ASSOS Prototype Carbon Fibre Aero Bike | First Ever Carbon Bike

Published on September 23rd 2017

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ASSOS are renowned for their cycling clothing, but did you know they produced the FIRST ever carbon fibre bike frame, and the first ever aero bike frame! Si takes a look at it. Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your interest in the GCN Club: http://gcn.eu/oz Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! http://gcn.eu/oA What do you think of this, the first ever carbon fibre bike frame? Let us know in the comments 👇 Ex-Professional cyclist Simon Richardson takes a look at what was the start of clothing brand ASSOS, a bike. Yep, that's right, they started with a bike! Carbon fibre was already on the scene in motorsports and skiing, with that in mind, Toni Maier the founder of ASSOS decided to give it a go in the bike industry. 1976 was the year, and the rest is well, history! Why carbon? It could be manipulated into various shapes, which was very appealing to Toni Maier and ASSOS. The lugs have an internal socket where the tubes meet one another and are bonded together. The tube profiles have a teardrop shape and performed significantly better than any of its competitors back in 1976. The rims were also produced by ASSOS, 16mm wide and designed with aerodyamics in mind to match the ultra narrow tubulars. (which look to be Barum from memory, Jon) The handlebars were placed on the fork crown to get the rider as low as possible, ideal for pursuit/kilometre events on the track. Remember, this is before TT bars were conceived. From this point forward the ASSOS clothing brand was born, and aerodynamic clothing too. Lycra was born, and even pro cyclists were buying ASSOS products for "special events". If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 http://gcn.eu/oB Watch more on GCN... Rohan Dennis' BMC Timemachine 01 | Vuelta A España 2017 📹 http://gcn.eu/or How To Get More Aero On Your Road Bike – With Zipp 📹 http://gcn.eu/2g1KErl Photos: © Bettiniphoto / http://www.bettiniphoto.net/ & ©Tim De Waele / http://www.tdwsport.com