Wind and drag are your biggest competitors on race day, but we've managed to outsmart them. Winner of Triathlon America's "Most Innovative" Award, the Illicito takes QR's SHIFT Technology to a new level with the notable absence of the left-side seat stay. Simply put, at the most drag-heavy yaw angles in the wind tunnel, this bike records the lowest drag coefficient of any modern design. Period.
Additionally, QR has actually managed to create propulsion on the Illicito in a place that normally produces the dreaded drive-side drag. How? We chose to eliminate the left-side seat stay based on the fact that 86% of the bike's airflow is directed toward the non-drive side of the bike, thus, producing a sail effect.
The use of SHIFT Technology in the aerodynamic design of the Illicito enables concentrated airflow from the front wheel to be re-directed from the dirty, drag-producing side (drive side) of the bike to the clean side (non-drive side) of the bike. This shift moves 86% of the airflow away from the drag-producing drivetrain.
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