Our Abanicos model has been receiving a fair amount of attention recently, so we thought it would be worth adding a blog post with a little more information about this frame. If you’ve read the product spec you’ll know that Abanicos is our racier, harder-edged frame, focussed more on race level performance, yet designed to deliver this while retaining a comfortable and compliant ride. Here we can go into a little more detail of the features of the frame and provide some insight into the design and thinking behind it.
The Abanicos is built around a BB86 bottom bracket shell, giving us a broadened scope for frame and tube design. The BB86 standard is used because it offers the perfect diameter to allow the downtube to join completely round, improving stiffness and strength. It’s also wider that a standard threaded bottom bracket/BB30/PF30, this has allowed the oversize chainstays to be spaced wider than is possible with a standard BB, improving stiffness. In addition, the use of press in cups offers creak free installation with complete availability of bottom brackets to run all types of chainsets including 386Evo. Moving upfront the oversize tapered headtube provides a huge leap in stiffness and steering response, making the ABANICOS a quick handing and fast steering bike. We suggest the use of the excellent Enve 2.0 tapered carbon fork.
Like all Colina bikes, build specification is up to you. Add some lightweight aero wheels and a stiff finishing kit and you have the perfect machine for race day, or throw on some low profile climbing wheels with some light weight componentry and you have a responsive climbing tool. Ride it, race it, it’s the ultimate in titanium performance. The Abanicos is also available in electronic specific version to accommodate both Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS electronic drivetrains.