Posts in the category Road Bike

TDF2015 Tech: Etixx-Quickstep, Cavendish rock the all-new Specialized Venge ViAS


While he may have only won a single finish line sprint this year, Cavendish’s new Specialized Venge ViAS at least looked to be in top form. Most every other bike in the pits was the standard Venge, providing Cav the biggest aero advantage to keep him speeding along to the end where his real show would have begun.

He also kept his custom painted green and white bike from races past, and other bikes showed off how the GPS trackers switch from bike to bike and where they hid the Di2 junction boxes…


TDF2015 Tech: Movistar Canyon & Garmin Cannondale team bikes


The Movistar team had a fleet of Canyon’s latest Ultimate CF SLX road bikes (though not their most expensive model), all decked out with Campagnolo’s finest and Power2Max power meters. Fizik, Lizardskins and Continental Tires made up the rest of the build, alongside Canyon’s housebrand bar, stem and seatposts.Further down the line was their Aeroad aero road bike and its integrated one-piece bar/stem, and the Speedmax was there for the TT stages…


TDF2015 Tech: Team bikes for FDJ Lapierre & Europcar Colnago


Lapierre supported the FDJ team with all three of their performance road bikes, including the recently introduced SL versions of the Aircode and Xelius.

Introduced last year, the Aircode received a 110g diet this summer to create the 2016 Aircode SL. The Kammtail air foil shapes and overall stiffness remain the same, it’s just lighter. The black and red team replica paint schemes are shown just behind the team-only blue and white. But it’s the custom metallic blue paint scheme for Arnaud Démare’s Xelius SL that’s the real eye grabber…


TDF2015 Tech: Lotto Jumbo’s Bianchi & Giant-Alpecin’s road bikes


From what we could tell, the Bianchi-Lotto Jumbo and Giant-Alpecin teams were riding stock parts and bikes currently available, but never hurts to take a closer look.

Like so many other teams at Le Tour, Lotto Jumbo was running FSA cockpits, coupled with Selle San Marco saddles and otherwise full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups and wheels. The road bikes are the Oltre XR2 in Bianchi’s trademark Celeste green. Sadly, this full green colorway doesn’t appear on their website for us commoners. Closeups and more below…


TDF2015 Tech: MTN-Qhubeka’s beautiful silver Cervelo road bikes & social mission


As if the first African team to compete in the Tour de France needed any more reason for eyeballs to point in their direction, the riders were all sitting on custom painted Cervelo bikes in a bold silver and yellow paint scheme.

The colors were replicated across the S5, R5 and P5 bikes for the team, and as part of the celebration, 200 replicas of the S5 will be sold through Cervelo dealers. For each one sold, Cervelo will donate a Buffalo Bike to the Qhubeka Foundation’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.

Of all the team pits we walked through, none had quite the electricity of these guys. The bikes had their own spark, too, with some clever hacks and prototype products…


TDF2015 Tech: Astana’s Specialized team bikes & gear


Astana had the first team listing in this year’s Tour de France, giving teammate Vincenzo Nibali the #1 number plate for taking the win at last year’s race with a comfortable 7 minute 37 second margin.

This year’s collection of team bikes spanned from custom painted Tarmac and Shiv bikes to a few relatively stock looking Venge aero road bikes. Pics of those and some team kit and other bits below…

SPOILER ALERT: Read this after watching as it contains mention of Stage 19 (June 24, 2015) results.


Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Inspired to Ride Still on the Big Screen – Inspired to Ride, the film that documented participants in the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, has been screened in over 25 theaters the past few months. And events are still coming together. Visit for screening dates.


Shimano files patent for shiftable narrow-wide chainrings

patent application drawings for Shimano shiftable narrow-wide double chainrings

With the advent of narrow wide chainring designs, we’ve gone from worrying about dropped chains to full on all mountain riding with nothing more than a bare single chainring up front keeping our chain in place. Sure, clutch-equipped rear derailleurs help, and more aggressive riders still use a chain guide on occasion. But for most of us, the alternating tooth profiles are all we need to keep things running silent and smooth.

The tradeoff, of course, is that these chainrings couldn’t be used in a double crankset since there are no provisions for moving the chain from one ring to another. Whether it was simply an assumption that it couldn’t be done or a lack of interest in better chain retention on a double (or triple, for that matter), it simple fact is it wasn’t on the radar. Now, thanks to Shimano, it is, and we’ve got some good ideas on where it could be heading…


Rose Gets Aero with 2 1/2 New Bikes: X-Lite CW Road and Road Disc, and Aero Flyer Time Trial


German consumer-direct Rose Bikes introduced two completely new road bike platforms focused on aerodynamics this week, with one available in either caliper or disc brake builds for everyday riding and the second a dedicated aero machine for solo racing against the clock. The X-Lite CW was developed to be able to be built-up with either direct mount caliper brakes or disc brakes for two distinctly different rider types. The basic sculpted aero carbon frame is the same for either brake configuration, with the use of brake-specific forks and some modular mounting.

Join us after the jump for details on road vs. road disc, and a look at the Aero Flyer TT bike…