Award winning Japanese mini-velo and folding bike brand Tyrell will be releasing 2 new products for 2013: RX, the brand new 700c Chromoly road bike, Tyrell’s first venture into this category, and the FSX, an updated version of Tyrell’s existing popular FX.
The FSX, an enhanced version of the FX
The FSX, which will be released later this month, is an updated version of the FX model which was introduced 2years ago. Incidentally, Mr Masahito Hirose, the founder of Tyrell, told us that the “S” in FSX means speed. Masahito shared with us that some customers would like something faster and lighter that could also fold, hence the new FSX.
Features-wise, the FSX’s frame is constructed out of hydroformed 7005 aluminium alloy. It comes with a redesigned full carbon monocoque front fork with a 1.4inch tapered head tube, for increased steering precision and stability. The FSX will be equipped with narrower Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tires for lower rolling resistance and a full SRAM Force road group set. A small but interesting detail is the new seat tube shim which minimizes scratches/damages to the seat post when it is adjusted during the folding/unfolding process.
Overall, Mr Masahito explains that the basic structure of the FSX is pretty much the same as the FX but lighter, faster and more stable.
The RX, Tyrell’s venture into the 700c world
Another new and unusual edition to the 2013 product line-up is the RX, a 700c Chromoly road bike. When queried about this new venture in full-sized 700c road bike which is a departure from his mainstay of mini-velos and foldies, Mr Masahito explained that fans of the brand wanted to see a 700c model added to the Tyrell’s product range.
The RX frame is constructed from Columbus Life tubing which is triple butted and lighter with reduced wall thickness yet maintaining an excellent resistance to weight ratio. The RX will come in 4 colours and the carbon fork will be available separately. Mr Masahito also plans to increase Tyrell’s range of road bike types/products in the near future, definitely good news for roadies!
On his plans for 2014, Mr Masahito intends to retain his current models but update with improvements along the way. Bigger bike brands tend to change their products every other year but Mr Masahito shared that he will only update his bike models within 2 to 3 years based on his clients’ feedback and suggestions.
One of the projects that Masahito is currently working on is overcoming the challenge of designing the front-end for a small-sized road bike (especially for the smaller sized Asians and ladies). Smaller-sized road frame geometry based on the 700c platform typically faces issues of toe overlap of the front wheel for the rider, so the challenge is finding the best compromise between the appropriate fork rake without significantly affecting the ride geometry and handling.
Mr Masahito constant pursuit to create better bicycles which are comfortable, performance oriented and of high quality, characteristics which are synonymous with the Tyrell brand is certainly note-worthy.
Tyrell is distributed by Onesport Pte Ltd.