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Do Pro Cyclists Ride The Best Bikes In The World? | The GCN Tech Show Ep. 6

Do Pro Cyclists Ride The Best Bikes In The World? | The GCN Tech Show Ep. 6

– Hello, and welcome to the GCN Tech Show. – This week, amongst the hot new tech, we have got tyre wars, not just one, but two types
of self-charging lights, and a time machine.
– Oh yeah. Not only that, we’ve also got
a new bottom bracket standard. Yay. No, seriously, this could
actually be a glimmer of light at the end of a very long,
dark tunnel of misery, of incompatibility, and
creaks, and general headaches. – I’m excited. (Simon chuckles) (rock music) Let’s start then with what
has been hot this week in the world of bicycle tech. – Maybe, Dan, we should actually start with what has been cold, wet, and muddy, because it was, of course, the World Cyclocross
Championships at the weekend. If you haven’t seen any of the action yet then I definitely think it
would be worth your while spending a bit of time
and catching up because it was brilliant.
– It was. You definitely should.
– Really good. – And, of course,
conditions as muddy as those do place considerable demands
on the rider’s equipment, so I was always quite impressed to see that standard road group
sets aren’t generally used. Here, for example, is
Wout Van Aert’s Felt FX1. He’s running a full
SRAM Etap HRD group set, with 46 and 36 tube chain rings, which, historically, for a male pro, is quite small in a ring, but, as we mentioned on this week’s GCN show, the special part of his
bike were the tyres. – Oh yeah, special, perhaps,
and certainly very different, because CX Magazine checked out, and they said that the Junior Men, under 23 men and women,
and Senior Women’s titles, were all won using Challenge Limus tyres. Matthew Van Der Poel,
who’d clearly taken notice, because he swapped onto the Challenges for the first time all
year, but Waul Van Aert, meanwhile, went for something
completely different. He went for really narrow
30 ml wide Dugast Rhino’s, and maybe that made the difference. They were a little bit easier
to handle in ruts perhaps, and they were able to cut through and find firmer ground through the slop, maybe get a bit more traction. Maybe they were the key. – [Dan] It is always this geeky in here? – Yeah. Let’s talk about bottom
brackets next, Dan. You have to forgive us, though, actually, not because we’re talking
about bottom brackets, but because we are going to
stay in the dirt very briefly, but I think this is gonna be relevant to road riders in the long run. – Yeah, could well be. Now, bottom bracket standards are frustratingly many and varied. There’s enough to lead
anyone really to insanity. You have threaded bottom brackets,
both English and Italian. You then have BB30, BB
Right, you also have PF30, BB386–
– Stop there, I’m gonna have to stop you there. I can already feel myself
starting to twitch actually. You think things are bad on the road, mountain bikers have
potentially even worse off. Fortunately, SRAM have stepped in and tried to clear things up a little bit. They got a new standard called DUB, which stands for Durable
Unifying Bottom Bracket, and, basically, it’s got a 29
millimetre axle, which is new, and therefore, it requires
its own bottom bracket. But before you start
shouting and screaming, these bottom brackets
could work on any frame. On a normal wide stance frame, you will have internal bearings, and then on narrower BB30 frames, you have externally mounted bearings, and the same thing on threaded, as well. – It is a really cool idea, isn’t it? Now, we are not a million miles
away from this on the road, with FSA’s BB386 Evo, but this does appear to go
one step further, doesn’t it, so we like the sound of it.
– Absolutely we do. Right, now, sticking with SRAM but going firmly back on to the road, they announced last week
that they are launching their first direct mount brake. It’s called the S900,
and direct mount brakes, you remember, those that attach
to your bike with two bolts, as opposed to more conventional one. And they are rear brakes, as well. – Admittedly, they are
slightly late to the party with this one but it is
good news for those of you who do not like to mix your group sets. Maybe, for example, like
Katusha, the World Tour team. Right, more hot new tech
coming up later on in the show. This week, we have been pondering whether or not professional cyclists really are riding the
best bikes in the world. – You’d think the answer would be an immediate yes, wouldn’t you? After all, they get to ride
top of the range frames and the best group sets,
and wheels, and tyres, and, in fact, they get to test prototypes that we can’t even get our hands on, and not only that, it’s all cared for by expert full-time mechanics. – Where things do start
to get more complicated in this discussion, though, is
when you introduce the rules. – Oh, the infamous rules. – Yes, those rules set out
by cycling’s governing body, the UCI, which basically
dictate everything to do with a rider’s bike,
from the weight of it, to the shape of the tubing that they can use on the frame and forks, to the position that they’re
allowed to adopt on their bike, and there was even a point when they couldn’t adjust the tilt of their saddle. – And they’re not even
allowed to use e-bikes. It’s ridiculous. – We jest, of course, but
these are a few examples of how we, Joe Public, can’t do anything when it comes to our bike tech. If you want to go out there and build a space-age, super
aerodynamic bike, go for it. If you want to build a super
lightweight climbing bike, you can feel free to do that, as well. You can even tilt your saddle down if you want to still have
kids and not worry about it. Fill your boots. – Hang on a minute, mate, not so fast. Yes, you could go out and
build a super lightweight bike, or you could go and
find a super aero bike, but don’t forget that when
we weigh pro bikes on GCN, or GCN tech, they’re almost
always over seven kilos, which suggests to me, at least, that there are some things more
important than lightweight. Like durability, or comfort,
or aerodynamics, in fact. Three constituent parts of a
theoretical best bike, I think. And if you did decide that
you wanted to go super aero, like get yourself a
Cervelo P5, for example, there would be a massive
trade off with weight. It would weigh a tonne,
or 9.87 kilos, I believe. But still, the point is there, that actually maybe pro’s have arrived at the perfect balance
of an all-around bike, and I think you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Tour de France
is the perfect test of an all-around road bike. Hours in the saddle, long distances, high speeds, climbing,
descending, handling– – Yeah, maybe, but I
think you’d also have to glance briefly at trade shows, such as the one down the
road, Bespoked Bristol, Bristol Bespoked, NABS,
to name but a couple, to see that there is a whole
lot more on offer out there. After all, there are only a certain number of bike manufacturers with the budget to sponsor a high level
professional cycling team. What that means is there are a boatload of smaller manufacturers that we never get to see at races. – True, but does smaller
necessarily mean better? – That’s what I always claim. – You’d be hard pushed to
actually find a boutique bike that is as light, as
aerodynamic, or as durable as the kind of bike that
we see in the World Tour. – I think a lot depends on
what you think is better. For example, road riding,
for many of us as a hobby, is changing, isn’t it? We are not riding solely
on the road anymore. We’re doing bits of
gravel riding, as well, and from that perspective,
you wonder whether a bike like the 3T Exploro is better, because not only is that bike aerodynamic, it’s also really versatile so
you can ride it on the road, off the road, you can even
do bikepacking with it. – I’m not going to disagree with that, but don’t forget that, depending
on what frame you choose to suit your different riding styles, if you were to build up the
best Exploro that you could, to stick with your example, you’d still choose the same components that the pro’s use, wouldn’t you? You’d have the same group set, you’d have the same choice of wheels, the same handlebars and stems, so really, all we’re talking about here is choosing a different frame that may or may not suit
one rider over another. Actually, I think pro’s are riding the best frames that they can do for the type of riding that they do. – It comes down to
choice then, doesn’t it? We, as the general public, have an almost infinite amount of choice when it comes to the equipment
that we choose to use. The pro’s, their choice is a
lot more limited, isn’t it? – Yeah. Hey, can you imagine a World Tour where pro cyclists had
to buy their own bikes? – Oh wow. Yeah, that would be interesting, wouldn’t it?
– Yeah. – You think they’d all end
up riding the same one? – Ooh, there’s a question. One bike to rule them all. I don’t think they would. I think personal choice
would come into it, but it would be super interesting, though. – It would. Unfortunately, we’ll never
going to find out, are we? – No, but we would like to
know what you guys think on this subject. Are pro cyclists on the
best bikes out there? Or actually does it not even matter what pro cyclists ride anymore because pro opinion isn’t relevant to product development
anymore because, as Dan said, the riding that we’re doing is different. Let us know in the comment section. – It’s an interesting and
evolving topic, I think, – Oh yeah.
– Isn’t it? Before we get on with some more new tech, last week, Jon and Tom were asking whether you thought
marginal gains even matter, and, as ever, you lot
made some great points down in the comment section.
– Yeah. I like this one from Minute Man. He said, every gain since
the invention of the bicycle, excuse me, has been marginal. 200 years of marginal gains took us from the penny farthing
to where we are now. – That is a great point, isn’t it?
– Isn’t it just? – It’s evolution again. Meanwhile, Stefan Hoffman wrote, marginal gains, 90% mental. I can’t help but obsess about
my bike when I’m recovering and I wouldn’t benefit from riding more. And if it can get better, it
bugs me to know that it’s not. The answer, clean your chain instead. – Stefan, you legend, yes. Hit the nail on the
head, clean your chain. Marginal gain. (wind rushes) Let’s get involved in some
more new tech, shall we? Time have just released their first new frame set in four years. Yup, it’s called the Alpe D’Huez Ulteam, and it is entirely made in France, right down to the weaving of the tubes. – Yeah, for a top level carbon bike, it’s actually quite heavy. It comes in at 840 grammes, and that is quoted for a size small frame with no paint on it, which is a little bit cheeky really. However, weight is not everything. Providence can be, as can aesthetics, and this Time bike could
tick both those boxes. – Yeah, it definitely
does on aesthetics for me. I think that’s lovely. How do you fancy a new helmet? There have been plenty launching this year and now Limar have just
jumped into the fray, as well, with this, the Air Speed. Details are pretty sketchy at the moment, but it’s clearly an
aerodynamic road helmet. They say that it is faster
than their TT helmet, except that it’s got vents, and I think it looks pretty
good to boot, as well. – At the moment, unfortunately, you will have to admire it from afar on the riders of Team Astana but I think you could easily do that, because, like I said, looks good and it’s got a very small profile. – Yeah, I like that. Right, so we have been indulging in one of our favourite pursuits of trawling crowdfunding
websites for random bike nuggets, like this, the Power Mul. It’s an e-trailer that propels
your bike in front of it. – It looks massively sketchy, doesn’t it? But it does give you
250 watts of extra power and it will propel you
up to 20 miles per hour, and the best bit for me at least is that you don’t even have to pedal. – No. I tell you what, I am really in favour of cargo bikes, utility bikes,
keeping cars off the road, and you’d think it would work, wouldn’t you, to a certain extent, so it’s not a total thumbs down for me. Not completely.
– It almost sounds like a ringing
endorsement, to be honest. Alright then, what about brake pad lights? In the form of Magnic Microlights. – These sound quite funky, right? According to the company, they say they are the world’s first
contactless rim dynamos, working on pure aluminium wheels and delivering never ending bright lights without any batteries,
without wheel contact, without cables, and without
noticeable resistance. What sounds like a miracle is based on eddy current technology
and has nothing to do with perpetual motion machine
concepts or pseudoscience. – Wow.
– Yeah. – In a similar vein, earlier
this week on the GCN Show, we told you about the fact
that over on Indiegogo shortly, there will be the launch of Arara lights. It uses neodynmium magnets, which are mounted onto over
the stays or the forks, which then create a charge
every time the light, which is mounted onto
a spoke, goes past it. – That is cool. In fact, both of those products are cool. I really like the theory
behind them, at the very least. We’ll see what the
products end up being like. Fans of Strava, who are also
fans of indoor training, will be no doubt pleased to hear that the virtual miles
that you rack up indoors can now count for Strava
Partner Challenges if said partner allows it to. For example, you’d have to wait to see whether Rapha allows indoor mile to count as part of their Festive 500, for example. You’d probably feel they wouldn’t, given that it’s not
really in the keeping of the spirit of things but– – That was kind of news
that wasn’t news just then. – Yeah. – Moving on, Pete Sagan,
as you very well know, has had his fair share of
custom bikes over the years, but recently, for the first time, he gave one to somebody else,
and not just anybody else. This is the custom Specialised Venge that he handed to Pope Francis. – There are some pretty
special features on this, aside from the Vatican-themed
white and gold colour scheme, which, can I just say I
think looks frankly terrible on a bike frame?
– Not a fan, are ya? – No, I’m not. I like the colour scheme in
the broader sense, the robes. I just don’t like the bike frame. Anyway, the Specialised head tube bags is actually been replaced
by a papal coat of arms that was adopted by Pope Francis at his Episcopal Concentration in 1991. – I’ll have to look up what that is. – I think we both are.
– On the top tube is the almost obligatory namesake, complete with the Argentinian flag. Interesting, though, not only is it an old Specialised Venge model, but on it is a SRAM Apex group set, which is quite a long way from
their flagship Red group set. Although, perhaps chosen because the derailleurs, the
brakes, and the crank set all come in white and standard. (wind rushes) Wall of Fame time now. Following on from last week’s
rather simple invention of Cinelli cork bar tape, this week it’s the
derailleur, or derailleur. Basically, couldn’t ignore
the demands any longer. – That’s right. We got Matthew Porter,
Roger Watt, Albion March, and StupidpilootStef,
to name but just four. Here you go then, the Campagnolo
Gran Sport rear derailleur. Arguably, it was actually the Simplex that set the tone for
the modern derailleur. It has that sprung arm to adjust the chain tension as the chain moves over the different sized
sprockets at the back. And it was a super popular system amongst pro racers at the time. Legend has it that it was actually when Fausto Coppi won the 1949 Giro d’Italia aboard the French system
that Tulio Campagnolo took to the drawing board. – [Dan] The result, later
that year, was the Gran Sport. (wind rushes) – It’s time for Bike of the Week. The part of the show where we put two bikes head to head and you vote for which one you like the best. – Yes, last week, Tom and
Jon gave you the option of either the Giant
TCR or the Trek Madone. Two super racing bikes,
one lightweight, one aero, and both from big manufacturers. Your votes are in and you have decided the bike that is your favourite is… – You’ll like this mate. It’s the Trek Madone with 63% of the vote. The same one that you rode, mate. – Interesting. For this week, let’s
stick with the mud theme that we started earlier on in this show. First up, we’ve got this
bike, which has just won the Elite Men’s World
Cyclocross Championships, this is Waut Van Aert’s Felt FX1. It’s got that full SRAM
Red Etap HRD group set, Zipp 202 wheels, Zipp also provide the
bar, stem, and seat post, and, of course, it has got
those bespoke Dugast tyres. – In the red corner, literally, in fact, it’s Matthew Van Der Poel’s
Canyon Inflite, his new one. You’ve got the Inflite frame. You’ve got Shimano DI2
group set, Shimano wheels. You got Canyon integrated
one piece bar and stem. It didn’t win the Worlds but it dominated pretty much everything that he raced it in
since January the first, so it is a pretty pretty
good performer there. – Right then, over to you again, as usual. Your chance to decide which of these muddy bikes is the best. You can vote right now. – I don’t know which one to go for, mate. This time. Normally, I have an opinion. This time, I don’t know. (wind rushes) – We’re about to start
my first ever Bike Vault, which I’m pretty excited about. – Yeah, unfortunately, Dan, so Jon is, of course, away at Dubai, but he’s left us with his (alarm). – I heard that from the GCN set before. – I know (chuckles). Here we go, let’s start
without further ado. We’ve got Jeffrey Hanning’s
Project One Madone from Melbourne, Australia. First glance, Dan, that’s
looking pretty lovely if you ask me. – Yeah, it does look very good. Although, I’ve never seen a saddle with a face at the front before. What’s going on there? – [Simon] It’s not quite keeping with the theme of the bike, is it, but, come on, SRAM ready, Tap group set, he’s got, is that an Enve stem on there? That’s looking good. – The rest of the bike
is stealth, isn’t it? – I really like that. I’m gonna say, I’m gonna
put up with that saddle, because everything else
is done right, isn’t it? He’s got the cranks at the right position. I can’t even see the valves on the tyres, he’s hidden ’em.
– Wow. – You know what this is, Dan?
(siren) It’s super nice. – He’s gone the extra mile. Right then, next up from
Andrew Sanders in Baltimore. This is his Raleigh Gravel bike. That looks like a bike that will stand up to a lot of abuse in a lot of conditions. – It looks fun, doesn’t it? That looks like a fun bike to
ride, which makes me like it; however, that one water
bottle, as opposed to two, and it’s a big one, isn’t it?
– It is a huge bottle, yeah. – And it doesn’t match the handlebar tape, which otherwise matches
the accents on the frame. I think it’s only a nice for
me for that particular reason. – Yeah, I’d agree. You only have to tape your bottle off and it would have been great. Next up from Simon Cordier, the 8bar KronPrinz from France. This is almost what I was
talking about earlier, Simon. I’ve never seen this
manufacturer of bike before, but again, it does look
reasonably stealth. He’s gone for the double bottles but they are in keeping with
the colour scheme of the frame, and that SRAM Red mechanical group set. – [Simon] I’ll tell you
why you haven’t heard of 8bar before, Dan, it’s cause
they’re really quite cool. It’s a trendy fixey
collective from Berlin. – [Dan] That would be why. – The only reason I know about them is because I bumped into
them at Eurobike once and that was it, unfortunately. I’m not cool enough to
know about them since, but that is a very cool bike. The one thing that I’m hesitating
is this dismembered hand, – Yes.
– Holding it up. I don’t think that’s cricket
when it comes to Bike Vaults. – He obviously is
determined that that bike is not going to topple over, and it’s a shame that that hand’s there, because he’s got the valves at 12 o’clock, he’s got the cranks at 3 o’clock. Everything else about
it is almost perfect. – I love the look of that bike, but it’s not a super nice
’cause there’s a hand. Sorry, that’s brutal, isn’t it? – I don’t know how you
always do this, Simon. Meanwhile, from Keri Anne Kennington, this is a Specialised
Crux over in New Zealand. Very clean, isn’t it? Almost looks brand new. – [Simon] That’s super
cool that, isn’t it? – [Dan] I’m gonna mark it down because it’s not in the big ring. – You know what, I just
spotted that, mate. I think you’re right. But can we hold that against it when it’s got, those Enve
wheels on there, and, ’cause that is cool. That is a super super cool bike with brand new Shimano Dura-Ace, it’s just not in the right gear. – That’s harsh. But fair, maybe it’s harsh but fair. Put it in the big ring. – If you wanna get involved,
then the email address to send your beloved bike to is, or at least a picture of the beloved bike, not the actual thing, don’t worry, is on the screen, yeah. I’m not sure they’d get it via an email. And then also submit it
via social media, as well. Keep ’em coming in. We love a good Bike Vault picture. – I won’t be on the show next week so I might send you a picture of mine. – Alright, mate, yeah, let’s do that, just make sure your valves
in the right position and it’s in the big ring, please. – That marks the end of
the show, doesn’t it? Thanks for having me firstly.
– It’s a pleasure, mate. – Don’t forget at home
there to let us know what you think makes the best bike. – That’s right. Are the pro’s riding
them, that’s the question. Jon, obviously, as we mentioned earlier, is out at the Tour Dubai and, brilliantly, he’s sending back videos from there, so why not check out what he’s been up to. You can click through
to it just down there. – And if you’ve enjoyed
this particular edition of the GCN Tech show, give it a thumbs up. – Oh yeah, we all have, mate.

100 comments on “Do Pro Cyclists Ride The Best Bikes In The World? | The GCN Tech Show Ep. 6

  1. Pro's should all ride the same bike. No kidding. The idea of a is to identify the best/strongest/most-skilled/smartest rider. To quote a real a$$hole, 'It's not about the bike.". All of the pros should ride exactly the same bike, barring frame sizes, stem lengths, saddles bar shapes etc. I think Huffy's would be hilarious.

  2. Can’t believe you gave a super nice to the Project One Emonda when the tyre logos weren’t lined up with the valve stems.

  3. I'm curious about "best" for the pros because of durability. Do they frequently get bicycle replacements or the required TLC from their pro mechanics? I don't know where the trade-off is between the pro's demand on their bike, and the required care of their super race machines. Are they perhaps too "delicate" compared to what we hobbyists and enthusiasts need to fulfill our cycling hungers?

  4. That would be a genius race series: fixed budget world tour. For example, a team can have as big a budget they want for nutrition and medicine and kit and what not, but there would be a fixed budget of 10k USD (I’m American) per rider per year for the bike itself, including pedals and crank arms and power meters and all spare bits. I’d imagine a battle between those opting for more durable heavier parts versus those choosing lighter but more fragile parts. It would also be a great opportunity for many brands to market budget options and more “normal people” options we rarely otherwise see advertised. Companies can even directly sponsor riders by contributing to that 10k budget and having their logos and branding slapped on stuff.

    And imagine, there would be no minimum weight limit!

  5. Van Aert’s Felt by a million (off road) miles. The Canyon looks like another bike crashed into the back of it and stuck. Fugly.

  6. You should better check valve position and tyre label according to rule #40 as well as saddle bags, rule #31. This happend to some super nice bikes, like the stealth bike in this show.

  7. Why show Cookson? Because he's not French? He's not been UCI president for a while now and his legacy is questionable at best. Another Brit working to low standards.
    And, you forgot the most important factor of the new SRAM BB; the input from their marketing department. It is NOT in 29mm diameter, it is 28.99. Go check on their website. Those Americans and their marketing BS, eh……

  8. Pros ride the best bikes… for what they do. Big budgets for very specialised bikes. This is not necessarily what 'regular' people need. To each his (her) own. Just choose whatever tickles your fancy, the more you like it, the more you're likely to ride it a lot.

  9. has anyone noticed that, much like all top end aero bikes taking on a similar silhouette to the Canyon Aeroad, the newest generation of aero helmets all bear a remarkable resemblance to the Bontrager Ballista?

  10. Can you guys do some surveys and look at what former pros are riding? Once the do not have contract they can ride whichever bike they chose. It would be great to get their opinion.

  11. Dugast rules, their tires are often ‚relabeled‘ so that also pros can ride them who a stuck to their sponsors… the tires are handmade and can be used with way less pressure

  12. I have a steel bike since last autumn. After washing, I drain the frame using the holes at the rear axle. The water that comes out is always a bit rusty. Should I get worried, and is there anything I can do? I dry my bike after washing, using a towel and then by keeping it inside for a few hours, before it goes back into the garage. When not cleaning after a ride, I keep it either in the garage or in my office at work – so it's never outside for long, unless I'm riding it. #askgcn #askgcntech

  13. Canyon makes the world’s ugliest bikes and they need to hire someone to fix the typeface for their logo. I’d rather walk than ride that Canyon.

  14. No, not in cost and component terms, but it's done well enough in races in the past and is extremely comfortable, whether rolling through Wiltshire or riding over Alps in France. My Dolan Ares was sensibly priced, isn't super light but neither is it heavy with race wheels and Shimano Ultegra does the job admirably. I bought it new a few years ago for under £2k, it's a but more now, but a lot of bike for the money, as are all Dolans.

  15. I have a question about the lights using "Eddy currents"? Fishing reels have been using magnets to slow the spool down some what, the faster the fishing reel spool spins up the more eddy current is generated if the magnets are closer. So in this instance the closer the brake pad the more efficient the lights will work but an increase in magnetic field meaning better braking…

  16. Seb from Copenhagen here: Interesting point regarding adventure bikes… Is Pinarello not also getting near that with Sky's Dogma K8-S disc and GAN GR-S disc?

  17. When Dan and Si take us into the Bike Vault, it is more like the Vault of Humiliation. I feel knocked down a peg or two and they weren't even my bikes. But it'd be a kick to send in a photo of a bike without valve caps, cranks at high noon and six o'clock, the chain on the granny of a triple. And then they could say, "That's naughty, not super nice."

  18. I still see and talk to many local riders (non-competitive recreational) that buy what they see the pros riding. Many of these guys (90% of these riders are men) keep upgrading their bike in an attempt to get them ultralight. This majority group assume the pros have the best and they by extension assume their riding will get better, faster,etc… Lots of these guys will even tell you which riders ride their model of bike. While the local girls and very few guys set their bikes up for function and all day comfort. Yeah, you can tell this topic comes up at caffe stops. I believe I have the "best" bikes for what I do.

  19. I don't think there is such a thing as 'the best bike' I think that the best bike has to be the one that suits you the best, be it an entry level giant defy allux or a brand new shiny canyon. Which ever one you find the most comfortable and the fastest has to be the best bike for you.

  20. A most excellent video. Loving the bike porn at the end. I wonder if you will ever have a pro cyclist personal collection video. Would be cool to see what they have an emotional attachment to, as opposed to their 'workhorse' bikes they use in a UCI race.

  21. I like the hall of fame segments, but what did the Campi rear derailleur do better than the simplex or others? I think you forgot to mention why it deserves to be in the hall of fame. You never showed a decent image of it either, I don't think any of the images you showed would have even made it in the bank vault segment if it was a picture of a bike. I think the index Shimano derailleur was a bigger improvement than the Campi from the simplex.

  22. There are premium brands with very expensive products like lightweight or storck . Those brands aren't used by the professionals

  23. That 'harsh but fair' bit for the Crux made me burst out laughing. Imagine what the owner thought. It's gotta be a pride and joy, and beautifully presented, apart from the awful chain ring fiasco of course.

  24. Pros ride the bikes they get told to ride, they have no choice and the bikes are just there because of the power and money of the few big Cycling manufacturers like Giant. The best bikes in the world are made by artisans in small numbers. Like Steel and Titanium bikes. Most of the stuff in the Pro tour is cheaply made Chinese rubbish that is made to last only one Season of racing.

  25. What makes the best bike? How much it is ridden, how much joy it brings. Sorry to get all touchy-feely but this is what it is all about.

  26. What if the pro’s had to buy their own bike? That would be interesting to see. What if they had a race where all competitors had the same bike. This would make a person vs person competition and would be less about the technological advantage.
    I very much admire ultra-endurance cyclists. They compete all on their own with no team support.

  27. Sean Kelly said, best bike, the one your paid to ride. From my perspective, the one that fits properly.

  28. Pro's don't have the best bike at all, usually weekend warriors can have faster/better bikes due to more freedom (race orginizer or sponsors/team requirement)

    For the cross bike, that's not even a vote, the canyon looks like a sin, Felt all the way

  29. I think that pros are on the best bike but I ride an old tricross and have quit a few koms I don’t think that the bike matters it’s the rider that matters one guy I ride with has a tarmac with dura ace and I keep up with him no problem but the bike does matter sometimes in certain types of races

  30. Pro cyclists have not the best bikes when it comes toball the bikes available. Take for example the lightest priduction bike at 4.5kg, the recumbent bike from TU Delft with whitch you can achive 70-80km/h on flats or Graeme Obrees tuck/crouch position bike which is faster than modern tech. I do think they have the best tech in the range they can and may have in races though.

  31. They should have bicycle IROC races where all the cyclists ride exactly the same bikes. That would be very interesting.

  32. Many past (as well as current) pros have ridden "divide disguised" bikes made by someone other than their current sponsor

  33. Wow… Check out the super nice bike @ 6:34. It looks like it's made completely with brass. Ring that Bell! 🔔

  34. Best Bike? Wellllllll, the last time I participated in the Tour de France………… Hold on, I have never participated in the Tour de France.

  35. I upgraded to the BB Infinitie ceramic bottom bracket for my Evo high mod. Well worth the investment. No creaking, butter smooth, and lifetime warranty.

  36. Looks like he Devil himself made that bike. I will go with the Felt! And a vote for his amazing mechanic to keep his bike working in all that mud!

  37. Pro equipment lacks one asset that is very important for us amateurs and that is resistance to wear. Pros, just get their parts replaced, so they don't have to be as durable as parts we mere mortals have to buy with our hard earned cash.

  38. Sagan: give PFran a bike 🤯🤦🏻‍♂️Like this Homo needs it🤯 he should do fundraising and give💰 to 3world kids.

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