|BATTAGLIN BIKES TESTED
THE C13EVO SUPER RECORD AND THE C14PRO
Many of us in the US remember Battaglin bicycles from the 90's with their awesome steel bikes. Some of us even remember Giovanni Battaglin winning the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espaņa consecutive in one year. Now the Italians are back in the US with a very impressive lineup for both; road and mountain sector.
Very successful in Europe now Battaglin brings its consumer-direct model to the US. Battaglin is well known for their high-quality bikes at prices well under their competitors. What originally began as a family business building frames in the company's own factory in 1983, Battaglin has since grown into a leading Italian bicycle brand. The Zalf-Fior team has been racing Battaglin's, winning numerous races throughout Europe.
C13EVO and C14PRO FRAME
The C13EVO and C14PRO FRAME are the same with one distinctive difference. The C13EVO comes with an integrated seatmast while the C14PRO comes with a traditional seatpost. The frame resembles classic Italian design combined with carbon fiber wherever possible. Battaglin has stuck with their frame design for the past 2 years. Rather than completely overhauling what has been their bestselling frame, they've made improvements in both comfort and stiffness. Using an FSA headset and an FSA OS-99 CSI CARBON stem, Battaglin takes stiffness further than other brands with their tapered head tube design of 11/8 inches at the top to 1 1/2 inches at the bottom. Combined with Battaglin's own aero shaped carbon fork to create a very rigid front end.
Battaglin's frames varies in thickness to improve vibration damping without compromising lateral stiffness.
Our C13EVO came decked out with the same build the Zalf-Fior team races, featuring the Lamborghini of componentry, a Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed. A set of super high-end CAMPAGNOLO BORA ULTRA TWO wheels with VITTORIA EVO-CX tires gives the bike it's "Uber" status. Mounted to Battaglin's own aero shaped carbon seatpost/mast is a SELLE ITALIA SLR KIT CARBON FLOW saddle.
What's most impressive about the C13EVO Super Record is that the complete bike with its 900g frame weights an very impressive 14 pounds even with its high profile wheels set. In other words this bike could not even race at the Tour since it is a pound below the UCI mandated minimum bike weight. Unfortunately, we don't come across many bikes these days with Campy's high-end Super Record group. After feeling the hoods, shifting the gears (all 22 of them) and pulling on the brakes, we were grinning from ear to ear. Yeah, it really is that nice. The stiff front end was the very first thing we noticed with the C13EVO and C14PRO. The large diameter of the fork's steerer tube kept it ultra rigid laterally when we wound up our sprint, pulling hard-side to side-on the handlebars. As frames get stiffer and stiffer, many companies are going back to smaller-diameter seatposts to help dampen the ride. This is the case with Battaglin's in house seatpost- and we have to say it accomplished the job. The post's construction provided a decent ride for an upscale racer. When it came to climbing, our C13 and C14 ascended like it had a motor on it. Both models are great all-around road racer, giving it stability at speed but still making it quick out of sharp corners.
The C13 EVO and the C14 PRO delivers a full-scale race bike handmade in Italy to a prices that is below their competitors. Only the finest components you will ever find.
Price: The C13EVO starts at $6890.00 and the C14PRO starts at $5495.00
Weight: 14.0 pounds (C13EVO Super Record)