The Audax Series is based on a design created for long distance non-stop rides (100kms+) that can last for several days and nights. These bikes need to be light, fast and responsive, but their most important quality is comfort for the long hours riders spend in the saddle. Mudguards and lights are a requirement for taking part in official Audax events, and since it's helpful to have the ability to carry some extra gear on such long rides, such bikes are often fitted with a rear rack. All the models in this range include mudguard and carrier eyelets and two sets of bottle cage bosses.
The basic design is flexible - stripped of its mudguards, it can be used on club runs, for racing, or with the addition of a suitable carrier, for lightweight touring. If you’re planning to take part in a longer or more testing sportive, and want to enjoy the ride, then this is the ride for you.
We usually provide enough clearance for fairly comfortable tyres, though you can always use the faster ones if you want. We recommend a road triple chainset so that the rider always has a few more gear options when fatigued and dual-pivot brakes for their precise control and good stopping power, even when carrying light panniers.
AUDAX STANDARD - The Audax Standard combines low weight and high performance in a classic lugged frame. It's based around the Reynolds 853 tubeset using classic spearpoint lugs.
AUDAX SPECIAL - The Audax Special is lighter, by virtue of its Columbus Nivacrom tubes, and has a nippier ride.
AUDAX COMPACT - The Audax Compact is the no-expense-spared version. We use a fully-customised mix of tubes from Columbus and Reynolds to build a fillet-brazed (ie lugless) frame that offers unrivalled performance.
We build the Compact with a sloping top tube to create a lighter, more comfortable and, for some, a more aesthetically pleasing frame. The smaller rear triangle is more rigid laterally, yet flexes up and down more readily, absorbing irregularities in the road. The longer seatpost is also more forgiving.. If necessary, a raised head tube allows us to bring the handlebars up to exactly the height you need.
CYCLOSPORTIF - We’ve chosen this model to embody the essence of a traditional road racing bicycle – we keep the geometry tight for precise handling at speed. Despite its mudguard and rack eyes, with clearance for 700x28c tyres, you could race it with barely a second glance from the bunch. Yet we still factor in a tall enough head tube to keep you comfy for the long haul, making it equally at home as a year-round trainer or a nimble light tourer – a true sporting all-rounder.
Roberts Cycles, 89 Gloucester Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2DN, England
Tel: +44 (0)20 8684 3370