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    Van Dessel's Project PR and Project WR Pro-Level Time-trial bikes

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    Van Dessel's Project PR and Project WR Pro-Level Time-trial bikes provide speed at cost

    DOVER, N.J. (April 25, 2006) Time-trial and triathlon bikes have - until recently - been the sign of either very serious - or very rich cyclists. Not a bike you generally want to ride every day, a TT bike is one you pull from your quiver when speed is everything. Unfortunately, that speed generally comes at a very high price, leaving many to simply stare in awe and wish to be that lucky. Thanks to rides like Van Dessel Cycles' Project WR and Project PR, a pro-level time-trial/triathlon bike can be had by almost anyone.

    Both the WR and its less-expensive sibling, the PR, share the same geometry, featuring a low front-end and a 76-degree seat tube, which make for a bike that's comfortable for cyclists who are used to normal road bikes, or those more comfortable on steeper triathlon-specific bikes.

    "The geometry is the exact same as on our first TT bike we designed for the Colavita Bolla pro team (now Colavita/Sutter Home)," said Edwin Bull, owner and designer of Van Dessel Cycles. "We rely heavily on athlete feedback to develop bikes and every single athlete we have ever worked with on the aero bikes has told us not to touch the geometry: the comfort, speed, and stability are all outstanding."

    "I have been on several TT bikes that are pretty good at going straight, but they don't handle cornering and other technical aspects well," explained internationally-successful Master's triathlete, Don Fink. "The WR feels incredibly stable during fast cornering and does just as well on a technical course as it does on a non-technical course."

    Between the PR and WR, the PR has a bladed aero down tube, aero seat, aero stays, a rear wheel cut-out, and internal cable routing, as well as an aero fork. The WR was designed to take the handling and comfort of the PR and drop weight while creating an even more aerodynamically "slipperier" frame. The WR adds aero head tube and seat post to the original PR design but uses a lighter tubing to create an 18.5 pound (54cm) time-trial bike like no other.

    Defending his choice of aluminum, Bull explained, "It's my feeling that while carbon is all the rage, there is no need to spend 2.5 times as much on a carbon aero frame just for the sake of having carbon."

    For those who think talk is cheap, the results these frames have helped produce speak for themselves: overall victory at the 2005 Powerman Alabama and the 2005 US Pro long distance duathlete championships, as well as age group wins at both East Coast Ironman qualifiers. Fast bikes for fast people, plain and simple.

    Price for the PR with FSA Vision Tech bars and wheels is $2000 for Ultegra, and $2500 for Dura Ace. The WR comes with FSA Vision Tech Trimax bars, FSA SLK cranks with TT rings and RD-400 wheels and costs $2500 for Ultegra or $3000 for Dura Ace.

    Ride inspired since 2000, Van Dessel Cycles is dedicated to maximizing performance, function, and dependability in every Van Dessel bike. Van Dessel's 2006 line of bikes debuts at and features the carbon Solstice road bike, the ultra-light aerodynamic TT/Tri Project WR, the full-suspension Buzz Bomb FS and the single-speed Country Road Bob. Determined to build up the sport from its grassroots, Van Dessel believes in promoting cycling through talented, results-oriented athletes. Look for Van Dessel Cycles beneath teams like Maxxis, Colavita New England, UC Davis and the Iraq Junior National Team. To see Van Dessel bikes up close, find a dealer at

    Jackson Weber
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