The time of giving is upon us once more. And what better gift to give ourselves (let’s be honest here, nobody else is going to gift us these beauties) than one of these wonderful new 2019 racing bikes from our favourite bicycle manufacturers.
This is one for the rouleurs: the new aero Concept designed in the Italian Colnago facility in Camiago, Italy. This racer is great for going long and hard on the flat, but less well-suited to climbing up hills. And while the bike is super-stiff, reviews are unanimous that this bike is also very comfortable. This is thanks to the Colnago team’s proven frame-designing skills. Colnago sponsors the UAE Emirates team, so watch out during the racing season for the likes of Alexander Kristoff, Ben Swift, Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru getting on board this model on the flatter race days. Shown here with SRAM Red group and Zipp 404 wheels, this set-up will cost you about €8,500. The model displayed below features integrated calliper brakes — so no discs, like the one shown above.
Eddy Merckx EM 525
This is a new one for us here at The Prologue. But keep an eye our for them in the professional peloton, as AG2R La Mondiale riders will be riding them until 2020. Romain Bardet, Jan Bakelants, Tony Gallopin and the rest of the team will be slamming these hard down the road in the big races. This is the 525, the new flagship model from the Merckx stable. The rim-brake version weighs in at 6.8kg. We’re a little unsure about the elbow in the front forks and the rather bulbous-looking head tube, but perhaps it’s the shock of the new. Price? Around €7,500, although that’s probably a more expensive model than the Ultegra version shown here…
Focus Izalco Max
It seems that us bike racing fans will not be seeing Focus in the professional peloton next year. That doesn’t detract from the fact that the Focus Izalco Max disc 9.9 shown here is a very tidy bike to look at. This bike is marketed as “the lightest disc road bike in the world”. The team at Focus designed this one from the bottom up — all new and very aero. The makers claim that this model delivers a 90 second saving over 50km at 200W of power output, compared with the previous Izalco Max. We’re not sure how special that is, but we think it looks supercool. Be prepared to spend around €9,000 if you want to take one home.
Merida Reacto Team Edition
Here’s the one Vincenzo Nibali, Domenico Pozzovivo, Sonny Colbrelli and their new teammate Rohan Dennis will be riding along with the rest of the Bahrain Merida team. This is the top-of-the-range aero offering from Merida. It’s shown here with calliper brakes but we suspect disc brakes may be mounted later. Note, the SRM Origin carbon fibre PowerMeter. One of the interesting facts about Nibali’s version of this bike is that they use a raw carbon finish (not the flashy paint job shown here). Why? Paint is heavy and adds weight. This bike will cost around €8,250, not including that very special power meter. One criticism: whomever mounted the idiotically long valve extenders on the model shown here should have been disciplined severely.
Scott Foil Premium
This understated beauty is the most expensive on the list – priced at a cool €11,000, this Scott Foil Premium will be ridden by the Michelton–Scott riders who include the Yates twins, Daryl Impey and Roman Kreuziger, as well as Dutch women’s racing champion Annemiek Van Vleuten. The new Scott Foil is, in keeping with the trend, aero-everything, although we can see a couple of cables around the cockpit, which is becoming increasingly unusual these days. The thin seatstay is designed to give some compliance on rough roads, and both fork stiffness and ‘vertical compliance’ have been increased for getting more power to the pedals.
(Still not found the 2019 racing bikes you’re looking for? Try these: Five hot racing bicycles from the peloton in 2019)