Review: Quintana Roo PRSix
article & images by Nick Salazar
Apr 14, 2015
In the world of modern superbikes, the name Quintana Roo isn't necessarily one catching all the limelight. And although the brand can take historical credit for releasing the first tri-specific bike on the market, it's not widely recognized as a pioneer today, at least when it comes to cutting-edge aero tech. That's why many people, including me, have made the mistake of overlooking the brand when looking at the current crop of "best of" bikes. The reason that's a mistake is that QR is indeed doing very good work and putting some very good thinking into their bikes. Their latest effort, the PRSix, proves that QR isn't merely in the mix, but legitimately at the forefront of bike design. And although the PRSix doesn't have the radical look of a Dimond or a Ventum, there's a very legitimate aero pedigree here, and one I was remiss to overlook this long.
We took a close look at this bike at Interbike last year, and while we noticed that the stock configuration isn't necessarily the cleanest-looking thing on the market, I saw a lot of potential for a good TriRig-style build. So I snagged a PRSix frame to build from the ground up, and the result is what you see in this article. As usual, we'll do a section-by-section breakdown of the bike, starting from the front. So hit the jump and let's get started.
Here are the glamor shots of this lovely machine, built to TriRig standards of cleanliness and customization.
The semi-integrated front end features a proprietary stem, and provisions for any standard bar or brake. So we built ours with, of course, TriRig bars and brakes.
This somewhat traditional-looking frame conforms to industry best practices, and on close inspection features some clever innovative details to set it apart, including the asymmetric SHIFT down tube and non-drive chainstay. Check out the full review for our two-page breakdown of the frame.
Here are some more details of the TriRig build of the Quintana Roo PRSix. Our build had, as usual, a hodgepodge of components, from the Shimano Di2 single-ring drivetrain, back into this SRAM Red 22 11-32 Cassette, and an Elsa R powermeter with Fibre-Lyte custom chainring. And of course, we finish the build with a Dash Cycles Stage.9 saddle and Dash aero wheels. The result is a lovely build at just about 16.1 lbs, or 7.3kg, including everything pictured.