What bikes are retired road pro Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso riding these days? Based on each of their Instagram feeds, the A on the headtube of the masked bike they have been leaking, and the teasingly named new @Abikesofficial company account… the two look set to debut an all-new A _ _ _ _ Bikes brand next Tuesday with a new road bike…

UPDATE: The bikes now have a name – Aurum – and we have the full details here!

Contador & Basso’s new A _ _ _ _ Bikes road bike brand

Both ex-pros shared this carbon road bike teaser today, giving us a moody look at one black and one blue road bike, teasing an official reveal coming soon on September 29th – next Tuesday. A quick dive into both Basso’s & Contador’s Instagram profiles, and it looks like they’ve been riding the same road bike covered in various camouflaging stripes since January of this year. They look to be the same as what’s in this video teaser as far as we can tell.

So what do we know about A Bikes?

A_bikes, a new carbon road bike of Basso and Contador, blue camo
all photos courtesy of: @abikesofficial, @acontadoroficial & @ivanbasso

A few things have remained clear and constant over the last nine months’ time: traditional road shaping, disc brakes, smooth roads, crazy premium bike builds (they are ex-champions, after all), that A headbadge, and one more thing on the headtube…

A_bikes, a new carbon road bike of Basso and Contador, headtube

At first the bike looked to feature fully internal cable routing, but at the top of the headtube is a cable port unlike what we are used to seeing on recent road bikes. The cables appear to remain external, in front of the headset, but then go straight down into the frame. It’s unclear how much exposed cable this will really need to allow for regular bar rotation, but it certainly is a tidy-looking solution that seems to retain standard cockpit compatibility.

A_bikes, a new carbon road bike of Basso and Contador, 6.19kg

Oh, and no surprise… but the bike looks light. Contador hung his size 54cm bike with a Dura-Ace Di2 group, 4iiii power meter, Lightweight wheels/bar/stem/seatpost, Continental Competition tires, and carbon railed Bontrager saddle on a home travel scale for a complete weight of 6.19kg (13.6lb).

Yeah, that sub-UCI build is going to cost you!

Speaking of the UCI, the current list of UCI-approved frames does not include any new five-letter bike brand names starting with A that we’ve never heard of. So, it’s unclear if this new A _ _ _ _ Bikes frameset will be approved for racing, even if you build it up over 6.8kg.

A_bikes, a new carbon road bike of Basso and Contador, complete

As for the rest of the details, we’ll have to wait until Tuesday. That is unless Basso or  Contador reveal even more over social media in the meantime…

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Update: Basso & Contador’s first all-new road bike, the Aurum Magma has now been revealed. And it is every bit as premium as we expected!

34 COMMENTS

  1. It’s so refreshing to see a traditional double-diamond frame with an (almost) horizontal top tube and (what appears to be) a round seat post.
    A true breath of fresh air amidst the unrelenting flood of dropped seat stays and proprietary kamm-tail D-shaped seat posts.
    The dazzle-camo paint scheme is there to mask and disrupt the frame shape? Leave it on there, I’ll take one as it is… as a paint job it’s just as refreshing as the actual frame design.

  2. If they need some help with branding and model names, I’d like to offer some freebies.

    A-Bikes Haemocrit
    A-Bikes Transfusion
    A-bikes Plasma
    A-Bikes T-Level

    • I’m guessing they won’t consult with you on this matter. Usually the things that are offered for free are free for a reason.

      • That means nothing and says nothing about any of the frames. The devil is in the details, specifically CF layup, QC requirements, tolerances, and whatever other requirements are stipulated in the contracts.

  3. Bunch of old crotchety bike farts on here spieling their gospels of bike beliefs. I find it entertaining, please keep expressing your worthless opinions as true as they maybe.

    Kindly,

    Bike person #320949851

  4. A touch of strange… Why not:

    a) dropped seatstays?
    b) Kamm-tail seatpost?
    c) sloping geometry?

    These features are supposed to be all the rage & super aero. Or are they?

  5. No ne of thos 3 brands are made in the same factory. Trek = Giant, Specialized = Merida, and Santa Cruz claims their own Taiwan factory which we know is BS.

      • “Trek has two manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin — one in Waterloo and one in Whitewater. Overseas, it builds in Germany, Holland and China. In 2011, CEO John Burke said Trek’s sales were more than $800 million.”

        Source: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2014/jul/28/scott-walker/scott-walker-says-trek-makes-99-its-bicycles-overs/

        Only a part of it is made in China, and I’m not even sure if it still happens at the Giant factory. I hear that they have their own factory now, but I can’t confirm if that part is true.

        That said, the chairman of Giant Bicycles also says production is being moved away from China nowadays, which in my opinion is a great thing since we cannot keep accepting China terrorizing the world (such as their current holocaust against Uighurs, google it, it’s shocking and them ruining world health):

        “According to Tu, increasingly companies are “moving production close to your market,” which in Giant’s case means building a factory in Gyongyos, Hungary for the European market as well as seeking a partner in Southeast Asia where Vietnam, for example, is a major bicycle exporter.”

        Source: https://road.cc/content/news/262468-made-china-era-over-says-giant-worlds-biggest-bike-maker-and-blames-donald

        That said, I don’t see anything new in this bike brand. It looks outdated and seems indeed to be some cheap off the shelve catalog frame from a random Chinese factory. In my opinion, if you don’t have anything new to add to the industry, don’t create a new bike brand. It’s absolutely useless and even if the owners are famous, doomed to fail at the moment it will be reviewed and tested against other bikes.

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