Pro Cycling – WorldTour Bikes Of 2016
Here’s GCN’s guide to the bikes the world tour teams will be riding in 2016 AG2R stick with Focus for their bikes decked out in this nice blue. Let’s face it, brown bikes just don’t work. The “Izalco Max” is their go-to frame of choice. Astana, along with Etixx–Quick-Step and Tinkoff are all sporting Specialized bikes again this season. It’s brought them a lot of success. In fact the “Tarmac” was the most successful bike in the peloton last year, based on Simon Richardson’s very scientific analysis. All three teams will get the choice of the “Tarmac” or the “Venge” With an updated version of the Venge being released in the middle of last year. BMC are a mainstay in the pro ranks. We’ll be seeing the “Team Machine” and the road version of the “Time Machine” once again. Cannondale keep their bikes visible at world tour level. Their workhorse is the very stylish, “SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD” We could also see the “Synapse” in a scattering of Classics too. FDJ will be repping French brand Lapierre again this season. We’ve got the “Xelius SL” and the “Aircode” for extra aerodynamic efficiency. Scott have two teams in the WorldTour: Iam Cycling and Orica GreenEDGE. Both have the option of the lightweight “Addict” or the aerodynamic “Foil” A new version of which was released last summer. Lampre-Merida have the remodeled “Scultura” for most road stages with the “Reacto EVO” option for fast flat stages. Lotto Soudal have stuck to their Belgian heritage. Ridley will provide them with the familar “Helium” and “Noah SL” models. Movistar and Katusha were the top two ranked teams in the UCI world tour rankings last year. Which will certainly make their sponsor, Canyon, very happy. The “Ultimate” and the “Aeroad” are the choices for those two teams. Cervelo have made it back to the world tour after a year out in 2015. I think one of our presenters rode Cervelo bikes when he was a pro… Anyway, new kids on the block, Dimension Data, have the “S5” and “R5” models available to them. We really like this custom silver and red on Edvald Boasson Hagen’s bike too. Giant-Alpecin have a trio of bikes at their disposal. The “TCR” and “Propel” offer lightweight and aero options. While the “Defy” is frequently seen in the cobbled classics. John Degenkolb won Paris Roubaix on this bike in 2015. The Bianchi Celeste continues to flourish under the riders of Lotto NL-Jumbo. They have the racey “Oltre XR2” and the lighter, vibration dampening, “Specialissima” for all day climbing. Trek-Segafredo have a trio of bikes to choose from. We’ve got the “Madone” remodeled last year and even more aero than ever. The “Domane”, Fabian Cancellara’s choice all year round. And the “Emonda” introduced two years ago as one of the lightest production frames, ever. Team Sky will use their Pinarello “Dogma F8″s for almost all road races this year. But their K8S with its micro-suspension system will be wheeled out for the cobble classics. Let’s take a quick look at groupsets. Only one team has shifted in the off-season, pardon the pun. Katusha switched from Shimano to Sram this year. Tinkoff and Etixx–Quick-Step have been trialing the new FSA groupset, but will stick with Shimano for the time being. This means the Japanese company dominates the groupset sponsorship stakes with thirteen world tour teams. With three for Campagnolo and two for Sram. So that’s your rundown of the world tour road bikes. At least for now. With the ongoing trial of disc brakes at top-level we can expect to see new configurations, bikes, and groupset. Particularly for the Campagnolo sponsored teams who as yet don’t have disc brakes available to their teams. Which bike is your favorite this year? And which bike would you like to see in more detail? Let us know in the comments down below. In the meantime, you can check out the shiny new 2016 kits. Or see some of these bikes in more detail in our Pro Bike Playlist. We bring you a new Pro Bike every Saturday so make sure to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a single video.