At the very start of the development process, we applied to the UCI to homologate the new AC01 design for racing, but have not yet been successful in winning their approval. Two years later, the governing body for world cyclesport has still not approved disc brakes for road or time trial races. Also, the new AC01’s aerodynamic arrangement of the top tube, seat tube and seat stays, while legal for road, time trial and track racing bikes, is prohibited for cyclocross competition.

But we hadn’t started out to simply design a bike that would pander to UCI requirements, our overall design goal had always been clear: build an urban bicycle which is noticeably faster in every way. So, we came quickly to the conclusion that we were not willing to compromise the unique combination of performance (disk brakes), handling agility (short chain stays), and city utility (clearance for wider tires and fenders) which this arrangement makes possible on our new, faster urban bike.

With the new AC01 design disallowed by the UCI, { Worthy of Note: we looked to the alpenchallenge’s history to find cycling competitions in which it could be proven faster than other bicycles. }we looked to the alpenchallenge’s history to find cycling competitions in which it could be proven faster than other bicycles. The original alpenchallenge was developed together with Swiss bicycle messengers—we’d found our race: The 2013 Cycle Messenger World Championship.

Emmanuel Allaz, also known as the Viking Pédaleur, competes as an enduro mountain bike racer on weekends, and works as a cycle messenger in the week. We gave him a new alpenchallenge AC01 one week before the Championship to see if he could go faster than ever before.

In the main race, he improved from a 15th place at the European Championship on the previous alpenchallenge to 11th at the World Championship riding the new AC01. A better placing against the world’s best couriers than in the continental championships is a strong indication that the new alpenchallenge is faster. However, that was not the most impressive result of the weekend for Emmanuel and his new AC01.

Over a short, steep, time trial course through the historic, cobbled streets and alleyways of central Lausanne, our cycling Viking won the CMWC 2013 hill climb competition, beating the next best rider by over 1.5 seconds. Conventional wisdom says that road bikes with drop bars and rim brakes should be more aerodynamic and lighter; both of which result in increased speed. { Worthy of Note: On this hilly, winding course, our flat bar and disc brake-equipped alpenchallenge AC01 came in faster than all other bikes. }On this hilly, winding course, our flat bar and disc brake-equipped alpenchallenge AC01 came in faster than all other bikes.

Rejected by the UCI, yet winner of a world title in its first race weekend, the new alpenchallenge AC01 is a rare beast. There are a huge amount of bikes available in the urban, fitness, speed and flat bar road bike segments. But if you’re looking for something faster to enhance your lifestyle, the AC01 could be the bike you weren’t expecting.

Looks faster
Technology and innovations from our rapid road bikes can easily be seen in the new design. We’ve incorporated aero advantages from our timemachine models and integrated the comfort and control benefits of angle compliance from our granfondo designs.

Feels faster
We designed a cut-away shape into the seat tube for more than just aerodynamic advantage. It also allowed us to match the 412mm chain stay length of our endurance racing bikes, while at the same time creating clearance for fenders and wider tires, resulting in road bike responsiveness with urban bike utility.

Turns faster
Our custom carbon and aluminum forks were designed in conjunction with the frame design, and dimensioned specifically for our ideal fender, tire and wheel sizes. We minimized the fork length, steepened the frame’s head angle and optimized the fork’s trail dimension to achieve quicker steering while retaining enough stability.

Climbs faster
By careful design and material selection, we reduced frame weight by over 500 grams compared to the previous generation. At the same time, lateral and torsional stiffness also increased, resulting in a far more efficient chassis.

Adapts faster
Our proprietary City Kit fenders can be installed or removed in seconds, allowing riders to change faster than the weather. Traditional, aftermarket fenders can be bolted directly to the frame and fork, eliminating noisy, heavy adaptors.

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