Gear

Tech Gallery – Assos’ 1976 carbon fiber aero track bike

A look at Assos' first product: a wild, aero-tubed carbon fiber track bike from 34 years ago.

While visiting Assos’ ‘manga.Yio showroom in Lugano, tech editor Zack Vestal had a chance to check out a carbon-fiber, aero-tubed track bike made by Assos founder Tony MaierĀ in 1976.

The frame was well ahead of its time. While the Exxon Graphtek debuted in the U.S. in 1975, Maier’s bike used a different construction method and was radical in its use of aero-section frame tubes and a handlebar mounted to the fork crown.