REDCHILLI News & Events
Monday 9th October 2017
In the second installment of our 2 part feature with Genevieve Whitson, Gen gives us her first hand experience of riding our REDCHILLI FR2 during the 2017 season. Now, bear in mind, Gen races against some of the top UCI Women's Pro teams/rders, so this is one heck of a test for our FR2.
This year I've been lucky enough to ride Redchilli's FR2, the 'all rounder' frame. I say this because this frame genuinely can handle all terrain as well as converting to a TT bike if necessary. You name the conditions and the FR2 will be up to the task. The unique design of the frame is a big factor in why its so versatile. For a start its made from high end carbon making it stiff and responsive. This makes it the perfect racing machine to be able to tackle the Belgium cobbles or react to undulating courses that require constant changes in pace. It also feels super comfortable to ride. Bumps and lumps on the road seem invisible!
It's nice and light which I really appreciate for hillier races and was a big factor in why I rode into the top ten at the Women's National Series at the Tour of the Reservoir. I've had other light frames before, but generally they haven't been as smooth to descend on and certainly haven't felt as receptive as the FR2. When the peloton reeves up this frame reacts quickly, very quickly.
A great example of the FR2 working its magic was in the Lotto Belgium tour this year in September. This is a hard tour, involving many cobbles, long stretches into head winds and encompassing many climbs. I've done this tour four times over on several different bikes, but up until I got on the FR2 I have never stayed away with the lead group. It felt like the FR2 was doing some of the work for me! Previous bikes have felt sluggish or heavy when the speed went up, but this frame seemed to be gliding, giving me more energy to dig deep. It made 4 hard days, that little bit easier.
One of the best things about riding this frame is also the attention it gets. People are always saying, 'Oh wow, that's a cool looking frame, I've never seen anything like that before, gosh it looks fast! They also love the name; RedChilli is so individual it stands out in the crowd. I definitely like the idea of riding a bike that stands out.
All in all, I just love my Chilli and can't ever imagine racing any other bike. Would I recommend Redchilli? Of course..!! It is a seriously good bike.
We'd like to thank Gen for taking the time to chat with us and of course, we look forward to working with Gen for a 3rd year as move look ahead to 2018.
Sunday 8th Octoberber 2017
We have a 2 part feature with REDCHILLI brand ambassador and Scottish Women's Road Race Series Champion, Genevieve Whitson. Part 1 is a 5 minute Q&A session where Gen discuses 2017 and looks ahead to 2018. Part 2 will be Gen's long term review on the Redchilli FR2 that she has raced during 2017 at some of the top Women's races across the UK, Europe and Canada, proving beyond doubt that our FR2 is indeed, a top notch race frame.
So let's get started with Part 1, and a Q&A session:
RB: You've had a great 2017 race season. Reflecting on the year, how would you sum up 2017?
GW: Fast and furious. My coach and I made the decision to start the season a bit later this year to be better prepared and in April everything exploded. From mid April to mid July I basically had a race every weekend and/or during the week. When you are bunny hoping between 3 continents that gets a bit tiring. It has however been the best season I've ever had, things are moving in the right direction and I feel like I am learning and absorbing more each year.
RB: If there was one thing you could have changed about this year's race season, what would it be?
To be more aggressive in the races and not to wait for things to happen. Racing in Belgium has helped considerably but I think I missed a few opportunities this year by not taking more risks and chances.
RB: What has been your best achievement this year?
GW: I think my last race in Belgium in stage 3 of the Lotto Belgium Tour. The course just got harder and harder and the riders just kept on dropping off. By the 80km mark there were only 60 riders left of a truly world class peloton. To ride into the top 40 after going up the Mur twice was a truly great day for me, especially when you are surrounded by professional riders - I believe I was the only non professional cyclist to finish the race that day.
RB: So now it's the off season, how does your riding change compared to when you're competing?
GW: It's changed a lot. Firstly I didn't touch the race bike for three weeks and now I am in a transition phase before we start winter miles again. So I am back in the gym doing squats and dead-lifts. During race season I basically don't go near a gym so it's always a bit of a shock to the system when I try my first dead-lift in October each year and the legs wobble like jelly...
RB: Do you eat more chocolate during the off season?
GW: Not really. I am definitely not one of those athletes that has a very strict diet all year round, although I am really focused on five plus fruit and veggies a day. I generally believe in healthy moderation all year because if I sustain from foods I like, I am likely to have a terrible binge session at some stage and bitterly regret it!
RB: When and how will you start to train for 2018?
GW: Its basically already started with gym work to support strength training, followed by long base miles, but this year we will be mixing things up to try and get more speed earlier by doing track racing. I am very excited about this because it's something completely different and I am hoping to be a sponge and soak up as much information as I can.
RB: What are your plans for 2018 and do you have your eyes on any particular races?
GW: 2018 is likely to have a similar outlook as 2017 including a lot of European races. I have my eye on a few spring classics such as Westhoek & Gooik. It would also be a dream come true to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games which take place in Australia in April next year, that really would be amazing.
RB: You've been riding REDCHILLI now for 2 years. How have the bikes helped you?
GW: The bikes have helped hugely because they are so durable and comfortable to ride and I've been able to enjoy several wins on them - one definitely can't complain! The FR1 which I was on in 2016 was so powerful on the flat and seemed to be carving its way through the peloton like a rocket. The FR2 which I have been on this year is an incredible all rounder bike, flat, hilly, undulating - it loves everything. I even used it for several time trials and it didn't disappoint. It does love to climb though, I will say that and it was very handy when the race went up and the sufferfest started....
RB: If you could ride with any Pro rider (past or present) who would it be and why?
GW: It would be either Marianne Vos or Kristen Armstrong. Vos because she has been dominant for so long and there aren't many who can say that. Her attitude, her enthusiasm for the sport and her passion for supporting women's cycling is incredible. Armstrong is an inspiration because of her age and achievements. Being an older athlete myself I find women like her to fill me with so much energy to keep going and to keep trying. I would really like to ask Kristen how she managed to win yet another gold medal after having a baby..
RB: Women's cycling has grown dramatically over the past few years (which is great to see) but how would you like to see women's cycling progress over the next 5 years?
GW: Going forward we need more media coverage so that potential sponsors can see the value of investing in the teams. This will help support women's cycling to a place where every rider on a UCI professional team actually gets a wage. I'd also like to see a full women's Tour de France and equal prize money so that the next generation of female cyclists feel inspired. A lot of people don't think that women could complete a three week tour, but we need to remember that there was also a time when it was believed a woman could not complete a marathon?! Some big hoops have been jumped through, but we need to keep the momentum up.
Monday 18th September 2017
Our new REDCHILLI FR1 is now available to order at just £995.00 for frame, fork, seatpost, headset and seatpost clamp. This is the ultimate race frame and we firmly believe you will not find a better race machine at this price. Available in either a gloss or matte finish, this bike is ideal for the serious road racer who demands speed, responsiveness and comfort. Contact us to disuss your frame order or custom bike build.
Monday 11th September 2017
Our new REDCHILLI FR5 is now available to order at just £795.00 for frame, fork, seatpost, headset and seatpost clamp. This amazing bike not only gives you comfort, but also a super turn of speed thanks to the aero profile. Available in either a gloss or matte finish, this bike is ideal for entry/mid level road race or fast sportve riders.
Monday 4th September 2017
Our new REDCHILLI SR8 is now available to order at just £745.00 for frame, fork, headset and seatpost clamp. Complete bikes start at just £1095.00 with a full Shiamano Tiagra 4700 build. This bike is ideal for those long days in the saddle thanks to the endurance geometry and subtle ride qualites.
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
NEW: 2018 REDCHILLI FR1, 2018 REDCHILLI FR4, 2018 REDCHILLI FR5 and 2018 REDCHILLI SR8. All due over the next few weeks....
Tuesday 2nd August 2017
It was great to catch up with Nicola Juniper (3 Times National Road Race Series Champion) today, and the handover of some more Redchilli FR2 frames. Exciting times ahead....
Monday 10th July 2017
How do you improve upon perfection? That was the task in hand for our engineers when asked to start work on our 2018 REDCHILLI FR1. Our current FR1 has won praise from many of our customers, including Ex. US National Champion, Frank Kratzer, who said "This bike (FR1) is the best bike I have ever owned." So, a tough ask is in order for 2018 FR1, but, we feel we have achieved our objectives. Our new 2018 FR1 should be ready to order from mid-September 2017.
Like its predecessor, 2018 FR1 will be constructed from the finest Torayca T700/T800 Uni-Directional High Modulus Carbon. It's core objective? To bring you race sharp handling, speed and lightness. We will bring you further details in due course, but for now, here's a sneak-peek to wet your appetite.
Tuesday 27th June 2017
Our current SR8 sportive frameset has been a very popular frame, and so our 2018 SR8 has a hard act to follow. Our 2018 SR8 will feature Endurance Geometry, clearance for 28mm tyres and a "back to basics" BSA bottom bracket. 2018 SR8 is still very much on the drawing board but here's a spy-shot to give you an idea as to how it's shaping up.
Sunday 18th June 2017
A great performance from Redchilli Bikes' Brand Ambassador, Genevive Whitson (Isorex Ladies Cycling Team, Belgium) finishing in 11th at the British Cycling Curlew Cup National Women's Race Series. Gen told us "Proud of the Chilli (FR2) for going so well." And we're equally proud of you, Gen. Great result in a top class field.
Image with great thanks to Sue Thackray.
Sunday 4th June 2017
"Oh my God. This bike is amazing." The words of Nikki Juniper (Team Ford EcoBoost) following her first race aboard REDCHILLI FR2 during the brutal CiCLE Classic (National Women's Road Race Series).
Image with great thanks to Ian R Price.
Monday 27th February 2017
With what seems to be in the a blink of an eye, the month of February is almost over and it's been a pretty hectic month here at Redchilli towers. With the release of 3 new frames; FR4, FR5 and TTR3, several bike builds to complete along with a number of new frames off to new owners across the UK and Europe, we are now getting ready for March.
So, what's in the pipeline for March? Well, more Redchilli bike builds are already in the book and we have some exciting news with regard our race tuned REDCHILLI FR2 frameset as it's back on the drawing board to bring you a complete new paint design. Many of you loved the existing design but it's now time to move on and bring you something a little more dynamic to reflect the fact that FR2 is indeed a pretty dynamic frame to ride. So, quite literally on the drawing board, here's a sneak peak as to how FR2 will look.