The first company to design bikes with triathlon bars in mind celebrates 30 years of manufacture this year. A look at some of the history behind Quintana Roo.
January 10, 2017 | Gear|
Nowadays we take it all for granted - bikes designed to ride comfortably on a set of aerobars. (Some of us are old enough to remember trying to make a set of Scott DH bars work on a tradition road frame - and how painful that could be.) The company that started the "steeper seat tube angle" trend was Quintana Roo, founded by Dan Empfield. QR is still going and continues to make tri-specific bikes - the company is celebrating 30 years of tri-specific bike manufacture this year with a number of events and rebates.
From Endurance Sportswire:
Quintana Roo (QR), founded in 1987 as the first triathlon-specific bicycle manufacturer is celebrating 30 years of tri-specific bike manufacture. Built by Tennessee-based American Bicycle Group, QR is launching a full year of activities, events and rebates to celebrate three decades of working with multisport athletes.
“Quintana Roo started with the first triathlon-specific wetsuit, followed by the first triathlon-specific bike,” says Peter Hurley, president/CEO of ABG. “One of our original goals was to completely reinvent the way triathletes use their bike to gain an advantage, and we achieved that through a series of models that span the needs of pros to the serious recreational triathletes. Now, looking to the future, we’ll set the bar higher so triathletes can enjoy even greater success.”
Quintana Roo was founded by Dan Empfield (now publisher of Slowtwitch.com), who developed the company’s first tri-specific wetsuit and its first innovative tribike, the Superform (1987). The Superform first gained fame with Ray Browning’s ride in the 1987 IRONMAN New Zealand, where he broke both the bike and overall course records. Following the Superform, QR developed the Kilo, the first production bike made from Easton 7005 aluminum (1993). It got its name from the fact the frame weighed one kilogram.
QR was then acquired by American Bicycle Group, who continued Empfield’s innovative path by developing the Cd0.1, a bike with the lowest drag coefficient to that date (2009). QR even boldly claimed that the Cd0.1 could cheat the wind. It was a bike that was developed in the wind tunnel.
Since the days of the Superform, the Kilo and the Cd0.1, Quintana Roo has continued its “exclusively triathlon” route producing the Fit Series, The Shift Series and the multi-award-winning PR Series of high performance bikes.