NEILPRYDE was founded by an Olympic sailor, whose original goal was to develop a better understanding of aerodynamics and how to manufacture sails that allowed him to go faster. For 40 years we’ve been working on harnessing the wind, and this understanding of aerodynamics has allowed us to bring a fresh perspective to our wind-cheating bike designs.
The underlying philosophies behind our aero designs are based on: Real World Aerodynamics: the understanding that when you’re out on the road the wind comes at you from many different wind angles, and very infrequently from 0 degrees (head-on). We design bikes that manage the wind through a wide range of yaw angles.
Variable Airfoils: the airflow around a frame varies according to the location. For example, managing the relatively laminar airflow around the head tube requires a different a tube profile compared to smoothing the turbulent airflow around the down tube coming off the rotating front wheel. Hence the utilization of a variety of airfoil profiles in our bikes.
Balanced Engineering: Aerodynamics are important, but race bikes also need to be light, stiff, responsive and have confidence-inspiring handling.
This approach has lead to designs and engineering solutions unique to NEILPRYDE bikes.