Given that the Olympics happen once every four years, bike and apparel makers come at the Games with special one-offs and limited edition. Here’s a collection of some of the notable finds before triathletes hit the course at Fort Copacabana next week. (And if you’re not up on it; the men race Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7am Pacific, while the women follow up to race on Saturday Aug. 20, also at 7am Pacific.
Flora Duffy’s Rio Special Edition Scott Foil
This weekend, Bermuda’s Duffy, prepped for Aug 18 race in Rio with a World Cup stop in Montreal on her stock Scott Foil. Result? Win. Next week, she’ll be flying through Fort Copacabana on this Scott Foil.
Scott commissioned designer Michael Pinto, who said of his paint job inspiration for the Rio Special Edition: ” It wasn’t until I spent my holidays in Brazil that I found this unique pattern in the streets of Rio which for me perfectly represents the colorful culture and spirit of the Brazilian people.â€
We had a chance to check out the new Foil she’ll take through the paces as it was set up at her home in Boulder, Colo. Her setup features Shimano Di2 groupset, PRO bottle cages, a Specialized Power saddle, the stock Syncros integrated bar and will come set with prototype Contintental tires.
Duffy will be joined by American Sarah True in riding this super limited edition ride. How limited? 50 pieces per model, worldwide. Models include the Foil and the Plasma. The bike range will be compliment with matching versions of the new Cadence aero road helmet, the Centric road helmet, the Split aero TT helmet and the Tri Carbon tri shoe and Road RC shoe.
Smith Optics Bicicleta Sem Freio Line
Smith comes with a Brazilian wild one-two match for its riders. Partnering with Brazilian street artist collective called Bicicleta Sem Freio (or bicycle with no brakes in Portuguese). The group dressed up the Overtake aero road helmet, the Pivlock Arena Max sunglasses and the Lowdown casual glasses.
Athletes running them include French triathlete Pierre LeCorre, United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team including reigning time trial world champ Linda Villumsen of New Zealand, fellow Kiwi Rushlee Buchanan and Canadian Laura Brown, as well as American paralympian in the TT, road and on the track, Shawn Morelli.
A limited run of these pieces will be made available to the public this month at Smithoptics.com
Ashleigh Gentle’s Felt AR FRD
Like Duffy, Ashleigh Gentle headed to Montreal this past weekend for the ITU World Cup there as one last tune-up race, and finished second. The Australian pro won’t have her boyfriend, fellow pro Josh Amberger with her in Rio but “has been “a Pat Lemieux for the last week, which is nice,â€ she told LAVA.
For Gentle’s AR, Felt kept it simple takes the stock red and blue colors out and subs in Gentle’s national gold and green.
Oakley Green Fade
OK, why green for the Olympics? You could first look to the Brazilian flag and nod to the host country’s own national color. But really, the inspiration comes from Oakley’s own history; its first piece in the company’s performance collection was… green.
To add a key aspect of originality, each piece is hand-painted at Oakley’s headquarters in Southern Cal… with some celebrated Oakley athletes from motocross racer Ryan Dungey, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, skateboarder Ryan Sheckler and decathlete Brian Clay and actually doing some of the painting.
Pretty much every technical sport glass will feature within the collection: the EVZero, Jawbreaker, Radar EV Pat, Flak 2.0 XL and RadarLock Path, along with Frogskin and Crosslink Zero casual pieces.
It’s all finished with Oakley’s Prism platform, which enhances wavelengths of color, allowing for sharper visual acuity. Handy when racing at 30-40mph on the bike.
The list of Oakley triathletes running Green Fade next week: Americans Katie Zaferes and Gwen Jorgensen, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, South African Richard Murray, Aussies Ashleigh Gentle, Erin Densham, Aaron Royle, Ryan Fisher and Ryan Bailie, Spain’s Mario Mola… and the list goes on.
You can find (and buy) your own Green Fade pieces direct at Oakley.com
After holding onto a special paint for the last few years, the design team at Specialized finally found an appropriate venue to launch a unique heat-sensitive paint. Think of those heat-sensitive t-shirt prints… but apply it to your bike. Put your thumb or hand on the frame, hold for a few seconds, and the color changes.
Yep, the frame literally changes color. Below 22 degrees C, the bike is orange, but lightens up to a bright yellow as the temperature literally rises.
Triathletes running gear from the Torch Collection will include American Gwen Jorgensen, Sweden’s Lisa Norden and Great Britain’s Non Stanford in the women’s race on Aug. 20, as well as South African Richard Murray and France’s Vincent Luis on the men’s side, racing Aug. 18.
You can look over the entire collection (which includes commemorative color-match kit, socks and tees) at specialized.com/torch