No, that headline doesn’t mean they’re combining the two models into a lightweight, aero bike. Rather, both the Bura SL and Nazaré get updated frames that no longer rely on different shapes and designs to differentiate the price points and feature sets. Now, they each gets a unique mold for the model, with different carbon fibers and layups to cater to different riders and budgets.
The Nazaré is their aero road bike, which gets the most changes. They moved the rear brake back up to the seatstays for easier maintenance, and they said their testing showed virtually no difference in aerodynamics between that placement and putting it under the chainstays.
Headtube profile is narrower, and leads into a semi-integrated stem design that’s one piece with the bar.
Keeping with the “easy to use and maintain” concept, they left the cables outside of the bar/stem so it’s easier to setup. From there back, though, there’s full internal cable routing.
The seatpost flips to go from 0mm to 15mm setback, and will fit a Di2 battery inside.
Downtube profile is new, with a more uniform shape from top to bottom…until it hits the BB. There, it gets one of Neilpryde’s signature aesthetics, the offset looking PF86BB shell, with a downtube that morphs to the left to make a bigger cross section. Pair that with stout chainstays and the lower half of the bike should be very stiff.
The base model has a standard carbon modulus and comes in at a claimed 1,100g. Upper models have a new higher mod version that comes in around 900g. Look for complete base level bikes at $2,100 (Shimano 105) and $2,900 Ultegra, and SL versions for $3,600 (Ultegra) and $6,200 (Dura-Ace).
The Bura SL is their lightweight race bike and it gets the same two carbon treatments, letting them offer lower priced complete bikes. Claimed weights are 750g SL versus 950g standard modulus.
It looks similar to the prior model with seat tube and head tube gussets, but they’re more chiseled. It has new seatstays and fork to add compliance. It switches to full internal cable routing (used to be external) and gets an internal seat clamp.
For 2018, it has a PF86BB, switched from PFBB30 since most of their complete builds are with Shimano parts. It, too, gets an offset downtube, which means offset bottle mounts to keep your bottle centered.
Shaped downtubes and that offset BB section means its light weight doesn’t give up stiffness.
Options include a top of the line SL with Dura-Ace ($5,400) or Ultegra 8000 ($3,600), and base levels with Ultegra 8000 ($2,800) or 105 ($2,100). Fans of Neilpryde may remember they’ve tried several retail (or non-retail) strategies in the past, and they’ve had a bit of a hiatus in selling here. They’re launching a US-based support network in 2018, and bikes will be available in the US starting October, sold direct.