CA­BAL AERO AE01

R46 000 (SRAM FORCE) R85 000 (SRAM ETAP) / RIDECABAL.COM

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Gear Of The Year -

A pas­sion project saw Cape Town-based An­drew Bloom and Jon Colledge come to­gether to col­lab­o­rate on Ca­bal Bikes – a di­rect-to-con­sumer project, of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent bikes and wheelsets. A bike fit is in­cluded in the deal, so you re­ceive a bike that’s the right size, with pro­por­tion­ate-length stem, bars, seat­post and cranks to suit you. Fo­cus­ing on the Aero AE01, the frame is a sub­tle off-grey/ white, with a flash of colour on the top out­lines. While the frames are sourced from an open mould, they’re not generic: An­drew and Jon source To­ray T800 car­bon and spec the car­bon lay-up and wall thick­ness, fol­low­ing an EPS man­u­fac­tur­ing process and strict qual­ity con­trol. The AE01 comes with SRAM Force as stan­dard on the high­end build, but we had them spec a full SRAM eTap as well, to take it to a higher dream-bike level – en­sur­ing there are no wires makes it even more aero. (It will also ac­com­mo­date Di2.)

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