AN AERO ROAD BIKE FOR A BROAD RANGE OF CYCLISTS
Inspired by the original ‘mockumentary’, writes Emma Winterson, Minegoestoeleven is the flagship of the Pearson Road cycling collection. A versatile, full-carbon road bike it is equally suited to both the everyday cyclist and the aspiring race rider.
Minegoestoeleven, Pearson’s new flagship road cycling aero bike, was named for the ear-splitting amp settings of Nigel Tufnel, guitarist with the world’s ‘loudest’ rock group, Spinal Tap. Tufnel featured in the 1984 spoof, This Is Spinal Tap, a film directed by Rob Reiner, whose resume later included the homely When Harry Met Sally (1989), and the potty-mouthed The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Neither, however, were as important as the film that almost single-handedly created the ‘mockumentary’ genre. Reiner also co-stars, as Marty DiBergi, a music journalist who, in attempting to record an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of the world’s loudest band exposes Spinal Tap as, by some distance, the most moronic.
In one of the most memorable scenes, Tufnel, played by enigmatic American actor Christopher Guest, is explaining the source of the band’s supercharged acoustics. “If you can see, Tufnel says, displaying his amplifiers with a suburban English drawl, “the numbers all go to 11”.
When DiBergi suggests the band could simply adjust conventional equipment, Tufnel is nonplussed. “These go to 11.” Which, of course, is “one louder.” Savvy manufacturers subsequently produced amps that did indeed ‘go to eleven’, while the guitar designer Les Paul also created an eleven-setting, on models created for Gibson.
That means a bike that is comfortable enough for the everyday athlete but still allows for an aero riding position when the bunch gets busy. Featuring a deep headtube, the reach of Minegoestoeleven is relatively short. However, while we don’t expect customers to use it for time-trialling, budding racers can still get low enough when they need to minimise resistance.
Being a Pearson machine, versatility is key. From its default position, the ride height can be stacked up as much as another 40mm, with the addition of spacers. There are also plenty of options when it comes to handlebars (90mm/380mm; 100mm/400mm; 100mm/420mm; and 110mm/420mm).
Minegoestoeleven is available with a choice of three groupsets; Ultegra mechanical, Ultegra Di2 or Dura-Ace Di2. Pearson’s Hoopdriver carbon disc wheelset comes as standard, featuring a 38mm section on the front wheel and a 50mm section on the rear. (Hoopdriver wheels can accommodate tyres up to 32mm.)
This is a road cycling machine to be proud of but don’t just take our word for it – check out this review from Cyclist Magazine. The only minor quibble from Stu Bowers, Cyclist’s expert reviewer, was a little too much flex in the bars. This was something we picked up in development. Bowers was riding a first-generation model and the issue has now been rectified, with a stiffened bar for even better performance. So, in contrast to Nigel Tufnel, when we say our machines go beyond the industry standard, we mean it.
N.B. Christopher Guest went on to direct several classics of the genre he helped create, such as Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003). To this day, he refuses to acknowledge the term ‘mockumentary’.
The Pearson Minegoestoeleven is also available as a frameset only and which includes both carbon bars and seatpost (£1,750).