A deep dive into the new Quintana Roo X-PR – Triathlete
Just under a year ago, just when Kona was supposed to be, Quintana Roo released a new bike that looked more like an overhaul or remix – as I said my thorough examination at the time. This bike, the V-PR, was a new, lighter, slightly faster, and better-handling version of a long line of QR bikes that rode smooth and really shone in terms of detail – things like fit, nutrition integration, and the trips. In other words, the V-PR was a great long-lasting steed that would never leave you tearing your hair out because the front end was crazy, or did you get off the bike in an iron-clad distance race of the journey.
My biggest complaint at the time was that to get into this slightly upgraded version of the PRSIX2 Disc, your only choice was to spend around $8,000. Quintana Roo isn’t alone in this pricing model—good luck finding a new Scott tri bike for under $10,000, it literally doesn’t exist. But from a brand that sold fillers of Quintana Roo Kilo aluminum triathlon bikes for less than $2000, I expected more for the people. Lo and behold, here is the X-PR almost a year later for nearly half the price of its fancier sibling.
Quintana Roo X-PR: feature overview
If you’re interested in a quick look at the new X-PR – what we liked and what we didn’t – check out our free review, but for a deeper dive into the features that really make this bike (and our conclusions on whether or not this bike hits a home run), read on. Below, we list the main notable features in order of impact.
Mechanical disc brakes – Okay, right off the bat, you’re thinking, “Mechanical disc brakes on a $5,000 bike? Big phew. And you should think so. But here’s the thing: hydraulic disc brakes are a royal pain in the ass, and anyone who says otherwise is lying to you (or it’s a salesman at a bike shop trying to close the deal). Mechanical disc brakes, on the other hand, are generally terrible – poor stopping power, stretched cables, poor feel, etc. They usually feel cheap because they usually are. Here, the product managers at QR actually spent some time on the specs, and they discovered that the key to great braking was actually pairing the right rotor with the right caliper (which is harder than it seems, apparently). The result is a mechanical disc brake setup that feels so close to a hydraulic setup that I’m sure most triathletes wouldn’t notice a difference except when it came time to service them.
Aero characteristics – This gets a big nod as the new X-PR is literally from the same time-saving mold as the updated V-PR, which is said to be 5% faster than the old PRSIX2 drive. The only difference on the X-PR (apart from the specs) is that the X-PR has lower modulus carbon which adds weight and is not as finely tuned as the V-PR. Front-end options are also less integrated.
So for about half the price you get a weight penalty, but not much else. You still get the great aero details like the shrouded rear brake caliper, asymmetric drivetrain/bottom bracket area and tiny little fork.
Storage – One of the things that really separates TT bikes that triathletes can use and actual tri bikes right now is nutrition storage. The X-PR has a massive amount of top tube storage for things like gels and bars, and while it doesn’t have built-in hydration like the Canyon Speedmax or Scott Plasma, it has great tool/repair storage flat under the seat, attached to the seatpost.
Quintana Roo X-PR: The cup
As the X-PR is the exact same mold as the V-PR, the fit is just as excellent. Six sizes is still a leading standard that gives installers tons of options for people who fall between sizes or live on the fringes of standard geometries. Best of all, Quintana Roo’s not-highly publicized Fit-Ready service will work with you based on your fitter’s dimensions to verify the correct frame size and even build the bike to your fit specs, so which includes the cut of the armrest extensions. (that’s a big deal, trust me), pad risers, saddle setup, and more. Assuming you have detailed fit information from a previous bike or a local fit session, they’ll do the rest, and when the bike arrives, all you need to do is tighten a few bolts (or you can have it delivered fully assembled) and off you go.
Below are the fit specs for each frame size, and if you see a lot of overlap, that’s because there is. This means more options for the rider – and a greater chance that they will not only fit better, but also handle better given the adjustments you need – but those extra sizes also cost a lot more to produce for QR. Hats off to them for that.
Quintana Roo X-PR: The path
Again, since the molds for the V-PR and X-PR are the same, the handling on both bikes is pretty much the same. Straight-line tracking is a priority on this setup, making both bikes excellent choices for long-distance racing without technical descents or corners. The X-PR does a great job of allowing you to put the bike on autopilot, even on fast descents with unpredictable crosswinds, and as such greatly reduces rider fatigue when correcting course. The best way to describe the handling on the X-PR is “relaxing” and certainly far from aggressive or “surgical” like you would get on bikes like the Argon 13 line, for example.
The ride quality also pairs well with the geometry’s straight-line stability and feels smooth, about what you’d expect from a $4-6000 bike with this grade of carbon. While not as snappy as the V-PR, that’s no surprise given the weight penalty and thinner carbon of the more expensive model. Again, if you’re riding this bike over 112 miles of rolling countryside, you want something predictable and smooth, not something choppy and rough.
Quintana Roo X-PR In-Depth Review: Conclusions
Much of what we had to say in the in-depth V-PR review still applies to the X-PR – minus the complaints about the price, the super low weight stuff and the sexy front end. The X-PR is a very complete bike with no glaring flaws, and its pedigree as a run-off design from the V-PR helps the rider feel confident that the aero details are taken care of, because it’s not something that we can objectively test. on the road.
While $5,000 isn’t exactly a steal, it’s still good to see that Quintana Roo has released a bike that won’t necessarily break the bank and that their high-end tech can find its way into the hands of more concerned triathletes. of their budget. In terms of components, I think QR should be applauded for skimping where they have to and doing the homework where it makes sense. For example, when I first saw that this bike had mechanical disc brakes, I honestly backed off due to bad experiences with cheaper, mismatched rotor/caliper combos. I was concerned that they were trying to save money while simultaneously sacrificing basic handling needs.
The good news here is that QR fans can finally get all the bells and whistles that come their way everything of their bikes – things like Fit Ready service, crash replacement policy, custom color and build options, and more – without spending an eye-watering amount on the latest model. In other words, if you’re a long-time rider looking for one of the most stable and predictable bikes on the market, but still want top-of-the-line customization and service you won’t you can’t find in the most direct-to-mainstream outfits (without spending nearly $10,000), the X-PR is your best bet.
RELATED: The best triathlon bikes, updated for 2022