The CD0.1 Ultegra uses QR’s exclusive 18 millimeter offset downtube SHIFT that diverts concentrated airflow away from the drive side to produce a true measurable bike-course advantage for every athlete at every level.

Features include:
  • Premium modulus carbon fiber construction
  • Dura Ace/Ultegra components
  • ISM Adamo saddle
  • Shimano RS-30 wheels
  • Vision Trimax Alloy TT crankset
  • New rear brake design improves braking performance plus increased clearance for the latest generation of wider race wheels
  • BB30 bottom bracket technology
  • Available as complete bike only
  • Sizes: S, M, ML, L

CONTROLS Headset: FSA Orbit IS; Handlebar: Alloy; Aero bars: Vision Clip On; Stem: Quintana Roo; Saddle: ISM Adamo; Seat Post: Carbon Aero

DRIVETRAIN Front Derailleur: Ultegra; Rear Derailleur: Ultegra; Shifters: Shimano; Cranks: Vision Trimax Alloy TT; Bottom Bracket: FSA BB30; Cassette: 105; Chain: 105

BRAKE SYSTEM Brakes: TRP; Levers: Tektro RX4.1

WHEELSET Wheelset 700c: Shimano RS30; Wheelset 650c: N/A; Tires: Maxxis Columbiere

* Specs are subject to change.
** Effective 9.15.2010.


S 49 50 9 72 78.5 38.5 96.3 73.2 58.9 7.4 4.8 700 49.7 39.6
M 51 52 9 72 78.5 38.5 98.6 73.2 61.3 7.4 4.8 49.7 42
ML 53 54 11 72 78.5 38.5 101.1 75.1 63.6 7.4 4.8 51.7 43.8
L 56 56 14 72 78.5 38.5 103.3 79.3 65.9 7.4 4.8 54.5 45.2



QR Announces Multi-Year Sponsorship Deal

Agreement Extends Sponsored Athlete Roster with QT2 Team
Quintana Roo is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship deal with the QT2 Systems triathlon team which will name the bike manufacturer as the team's Official Bike Sponsor beginning in 2013. The announcement coincides with the launch of QR's 2013 line-up and a renewed athlete outreach commitment at the company.
"As QR continues to grow – and as the brand itself becomes more visible at so many events – we're always on the lookout for partnerships of this caliber," said Peter Hurley, CEO of American Bicycle Group, parent company of Quintana Roo. 'Clearly, QT2 is a team of distinction, both for the success they've had on the course but also for the community-building efforts of athletes.

Both QR and QT2 see obvious benefits to the multi-year nature of the agreement: 'For us,' said Jesse Kropelnicki, founder of QT2 Systems, 'an extended sponsorship of this sort allows us to really cultivate the relationship bringing long-term value to our athletes' performance and our sponsor's brand. No other brand has quite the legacy of Quintana Roo in the triathlon world, so we're really glad to have a chance to partner with Peter and whole crew at QR.'

In 2011, QR expanded their team sponsorship program becoming both the Official Bike of the widely recognized Timex Multisport Team and of the rapidly expanding REV3 Triathlon Series. Both were multi-year deals.

The QT2 Triathlon Team has 24 pro level triathletes on their roster as well as 140 coached age group level triathletes in the U.S. and internationally. In 2012, QT2 Systems had one of the largest representations of coached athletes at the World Championship in Kona, HI. They will be participating in over 100 events for the 2013 season.

Kelly Williamson interview with LAVA

The Austinite talks about her Panama win and training with Lance Posted on February 27, 2012 by Carrie Barrett

'Holy cow…where did she come from?' exclaimed the stunned race announcer at this month's Ironman 70.3 Panama. He was expecting to announce Leanda Cave or even Margaret Shapiro as the second-place finisher behind champion Angela Naeth. In an unexpected turn of events, Kelly Williamson dashed across the finish line with a come-from-behind -performance to place second overall.

Just a few days after the race, Williamson was back home in Austin, Texas, and sat down with us in between training sessions to discuss her Panama performance, as well as her steady ascension over the past few seasons. 'I don't really have a spectacular story,' she says. 'But if I did, it would be about constantly believing in yourself and never giving up. Yeah, I guess that's my story.'

One thing is certain: It was most definitely her story in Panama.

Williamson got off the bike about 10 minutes behind Naeth. 'The bike took more out of me than I expected,' she admits. 'After the race, a few people even complimented me on my strategy to hold back on the bike, but that wasn't my strategy,' she laughs. 'I was going as hard as I could out there and that was all that was in the tank!'

'[Lance] kicks my butt in every run we do. He's pretty awesome to watch right now.'

In order to have a chance of landing the podium, she had to control her intensity on the first loop and hope for a serious negative split. There were bound to be some implosions ahead as the temperatures climbed into the low 90's. She had run into fifth place by the halfway point, though she wasn't sure of her pace. Since the distance markers were in kilometers, she couldn't rely on the numbers and instead had to listen to her body. Having just endured a frustrating and difficult bike ride that put her in an almost insurmountable deficit to the leaders, this was hard to do. But somehow, with less than three kilometers to go, she passed both Leanda Cave and Margaret Shapiro, securing her second-place finish with an all-out dash to the finish line. Her run split? A blistering 1:16–the fastest time of the day.

Winning last year's race in San Juan

While her gutsy performance in Panama was certainly monumental, her status as one of the country's top professional triathletes has been anything but meteoric. Williamson has been chipping away at her career since she earned her professional card over ten years ago. This former collegiate swimmer from Zionsville, Indiana turned to triathlons after graduating as a way to stay healthy and have fun. Her college swimming friends thought she was crazy because she was back in the pool almost immediately after graduation. 'I couldn't help it,' she jokes. 'I absolutely love to train and race, so I couldn't stay away.'

Early successes led to an invitation to the Resident National Team at the Olympic Training Center in 2002, where she was also named USAT Elite Rookie of the Year and ITU Pan American Champion. While she absolutely loved her time at the training center, she wasn't totally attached to Olympic draft-legal racing. 'I've always liked to do my own thing, have my own space, and accomplish my goals individually,' she writes in her bio. A major bike crash in 2005 proved to be a turning point both personally and professionally. First, she and her husband Derick moved from Colorado to Austin, Texas in 2006. Then, she started training and racing longer distances. Things began to click.

'I definitely think being older has helped my racing and training,' when discussing her recent success. (A list that includes four 70.3 victories, a runner-up spot at last year's Inaugural Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, a victory and 1:14 personal best at the recent 3M Half Marathon, and multiple podium finishes.) 'I'm more patient and definitely more mature. Plus, I've also just simply learned to appreciate everything more.' Her husband, Derick, owns a coaching company called Durata Training, but acts more as a consultant than coach to Kelly, who still writes her own schedule. 'That said, he has been instrumental in dialing things in for me, getting me to push myself beyond what I would do otherwise, and getting me to believe in myself more than I would have. He's been a huge part of my success.' While most athletes tend to overtrain themselves, her sessions are definitely about quality over quantity. She doesn't necessarily track the number of miles or the amount of hours she puts in per week, she explains. 'Every session has a specific purpose, whether it's power, pace, or recovery. There's no need for a lot of junk miles.'

While she trains a lot by herself on the bike and run, there has been a fun clique of elite triathletes and runners in Austin who hit the trails together each week. This power pack includes Lance Armstrong, who took second place in Panama as well. 'He's quiet, focused and cool,' she says of the seven time Tour de France champion. 'And he kicks my butt in every run we do. He's pretty awesome to watch right now.'

There has been some debate about the 'Lance factor' in triathlon, but Williamson thinks he's good for our up-and-coming sport. 'He raises the bar of competition and has definitely raised the profile of the sport.' She adds that she, like most, didn't get into triathlon for fame or fortune: 'I love what I do and if Lance can bring more recognition, I'm all for it. After all, the sport is still relatively young and we've got a long way to go. It's a process, but I like where it's headed.'

If her race results are any indication, Williamson should love where she's headed, too. Though she doesn't keep as high a profile as some of the other women on the racing circuit, she prefers it that way. 'I like flying below the radar,' she says. 'But by the end of the race, I definitely want people to know who I am.'

Williamson's next race is the Jeep Ironman 70.3 San Juan, a race she won last year. Her stacked race calendar for 2012 also includes Ironman Coeur d'Alene (where she was 3rd in 2010), Ironman 70.3 Texas, several Rev 3 and 5150 races, and hopefully a trip to Vegas and Kona, where she placed 13th overall and 2nd American last year.

'At the end of the day, I just want my results to speak for themselves,' she says. And if her performance continues as it has for the last few seasons, nobody will be asking 'where did she come from?' ever again.


Carrie Barrett is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach and freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Her articles have appeared on Livestrong.com, 'Runner Triathlete News', 'Inside Texas Running', and the recent triathlon anthology, 'The Meaning of Tri.' For more information on her coaching, speaking and writing, visit fomotraining.com

Tom Demerly of TriSports Gives a Review of the Illicito

2012 Quintana Roo Illicito

The Quintana Roo Illicito uses unconventional frame design to produce a claimed lower drag coefficient. It worked for TriSports.com Founder Seton Claggett at Ford Ironman Arizona. Claggett averaged 23.13 MPH at IM Arizona, a new PR on the way to his age category win.

The logic is simple: If you want to make a bike perform differently you have to design it differently.

The Quintana Roo Illicito is different. The frame has no left seat stay. While the missing seat stay and massive left chain stay are the most visually striking features the SHIFT technology, improved carbon fiber lay-up, redesigned rear brake and BB30 bottom bracket also exert a strong influence on the bike's performance.

The lesson of history is that if you want extraordinary performance you must adopt extraordinary design.

The Illicito has not gotten much media attention mostly due to different industry emphasis and greater effort on product than marketing by Quintana Roo. QR has focused on the steak and not the sizzle. The logic of tossing the UCI rule book and designing a bike specifically for best aerodynamics makes sense- to triathletes. Lotus, Zipp, Softride, Trek, Kestrel and Hotta have all done it. The Quintana Roo Illicito, as the name suggests, is illegal for UCI sanctioned races like the Tour de France. For triathletes: who cares? It's designed to be faster, rules be damned. For QR designing a bike specifically for the triathlete is where they started in 1987. It excludes them from events sanctioned by USA Cycling and professional bicycle racing time trials governed by the UCI. In both politics and technology Quintana Roo walks the walk with the Illicito. They are truly 'True to the Tri' with the Illicito design. And of course, for triathlons the Illicito is entirely legal.

The Illicito is a natural evolution from the company that invented the original triathlon bike back in 1987.

Illicito was developed in the wind tunnel as are most aero bikes from Trek, Specialized and Cervelo. A major difference is that Quintana Roo invented this category: The aerodynamic triathlon bike. And, of course, Quintana Roo makes the claim that the Illicito has the lowest drag numbers where drag numbers matter most. I'm unapologetically cynical about wind tunnel drag numbers. Every manufacturer produces a 'white paper' that supports their sales agenda. On a practical level I will suggest these white papers are best used on a roll next to the loo since they are all purporting the same thing; 'Our bike is best!' They effectively cancel each other. But in the case of the Illicito something prevails: Logic. If the bike has missing frame sections, it ought to be faster simply by virtue of the fact that something is gone. If that is 'Exhibit A' then 'Exhibit B' is the UCI sanction of the Illicito.

The most conspicuous feature of the Illicito is the asymetrical rear end, but other aerodynamic design cues are less obvious such as QR's "SHIFT" orientation of the down tube.

And then there is the emerging anecdotal evidence. TriSports.com founder Seton Claggett can ride any bike, including brands TriSports.com currently doesn't sell. At Ford Ironman Arizona he rode Quintana Roo's Illicito. He had his fastest bike split ever, his fastest Ironman ever. A few weeks before that on his first race on the Illicito he had the fastest amateur bike split at a local event. While any one variable like a new bike can't be attributed with that success, it does track with the trend that Claggett made good equipment choices, trained effectively and executed a good race plan. The convergence was an age category win at Ford Ironman Arizona and a Kona spot.

We discovered the rear end on the Quintana Roo Illicito frameset was extremely stiff in out of the saddle climbs, largely due to the massive left chain stay and high end carbon fiber lay-up.

Because Tennessee based Quintana Roo doesn't have pockets as deep as Specialized and Trek, fortified by mountain bike and hybrid sales, we won't see Craig Alexander or Lance Armstrong on an Illicito. We will see an increasing number of age groupers on the bike from a live swipe of their own credit card- a more relevant endorsement than paid sponsorships.

The logic of the Illicito seems supportable: If you make a design that is tangibly different it will perform tangibly different. There is also an accumulating repository of solid results from people already on the bike. Those two factors merit attention.

If it is made differently, it will perform differently. The asymetrical orientation of the rear triangle and the massive left chainstay are apparent in these photos.

The Quintana Roo Illicito is currently sold as a frame only. Quintana Roo said there are no immediate plans for a complete bike version. The good thing is you get to pick your own components; the bad thing is this is generally more expensive than buying a complete bike. At this level most customers want a degree of flexibility with components anyway so offering the Illicito as a frameset makes sense for dealers and consumers.

From the front of the frame to the back:

For all its conspicuous features the Illicito is mostly a bike of subtle technology. It starts with the fork. Quintana Roo developed the first aerodynamic fork with the Carbonaero in the late 1980's. Their fork innovation continues with the Illicito fork. The dropout protrude forward of the fork blades adding stability to the front end, a great feature for a bike designed to be ridden in the aero position. Viewed from the front the fork blades arch away from the front wheel dramatically. This aerodynamic feature allows the boundary layer of air to pass between the rotating front wheel and fork blades at lower pressure with less drag and turbulence. The brake is mounted behind the fork, another aerodynamic que. The new brakes have very good stopping power and are a conspicuous improvement over prior efforts.

The fork on the Illicito provides stable handling in the aero position and reduces the pressure of air between the front wheel and the fork blades by maintaining a large gap from rotating spokes (right).

The head tube of the frame features a conical shape we've also seen on some Cervelo efforts like the P3. The downtube is a deep airfoil shape that harkens to Specialized's new Shiv. Top tube is a flattened shape parallel to the ground. There are two standard bottle cage mounts on the frame, one seat tube, one down tube. I appreciate this feature, rare on an aero frame bike.

Claggett's Ironman AG winning Illicito was controlled from a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 control set mounted on a Profile "J" bend extension aerobar. Note the elegant cable inlets and Di2 integration on the Illicito frameset.

The cable inlets on Seton Claggett's Illicito were very nicely done Shimano Di2 specific and made for a clean, well conceived presentation. They also do a nice job of sealing out moisture from spilled sports drink and rain. In the case of Claggett's IM AG winning bike the Di2 battery is slung under the down tube. I'd like to see more aero integration of Di2 batteries on all aero bikes. A rumored 'Race Day' battery that is smaller may help resolve this in the next few months. For now Di2 battery mounting on every bike seems like an afterthought. Bike industry: The new coffee flavor is Di2, wake up and smell it!

Moving back on the frame you see the influence of Quintana Roo's 'SHIFT' design doctrine. The down tube angles off to the rider's right toward the crank. SHIFT technology is the first attempt at not only reducing bicycle frame drag, but also mitigating drag caused by the drivetrain. The downtube on a SHIFT technology bike sits 18mm closer to the drive side. It is claimed to 'shift' the boundary layer of air away from the drivetrain to the cleaner, non-drive side of the bike. SHIFT also seems to improve bottom bracket stiffness, a boon when climbing and accelerating. Several other manufacturers have trended toward an asymmetrical bottom bracket with SHIFT leading this trend. While the unique rear end design of the Illicito is the most visually striking the SHIFT technology may be the more effective aerodynamic design feature.

QR's greatly improved aero brakes from TRP. The right photo shows the asymmetrical orientation of the down tube, improved rear brake and clean cable routing as well as the Di2 battery mount.

Rear bake on the Illicito is a massive improvement over previous under-bottom bracket brakes. The new TRP (Tektro Racing Products) 'U' brake has more powerful return springs, is easier to adjust and holds its center better than previous rear brakes which were, admittedly, quite poor. Another benefit with this brake is the capability to work with the wider aero wheels trending now like Zipp Firecrest, bulge disks and HED's new wider rims. The brake has more 'throw' and leverage to facilitate a more open position and better leverage. This is a great improvement.

Chainstays on the Illicito are wildly asymmetrical giving the bike a lot of visual punch. The thinking is the massive left seat stay provides structural integrity given up by removing the left side seat stay. When asked if a future bike could be built with this design completely replacing both seat stays Quintana Roo's spokesperson went awkwardly silent…

The eye catching rear end of the Illicito includes practical details like clearance for new wide aero wheels, replaceable, adjustable dropouts and derailleur hanger.

The rear dropouts on the Illicito are all alloy and very robust. They empty to the rear of the bike and are horizontal. At the top of the seat mast there is an alloy binder clamp that uses two bolts, another practical design feature.

One thing that struck me working with the new Illicito is that it is a superbike you can travel with. Most other aero bikes with substantial component integration might not work well going into a flight case and, if something goes wrong when you are at an 'away' race there may not be mechanics and parts on-sight to service the issue. With the exception of the brake calipers, the QR Illicito frame uses fairly standard fittings and fasteners.

Quintana Roo stayed true to their lineage with the fit and geometry of the Illicito since the bike can be ridden at an 80+ degree open seat tube angle. The head tube is a stable and comfortable 72 degrees across every size. Head tube height on the two smaller sizes, 'Small' and 'Medium' are a low 90 millimeters, tracking with Cervelo's P4 and P3 and Felt's 'B' and 'DA' bikes. There are four sizes in the Illicito called 'Small', 'Medium', 'Medium Large' and 'Large'. I am 5'9' and have a long torso so I would be on the 'Medium Large' with the 54cm top tube and the saddle in a forward orientation to open the angle between my torso and femur at the top of the pedal stroke. Seton Claggett, who prefers a more compact position and a slacker effective seat angle, rode the 'Medium' for his Ford Ironman Arizona Age Group victory.

QR stayed true to the tri with their steep angle geometry for a comfortable, open torso to let position in the aerobars. Seat tube angle is adjustable through a wide range.

There have been a few bikes important enough to influence triathlon specific bike design- most have been from QR over the past few decades. The Quintana Roo Superform was the first to make a real impact on athlete performance and the market. The Illicito may be another. The Illicito puts Quintana Roo firmly back in the top ranks- if not at the very top- of triathlon bike innovation and performance.

QR's Illicito renews their aerodynamic commitment to triathletes from Quintana Roo with an innovative new design and emerging impressive results.

Please go to TriSports University for the original posting.

Kona or Bust winner: Brian Richardson

Quintana Roo held an online contest this year and sent 1 lucky winner to KONA for the World Championships of Triathlon on October 8, 2011.

Brian Richardson, CEO of Immediate Care, was the lucky winner!

Brian's words: "It was the trip of a lifetime. I was up close and personal with world class athletes. I was able to get a week of warm weather training (important when you are from Alaska and race half Ironman distance triathlons in the Continental US.) Believe it or not, average people win those cool drawings. Thanks Quintana Roo."

I was given 5 days to enjoy KONA. I went scuba diving.

I saw folks for the Underwear Run.

I got to bike the Queen K for my brick workout.

While I was the closest spectator at the finish line to both Crowie and Chrissie Wellington; it was more inspiring to be there when the double amputee athlete finished after 15 hours of racing.

I was able to cheer on the 3 Alaskan athletes as well!

Steven Perezluha QR endurance athlete: RAAM

Steven Perezluha is a unique Quintana Roo athlete. Most of the QR roster includes triathletes, which makes sense, as we are a triathlon company. But for RAAM (Race Across America) it is a good idea to have a tri bike in your arsenal.

For those not familiar with RAAM, this is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world. The only way to race in the event is to qualify. You must receive a qualifying time in a shorter event that is sanctioned by RAAM. The start of the race is in Oceanside, California and finishes in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

There is not a specific amount of time you have to finish the race per se. The clock runs continuously from start to finish as in a time trial. The final overall finish time includes rest periods. The winner is he or she who can ride the fastest while also making fewer and shorter stops. The winner usually finishes in eight to nine days, after riding approximately 22 hours per day. The riders can have support crews/vehicles to help them along the way, but for the most part it is a solo endeavor. Having to ride continuously for days with little to no sleep puts this event in the ultra-marathon category. The continuous physical output places considerable strain on the competitors as well as their support crews. As many as 50% of solo participants drop out due to exhaustion or for medical reasons. In addition, the race takes place on open roads, forcing participants to deal with sometimes dangerous traffic conditions.

A really great documentary on the race is called Bicycle Dreams.

Steven finished in 9th place in 10 days and 8 hours. To add to his accomplishment, he is relatively young for such an endurance event. Typically most athletes who excel at this level are well into their late 20s early 30s at the beginning. Steven is 19 years old. He has big dreams and is a very talented athlete. Please check out his website: stevenperezluha.com

This fall he won the Florida State Cat 3 time trial and has been continuing to race ever since. Keep an eye out for this kid. Congratulations Steven!

Team Evotri Adds a New Member!

Making the Team: 2012

Now entering its sixth year, the members of Team Evotri continue to challenge themselves and others to live a healthy and active lifestyle through endurance sports. They have been given an extraordinary opportunity to train and race with the same equipment and coaching as the pros. They continue to dedicate themselves to maximizing their potential, to sharing what they learn from their experiences, and to making a positive contribution to the endurance sport community.

Team Evotri is again ready to welcome a new member to the family. For 2012, Team Evotri and its sponsors have pulled together a one-of-a-kind package to provide an age group athlete the opportunity to train and race like a PRO, while giving back to the triathlon and endurance community. The current team members will be looking for an individual who embraces the spirit of triathlon: a positive attitude, enthusiasm for the sport, desire to improve, and dedication to give back to the endurance community. Years of triathlon experience and good race results are not deciding factors in choosing a winner, but passion is.

The next team member will benefit by receiving an excellent package courtesy of the team's sponsors:
  • QuintanaRoo will provide a top-of-the-line CD0.1 frameset with innovative shift technology that will undoubtedly take your bike splits to a new level.
  • Zipp Speed Weaponry knows just how to outfit a frame like the CD0.1 with a 404 front and 808 rear wheel set.
  • SRAM will add to the bike with its latest cockpit and drivetrain components.
  • CycleOps finishes the bike off with its cutting edge SL+ wireless PowerTap hub and Joule 2.0 computer.
  • HUB Endurance puts it all together providing a full year of expert triathlon coaching to deliver the newest Evotri athlete to the top of their potential in 2012.
  • Here's how you can be the next Team Evotri member:
    Create a video that's no longer than three (3) minutes. The video should answer the following three questions:
  • Why Evotri?
  • Why You?
  • Can you Evotri?

  • Guidelines:
  • Videos must be posted to Team Evotri's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/evotri.
  • Videos must be posted by December 31, 2011, at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Videos not within the time constraints will not be considered.
  • Process:
  • The current team members will select finalists from the video submissions.
  • The finalists will be notified by January 15, 2012 and will be invited to be interviewed via teleconference by current team members.
  • The winner will be announced on February 1, 2012.
  • Important Notes:
  • By posting a video to Evotri's Facebook page, candidates grant contest affiliates permission to use said video for promotional purposes affiliated with Team Evotri and the 2012 contest.
  • The winner of the team slot forfeits all awards if he/she is unable to continue as a team member for any reason for a period within two years of joining the team.
  • The winner of the team slot agrees to contribute to the Team Evotri web site for as long as he/she is a member of Team Evotri.
  • The winner agrees to race in an Evotri team uniform for all multisport events. Winner to purchase choice of uniform apparel upon final selection.
  • The winner of the team slot must participate in the yearly Team Evotri event. The 2012 event is a training camp in Chattanooga, TN from April 12-15, 2012. You must be present for the entire time.
  • No reimbursement will be made by Team Evotri or its sponsors for the creation, submission or any other expenses associated with the video entry.
  • No reimbursement will be made by Team Evotri or its sponsors for any travel, lodging, race entry fees, or other associated expenses in attending Team Evotri activities.