Bikes of the Tour de France

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OK, as you can tell by the absence of green on Hincapie’s Discovery kit, this picture is not actually from the Tour de France. Instead, this is one of my shots from the Tour de Georgia earlier this year. I would like to be in Europe watching the race and taking new pictures, but instead I just have to follow it on the web like most fans. Oh well, at least there is a lot of great coverage at all the usual sites and throughout the blogosphere.

The tech section of Cyclingnews is one of the best spots on the web to see the bikes of the Tour. I love to see new time trial bikes, so “Bikes of the Prologue” was the first article that I checked out. Speaking of time trial bikes, the new Specialized S-works Transition caught my attention. In particular, take a look at the “speed gussets” between the headtube and the downtube. Very nice! Did anyone notice those gussets on Tom Boonen’s bike during the Prologue?

While you are checking out Cyclingnews, take a look at Boonen’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2. You can also get a nice close look at Leipheimer’s new Madone. There were rumors floating around the web that Discovery would not be riding the new designs in the Tour, but that is certainly not the case. I guess the new Madones were considered to be enough of an improvement over the old model to justify a mid season switch right before the Tour.

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6 Comments

  1. Fritz July 9, 2007 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    For some reason those speed gussets remind me of an old feminine hygiene product commercial that bragged about their “wings.”

  2. Dave July 12, 2007 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Just stumbled to your site…watching the TDF every day on TV here in the UK and one bike which has really caught my eye is bike used by the Agritubel cycling team. The bikes are branded MBK but are made by Cyfac. http://www.mbk-cycles.com/
    The actual bike is in the roadbike section, the design is really eye catching with what they call ‘boomerang seat stays’ and ‘snake eyes’ chain stays…good looking bike…and an excellent blog by you too..Dave

  3. Anonymous August 10, 2007 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    Shame you couldn’t get to Tdf. The prologue had some stunning steads lined up in London. Try Grupetto Cycling news. They’ve got a section called Bike Porn and that seems to have the low down on most of the pro kit

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