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by James Huang
May 18, 2016
Photography by James Huang
It wasn’t long ago that some questioned whether Peter Stetina would return to the sport after shattering his kneecap at the 2015 Pais Vasco, but the Trek-Segafredo rider now has a shot at the Amgen Tour of California podium, thanks to some dedicated recovery with months of hard training, a new team, and a shiny new Trek Émonda that was specially painted just for this event. On Tuesday, Stetina rode this climbing machine to a second-place finish at the summit of Gibraltar Road.
For the Amgen Tour of California, Trek surprised each Trek-Segafredo rider with an individually custom painted machine. Stetina hadn’t even seen his new bike himself when CyclingTips showed up at the team hotel for the photo shoot, just a couple of days before the race was set to kick off in San Diego.
Team marketing and communications manager Tim Vanderjeugd said the baby blue and yellow paint scheme was meant to represent the trademark “sun and surf” of the Golden State. As it turns out, however, those colors are also shared by the overall leader’s jersey for the Amgen Tour of California, and Stetina cautiously took that as a positive sign for the days ahead.
“I have a pair of Oakleys at home that are blue and yellow,” he told CyclingTips. “That’s always been my color combo, for like four or five years. I just love it. That just happened to be my bike for this year, and I’m taking it. I’m not a superstitious person, but there’s got to be something there.”
As for the bike itself, Stetina has decided to go with Trek’s lighter and stiffer Émonda model over the more aero-focused Madone that most of the rest of the Trek-Segafredo squad has chosen. Save for the stage 6 individual time trial in Folsom, Stetina will use this bike for the entire race.
“I’m a pure climber, so just give me the tool for my job, you know? I’m never rolling on the flats on the front, anyway. I’m either hiding in the peloton or going up a hill.”
Save for the custom paint, Stetina’s bike is about as straightforward as can be, with a complete Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 transmission and direct-mount rim brake calipers, an SRM power meter, and full finishing kit courtesy of Trek component subsidiary Bontrager.
Actual weight is just 6.81kg (15.01lb) without bottles or computer head — essentially right at the UCI minimum weight limit.
The Trek-Segafredo team supplied its entire Amgen Tour of California roster with custom painted bikes.
American Peter Stetina is Trek-Segafredo’s biggest hope for a top GC position when the Amgen Tour of California wraps up in Sacramento.
Stetina’s light blue and yellow paint scheme is supposed to reflect the ‘sun and surf’ of California.
Bontrager Aeolus 3 D3 carbon tubular wheels and Veloflex Roubaix tires are fitted to Stetina’s bike, but he’ll have his choice of rolling stock depending on the day.
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Trek-Segafredo mechanics obviously have a lot of experience gluing tubulars.
Some mechanics prefer to pair the Shimano Di2 wire to the brake housing with a section of heat-shrink tubing, but a pair of small zip-ties works, too.
Stetina will record his power data with a crankset from SRM.
This Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur hadn’t even been used yet when these pictures were taken.
Trek equips its top-end bikes with molded-in pockets in the chainstay for the Bontrager DuoTrap S wireless speed and cadence sensor.
Team bikes gets bonded-on number plate holders on the back of the seat tube.
The Montrose Pro is one of Bontrager’s newer saddles, but it’s quickly become one of the riders’ favorites, too.
Stetina prefers his Shimano Di2 satellite shifter on the left side of the bar with the buttons out front.
The Shimano Dura-Ace brakes are fitted with SwissStop pads.
A pair of Bontrager Race XXX Lite carbon fiber cages help keep the bike just barely above the UCI-mandated minimum weight limit.
Most mechanics don’t bother with the ‘cheater strip’, preferring instead to wrap around the lever clamp in a figure-eight pattern.
There’s just something about a brand-new chain and cassette.
Trek painted all of the team bikes at the company’s factory in Waterloo, Wisconsin.
Stetina prefers a more traditional bar and lever setup.
Bontrager uses a so-called ‘stacked’ driveside lacing pattern on the Aeolus wheels. Hidden inside are proven DT Swiss star ratchet driver internals.
A chain catcher is built right into the frame.
The Trek Emonda uses direct-mount brake calipers.
Even the wheel magnet is branded.