Fondriest TF2 1.7 Aero Ultegra

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Fondriest TF2 1.7 Aero is perfect for those that want some aero gains but not at the expense of climbing efficiency.

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Fondriest TF2 1.7 Aero Ultegra

Fondriest has finally released their aero bike. It's called the TF2 1.7 Aero.

You may be asking, “Who the hell is Fondriest?” and “Why should I care?” Fondriest is a relatively small Italian manufacturer who makes very, very good bikes. In the sea of bikes we get swamped with, they certainly made us sit up and pay attention.

- You want an aero bike that can climb.
- Value stiffness and efficiency over a super comfortable ride.
- Value superb carbon fibre manufacturing and materials. 
- Want a bike that handles superbly.

-  You live on the side of a mountain – get the TF2 1.5 for that.
-  You want a really upright seating position or lack flexibility.

The Aero will suit semi-experienced riders with average to excellent flexibility. Now available with a 28T rear cassette as standard, it will compliment those riders who are also climbing mild vertical metres. The Vision T35 wheels are a better aerodynamic option to the Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels that some builds come with (see below).

Compared with Giant, for those riders who are looking at something stiffer than a TCR but don’t want to go as aero as a Giant Propel, the TF2 Aero is a very, very good option.

That said, we are not here to tell you that the Aero is the world's most aerodynamically efficient bike, and indeed, it won't suit all riders. It is simply a worthy option to consider if your requirements are some aero gains, superb chassis and exceptional ride quality.

It's all very well talking about Italian passion and getting romantic over a bike, but the stuff it's made from is equally as important. In the case of the TF Aero, that stuff is Japanese carbon manufacturer Toray's 40-tonne carbon matrix. This means it can support 40t of pressure per square centimetre of carbon. Compare this to the 27t carbon that most of the larger manufacturers use on their road bikes at a similar price point and beyond. Frame weight comes in at 990 grams and 395 grams for the fork.

The Aero sustains so many curves and radii that the side on image really doesn't explain its complexity. The frame hides numerous aero enhancing aesthetics such as the integrated fork and truncated Kammtail. Cable routing is superb, one of the cleanest entrance and exit points at the frame we've seen. 

Direct mount Ultegra callipers keep braking responsive and sharp. Surprisingly these are not often seen on bikes since their debut; direct mount brakes definitely improve braking performance because they stiffen the brake arms on the callipers. Because these arms don’t flex under hard braking, more braking power can be transferred to the rim.

Fondriest sizing can be a bit confusing, so we'll shed some light on this. The TF Aero is available in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL, so the perfect fit shouldn't be a problem to attain.

Stack height and reach length are considered to be the two most critical dimensions when sizing bikes. So a quick comparison of the Aero's Stack: Reach ration shows that it closely approximates that of its nearest competitors, the Propel Advanced Pro and the Scott Foil. The Specialized Venge has the most aggressive positioning out of the main players and the Madone is the most upright.

Fondriest have specced the TF Aero with 4 build kits:

a. Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Vision T35 wheels  RRP $5,299
b. Shimano Ultegra and Vision T35 wheels  RRP $3,999 
c. Shimano Ultegra and Fulcrum Sport wheels  RRP $3,499
d. Shimano 105 and Fulcrum Sport wheels  RRP $2,799

In this preview, we have the TF Aero with a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Vision T35 wheels, photographed on the beautiful Mornington peninsula.

Probably not for the average weekend warrior. Look, we could quote aerodynamic co-efficient, do extensive back-to-back testing, explain truncated aero-foil profiles and explain boundary layer flow. But, who cares? Does it look sexy? Absolutely yes. And this is, after all, why we buy bikes - because they look good - and provided they meet certain requirements - consumers will always buy a bike that they like the aesthetics of. The ugly bike doesn’t sell. And the TF Aero is far from ugly; it's one of the best looking bikes we've ever seen.

So if you think that the Aero will suit your requirements, then come in for a test ride and with our new Shimano Bike Fitting system, we will ensure that the sizing is perfect.

Shimano Ultegra 6800, Direct Mount

Matte Black/Blue/Silver
Brakes Levers
Shimano Ultegra 6800

Carbon, Toray Tensile Strength 40 tonne
Shimano Ultegra 6800

Carbon, raw fork weight, 395 gr
Shimano Ultegra 6800

Fondriest Aluminium
Shimano Ultegra 6800, 52T/36T

Fondriest Aluminium
Bottom Bracket
Shimano Press Fit

Selle Italia SL
Vision Team 35

Fondriest Aluminium

Selle Italia SL
Vision sealed bearing


Shimano Ultegra 6800
Vittoria Rubino G+ Graphene, 700x25mm,

Front Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra 6800

Rear Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Extras / Other
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