Staff rider and endurance specialist Tim Wiggins talks us through his rather special NeilPryde Bura SL Road Bike...
Look at my riding programme for the year, and it might appear that I have an unhealthy addiction to riding long distances, and for climbing mountains. Most probably, I do.
My bike choice to take on a bucket list of endurance feats; including the Etapé du Tour route, an 'Everesting', and trying to ride the 5 historic Maratona Dolomiti routes over 5 days (the #5MaratonasChallenge), is the NeilPryde Bikes Bura SL.
The Bura SL is an endurance cyclist's dream road bike. It is superlight, super smooth, and extremely well made. The frame offers a refined balance of power transfer, combined with all day comfort.
NeilPryde Bikes - An introduction
Mention NeilPryde to a lot of sports enthusiasts, and the common assumption is that you are referring to high-end sailing and windsurfing kit. That is indeed the root of the company's heritage; but a better way to describe the brand would be as a specialist firm in aerodynamics and carbon fibre production.
There are in fact a surprising number of similarities between bike and sailing kit manufacture. At the top level, the quality of the carbon fibre lay-up, and the knowledge of aerodynamics, plays a fundamental role.
NeilPryde have taken 25 years of experience in creating top level carbon kit, and applied it to their other passion: cycling.
The results, are some quite frankly incredible bikes...
The NeilPryde Bura SL frame
The Bura SL is designed to be a bike that will ascend and descend mountains, with phenomenal speed and control.
The SuperLight chassis uses C6.9 carbon fibre technology: this composes solely of Toray 46T and 60T fibres; the highest-modulus carbon found anywhere in bike manufacture. The quality of the lay-up results in an incredibly stiff and lightweight frame, without any compromise on strength.
The chassis also uses EXOSKELETON technology. This incorporates carbon fibre gussets and ribs into the frame lay-up, which adds extra stiffness and strength in selected areas, like the bottom bracket, downtube and headtube.
The ability of NeilPryde bikes to produce a frame that is phenomenally stiff in the areas that it needs to be (bottom bracket and headtube); yet has shock absorption as well (in the seat stays), to aid comfort, means that the Bura SL rides and performs like a finally tuned machine...
So far, my Bura SL and I have taken on and excelled in some great mountain challenges.
Earlier in the year, I visited the Alps; to preview the route of L'Etape du Tour. The Bura SL and I climbed the Col de Vars, and the Col d'Izoard, effortlessly. Then descending, it felt planted, controlled and fast.
- Read the Wiggle Story here: stories.wiggle.com/wiggle-ride-the-alps
This month, I used the Bura SL for an 'Everesting'. Together we climbed over 10,000 metres, over the course of 14 continuous hours of riding. The bike climbed like a rocket, but remained comfortable from 4am to night fall.
- Read the Wiggle Story here: stories.wiggle.com/everesting
Put simply, the Neil Pryde Bura SL continues to be the most comfortable and fastest road bike that I have ridden to date. The frame delivers a balance of speed, control and comfort, which I haven't found in any other road bike chassis.
The Bura SL is available in two stock models from Wiggle:
Both of these Shimano groupset options, finished with fi'zi:k kit and Fulcrum wheels, will be superb with the Bura SL frame.
However, the frame is also infinitely upgradable. I have fitted mine with Rotor Q-Rings, Campagnolo kit and Mavic wheels; the frame continues to excel, and do justice to even the highest end components.
This is a super bike. No doubt there. Designed and engineered with precision, it has excelled on any riding challenge that I have taken it on.