MyVelo Tourmalet in the test: At 2.115 meters above sea level, the Col du Tourmalet is one of the most legendary climbs in the Tour de France. This year, the 6th stage of this climb in the Pyrenees already brought a preliminary decision to the overall victory, because the later winner Jonas Vingegaard did not give up his yellow jersey from there until Paris. For the German manufacturer MyVelo, during the development work on their mountain bike, it quickly became clear that the name of this bike would be the program. We have extensively tested the MyVelo Tourmalet and found out for you how the lightweight behaves.
For cycling fans there is little better than climbing the passes of the Tour de France and experiencing the routes up close. These tough climbs require meticulous preparation and appropriate support from the material. With the MyVelo Tourmalet, the manufacturer from the Black Forest offers a bike that is specially made for the toughest climbs.
When talking about racing bikes, the topic of weight is usually raised after a very short time. However, low weight alone is not necessarily the decisive factor for optimal performance on the mountain. Because the topic of power transmission also plays a decisive role in order to be able to get the power onto the road in the first place and to be able to declare war on the altitude difference. For this very reason, when developing the MyVelo Tourmalet, particular attention was paid to the frame shape and the high-quality carbon layup, because as is so often the case, too much rigidity is also negative because comfort is affected. Here the Tourmalet offers a skilful mixture and brought us a lot of joy from the first meters - especially when it got steep.
Testing the MyVelo Tourmalet
But let's start again - our MyVelo Tourmalet test bike came with the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with 2×12 gears for the best "semi-wireless" shifting pleasure and Mavic carbon wheels and weighed in at a good 7 kilos.
The handlebars and stem from Ritchey seem unusual at first glance, as unfortunately no internal cable routing is possible and therefore there is no 100% clean look, but the handlebars are great in the hand and offer the right platform both uphill and downhill to feel comfortable and safe.
The carbon saddle was definitely an eye-catcher for us in the editorial office, which is of course extremely hard but surprisingly comfortable with the right seat pad.
A big disadvantage of many road bikes for the mountains is often the handling and downhill behavior, but not with the MyVelo Tourmalet. Even if the bike is very direct and reacts aggressively, it still stays on track and stays precisely on course. However, if you go too fast, you sometimes have to put your foot down hard, because the sporty setup means that larger driving mistakes are only slightly forgiven.
There are a few minor compromises with the Tourmalet for overall comfort. Since this is a fairly sporty racing bike, it is of course characterized by its rigidity and can only cope with unsteady routes and bumps to a limited extent.
Equip MyVelo Tourmalet individually
The MyVelo Tourmalet can be adapted to individual needs on the website with suitable wheels, saddle and other equipment.
We have already tested the MyVelo Verona, here is the direct link to the test: