chassis and the sub-7kg weight make the Tere a formidable climbing companion, even if the tight 11-25 cassette wouldn’t be our first choice for long days with lots of ups. There’s no doubt the matching of a 52/36 with the close gaps of the cassette make it a brilliant bike for building your speed on rolling terrain.

The build Chapter 2 provided is a wishlist of a superbike spec
The build Chapter 2 provided is a wishlist of a superbike spec

The carbon wingbar is well shaped and the flattened tops are nicely ovalised and not too oversized, making for a nice handhold on longer, draggy climbs. The build Chapter 2 provided is a wishlist of a superbike spec: the 404 NSWs offer just about the best braking carbon rims can offer, and SRAM’s latest Red brakes are designed around wider rims (like the 404s) so prove a perfect complement to the wheels.

SRAM’s eTap is a brilliant addition, with the simplicity of the two button shifts — right for harder, left for easier, while both together shifts the front — and the clean look without any cables.

Chapter 2 will be offering the Tere as a frameset for £1649 (including frame, fork, headset, seatpost and stem) so it’s up to you to decide on the build with your dealer. If you can stretch to a super build like this you won’t be disappointed, although the frame would still impress in a more modest setup.

Chapter 2 Tere specifications

  • Weight: 6.8kg (56cm)
  • Frame: Carbon
  • Fork: Carbon
  • Gears: SRAM Red eTap 52/36, 11-25
  • Wheels: Zipp 404 NSW
  • Tyres: 25mm Continental GP4000 S II
  • Brakes: SRAM Red
  • Handlebar: Carbon wingbar
  • Stem: Chapter 2
  • Seatpost: D-profile carbon
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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