Koga 2020 Project Tokyo Track Review
This week Koga bikes teased a number of photos of the Koga 2020 track bike. The frame has been in development for a number of years for the Netherlands track cycling team’s Tokyo Olympic campaign.
As mentioned on the Project Tokyo website - “The track bike will guarantee Olympic success”.
The designers have been particularly focused on aerodynamics for the new design. It is expected that the new frame can save a time gain of approximately 0.5 seconds on the team sprint.
Half a second is huge for the Netherlands team considering they placed first over their competitors by more than half a second at their last world championship race in Poland back in February this year.
The new frame is claimed to be 35% stiffer, 15% lighter and 24% more aerodynamic than the previous Koga frame from 2006.
As well as developing the new frame, the design and engineering team has crafted each rider a custom a one-piece bar and stem combo. These appear very stiff and aerodynamic.
The current design trend in bars for a sprint set-up is to go long and shallow. This bar position aims to stretch out the rider for a lower and more aerodynamic form. The race position reminds me of the superman type geometry of a lo-pro pursuit bike from the 80’s and 90’s - but falling under the current UCI rules.
The stem sits flush with the frames top tube - achieving a sleek transition that does not look at all disjointed. This takes reference from the Avanti track frames from a few years ago. I am pleased Koga has paid homage to the curviness with a subtle arch spanning across the top tube.
I am excited to see the Netherlands team out on the track with this new bike. I expect to see some great results.