Pre-orders open today for the RCR PRO Replica, the top-tier aero-light bike from Flemish brand Van Rysel.

Already raced to sixteen victories this season at the highest level with the Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale cycling team, the RCR Pro is fast establishing its credentials in the newly emerging category of aero-light bicycle.

The bike was developed in collaboration with ONERA, the French aerospace lab that helped design Concorde as well as military aircraft including the Mirage supersonic fighter.

While Van Rysel don't claim the RCR Pro will help you break the sound barrier they do admit painstaking attention to detail - and an obsession with making you faster.

The bike employs "super high mod carbon in key areas to deliver unprecedented reactivity," say Van Rysel.

"Optimised to cut through the wind and scream down descents, so light and stiff that it climbs with panache, this aero-light all-round racer lets you enjoy the best of both worlds."

Jérémie Debeuf, Product Manager at Van Rysel said, "We are thrilled to announce the upcoming pre-order availability of the RCR PRO Replica. This bike has already proved its worth to the riders in the Decathlon - AG2R La Mondiale team. The feedback has been excellent, and we know that this machine is ready to set the victory counter racing!"

The RCR PRO Replica features the team-level spec with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset. It has clearance for tyres up to 32mm, as sported by some pro teams on the recent cobbled classics. It has fully integrated cables, with a one-piece cockpit designed in collaboration with Deda.

Van Rysel claim a frame weight of 790g and 380g for the forks (size medium). The full bike weighs just 6.91kg - an impressively low weight for an aero bike.

Benoît Cosnefroy, Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale Athlete said, "It's very aerodynamic. It sends speed straight back without needing to give it too much. The bike remains the centrepiece of our equipment, and now that average speeds are often in excess of 50 km/h, aero is very important."

And the price tag for all that speed? The RCR Pro will set you back £9000 in this top spec. Two more affordable builds are also on offer: SRAM Rival AXS for £4500, and a Shimano Ultegra Di2 version with power meter for £5500.

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