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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) HOLLAND Desert Princess / QUINTANA ROO Superform (tri)

Old 12-07-23, 09:50 AM
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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) HOLLAND Desert Princess / QUINTANA ROO Superform (tri)

Bicycle Guide Aug 1989 ushers in the era of time-trial and aerodynamic innovations integrated with triathlon-centric frame design.
This post covers the first two bikes - HOLLAND Desert Princess and QUINTANA ROO Superform.
The remaining three bikes, HAMILTON Sattui, TRIMBLE Monocoque, and the more conventional CENTURION Ironman "Dave Scott" will be presented in upcoming separate Road Test / Bike Review posts.











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Interesting choice of bars on the Hamilton. In the first photo (no rider) it looks like there are some bars right off a classic English 3 speed. Then in the shot with a rider, "normal" looking cow horn TT style bars...


Also, 90 degree seat tubes make it look like the rider is lying on top of the bike.
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce
Interesting choice of bars on the Hamilton. In the first photo (no rider) it looks like there are some bars right off a classic English 3 speed. Then in the shot with a rider, "normal" looking cow horn TT style bars...
Holland. Hamilton is here: Road Test/Bike Review (1989) HAMILTON Sattui (tri)

Who knows? It could very easily have been Marti not wanting them on the bike when she was time-trialing it. It could have been what's being used for better hill climbing when the photographer showed up. It could have been what Holland wanted.

These were the early experimental days of discovering what works best for speed, efficiency and comfort in triathlon racing, and a time of few rules restrictions with equipment. Triathletes were showing up to races with drop bars with the drops cut off, sort of a reverse cowhorn, just enough to mount the brakes levers. The sides of saddles were getting cut out by racers in tiny Speedos in an attempt to decrease friction on the inside of their upper legs, though more would opt to apply petroleum jelly to the side of their saddles for the same reason. I enjoyed the quote from Dan Empfield "...everyone using [Scott bars] was riding way forward on their saddle...". The combination of aero bars and a conventional road geometry frame created forces that naturally pulled/pushed the rider forward. Because we were used to eliminating components or modifying components for comfort, lower weight, and hopefully a faster bike split, we used to joke about soon seeing someone racing without a saddle and using only a padded seatpost. Fun, interesting times!
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I'm thinking that those Holland bars are the typical Full-forward all the time tribars with the outside bars rotated around ("ghettoized"}.
That might be a way to civilize a tri-bike for general riding or training rides..
Had a pair in the garage, and it looks like it might work.

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