2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes Part Two

Quintana Roo Illicito $3,200 (frameset)

Since the Illicito is designed solely for triathlon, Quintana Roo’s chief of product design and development, Brad Devaney, decided to eliminate one of the frame tubes—the non-drive seatstay—to reduce aerodynamic drag. He bolstered the chain stays to compensate for the loss of stiffness, but some tires can barely graze the frame unless the wheel is backed out far on the horizontal dropouts. The Illicito’s geometry is perfect for triathletes riding a very forward position with a near-horizontal torso. Its saddle can be moved far forward, and the standard aerobar attachment system allows for a huge range of adjustment on top of the frame’s already aggressive layout. Quintanarootri.com