As they did a year ago, Cube and Swiss Side wowed us all with another super-bike in Kona this year. We have a look at the Kona prototype put together for Andreas Raelert.
October 19, 2016 | GEAR|
A year ago Cube and Swiss Side got together to put together a bike for Andreas Raelert, modifying and adapting the bike through extensive wind tunnel time in Immenstaad on Lake Constance in Switzerland. That bike, the Cube Aerium C:68 hits stores later this year, helped Raelert to a runner-up finish on the Big Island. Testing on the bike showed that it saved as much as 10 minutes over the 180 km bike ride in Kona.
The engineers at Cube and Swiss Side got together again this year to create another prototype for Raelert. Swiss Side has been working in the Formula 1 world for over 50 years. Thanks to extensive CFD (computational fluid dynamics), wind tunnel and performance simulation testing, the folks at Cube and Swiss Side are confident they’ve put together a bike “that will raise the bar in every single respect,” according to Jean-Paul Ballard, Swiss Side’s technical director.
If there was one consistent theme we heard from virtually all the bike companies in Kona this year it was around creating a fast “system” of rider, bike and equipment. All that has been emphasized in Cube’s Kona prototype, but there is also a big emphasis on adjustability and bike handling in this project.
"Our goal is to build the fastest triathlon bike in the world,” says Bernd Schenkl, Cube’s head of engineering. “The current prototype is the product of a two-year development phase during which we worked closely with Swiss Side to create a world-class aero bike for Andy Raelert. Our focus was on combining uncompromising aerodynamics with a unique design to build a bike that is not only the fastest in wind tunnel tests, but one that also delivers outstanding manoeuvrability and plenty of set-up options to allow athletes to find the perfect riding position. This approach is crucial to ensuring maximum on-road performance. The innovative C:68 carbon frameset transforms every watt of energy expended at the pedals into speed and perfectly combines a lightweight structure with extraordinarily high stiffness and ultimate aerodynamics."
The Aerium C:68 SL Hadron that hits the market soon features an Advanced Twin Mold C:68 carbon frame with horizontal dropouts and aggressive, forward geometry. Adding to the aero performance is an Aerium Aero carbon fork matched to the frame. The bike is equipped with a Profile Svet carbon aerobar, along with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 components, which are paired with a Rotor Flow chainset and, Swiss Side’s Hadron Ultimate 800+ aerocarbon wheels, the same ones ridden by Raelert in Kona.