News: Culprit debuts budget-friendly disc-equipped alloy racer

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Culprit Roadi Black/Yellow

Fledgling bike maker Culprit has added a disc-equipped alloy race bike to its stable. The new rig, dubbed Roadi and available starting fall 2014, will be spec’d with Shimano 105 11-speed, Reynolds Stratus Pro wheels, and TRP HYRD calipers. Buyers will also get a jersey and multi-tool.

The bike is priced at $1,575 (a pretty smoking deal). The only hitch is that Culprit (which is based in Asia) has yet set up distribution channels in the U.S., meaning you’ll have to pick up the tab for shipping from Taiwan, plus any taxes and import duties. This will likely add $400-$500 to the bottom line.

Culprit Roadi Frame Black/Yellow Culprit Roadi Black/White

Even with the add-on costs, the new bike looks to be a solid value. Culprit is pushing it as the “best grams to dollars” alloy bike on the market, with a 56cm model coming in at a claimed 17.9 pounds. Frame with hardware comes in at 1,310 grams (claimed).

The Roadi frame is triple butted 6061 aluminum and features a kamm tail shaped downtube, which helps increase aero efficiency. Seatstays and chainstays are asymmetric and reinforcements have been added to deal with disc braking forces. Other highlights include internal cable routing (mechanical or electronic compatible), TRP HYRD mechanical/hydro brakes with a 160mm front rotor and 140mm rear, full carbon fork with internal routing, Ritchey WCS Streem II bars, Ritchey WCS 220 stem, and a PressFit BB86.

Of course one must wonder about potential warranty issues when buying a bike on-line from an overseas seller. Culprit GM Joshua Colp says there’s no need for concern. “If [one of our bikes] has a defect we will cover all costs,” Colp wrote in an email. “If we made mistakes or if a part is defective, we will send out replacement parts or a bike and pay for the part change in a local shop.”

The warranty process starts by email, added Colp. “We ask our customers to show us the problem by image and explain it. If we cannot resolve it by email or phone call we ask them to go to a local shop with knowledge to confirm what the problem is then action is taken after that. All products come with three-year manufacturer warranty of defect. We also offer a three-year crash replacement policy on our bikes. The first year is a 40 percent discount from retail, second is 30 percent, the third is 20. The customer pays shipping on the crash replacement parts from Taiwan, though. Bottom line, I am confident Culprit is capable of handling warranty issues.”

The bike will be available in six sizes, three colors and three build options. More info at

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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