The Hottest Pro Bikes Of The Tour de France 2019

The Hottest Pro Bikes Of The Tour de France 2019


– We’re at the 2019 Tour de France and myself and Lloydy are on the hunt for the hottest pro bikes. And my tech sense is tingling because I’ve heard there’s
some new models lurking about as well as some tasty paint jobs. So before we get continuing with the hunt, make sure you subscribe
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support the channel. Right, let’s get to it. (dramatic music) We couldn’t do a hottest bike list at this year’s Tour
without including this, the brand new Cannondale SuperSix EVO, the new improved aero
version of the previous EVO. And this belongs to Rigoberto Uran of the EF Education First team. And it’s the first time
I’ve seen this bike in these particular colors. So it’s got the EF colors on there with a kind of purple fade paintwork with a little bit of
pink in there as well, which is kind of nice. And it goes really well
with the tan sidewalls. Now interestingly, this bike is available to the EF team in both rim and disc. And perhaps even more
interesting than that, there’s been a bit of a
split between the riders. They were offered both,
some of the riders, half the team, I think four of them have open for the disc brake version and the other half of the team said, “No, I want the rim brake version.” So pretty interesting either way as the mechanics reckon
they can get both the bikes to the 6.8 kilogram UCI weight limit. This one, I weighed it, it’s coming in just over, 6.9 kilograms, which I suspect is deliberate just in case the UCI scales are off. But a very hot bike indeed. Aero and lightweight. Nice. (upbeat music) – You were expecting
this one, weren’t you? You can’t do the coolest
bikes of the Tour de France and note feature one of Peter Sagan’s. This is the Specialized S-Works Venge that he’ll be using on the flatter stages of the Tour de France although he does of course have access to the lighter weight tarmac too. Now for the first time ever, Sagan’ll be starting the first road stages of the Tour de France in
normal Boro-Hansgrohe kit, albeit with the rainbow
bands around the cuffs here. And that is because he’s
no longer World Champion and he’s no longer
National Champion either. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get a custom bike of course. Gone is the green glitter from last year, which Jon Cannings showed
you on a pro bike video, in is a slightly more subtle glitter over the top of gray which transitions into the matte gray that you’ll see at the top and here coming through to the back. You’ve got his name written
here on the top tube, his initials at the front
of the top tube there. And on the inside of the
chainstay at the back here, he’s got his list of World
Championship victories. Three of course at the moment that he won in consecutive years. The first one was back
in 2015 in Richmond, then Doha in 2016 and
finally Bergen in 2017. Wonder when the next one’ll be. Probably not too far away. (upbeat music) – One of the hottest bikes
for me at this year’s Tour is definitely Alejandro Valverde’s custom Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. And it’s custom because, well it’s painted to celebrate his victory in the UCI World Road Race
Championships back in Innsbruck. He’s the current World Champion and so we’ve got rainbow
bands on his frame and this beautiful gold
on the top tube here. There’s a load of other
cool rainbow features so on the wheels you’ve
got rainbow details, even on his Fizik Antares saddle, we’ve got little rainbow bands. But my personal favorite is
the rainbow finishing tape on the Lizard Skins bar tape. That is seriously cool, it looks awesome. Also Valverde’s using
the same Canyon cockpit with a 120 stem and 41
centimeter bars as me. I mean, I’m basically Valverde, aren’t I? (upbeat music) – I’m almost certain
that this is going to be the lightest of all the bikes that we feature in this particular video because currently, it’s
weighing in at 6.66 kilograms, which is well under the
UCI’s minimum weight limit. It is the brand new
Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light that belongs to Colombian
climbing sensation Egan Bernal of Team INEOS. Pinarello have managed
to reduce the weight of this frameset by 60
grams over the standard F12 and that comes down to the fact that they’ve used T1100G
1K aerospace carbon weave, which you can find out all about when I come out with this as
a pro bike in a future video. Now interestingly, Gary Blem the chief mechanic at Team INEOS has said that they will not
be putting artificial weight on this bike in order to get it up to that minimum 6.8 kilograms, but rather just swapping
out a few of the components until they get to that point, maybe the bottle cages are
something slightly heavier or even the bolts at the seat clamp here. Also what he said that was interesting was that they will get
it up to 6.85 kilograms. There’s a good reason for that, they’re worried about a discrepancy between their own scales and the ones that the UCI will be using to measure the bike before
the start of a race. (upbeat music) – This is the Colnago V2-r of Dan Martin from UAE Team Emirates. Now this is a deceptively hot bike. I say deceptively hot because this V2-r is like no other. Well it is like one other. It’s 200 grams lighter
than the standard V2-r and only Fabio Aru and Dan Martin have this super lightweight version. And as a result, the team mechanics have got it to 6.8 kilograms. Although, it’s not currently
in 6.8 kilogram mode as it’s got clinchers on
it with tubeless tires and Dan’s going to be running
these on the flatter stages because they’re more aerodynamic and the tires have lower
rolling resistance. But when he hits the mountains, in go the tubulars and it goes
right on to 6.8 UCI limit. Very nice. (tense music) Super hot bike, this is the
brand new Scott Addict RC of team leader for
Mitchelton-Scott, Adam Yates. And I say brand new because
well, it’s literally brand new, he’s just got hold of it and he’s not actually ridden
it or raced on it yet. And it’s also the brand new Scott Addict. So the new Scott Addict
has had a makeover. Like many of the climbing
bikes we’re seeing, it’s gone aero. So we’ve got the dropped seat stays, the D-shaped seat post,
the aero tube profiles. And this really swanky
looking aero cockpit. And all the cables are
fully integrated in here, you just can’t spot the cables at all. So you imagine it’s very
slippery through the wind. And it’s gone disc brake only now. The previous one was rim and
disc but now just disc brakes. Anyhow, I think it looks
absolutely stunning. It’s currently in a
sort of flat stage mode so we’ve got the deeper 60 wheels in and a close ratioed 11-25 cassette. But you can expect Adam
to be swapping that out for some shallower wheels
and a bigger cassette once he hits the mountains. Right, I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the hottest pro
bikes here at the Tour. And if you’d like to see any of the bikes in this video in more detail, then we’ve got full pro bike videos either available now or they
will be in the near future. And if you’d like to get your hands on one of these awesome
GCN Alpe d’Huez t-shirts, complete with Dutch Corner
there, check it out, then well, you’re in luck. They’re available in the GCN shop. You can click down here. Going now. Bye!

47 thoughts on “The Hottest Pro Bikes Of The Tour de France 2019

  1. Pinarello goes through the pains of not painting their bike to save a few grams, that would than needed to be added back on the bike in some form to make the UCI weight limit…. lol

  2. Anyone. Do disc brakes stop and modulate better than traditional rim based brakes? I can see the disc looks cleaner and more aerodynamic. Also, are disc systems generally more expensive than rim based setups? What about from top shelf component companies like Shimano or Campagnolo? Thanks again anyone!

  3. Ollie tells the truth, no sketchiness about it. Now he needs a GCN shirt emblazoned with "basically, the same."

  4. So Cannondale finally joins the bunch of run-off-the-mill, seatstay-on-halfmast disc-aero bikes. But the prize for the ugliest bike in the peloton as usual goes to Pinarello for their new folding bike.

  5. I have not seen any 'enhanced' oval front chain rings, as in the ones Chris Froom used to use, which were nearly flat on some sides, like a squared off ring.
    Are these still being used or were they 'outlawed'?

  6. what happens if a bike starts out at the UCI weight limit, say heavier bottles or maybe magnetic weights on the handlebars or something and then during the race the rider pops them off? do they weigh it again at the end of the race?

  7. Unless you’re in a race there is no reason for a light weight bike. Isn’t that the reason we workout, because it’s tough?

  8. Yes, yes. I can look at the bike without your yammering on. What I would like to hear more of is what features make the bike faster? What makes it more comfy? What makes it handle better? What makes it better to ride when you’re sitting on it? I really don’t give a rats ass about the fracking paint or decals. Performance vs perception. Fashion is evil people taking money from stupid people.

  9. Clearly the technology has plateaued on so many fronts. What we see here is a replication of the same across all the brands. There's little, if anything, to distinguish one brand from another. You could argue that competition across the brands pushes innovation. But wait a sec, a bicycle is still a relatively simple machine and we've already had great bikes for almost 20 years now, if not more. You could even get a great bike back in Merckx's day.
    Second point, UCI should seriously consider having a standard issue bike for all the teams to use in unison. It's such a wasted effort to weigh and spec each brand individually according to the rules. As a cyclist I'm sure people will appreciate the disdain for wasted efforts.

  10. So last year everyone had disc brakes because sponsors. Now they can choose again and there's a split.

    I'm keeping my rim brakes.

  11. If they know tubeless is more aero and rolls better.. plus they often add ballast to the bikes anyway… Why not run it all time? Lol.

  12. Pinarello F12 is astonishing, with such kind of upward banding on the top tube it really looks powerful and aggressive!

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