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Radical tri bike reimagines the fork

Radical tri bike reimagines th...
The Ceepo Shadow-R is currently on display at Eurobike
The Ceepo Shadow-R is currently on display at Eurobike
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An underside view of the Ceepo Shadow-R
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An underside view of the Ceepo Shadow-R
The Ceepo Shadow-R features a built-in "Bento box" (for carrying energy supplements) and tool box
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The Ceepo Shadow-R features a built-in "Bento box" (for carrying energy supplements) and tool box
A front view of the Ceepo Shadow-R
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A front view of the Ceepo Shadow-R
A top view of the Ceepo Shadow-R
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A top view of the Ceepo Shadow-R
The Ceepo Shadow-R is currently on display at Eurobike
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The Ceepo Shadow-R is currently on display at Eurobike
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Although aerodynamics play a part in the design of all road bikes, triathlon bikes tend to be particularly aero-focused. Ceepo's 2019 Shadow-R really takes things to an extreme, by doing away with the traditional wind-catching vertical front fork.

The Shadow-R utilizes what Ceepo calls the SideFork. The main part of it, to which the wheel is attached, sits horizontally – this minimizes its effective frontal area, reducing drag. That horizontal section is linked to the bike's steerer/handlebars via slim fender-like bits that curve up over the front and back of the wheel, basically replacing its frontal area.

As an added bonus, the SideFork's shock-absorbing flexibility is claimed to reduce road vibrations in the handlebars.

The Ceepo Shadow-R features a built-in "Bento box" (for carrying energy supplements) and tool box
The Ceepo Shadow-R features a built-in "Bento box" (for carrying energy supplements) and tool box

If you're interested in getting a Shadow-R, it's being sold as a frame/fork combo which is compatible with Shimano Di2, Sram E-Tap, Sram 1By and FSA electric groupsets. Both the frame and fork are made entirely of high-modulus carbon fiber, and have a combined weight of 3.68 kg (8.11 lb) – buyer-supplied components not included.

Like the CeramicSpeed DrivEn shaft-drive system that we just covered, the Shadow-R has also recently received an award at the Eurobike show in Germany. We've reached out to Ceepo regarding pricing and availability, but have yet to hear back.

Source: Ceepo via BikeRadar

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2 comments
Trylon
The late Ben Bowden might have been flattered to see someone with an updated version of his classic Spacelander design.
StWils
Crappy pictures! Whomever took these pics should not do this kind of work again until someone competent shows how to take a picture that will actually look good on a computer screen.