Flamme Rouge Kuota Kebel Road Test

November 1, 2011

Who is Kuota?

I first came across the Kuota name when Fabio Casartelli rode one to victory in the 1992 Olympic Road Race in Barcelona. Sadly Casartelli was to lose his life on the Portet D’Aspet during stage fifteen of the 1995 Tour de France. Although he’d already achieved much in his short career, Fabio was a talent still to reach his full potential and show the world what he had to offer. Kuota themselves are based in Albiate, Italy. For the last few years they’ve been supplying bikes to the AG2R Protour team, the UK Youth Team, with Magnus Backstedt and Nigel Mansell at the helm, and a host of ladies, men’s U23, and triathlon teams. This year they’ve branched out in to cyclo-cross. They do seem to put an awful lot back in to our sport.

This Test

First off, this isn’t your normal road bike test. This has to be one of the most bling-ed bikes I’ve ever ridden. If ever there was a programme called Pimp my Bike, this would be on it.

The Bike

The Kebel is placed mid-range, in a very high-range set, of out and out race bikes. Top of the pile is the anorexic KOM (King of the Mountains), followed by the Kult and then the up and at ’em Kebel.

A perfect all rounder, from your local crit to a super sportive and everything else in between, And as mentioned, all you need to do is swap a seat post, add some clip-ons and you’ve got yourself a time trial or triathlon bike. Two bikes for the price of one.

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