There’s no doubt that, with the Intuition Beta, 13 has designed a great-looking ride. The stylish understated graphic package and neatly coordinated wheels from Xero all combine to make a bike that looks far spendier than its list price.
Add a predominantly 105 drivetrain, and the aforementioned Xero wheels with their 50mm deep aero carbon fairing over alloy rims, and this is not only a looker, it’s loaded with value for money too.
Aero stylings, comfort considerations
The frame is aero-optimised, especially in relation to its fixtures and fittings. That means up front the slender-bladed fork features a TRP side-pull direct-mount T822 aero brake on the rear side of the crown. All the cable routing is internal to cut down on aero-noise, and the rear brake is mounted on the chainstays. Again it’s a TRP, this time the centre-pull T820.
Cabling is tidily routed internally
It’s not all about aero styling though. Take the dropped rear seatstays (a la BMC), which are slender and blend into a single spar just where you’d expect to find the rear brake. This short, tight triangle leaves plenty of seat tube, and the standard 27.2mm seatpost (in favour of a dedicated aero mast) means the back end of the Beta offers plenty of compliance over poor surfaces. That 13 has topped this off with the legendary comfort of a Fizik Aliante saddle only further enhances the smooth feel of the back end.
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