Sunday, May 11, 2014

Race tech: Giro d'Italia time trial bikes

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Race tech: Giro d'Italia time trial bikes

  • This year's Giro d'Italia kicked off with a 21.7km-long team time trial around the streets of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The roads were wet, the rain was sputtering, and the winds were whipping about but that didn't keep teams from cracking out their full-blown aero machinery. Take a look at some of the bikes that the riders used today
    This year's Giro d'Italia kicked off with a 21.7km-long team time trial around the streets of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The roads were wet, the rain was sputtering, and the winds were whipping about but that didn't keep teams from cracking out their full-blown aero machinery. Take a look at some of the bikes that the riders used today
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  • This wiring may not be completely hidden but it's quite neat nonetheless and still allows easy access to the charge port
    This wiring may not be completely hidden but it's quite neat nonetheless and still allows easy access to the charge port
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • The latest Lapierre Aerostorm chassis uses direct-mount Shimano Dura-Ace brakes out back…
    The latest Lapierre Aerostorm chassis uses direct-mount Shimano Dura-Ace brakes out back…
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  • …and integrated linear-pull ones up front
    …and integrated linear-pull ones up front
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  • Europcar made use of Colnago K.Zeros for the opening round of the Giro d'Italia. This one belongs to Japanese rider Yukiya Arashiro
    Europcar made use of Colnago K.Zeros for the opening round of the Giro d'Italia. This one belongs to Japanese rider Yukiya Arashiro
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  • The cable is fed into the side of the linear-pull front brake caliper on Europcar's Colnago K.Zero
    The cable is fed into the side of the linear-pull front brake caliper on Europcar's Colnago K.Zero
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  • Relatively short extensions for Europcar rider Yukiya Arashiro
    Relatively short extensions for Europcar rider Yukiya Arashiro
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  • The forward-mounted bolts on the Colnago K.Zero seatpost clamp might not be as sleek as rear-mounted ones but in this orientation, the frame isn't ruined if you strip out some threads
    The forward-mounted bolts on the Colnago K.Zero seatpost clamp might not be as sleek as rear-mounted ones but in this orientation, the frame isn't ruined if you strip out some threads
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  • Lampre-Merida's Merida Warp TT. Recognize any familiar cues? We're not saying that Merida copied anyone, mind you, but time trial bikes are rapidly approaching parity in many aspects of their shape and design concepts
    Lampre-Merida's Merida Warp TT. Recognize any familiar cues? We're not saying that Merida copied anyone, mind you, but time trial bikes are rapidly approaching parity in many aspects of their shape and design concepts
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  • Brakes tucked underneath the chain stays allow for shaping like this
    Brakes tucked underneath the chain stays allow for shaping like this
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  • The Merida Warp TT stem's open bottom provides a handy exit point for cables and wires
    The Merida Warp TT stem's open bottom provides a handy exit point for cables and wires
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  • Bianchi's D2 time trial bike normally has a fork with linear-pull brakes mounted behind the crown…
    Bianchi's D2 time trial bike normally has a fork with linear-pull brakes mounted behind the crown…
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  • FDJ.fr used Lapierre's recently revamped Aerostorm for the opening time trial
    FDJ.fr used Lapierre's recently revamped Aerostorm for the opening time trial
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  • You know, just in case the FDJ.fr guys need a little motivation
    You know, just in case the FDJ.fr guys need a little motivation
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  • Is this a new saddle from Selle Italia? Sure looks that way
    Is this a new saddle from Selle Italia? Sure looks that way
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  • Katusha sponsor Canyon is another manufacturer that has managed to tuck away the brakes inside the chassis
    Katusha sponsor Canyon is another manufacturer that has managed to tuck away the brakes inside the chassis
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  • Canyon provided this custom painted Aeroad CF to Katusha rider Daniel Moreno to celebrate his win at Fleche Wallonne in 2013. Moreno used this bike just to warm up today, of course
    Canyon provided this custom painted Aeroad CF to Katusha rider Daniel Moreno to celebrate his win at Fleche Wallonne in 2013. Moreno used this bike just to warm up today, of course
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  • Wilco Kelderman's (Belkin) Bianchi D2
    Wilco Kelderman's (Belkin) Bianchi D2
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  • Belkin's Bianchi D2 time trial bikes have a few interesting details, such as the portholes in the chain stays and the reverse-mounted linear-pull brakes that are tucked away behind the fork blades
    Belkin's Bianchi D2 time trial bikes have a few interesting details, such as the portholes in the chain stays and the reverse-mounted linear-pull brakes that are tucked away behind the fork blades
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  • These 25mm-wide tires may have come in handy for the Belkin team as they traversed Belfast's wet roads
    These 25mm-wide tires may have come in handy for the Belkin team as they traversed Belfast's wet roads
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  • Tinkoff-Saxo's Specialized S-Works Shiv
    Tinkoff-Saxo's Specialized S-Works Shiv
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  • These brakes were once encased in a giant 'nosecone' - that is, until the UCI deemed it illegal for competition
    These brakes were once encased in a giant 'nosecone' - that is, until the UCI deemed it illegal for competition
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  • Tinkoff-Saxo's fleet just before the start of the opening team time trial
    Tinkoff-Saxo's fleet just before the start of the opening team time trial
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  • Compact U-brakes are set below the chain stays on Tinkoff-Saxo's Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bikes
    Compact U-brakes are set below the chain stays on Tinkoff-Saxo's Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bikes
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  • However, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team bikes used standard forks (whose paint jobs didn't even match) and conventional front brake calipers for the time trial
    However, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team bikes used standard forks (whose paint jobs didn't even match) and conventional front brake calipers for the time trial
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  • fi'zi:k's new Tritone TT/Tri saddle features a virtually nonexistent nose and a deep central channel
    fi'zi:k's new Tritone TT/Tri saddle features a virtually nonexistent nose and a deep central channel
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  • Aerobars can be awfully busy pieces of real estate
    Aerobars can be awfully busy pieces of real estate
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  • Domenico Pozzovivo's (Ag2r-La Mondiale) Focus Izalco Chrono
    Domenico Pozzovivo's (Ag2r-La Mondiale) Focus Izalco Chrono
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  • This type of seat cluster shaping is now very commonly used by multiple manufacturers
    This type of seat cluster shaping is now very commonly used by multiple manufacturers
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  • The Colombia team used these brightly colors Wilier Triestina TwinBlades
    The Colombia team used these brightly colors Wilier Triestina TwinBlades
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  • The Wilier Triestina TwinBlade certainly has a uniquely shaped front end
    The Wilier Triestina TwinBlade certainly has a uniquely shaped front end
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  • Rear brakes are tucked underneath the chain stays on the Wilier Triestina TwinBlade
    Rear brakes are tucked underneath the chain stays on the Wilier Triestina TwinBlade
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  • So if time trial bikes are so aerodynamic, that should mean they have less of an impact on a car's fuel economy than a standard road bike when mounted on the roof, right?
    So if time trial bikes are so aerodynamic, that should mean they have less of an impact on a car's fuel economy than a standard road bike when mounted on the roof, right?
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  • This Lotto-Belisol rider had some Lizard Skins DSP handlebar tape applied to his Look KéO Blade pedal, likely to provide a more solid interface
    This Lotto-Belisol rider had some Lizard Skins DSP handlebar tape applied to his Look KéO Blade pedal, likely to provide a more solid interface
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Lotto-Belisol's K-Edge chain catchers have SRM magnets attached to an adjustable stalks on their ends
    Lotto-Belisol's K-Edge chain catchers have SRM magnets attached to an adjustable stalks on their ends
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  • Another team running wider tires - but on narrow rims
    Another team running wider tires - but on narrow rims
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  • BMC didn't just cordon off an area for its riders. It created a virtual compound that was bordered by team vehicles
    BMC didn't just cordon off an area for its riders. It created a virtual compound that was bordered by team vehicles
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  • Although they weren't going to be used that day, most teams nonetheless had their road bikes on display
    Although they weren't going to be used that day, most teams nonetheless had their road bikes on display
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  • Rigoberto Uran's (Saxo-Tinkoff) spare time trial bike sits atop the team car
    Rigoberto Uran's (Saxo-Tinkoff) spare time trial bike sits atop the team car
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  • Astana also uses Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bikes
    Astana also uses Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bikes
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  • Giant-Shimano's Trinity Advanced SL was groundbreaking several years ago but is due for a redesign. The handsome paint jobs keep these samples looking quite fresh, though
    Giant-Shimano's Trinity Advanced SL was groundbreaking several years ago but is due for a redesign. The handsome paint jobs keep these samples looking quite fresh, though
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  • Rigoberto Uran's (Saxo-Tinkoff) Specialized S-Works Shiv
    Rigoberto Uran's (Saxo-Tinkoff) Specialized S-Works Shiv
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Ivan Basso's (Cannondale) spare Cannondale Slice sits atop the team car. Thankfully for Basso and his team, it wasn't needed today
    Ivan Basso's (Cannondale) spare Cannondale Slice sits atop the team car. Thankfully for Basso and his team, it wasn't needed today
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  • The profiled spider hugs the end of the Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL 2 crankarm
    The profiled spider hugs the end of the Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL 2 crankarm
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  • Clearance is tight on the Cannondale Slice front brake. Even if the Cannondale team wanted to use bigger tires, we're not sure they could
    Clearance is tight on the Cannondale Slice front brake. Even if the Cannondale team wanted to use bigger tires, we're not sure they could
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  • Bardiani CSF sponsor MCipollini doesn't actually make a dedicated time trial bike so the RB1000 model is adapted for the task
    Bardiani CSF sponsor MCipollini doesn't actually make a dedicated time trial bike so the RB1000 model is adapted for the task
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  • Prologo's grippy CPC cover helps keep riders securely perched on the nose
    Prologo's grippy CPC cover helps keep riders securely perched on the nose
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  • Bongiorno!
    Bongiorno!
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  • Bardiani CSF was another team opting for wider 25mm tires but in this case, they're mounted to narrow Campagnolo rims
    Bardiani CSF was another team opting for wider 25mm tires but in this case, they're mounted to narrow Campagnolo rims
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  • The opening team time trial of this year's Giro d'Italia started in the shadow of the Titanic Belfast building
    The opening team time trial of this year's Giro d'Italia started in the shadow of the Titanic Belfast building
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  • Dan Martin's ill-fated Cervélo P5 just before the start of the team time trial. The Garmin-Sharp rider had high hopes of putting on a good show in front of the home crowd but sadly his Giro is over almost before it began
    Dan Martin's ill-fated Cervélo P5 just before the start of the team time trial. The Garmin-Sharp rider had high hopes of putting on a good show in front of the home crowd but sadly his Giro is over almost before it began
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  • Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) cockpit setup with narrow-set armrests atop the 3T integrated aerobars
    Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) cockpit setup with narrow-set armrests atop the 3T integrated aerobars
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  • Cervélo bucks the trend with a blunt-tailed stem that sits above the top tube
    Cervélo bucks the trend with a blunt-tailed stem that sits above the top tube
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Garmin-Sharp team mechanics have devised a clever workaround for the Cervélo P5's Magura hydraulic brakes, which aren't technically compatible with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shift buttons. Unfortunately, though, this solution requires destroying a perfectly good Di2 TT lever in the process since it supposedly can't be done with a less expensive bar-end shifter
    Garmin-Sharp team mechanics have devised a clever workaround for the Cervélo P5's Magura hydraulic brakes, which aren't technically compatible with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shift buttons. Unfortunately, though, this solution requires destroying a perfectly good Di2 TT lever in the process since it supposedly can't be done with a less expensive bar-end shifter
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  • Time trial bikes - especially ones with integrated brakes - are notorious for subpar braking performance on account of their convoluted internal routing. Cervélo's P5, however, gets around the problem by using specially made Magura fully hydraulic brakes that are far more tolerant of tight bends
    Time trial bikes - especially ones with integrated brakes - are notorious for subpar braking performance on account of their convoluted internal routing. Cervélo's P5, however, gets around the problem by using specially made Magura fully hydraulic brakes that are far more tolerant of tight bends
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • The Cervélo P5 seatpost clamp is neatly integrated into the frame's shape
    The Cervélo P5 seatpost clamp is neatly integrated into the frame's shape
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  • Garmin-Sharp says that Rotor now only provides solid outer chainrings, partially for stiffness but also to provide a bigger billboard for logos
    Garmin-Sharp says that Rotor now only provides solid outer chainrings, partially for stiffness but also to provide a bigger billboard for logos
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Garmin-Sharp is on Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmissions pretty much exclusively
    Garmin-Sharp is on Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmissions pretty much exclusively
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • The main frame of the Cervélo P5 was supposedly designed to maintain aerodynamic performance when a water bottle is installed
    The main frame of the Cervélo P5 was supposedly designed to maintain aerodynamic performance when a water bottle is installed
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  • We've heard from reliable sources that these tires are actually rebadged Veloflex tubulars
    We've heard from reliable sources that these tires are actually rebadged Veloflex tubulars
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Enormous Campagnolo Bora Ultra aero cranks for the Ag2r-La Mondiale squad
    Enormous Campagnolo Bora Ultra aero cranks for the Ag2r-La Mondiale squad
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  • While some riders go with standard handlebar tape, many others go the super grippy route
    While some riders go with standard handlebar tape, many others go the super grippy route
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Most modern time trial bikes now feature these ultra-sleek profiles with stems that sit inline with the top tube. Note the complete absence of exposed cabling, too
    Most modern time trial bikes now feature these ultra-sleek profiles with stems that sit inline with the top tube. Note the complete absence of exposed cabling, too
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  • Just a single layer of Lizard Skins' thinner DSP tape option for this Lotto-Belisol rider
    Just a single layer of Lizard Skins' thinner DSP tape option for this Lotto-Belisol rider
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Dean features some dramatic shaping in a quest for more speed. The radical fork blades are split lengthwise with a channel that supposedly pulls air away from the spinning wheel
    Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Dean features some dramatic shaping in a quest for more speed. The radical fork blades are split lengthwise with a channel that supposedly pulls air away from the spinning wheel
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Drivetrains shift better when there's less flex in the system. Sandwich-type rear derailleur hangers that clamp the dropout in the center such as on this Ridley Dean certainly help
    Drivetrains shift better when there's less flex in the system. Sandwich-type rear derailleur hangers that clamp the dropout in the center such as on this Ridley Dean certainly help
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Just like with Shimano's Di2 time trial system, Campagnolo EPS users can shift from both the base bar and the extensions
    Just like with Shimano's Di2 time trial system, Campagnolo EPS users can shift from both the base bar and the extensions
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  • This is about as tidy as you can get
    This is about as tidy as you can get
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  • Ag2r-La Mondiale uses these Focus Izalco Chrono machines, which were just formally launched in July 2013
    Ag2r-La Mondiale uses these Focus Izalco Chrono machines, which were just formally launched in July 2013
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • As is currently the fashion, the Focus Izalco Chrono features linear-pull brakes that are blended into the fork blades up front and hidden below the chain stays out back
    As is currently the fashion, the Focus Izalco Chrono features linear-pull brakes that are blended into the fork blades up front and hidden below the chain stays out back
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • It wasn't long ago that cabling such as this would be considered pretty clean. Nowadays, however, the ideal situation is to have everything completely tucked away inside
    It wasn't long ago that cabling such as this would be considered pretty clean. Nowadays, however, the ideal situation is to have everything completely tucked away inside
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Focus's Izalco Chrono is one of the latest time trial bikes to adopt the inline design concept
    Focus's Izalco Chrono is one of the latest time trial bikes to adopt the inline design concept
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • The ultra-clean front ends of Team Sky's Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes
    The ultra-clean front ends of Team Sky's Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes
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  • Team Sky doesn't just tap FMB for tires when the cobbled classics loom
    Team Sky doesn't just tap FMB for tires when the cobbled classics loom
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Race rules require that all team time trial bikes have identical paint jobs. That means special treatments such as color accents for national champions are relegated to the top of the team car
    Race rules require that all team time trial bikes have identical paint jobs. That means special treatments such as color accents for national champions are relegated to the top of the team car
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • The end result of many modern top-end time trial bikes are visually sleek and tidy but getting to that point usually requires quite a bit of work
    The end result of many modern top-end time trial bikes are visually sleek and tidy but getting to that point usually requires quite a bit of work
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Trek's Speed Concept was one of the first modern time trial machines to fully hide away the brakes inside the structure
    Trek's Speed Concept was one of the first modern time trial machines to fully hide away the brakes inside the structure
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Orica-GreenEdge's Scott Plasma time trial bike looks brilliant against the (temporarily) Irish blue sky with its fetching black, white, and green paint
    Orica-GreenEdge's Scott Plasma time trial bike looks brilliant against the (temporarily) Irish blue sky with its fetching black, white, and green paint
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  • The chain stays on Orica-GreenEdge's Scott Plasma hug the sides of the wheel before kicking out to the dropout
    The chain stays on Orica-GreenEdge's Scott Plasma hug the sides of the wheel before kicking out to the dropout
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  • The tight confines of this pocket mean that Orica-GreenEdge mechanics have to use previous-generation Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers
    The tight confines of this pocket mean that Orica-GreenEdge mechanics have to use previous-generation Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Orica-GreenEdge set out to win the opening team time trial of this year's Giro d'Italia and made good on that goal
    Orica-GreenEdge set out to win the opening team time trial of this year's Giro d'Italia and made good on that goal
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  • The tidy front end of the Scott Plasma was a joint development with Shimano
    The tidy front end of the Scott Plasma was a joint development with Shimano
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  • Orica-GreenEdge's Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 batteries are attached to custom mounts behind the saddle
    Orica-GreenEdge's Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 batteries are attached to custom mounts behind the saddle
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  • Team mechanics fashioned this pedestal clock so that riders could keep an eye on the time during warmup
    Team mechanics fashioned this pedestal clock so that riders could keep an eye on the time during warmup
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  • Katusha's mean-looking Canyon Speedmax CF
    Katusha's mean-looking Canyon Speedmax CF
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  • Trek Factory Team's Trek Speed Concepts are lined up for their pre-race warmup
    Trek Factory Team's Trek Speed Concepts are lined up for their pre-race warmup
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  • Team Sky warms up on Wahoo Fitness electromagnetic KICKR trainers
    Team Sky warms up on Wahoo Fitness electromagnetic KICKR trainers
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Race rules require that all team time trial bikes have identical paint jobs. That means special treatments such as color accents for national champions are relegated to the top of the team car
    Race rules require that all team time trial bikes have identical paint jobs. That means special treatments such as color accents for national champions are relegated to the top of the team car
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Team Sky's army of Pinarello Bolides at the ready
    Team Sky's army of Pinarello Bolides at the ready
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  • Team Sky is using Wahoo KICKR digital trainers this year
    Team Sky is using Wahoo KICKR digital trainers this year
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  • The front and rear brakes of Team Sky's Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes hide behind smoothly profiled shrouds. How the rear qualifies as a structural element - a requirement by UCI rules - isn't immediately obvious
    The front and rear brakes of Team Sky's Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes hide behind smoothly profiled shrouds. How the rear qualifies as a structural element - a requirement by UCI rules - isn't immediately obvious
    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing
  • Is this a team pit area or a fun house? Sometimes it's hard to tell, depending on your perspective
    Is this a team pit area or a fun house? Sometimes it's hard to tell, depending on your perspective
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  • The custom integrated aerobars on Team Sky's time trial bikes are remarkably smooth
    The custom integrated aerobars on Team Sky's time trial bikes are remarkably smooth
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  • Just basic strips of friction tape for Team Sky's time trial bikes
    Just basic strips of friction tape for Team Sky's time trial bikes
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  • Shimano offers two different types of Dura-Ace Di2 bar-end shifters: ones with two buttons each for shifting the front and rear derailleur, and others with just one button each to control just the rear shifting. After all, if you have to resort to the inner chainring in most Grand Tour time trials, something has gone horribly wrong
    Shimano offers two different types of Dura-Ace Di2 bar-end shifters: ones with two buttons each for shifting the front and rear derailleur, and others with just one button each to control just the rear shifting. After all, if you have to resort to the inner chainring in most Grand Tour time trials, something has gone horribly wrong
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  • Sky's custom base bars feature integrated levers and dedicated pockets for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 buttons
    Sky's custom base bars feature integrated levers and dedicated pockets for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 buttons
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  • Team Sky rider Ben Swift uses this homebuilt solution to help him stay on the nose of the saddle
    Team Sky rider Ben Swift uses this homebuilt solution to help him stay on the nose of the saddle
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  • Yet another stem sitting inline with the top tube
    Yet another stem sitting inline with the top tube
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