German Tony Martin helped drive the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team to victory in the 2013 world team time trial championships Sunday aboard a Specialized S-Works Shiv TT. It was not the first Worlds win for Martin, nor the first aboard a Shiv. Here we take a look at the bike he rode this weekend, and will mount again Wednesday to defend his individual time trial world title.
While UCI rules specify that frames must be available to the general public and not one-off models, there are a few unique pieces to Martin's rig. For starters, Martin runs an enormous 58-tooth chain ring (paired to an 11-26 SRAM Red cassette). And the German is also on Specialized S-Works clincher tires. While nearly all professional riders race on tubulars for road events, a select few choose clinchers for time trials as they can offer lower rolling resistance. Martin's mechanic pumps his 24.2mm tires to 8bar (116psi).
Tony Martin's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT at the 2013 world championships
Tony Martin's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT at the 2013 World Championships: Specialized continues to tinker with its clincher compounds and construction. This clincher is 24.2mm and Martin runs it at 8bar
What kind of gear do you have to push to win the world championship time trial? Tony Martin's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT at the 2013 world championships is equipped with enormous 58/44 chainrings on a Quarq power meter