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Cool Rides: New Team Bikes From TDU

New Year = New Bikes! How’d you like a brand new, shiny high-end road rocket for Christmas EVERY year? – All you gotta do is join a pro team… Here’s 8 of the latest team bikes for you techno-geeks from the Tour Down Under…

Australian Peter Teschner built the Easton Scandium frame of stage 5 winner Ben Day.

The Panaria – Margres Battaglin is running Dura-ace 10 speed and a full carbon rear triangle. Giuliano Figueras rode this bike.

Massimiliano Mori of Domina Vacanze rode this Specialized E5 bike. I was unable to determine if the team would be riding the Tarmac bike this season.

Fdjeux.com are again riding Lapierre’s this season. A range of models were on display at the TDU. Here a few, including Mark Renshaw’s carbon frame.

The Lotto-Domo Merckx frames have carbon fibre wrapped chain stays. The mechanic suggested that it strengthens the stays and smoothes the ride. I would happily test 2 Merckx frames to confirm this!

Bankgiroloterij were riding Batavus frames. This spare bike was running a Columbus Muscle full carbon rear end; the race bikes didn’t have this feature. The second photo shows the junction of the chain stay and bottom bracket, very nice!

The Navigator boys were lucky enough to be riding Colnago’s equipped with full (2003) Record and the very nice Bora wheels. The bike is outfitted with Stella Azzurra bars, stems and bar tape. Navigators DS Ed Beamon couldn’t stop raving about the Speedplay pedals and Fi’z:k saddles when I spoke to him about the bikes.

This isn’t exactly what you expect to see in the tech section, however the radio is a necessity of professional racing these days, even if it does spoil the sport… This is the radio used by the Navigators team. The “ideas man” at Biemme has added a zippered pocket into the back of the team bibs to keep the radio out of the way.

Photographs couldn’t truly display the beauty of Ciombola’s paint job. The decals were a fine gold outline. The main triangle is Dedacciai EOM16.5 with an oversized seat tube. The rear end is a Deda Black Tail Race seat stay with a MonoBox chain stays. The fork is again by Deda, the Black Magic 2. Luke Roberts total bike weight is 7.2kg!

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