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  • I see Cervelo hired HR Geiger’s ghost to design their new seatposts…

    • Eugene Chan

      It looks like the pinched end of a sausage casing…

      • Sascha

        Or a fart from a ghost…

  • How many teams are riding Vittorias this season? Interesting! Riding the Corsa myself these are the best tires I’ve ever ridden. Oh and how nice are ”usual” looking bikes like the Ridley, the Cannondale or the Giant TCR? So much better than all this aero stuff with the Venge taking the crown as ugliest World Tour bike possibly ever. Awesome gallery folks, thanks for that!

    • velocite

      I am generally impatient with remarks about the look of bikes, especially bikes with innovative features, but I can’t help agreeing with you about the Venge. It’s that ugly humped stem.

    • :. r|b .:

      I second that the Vittoria Corsa’s are the most supple tires readily available to consumers at the moment. Can’t go wrong with clincher or tubular versions. Skinwalls always look good too.

      Always got a soft spot for Bianchis but that new curved fork is ugly as sin. Other than that the Ridley and the BMC are my picks for frames that will look good regardless of frame size and for the simple paint jobs.

      The Scott is an abomination with that headtube. Cannodale and Cervelo have got the worst colours. Specialized are just bleh.

  • H.E. Pennypacker

    One of my favorite posts every year. Never stop.

    Damn shame about AG2R moving to Shimano. Those Factors would look amazing clad in SRAM and Zipp.

  • Frank Zgoznik

    Nice photos. Always like looking at these setups

  • RC1234

    Boring! Same old! Every year… yada yada dura ace di2 this lightweight or aero bike that… who cares? Can’t wait for the racing and the action!!!!!

    • Chris

      I care. Besides, the racing is coming no matter what articles they post.
      Thanks for your work, CT – love this each year.

    • Marcus

      I care too. Love these articles. Even though I’m there and have seen a lot of these bikes close up, these articles show me some of the finer details that I have missed. Keep up the good work.

    • philipmcvey

      Clearly quite a few people care – judging by the posts. And you do care enough to tell everyone how much you don’t care.
      It’s the usual great roundup from CT, though none of the bikes – other than the Factor – is leaping out at me.

  • Mark Blackwell

    All those short seat stays… yuk! Factor takes the prize for me, followed by the Cannondale. Call me a traditionalist, old-fashioned, but I just do not like all the weird shapes.

    • philipmcvey

      All right – you asked for it – you, you are an old-fashioned traditionalist. So am I – love the Factor and the Super Six…and I certainly wouldn’t refuse the C60 or Ridley if they were offered.

      • Mark Blackwell

        Hahaha… we are of one mind. Glad to know that I’m not alone, and perhaps there are enough of us to keep the new school at bay.

        • philipmcvey

          There will always be a place for traditional round-tubed, non-compact frames. I remember being in a bike shop about a decade ago looking at the first generational Tarmac and wondering why anyone would want a ‘pedestrian’ Colnago or CAAD 6 (as it was then) – and the shop owner said ‘wait until you hit middle age – you will only want a trad looking bike’. Next bike? Supersix or CAAD12.. I still can’t justify putting my children out on the street to own a C60. But when they leave home…

  • mrp33p3rs

    typo: there should be 4 i’s in “4iiii”

    • Dave Rome

      Thanks. Fixed!

  • Bob

    A lot of cycling website do these Pro tour bike reviews at the season start, but you guys do it PROPERLY. Very nice work, good info, great photos.

  • George Darroch

    Most of these bikes look a lot better when they’re moving. Vittoria just look messy on deep section wheels, in my opinion.

    I do like the Foil though. A very clean looking frame. I’m also glad that OGE/OBE/OS have a title sponsor who can carry them through the season.

  • Altimis Nuel

    Merida still sexy bike as ever before!

  • Patrick Murphy

    The Colnago, the Factor and the Katusha Canyon would get my money, the Merida initially caught my eye too. Never been a fan of Pinarello, if I had the cash I can honestly say I’d never have one.

  • zosim

    “Flaér (trading name of Scottoiler Sport Solutions) has sponsored ORICA-Scott with its automated Revo Via chain lubers fitted. With the promise of watts saved through a perfectly lubed chain when the finish line approaches, it has potential to be a competitive advantage.”

    Interestingly, though, not all bikes are fitted with them. On other sites what look like rider bikes don’t have it fitted. A friend was knocking around in Adelaide over the weekend and bumped into a handful of Orica riders it seemed that whilst Impey had it, Ewan and Kluge didn’t. Maybe, just maybe, not all riders are convinced it isn’t snakeoil in that little unit? ;)

    • Dave Rome

      Yep, only three riders at Tour Down Under currently have it fitted to their bikes. I believe it’s still early days for the team testing the product, but the mechanics seem pretty positive about it.

      • Chris

        Take my money….

    • velocite

      Some of the fancy tech stuff is quite irrelevant to me – like those big CeramicSpeed pulleys. Talk about marginal gains! But that oiler looks interesting – although I find cleaning and lubing my chain satisfying chore.

      • zosim

        There’s a scientific paper out there that disputes the impact of a poorly oiled chain. That said, with bike weights so low that riders need extra weight added sometimes, it could be free money for the team and marginal impact but no weight penalty.

        • velocite

          I paid money for the first FrictionFacts report on the effect of different chain lubes. I recall the worst one was the wax on new SRAM chains, but the differences were all so small as to be insignificant for me. However, apart from being quieter and changing better, a chain that’s always well lubed lasts a lot longer – and this oiler would guarantee that. But that wouldn’t be a consideration for pros, I don’t suppose.

  • Owen Lewis

    Apparently Movistar forgot how to do bike fits… what is going on with that seatpost and saddle?

    Thanks for the gallery, CT!

  • Papuass

    Katusha is no longer Russian-registered (as stated in article). It is all Swiss now.

    • Dave Rome

      You’re right. Good spot, fixed this now.

    • DaveRides

      That is correct, but also a complete triviality.

      Katusha-Alpecin is no less Russian and no more Swiss than they were last year, and it would have been an equally correct edit to simply remove “registered” and still call them a Russian team, because they still are. All that changes is the little flag icon which might show next to their name on broadcast graphics, and which some broadcasters might choose not to change.

      I suspect that it’s just a PR move to try get the perception of some distance between Katusha and Russian doping. I hope nobody falls for it.

      Ironically, as Katusha already had their team office in Switzerland (for tax purposes?), Katusha-Alpecin is now one of the 12 WT teams which has their team nationality in the same country as their team office.

  • winkybiker

    I wonder how the electronics port on that Pinarello stands up to having sticky sports drink dripped all over it.

    • Dave Rome

      Asked the Sky mechanics about this. Apparently it’s not an issue. The team used to have no problems pressure washing the old Di2 junction box and this new downtube version is sealed much the same. The bikes get washed daily and the riders never touch the system control button, so nothing gets past the seals anyway.

  • Beautiful work, CT. Thanks for sharing. Now for the racing…

  • raptus

    Bora-Hansgrohe uses Supacaz bartape.

    • Dave Rome

      Yep, good spot. Updated article.

    • :. r|b .:

      Supacaz is hands down the best bartape I’ve ever used. You’re missing out if you don’t give it a try. Lizard Skins are garbage compared to Supacaz.

  • AlexXSmith

    Bit sad that SRAM is off the back

    • Dave Rome

      A little in the men’s WorldTour. They seem to be the dominant name in women’s cycling though.

      • AlexXSmith

        That’s good to know, thanks!

  • alex

    Can anyone tell me if the handlebars on the Merida Reacto are FSA Energy in traditional bend?
    They look different to previous versions because the top has a flat transition to the hoods while still maintaining drops almost parallel to the ground.


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