October 12, 2011
Ladies' ANCHOR RFA5 WOMEN Road Bike Now on Sale
Bridgestone Cycle Showroom Bike Forum Aoyama
Hosts the Special "ANCHOR 2012 Models" Exhibition
 
Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd. (President: Yuji Takeuchi) will release on nationwide sale from mid-November the Anchor 2012 models, including the ladies' ANCHOR RFA5 WOMEN road bike. A special exhibition will also be held at the Bike Forum Aoyama between October 13 and November 30.

The Anchor series was released in 1998 as a sports brand providing high performance aimed at users with a preference for racing through to fitness riders. Our racing team, Bridgestone Anchor, which takes part in races in Japan and overseas, was also named after this to support our bicycle race activities. The invaluable mass of data that we have built up through our daily involvement in racing was scientifically analyzed and used in the development of these bicycles.

The RFA5 road bike was designed to provide comfort during long rides and to reduce physical stress owing to an increase in the popularity of road bikes and the number of riders who enjoy long rides.

The new RFA5 WOMEN was developed based on RFA5 for female cycling fans.
In more detail, it is a road bike especially designed for women who demand comfort and performance, and it boasts a frame design that also enables an upright riding position, a slender aluminum frame with higher levels of shock absorption, a horizontal rigidity design that provides more flexibility than RFA5 to lighten the load of pedaling, full carbon front forks with superior levels of shock absorption, a comfortable saddle designed especially for women, and drop handlebars that are easy to grip with the smaller hands of women. The lineup consists of two models; one with the SORA specification 18-speed transmission and the other with the TIAGRA 20-speed transmission, both manufactured by Shimano.

A special exhibition featuring the ANCHOR 2012 models, including the RFA5 WOMEN, will be held at the Bike Forum Aoyama (Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) between October 13 and November 30.

<Overview of Sales for the RFA5 WOMEN>
Sales Area: Anchor dealers nationwide (approximately 650 stores)
Annual Sales Target: 500 units
Date of Release: Mid-November
Standard Cash Retail Price:
SPORT model 150,000 yen (including tax,) EX model 130,000 yen (including tax)
Frame only 95,000 yen (including tax)



Product Configuration

RFA5 WOMEN
Transmission
Frame Size
(mm)
Rider Height
(cm)
Standard Cash Retail Price (inc. tax.)
Wheel Size
Frame Color
SPORT Model
SHIMANO
TIAGRA
20
385
138-154
150,000 yen
700C
Black & Pink
White & Green
33 colors on order
415
148-158
445
155-168
Frame only
-
385
138-154
95,000 yen
415
148-158
445
155-168
EX Model
SHIMANO
SORA
18
385
138-154
130,000 yen
Black & Pink
White & Green
415
148-158
445
155-168

< Outline of the Special "ANCHOR 2012 Models" Exhibition at the Bike Forum Aoyama>

Venue: Bike Forum Aoyama
Address: 3-1-26 Jingu-Mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Six minutes walk from exit No.3 of the Gaien-Mae Station on the Ginza Metro Line.
Tel: 03-6438-1971
Business Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (closed on Sundays and National Holidays)
URL: www.bikeforum-aoyama.jp/
Period: October 13 (Thursday) to November 30 (Thursday)@
Related Website: http://www.anchor-bikes.com/

The Bike Forum Aoyama hosts exhibitions of Bridgestone Cycle's most recent bicycles and a variety of other events relating to bicycles in order to spread the word to people throughout the country about the attractiveness of bright and healthy lifestyles that the use of bicycles can provide and a new style of bicycle culture.

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<Features of the RFA5 WOMEN>
1. Aluminum frame especially designed for women who demand comfort
An aluminum frame especially designed for women who demand comfort that reduces pedaling load and physical stress by reducing the diameter of the down tube and chain stay and reducing horizontal rigidity by approximately 5% more than the RFA5, for which horizontal rigidity was reduced by approximately 20% with the use of an aluminum frame for racing.




2. Full carbon front forks
The full carbon front forks, with vents on the tips that are slightly bent, is made of lightweight, shock-suppression carbon to provide even higher levels of shock absorption. The use of carbon right through to the invisible column on the head of the frame has enabled us to greatly reduce the weight of the bicycle.




3. Compact drop handlebars especially designed for women
Uses drop handlebars especially designed for women that are more compact than those used by men, which helps lady riders with smaller hands to easily grip the brakes and shift lever.




4. Saddle especially designed for women
Uses a saddle especially designed for women that is shaped so that delicate zones do not come into contact with the saddle, thereby reducing the stress of long rides.




5. A tapered head that provides accurate and stable handling
Tapering the head over a broad area from top to bottom provides accurate and stable handling.




6. Frame design that enables an upright riding position
The geometry (dimensions) of the frame have been designed to enable an upright riding position to reduce physical stress during long rides, which is more comfortable than the forward-leaning riding position used to reduce wind resistance when racing.

7. Extenza tires
Uses Extenza ties, which were developed in a collaboration of Bridgestone's tire technology and professional riders on the Team Bridgestone Anchor.

8. Components manufactured by Shimano
Uses components (transmission, brakes, gears, etc.) manufactured by Shimano, which are highly acclaimed for their performance. The SPORT model and the EX model uses the 20-speed TIAGRA transmission and the 18-speed SORA transmission respectively.

9. Order system with which frame color and parts can be individually selected
We have adopted an order system to enable the selection of 35 different frame colors, 3 frame sizes, 2 types of handlebars, 4 stem sizes, 3 bar tape colors, 5 outer-wire colors, 2 types of wheels, 2 types of gear cranks, 2 types of sprockets, 2 types of pedals, 3 types of saddles, and name inscription.
* There are certain colors and parts that cannot be ordered for the EX model.

10. Frame size that is perfect for short ladies of 138cm and upwards We developed a frame with a size of 385mm to enable short ladies from 138cm and upwards to ride the bicycle without reducing the size of the 700C wheels, which is the popular size for road bikes.


[ RFA5 WOMEN Specification Sheet]
1. Aluminum frame especially designed for women who demand comfort
2. Full carbon front forks
3. Compact drop handlebars especially designed for women
4. Saddle especially designed for women
5. A tapered head that provides accurate and stable handling
6. Frame design that enables an upright riding position
7. Extenza tires
8. Components manufactured by Shimano
- Order system with which frame color and parts can be individually selected
- Frame size that is perfect for short ladies of 138cm and upwards