Posted by: alastaircarr | March 27, 2012

La Fuga Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

La Fuga is proud to launch it’s new fleet of Rental Bikes for the 2012 season. These fantastic Specialized Tarmacs will be available for all of our trips and offer a high spec, high quality alternative to using your own bike.

For the past several seasons, professional cycling’s top teams have chosen to race and win on the Specialized Tarmac. No other bike can claim the level and rate of success of the Tarmac. The Specialized bikes have always been renowned for delivering incredible efficiency and comfort at once. Our 2012 frames continue to push that balance ever further.

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We spent a lot of time deciding which bike to use for our rental fleet and believe we have made the ideal choice. We’re confident that the full carbon monocoque Expert SL3 frameset represents a very high quality frame, which may well be an upgrade to many rider’s bikes.

The FACT IS 10r carbon provides both front and rear-end stiffness, giving the bike instant responsiveness out of the saddle and, thanks to the oversized headtube superb responsive handling downhill and when cornering. While the Tour de France-winning S-Works version is slightly lighter, our ‘Pro’ version of the frame matches nearly identical strength, with far less fragility… a funny thing to say of a frame that only weighs 1kg.

The stealthy matt black finish provides a great look for the bike, making it that bit more photogenic.



The bikes are fitted with full Shimano Ultegra groupset whilst using FSA SLK Light BB30 full carbon cranks. The BB30 standard offers lighter, stronger, stiffer cranks that provide better overall performance. This concept has become a popular standard with good reason and, when matched to the efficient Tarmac frame, helps ensure that every watt you put through the pedals is transferred to the road.

Ultegra has been proven time and again as a sleek, reliable and smooth shifting groupset. Our fleet will be expertly maintained throughout the season by our professional mechanic, so you never have to worry about your gears being wrongly indexed for a big sportive or a weeklong randonnée.

Shimano callipers front & rear, matched to alloy brake tracks provide trustworthy, secure braking no matter what the weather or terrain. This is something we will not leave to chance.

Praxis Works Chainrings and Cassette – Gearing

This season La Fuga has partnered with Praxis Works to bring you the perfect gearing set-up to tackle your event. Each bike will be fitted with full compact gearing using 50 and 34 forged Praxis Works chainrings up front.

These forged chainrings offer an extremely high overall shifting quality, great durability and are ultra stiff meaning your chain gets from chainring A to chainring B in the fastest possible time. With a 11-28 10-speed cassette at the rear, we believe this set-up provides the best and fullest range of gears to tackle anything from an arduous Alpine climb to a furious Pyrenean descent.

Praxis Works

Check out why praxis forge their chanrings.


Our bikes use Fulcrum Racing 4’s, which are exclusive to the Specialized range. The wheels are built using the Fulcrums incredibly light, sealed rim, with proper steel spokes to offer a quick, comfy, reliable ride. While there may be some extra weight on these wheels versus the lightest clinchers, most of that difference is found in the incredibly smooth and durable loose ball- bearing hubs. Together, this great combination means you get a fantastic performing, all round wheelset.

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Finishing kit

We have a range of finishing kit that will allow you to make sure that the bike is to your preferred size and shape. Specialized provide a range of Pro Fit four-position adjustable stems giving you the correct reach and stack height where necessary.

The bikes come with Specialized body geometry Romin saddles but can be fitted with your own saddle if this is something you would prefer. You are also welcome to supply your own pedals, but we do also have a range of Speedplay, Shimano and Look pedals available on a first come first serve basis, so that all you need to remember is your shoes, helmet and kit.

Each bike will come with a Specialized mini-pump along with saddlebag that will contain a tube, multi-tool, tyre levers and puncture repair patch to help get you out of any sticky situations.

Garmin Edge 800

La Fuga has continued its strong partnership with Garmin this year and we will be providing the superb Edge 800 unit on all of our hire bikes. Each sleek looking unit will come with full
European maps loaded onto it, including any routes that could be useful during your event.

The Edge 800 lets you see more real time data than you could possibly need, allowing you to customize the various display screens, so you can choose what data you can see and when.

Screens options include: Map with route, speed, distance, cadence, heart rate, power (with power meter), temperature, current gradient, altitude, total ascent, total descent, virtual partner and calories burned.

Afterwards you or we can download your data and invite you to become part of our La Fuga Club in the Strava community. This will let you keep track of your fellow fugisti riding throughout the year and review your efforts, comparing yours to that of others using the fun but competitive Strava segments.

Garmin Barracuda rider Christophe Le Mevel shows off all of the Garmin 800’s capabilities.

Sizing and Customization

As already mentioned we provide a range of ways to make the bike fit as closely as possible to your own. We have a full range of sizes and using different stem lengths, angles, stack heights, saddle height and saddle fore-aft position we can replicate very closely your current bikes position using some simple measurements provided by you.

Due to the international nature of our clients, we are also able to switch which brake lever operates which brake. Our British and Australian clients will be used to pulling the right hand
brake for the front, whilst our American and Continental guests will be the other way round. Believe us, this is a very important factor when descending a mountain!

So take the hassle out of travelling with a bike and let us provide the perfect ready to go set-up for your chosen event.


Benefits of using a La Fuga Rental bike

  • Super Light, super stiff and great looking frame
  • Reliable sleek groupset and finishing kit.
  • Ideal gearing for the whole range of events we offer
  • Expertly maintained throughout the season
  • Customized sizing
  • Worry-free travel, without the hassle of packing or travelling with your bike
  • 1 – 3 days:    £100 (flat rate)
  • 4 – 5 days:    £30
  • 6 – 10 days:  £25
  • 11+ days:     £20


  1. […] This year my bike is the same as our Rental Fleet, that being a Specialized Tarmac SL3 Expert. I’ve ridden Specialized for 4 out of my 8 cycling […]

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