Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tech Gallery: Time trial bikes at Tour of California



  • Vacansoleil-DCM rider Juan Antonio Flecha warmed up on his Bianchi Oltre XR just prior to the time trial at this year's Tour of California.
    Vacansoleil-DCM rider Juan Antonio Flecha warmed up on his Bianchi Oltre XR just prior to the time trial at this year's Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Lots of offset for Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing).
    Lots of offset for Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing).
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Tejay Van Garderen's (BMC Racing) BMC TimeMachine TM01 was parked right next to his TeamMachine SLR01 road bike just before the start of Stage 6.
    Tejay Van Garderen's (BMC Racing) BMC TimeMachine TM01 was parked right next to his TeamMachine SLR01 road bike just before the start of Stage 6.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Tejay Van Garderen's (BMC Racing) BMC TimeMachine TM01 before the start of Stage 6.
    Tejay Van Garderen's (BMC Racing) BMC TimeMachine TM01 before the start of Stage 6.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Team Jamis-Hagens Berman's Jamis Xenith T2 time trial bike.
    Team Jamis-Hagens Berman's Jamis Xenith T2 time trial bike.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Chris Baldwin (Bissell Pro Cycling) was another rider we spotted using ISM's Adamo saddle for the time trial.
    Chris Baldwin (Bissell Pro Cycling) was another rider we spotted using ISM's Adamo saddle for the time trial.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Bissell Pro Cycling's Pinarello Graal time trial bikes are set up on trainers before the start of the Stage 6 time trial in San Jose, California.
    Bissell Pro Cycling's Pinarello Graal time trial bikes are set up on trainers before the start of the Stage 6 time trial in San Jose, California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Front ends don't come much cleaner than this, folks.
    Front ends don't come much cleaner than this, folks.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The center-pull front brake is neatly hidden away inside the fork on Bontrager's Trek Speed Concept.
    The center-pull front brake is neatly hidden away inside the fork on Bontrager's Trek Speed Concept.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The sleek Bontrager cockpit on the Bontrager development team's Trek Speed Concept. And yep, another Tate Labs Bar Fly TT-specific Garmin mount.
    The sleek Bontrager cockpit on the Bontrager development team's Trek Speed Concept. And yep, another Tate Labs Bar Fly TT-specific Garmin mount.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Bontrager's new Hilo RXL saddle on one of the Bontrager development team's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes.
    Bontrager's new Hilo RXL saddle on one of the Bontrager development team's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The Bontrager development team's tires bore Bontrager hot stamps despite the fact that the company doesn't currently sell tubulars.
    The Bontrager development team's tires bore Bontrager hot stamps despite the fact that the company doesn't currently sell tubulars.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The Bontrager development team's Trek Speed Concept.
    The Bontrager development team's Trek Speed Concept.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • We spotted several team mechanics struggling to mount their team's time trial bikes into traditional stationary trainers. Those that were using Lemond Revolution trainers, however, had no such issues.
    We spotted several team mechanics struggling to mount their team's time trial bikes into traditional stationary trainers. Those that were using Lemond Revolution trainers, however, had no such issues.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • BMC Racing disguised Tejay Van Garderen's rear disc wheel with a plain black vinyl decal but we could still tell that a Lightweight was hiding underneath.
    BMC Racing disguised Tejay Van Garderen's rear disc wheel with a plain black vinyl decal but we could still tell that a Lightweight was hiding underneath.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Narrow elbow pads for Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing).
    Narrow elbow pads for Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing).
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Saxo-Tinkoff rider Oliver Zaugg warmed up on his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.
    Saxo-Tinkoff rider Oliver Zaugg warmed up on his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) warms up on his Specialized S-Works Shiv.
    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) warms up on his Specialized S-Works Shiv.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) warms up before Friday's time trial in San Jose, California.
    Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) warms up before Friday's time trial in San Jose, California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Vision integrates the face plate into these carbon fiber base bars, which are built specifically for Cannondale's Slice time trial bike.
    Vision integrates the face plate into these carbon fiber base bars, which are built specifically for Cannondale's Slice time trial bike.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Novel cable routing on Cannondale Pro Cycling's Cannondale Slice time trial bikes.
    Novel cable routing on Cannondale Pro Cycling's Cannondale Slice time trial bikes.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Seat stays are spaced far apart on Peter Sagan's (Cannondale Pro Cycling) Cannondale Slice.
    Seat stays are spaced far apart on Peter Sagan's (Cannondale Pro Cycling) Cannondale Slice.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The rear end of Peter Sagan's (Cannondale Pro Cycling) Cannondale Slice looks rather odd but it's supposedly fast.
    The rear end of Peter Sagan's (Cannondale Pro Cycling) Cannondale Slice looks rather odd but it's supposedly fast.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Peter Sagan's (Cannondale Pro Cycling) Cannondale Slice time trial bike at the Tour of California.
    Peter Sagan's (Cannondale Pro Cycling) Cannondale Slice time trial bike at the Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The rear brake is hidden inside the chain stays on Radioshack-Leopard-Trek's Trek Speed Concept time trial bike, leaving an immensely clean profile behind.
    The rear brake is hidden inside the chain stays on Radioshack-Leopard-Trek's Trek Speed Concept time trial bike, leaving an immensely clean profile behind.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Radioshack-Leopard-Trek's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes at the Tour of California.
    Radioshack-Leopard-Trek's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes at the Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The elbow rest corners were shaved off on this Saxo-Tinkoff Specialized S-Works Shiv.
    The elbow rest corners were shaved off on this Saxo-Tinkoff Specialized S-Works Shiv.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Saxo-Tinkoff's Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial machine.
    Saxo-Tinkoff's Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial machine.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • BMC Racing's Marco Pinotti was spotted using Rotor's new extra-elliptical QXL chainrings on his BMC TimeMachine TM01 time trial bike at the Tour of California.
    BMC Racing's Marco Pinotti was spotted using Rotor's new extra-elliptical QXL chainrings on his BMC TimeMachine TM01 time trial bike at the Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Johan Vansummeren's (Garmin-Sharp) Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur is retrofitted with Enduro Zero pulleys with ceramic bearings.
    Johan Vansummeren's (Garmin-Sharp) Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur is retrofitted with Enduro Zero pulleys with ceramic bearings.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Spacers are profiled to match the custom carbon fiber 3T aero bars on Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo P5 time trial bikes.
    Spacers are profiled to match the custom carbon fiber 3T aero bars on Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo P5 time trial bikes.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Garmin-Sharp Cervélo P5 time trial bikes are fitted with Magura hydraulic rim brakes.
    Garmin-Sharp Cervélo P5 time trial bikes are fitted with Magura hydraulic rim brakes.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon time trial bikes feature this unique port molded into the chain stays.
    Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon time trial bikes feature this unique port molded into the chain stays.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The integrated seatmast head on Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon looks stout but rather convoluted.
    The integrated seatmast head on Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon looks stout but rather convoluted.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Thomas De Gendt's (Vacansoleil-DCM) Bianchi Pico Carbon.
    Thomas De Gendt's (Vacansoleil-DCM) Bianchi Pico Carbon.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Many of the UnitedHealthcare riders had their saddles slammed way back on the rails.
    Many of the UnitedHealthcare riders had their saddles slammed way back on the rails.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The very wide-profile Smart/Enve carbon wheels are laced to Chris King R45 hubs on the UnitedHealthcare team bikes at the Tour of California.
    The very wide-profile Smart/Enve carbon wheels are laced to Chris King R45 hubs on the UnitedHealthcare team bikes at the Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) has his elbow positioned very close together on his NeilPryde Bayamo time trial bike.
    Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) has his elbow positioned very close together on his NeilPryde Bayamo time trial bike.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) uses the ISM Adamo Attack saddle for time trials.
    Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) uses the ISM Adamo Attack saddle for time trials.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Ritchey carbon cockpits for the UnitedHealthcare team.
    Ritchey carbon cockpits for the UnitedHealthcare team.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • UnitedHealthcare's NeilPryde Bayamo time trial bikes at the Tour of California. Decked out in Smart/Enve deep-section carbon wheels with matching decals, they're quite the sight. Boo on the green saddle accent, though.
    UnitedHealthcare's NeilPryde Bayamo time trial bikes at the Tour of California. Decked out in Smart/Enve deep-section carbon wheels with matching decals, they're quite the sight. Boo on the green saddle accent, though.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Printed dots on the nose of Kenda/5-Hour Energy's fi'zi:k Ares saddles help keep the riders from sliding around too much when on the rivet.
    Printed dots on the nose of Kenda/5-Hour Energy's fi'zi:k Ares saddles help keep the riders from sliding around too much when on the rivet.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Custom anodized and laser etched AceCo K-Edge chain catchers for the Kenda/5-Hour Energy team.
    Custom anodized and laser etched AceCo K-Edge chain catchers for the Kenda/5-Hour Energy team.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Francisco Mancebo's (Kenda/5-Hour Energy) Devinci Leo SL road bike was also prepped for today's stage. Many riders swapped bikes just before the final climb.
    Francisco Mancebo's (Kenda/5-Hour Energy) Devinci Leo SL road bike was also prepped for today's stage. Many riders swapped bikes just before the final climb.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Microshift derailleurs and shifters for the Kenda/5-Hour Energy team.
    Microshift derailleurs and shifters for the Kenda/5-Hour Energy team.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Linear-pull brakes are mounted to the backside of the fork on Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon machines.
    Linear-pull brakes are mounted to the backside of the fork on Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon machines.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Vision carbon fiber aerobars for the Vacansoleil-DCM team at Tour of California.
    Vision carbon fiber aerobars for the Vacansoleil-DCM team at Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Yet another Tate Labs Bar Fly TT-specific Garmin mount, this time on the front of Johan Vansummeren's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo P5.
    Yet another Tate Labs Bar Fly TT-specific Garmin mount, this time on the front of Johan Vansummeren's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo P5.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Johan Vansummeren's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo P5 just before the time trial at the Tour of California.
    Johan Vansummeren's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo P5 just before the time trial at the Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Swoopy lines on NetApp's new Fuji Norcom Straight.
    Swoopy lines on NetApp's new Fuji Norcom Straight.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Some NetApp riders had small clip-on aero extensions mounted to their regular road bikes.
    Some NetApp riders had small clip-on aero extensions mounted to their regular road bikes.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • As is becoming increasingly common, linear-pull brakes are mounted to the back of the fork legs on NetApp's Fuji Norcom Straight time trial bikes.
    As is becoming increasingly common, linear-pull brakes are mounted to the back of the fork legs on NetApp's Fuji Norcom Straight time trial bikes.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Oval Concepts carbon aero bars for the NetApp team.
    Oval Concepts carbon aero bars for the NetApp team.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Fuji's new Norcom Straight made its competition debut under the NetApp team at the Tour of California.
    Fuji's new Norcom Straight made its competition debut under the NetApp team at the Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Wild lines on Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bike.
    Wild lines on Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bike.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Tate Labs' Bar Fly time trial-specific Garmin mount was a common sight among the peloton.
    Tate Labs' Bar Fly time trial-specific Garmin mount was a common sight among the peloton.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • The Champion System team used Kestrel's older 4000 aero bike for the Tour of California time trial instead of Fuji's latest Norcom Straight.
    The Champion System team used Kestrel's older 4000 aero bike for the Tour of California time trial instead of Fuji's latest Norcom Straight.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies' Orbea Ordu.
    Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies' Orbea Ordu.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • A three-spoke FFWD wheel is mounted to the front of Thomas De Gendt's (Vacansoleil-DCM) Bianchi Pico Carbon while a fleet of standard road bikes are prepped and waiting in the background.
    A three-spoke FFWD wheel is mounted to the front of Thomas De Gendt's (Vacansoleil-DCM) Bianchi Pico Carbon while a fleet of standard road bikes are prepped and waiting in the background.
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Shiny!
    Shiny!
    Photo credit © James Huang
  • Kenda/5-Hour Energy's Devinci Leo T2 aero machines are set up on trainers just before the start of Stage 6 at this year's Tour of California.
    Kenda/5-Hour Energy's Devinci Leo T2 aero machines are set up on trainers just before the start of Stage 6 at this year's Tour of California.
    Photo credit © James Huang

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