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Hoy Alto Irpavi Review

The HOY Alto Irpavi is made almost entirely out of aluminum but you could not tell until you take a closer look. Although being in the aluminum range of production, this model does cheat a little bit by including a carbon fiber fork attached to the frame. The result is an overall weight of just of just eight and a half kilograms… respect.

Weirdly the Alto Irpavi gets its name, like all other models from HOY, from a significant place in the life of the company’s founder. In this case, it is the location of the world’s highest velodrome in La Paz, Bolivia. It was the place where he attempted to break the world kilometer record. He was unsuccessful by a few hundredths of a second. The layout of the bike is almost as radical as the story behind its name. It may be light but it was not designed to rip through tarmac on a track. It was actually designed for the road, complete with very strong disc brakes.

In the quest to achieve a design that appeals to a variety of different riders, Hoy has focused the structure based on weight relative to stiffness rather than just less weight. Further evidence of their intent can be seen in the comfort elements. The frame tubing walls are thin and the brake disks allow for seat-stays without a cross bridge which increases flexibility.

You can acquire the Alto Irpavi in three different specs. The 002 which comes equipped with a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain. Secondly, there’s the 003 which features the entire Shimano tweaking and RS685 disk brakes. And finally, the 004 which features the full Shimano Ultegra RS505 brakes.

+Pros:

  • Lightweight construction
  • High build quality
  • Versatile appeal

-Cons:

  • Looks are a bit off

The Verdict

You can’t go wrong with the Hoy Alto Irpavi no matter what category of cyclist you are.

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