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Sunday, May 9, 2010

More on the Pros - Boring to all but cyclists - And even then...

I found this on CyclingNews.com. It's the specs on George Hincapie's Paris-Roubaix specific bike.
For most, this will mean nothing, but reading the article that went with it, reinforced how different it must be to have sponsors.

George had a bike set up perfectly for him, on each of the 5 team cars, "including a full blown 'cross bike in the event of muddy conditions." And, those bikes changed from day to day depending on the course conditions.

Frame: BMC TeamMachine SLR01 Paris-Roubaix, size 57cm
Fork: BMC TeamMachine SLR01 Paris-Roubaix
Headset: FSA Orbit C-33
Stem: Easton EA70, 13cm x -6°
Handlebars: Easton EA70, 44cm (c-c)
Tape/grips: Easton cork
Front brake: Campagnolo Record D-Skeleton
Rear brake: Campagnolo Record D-Skeleton
Brake levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Ultra-Shift 11s
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11s
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11s
Shift levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Ultra-Shift 11s
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11s, 11-25T
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11s
Crankset: Campagnolo Record Ultra-Torque ST 11s, 175mm, 53/44T
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Record Ultra-Torque OS-Fit
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Stainless Paris-Roubaix
Rims: Ambrosio Nemesis tubular, 32h
Front hub: Campagnolo Record
Rear hub: Campagnolo Record
Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray (front), Sapim Race (rear); 3x, with brass nipples
Front tire: FMB Paris-Roubaix Pro tubular, 27mm
Rear tire: FMB Paris-Roubaix Pro tubular, 27mm
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite custom
Seat post: BMC TeamMachine SLR01
Bottle cages: Elite Ciussi Gel (2)
Computer: Cateye Strada Wireless
Other accessories: Gore Ride-On sealed deraileur cable set

By the way - George doesn't install bottle cages or seat posts. Suffice to say, the team mechanics are an under appreciated lot.

I have but one road bike (not counting the 20 year old one I'm still trying to pull together after my New Years Day crash) and one mountain bike. I'm blessed to have those. Maybe some day I can find a sponsor and make the tough choices regarding what wheel set to use on which frame, to most appropriately match the course and weather conditions!