The Best Aero Bikes And Custom Tech From The Giro d’Italia 2019

The Best Aero Bikes And Custom Tech From The Giro d’Italia 2019


– Coming up, the best new,
interesting, and custom tech that we’ve managed to
find in the last 24 hours. Here at the Giro d’Italia. (mechanical transitions) – At the Tour de France, Mavic
provides neutral service. You may have seen Si’s
excellent video covering it, but at the Giro it’s different. They actually have Shimano
giving the neutral service, and these are the neutral service cars, and on top of them are
the neutral service bikes. So what they are, are
Pinarello Dogma F10s, which is pretty sweet, and
there’s a mixture, interestingly, of disc brake ones on that car, and rim brake ones on that
car and for the pedals, well I’ve not seen any
Speedplay equipped bikes but there’s a mixture of Look pedal bikes and Shimano pedal bikes. So as long as you’ve got one
of those two pedal systems, you should be all right, should
the worst comes to worst. But they’re really nice,
they’re even in Shimano colors, so they’re sort of black, white, and blue. And to be honest, I’d be
tempted to break my bike so I’d get one of these. – I have got an unbelievable
box of tricks in my hand. A fresh delivery from
SRM to Bahrain-Merida, and a few other select riders
here at the Giro d’Italia. So they have customized each and every one with the riders picture on the
side, and their flag colors. That, of course, is Italy, and then are a couple of
Slovenian colors here as well, but beyond that, if you’re
a very special rider, like Caleb Ewan, you
get a nice yellow one. If you’re Vincenzo Nibali,
you get this blue one with his picture on the
side and his emblem there. Beyond that, if you happen
to go into the pink jersey, you get this one, that is amazing. It’s got the Gazzetta
newspaper round the edge and included in that, is a
picture of Vincenzo Nibali on the Gazzetta newspaper, and
then the pièce de résistance. Just down here, it’s not for any of the
riders here, in fact. SRM have made this, for
the Sheik of Bahrain with real gold. – It’s absolutely tipping it down today. Given the weather, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re in England, but no, we’re in Bologna, Italy
because it’s the beginning of stage two of the Giro d’Italia, and because it’s raining so much, the choice of lube that
the teams are using becomes really important,
and the Team Ineos mechanics have just been applying this
new Wet Weather ceramic lube onto the bikes’ drivetrains,
in the hope that this lasts much longer and doesn’t
wash off as easily, but should the drivetrain
start to make noise, as the riders are riding
along, which there’s a chance because it’s such a long stage and the rain looks pretty bad, then they might drop back to the team cars whereupon the mechanics
can precariously hang out and squirt some more lube
onto the drivetrains. Because today is a wet day,
we’re also seeing the mechanics going round and tweaking
the tire pressures in the riders’ tires. They generally like to
ride lower pressures when there’s less traction on a wet day, but the exact pressures vary depending on the rider’s preference, and also just, well the
rider’s weight and size. I’m over at the Lotto-Soudal bus and here I’ve found one
of the bikes that belongs to one of the favorites for
the second stage of the Giro. It’s Caleb Ewan’s Ridley Noah Fast, and befitting of his sprinting style, we’ve got a really interesting
cockpit on this bike. So he’s got a 36 centimeter wide bar, which is very narrow, and also this ridiculous
Deda 13 centimeter stem that’s got a minor 17 degree on it. Just to get him in that
really aggressive position when he’s sprinting right over the bars. And on his stem as well,
he’s got a cool sticker saying, pocket rocket Caleb
Ewan, that’s pretty cool. It’s also interesting to see
how he fits onto this frame and also how you take into account his extreme sprinting position because there isn’t actually
much seatpost visible showing, in the way he’s got it
set up at the moment. This is the bike, of breakaway specialist, and Caleb Ewan’s teammate, Thomas De Gendt and because he’s a breakaway specialist, it’s quite cool that he’s
got this very aero cockpit. All-in-one piece bar and stem fitted to the front of his bike to try and make it as
aerodynamic as possible. It’s a really neat bar and stem, this. I’ve not actually seen
this particular one before, but it’s very sleek indeed,
and very flat on the top, so he can get into that
position where he rests his arms on the tops of the bars
to get super aero, cool. And then also on this stem,
he’s got the route details for today’s stage. A little, mini map that’s been printed out with all the locations
of the feeds and climbs and intermediate sprints as well. In case you were wondering,
the bar width is 40 centimeters which is pretty narrow and interestingly, De Gendt is favoring the Helium, which is Ridley’s climbing bike, over the aero bike, the Noah Fast, which Caleb Ewan’s choosing. Even on a flat stage. – Custom piece of tech for you now. As you all know, we use
Wahoo Bolts and more lately, Wahoo Roams at GCN, and
they’ve brought a custom one here to the Giro d’Italia, pink. This’ll be used by the Bora-Hansgrohe scored over the next three weeks. Bright pink too. – Vincenzo Nibali has a
choice of two road bikes here at the Giro. The Merida Scultura, the
lightweight climbing bike he’s often favored in the past, but also Merida’s aero bike, the Reacto, and Merida have made
a special one for him, where they’ve taken the
paint off to make it lighter. Paint adds a significant amount of weight, so they’ve saved a substantial amount, probably over 200 grams,
by taking that paint off, but they’ve still given it
a cool, custom paint job on the down tube, to signify
his victories in Grand Tours, which is really nice. Aero bikes offer a measurable
benefit and advantage to professional cyclists. Even climbers and team leaders, but they’re often hesitant to ride them because there’s a slight weight penalty over their climbing bikes. So Merida has worked hard
to try and reduce the weight of the Reacto, to get it
competitive for Nibali and taking the paint of is
one of the things they’ve done but they’ve also fitted
some lightweight components. So it’s got these really
lightweight skewers at the front as well, which are different from what the rest of his team are using. I’ve asked the mechanics at Bahrain-Merida how much Vincenzo’s bike’s
coming out at on the scales, and they’ve told me
they’ve managed to get it to 6.9 kilograms with a power meter and a transponder on there, which, well that’s incredibly competitive for an aero road bike these days, and well I’m sure he’ll
be very happy to ride it. In fact, he’s just gone
out for a ride on it now, and another detail I spotted
on it, was the saddle, which wasn’t a sponsored saddle. It looked to me like
it was a Fizitk Antares and all the logos have been rubbed off and it was blanked out. I’m over at the Team Ineos
truck, and I’ve got hold of Pavel Sivikov’s bike,
and it’s this beautiful Pinarello Dogma F12. New tech, but we’ve made
a video on that before, but what’s new here is
something quite subtle. I’ve spotted some brand
new Continental tires, and from a distance
they look just the same as the standard Pro
Limiteds but I can tell, looking at them up-close,
these are a brand new model and I’ve done some digging
and apparently they’ve got a higher thread count than before. So 200 TPI, rather than 100 TPI, so that makes them more supple, and also apparently the weight of them has been reduced as well. So now these tubs are just 240 grams, making them, well anything
lighter’s always gonna be slightly more beneficial, isn’t it? For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Competition Pro Limited, it’s a tubular tire from Continental, meaning that it’s glued
onto these Dura-Ace rims. So I’ve got some verniers
and I’m gonna measure the width of it and see
what these new tires are coming out at. So although it says 25 millimeters on the side of the carcass there, it’s actually coming out at
24 millimeters on my verniers, which are digital as well. I’m also gonna weigh the Ineos F12 because it’s the first
time I’ve seen this bike in a complete race build,
with a power meter. So I’m intrigued to see
what it hits the scales at. So 7.39 with a power meter
and deep section wheels. It’s pretty competitive
for what is an aero bike. I’m at Jumbo-Visma now and this is the bike of
race leader, Primoz Roglic. Now some really interesting
things on his bike that are specially because
today is a flat stage and also, it’s really wet. So one of the most interesting
things I’ve spotted are his tires. He’s running 28 millimeter
tires, rather than the usual 25, and he’s also swapped the
normal Vittoria Corsas for Corsa Controls, which are
more of a sort of winter tire. They’ve got more puncture protection and are a little bit more rugged. So hopefully he’s hoping
that that will help him in the wet weather. Also to help with the flatter stage, he’s got a 54/42 chainset on there, rather than the 53/39 he normally runs, and the other thing that
stands out on this bike for me, is just the beautiful paint job. So it’s Bianchi Oltre XR4,
which is an aero bike, and on here he’s got this
amazing custom painted eagle, on top of the Celeste, which
is a nod to his previous life as a ski jumper. He’s also running an
integrated, all-in-one, aero bar and stem from
FSA, and interestingly, he’s put some pads on there
so that he can rest his arms on the tops and get into an aero position, which is pretty cool. And to denote his race leader status, the mechanics have also
put some pink bar tape on his bike as well. Just come to the Jumbo-Visma bus, and it’s now my favorite
bus ’cause they’ve given me a special pink cake, which is to celebrate that
Primoz Roglic is in pink at the start of stage two. (laughs) Bye. These are the beautiful BMZ team bikes of team Dimension Data, and some of the riders
have a choice of bikes here at the Giro. So they have the Timemachine aero bike, but also the Teammachine SLR01, sort of all around climbing bike. It’s less aero but it’s a bit lighter, so on the key stages in the mountains, where they want a lighter bike, the riders will tend to opt for that. Whereas on the flatter, more
aero stages, the faster stages, they have the option
of using the aero bike, and the benefits that it affords, and to be able to swap between
the bikes more efficiently, the team actually have a special jig which they can use to change
the positions on the bike so that they’re exactly the same. So to the rider, it
feels like the same place when they sit on it. The team are running Vittoria Corsa tire, as these are 25 millimeter and
I’ve seen 25 millimeter used throughout on all their
bikes, and they’re tubulars. Now they’re glued to these
rather nice ENVE 5.6 rims and this differs from
their time trial bikes, where we’ve seen that
they’re actually using the Corsa Speed clincher
tubeless ready tire. Although they’re not running it tubeless, they’re running it with latex inner tubes, and the reason why they’re using
clinchers in the time trial is for lower rolling resistance and weight doesn’t matter so much, but on the actual road stages, weight can be a bit more important, especially on the mountains, and also it’s deemed to be safer, because when they get a puncture, say even going down a descend, you can actually ride on a
flat tub a little bit longer, which is crucial in a race
situation, and at the moment, you can’t really do that on a
clincher or a tubeless tire. – You’ve got to love going round the teams before a Grand Tour, and seeing all the new tech, haven’t you? – Oh I love it, mate.
– What was your favorite bit? – I think that gold PC8 head unit, with the 24 karat gold leaf on it. – For the Sheik, that was pretty cool. I like the Gazzetta one actually, but my favorite bit was actually Vincenzo Nibali’s custom bike. Even though we’ve already
seen it last year. Unfortunately, well I’d actually done a piece about that myself, and then you came along and did it better, because that’s what we used in the video. Here’s a bit of what I did. This is the custom Bahrain-Merida… (tone) – And if you’re wondering
where you can get your hands on one of these rather splendid
Italy themed GCN t-shirts, well they’re in luck, aren’t they Dan, ’cause they’re on sale in the GCN shop. – Yeah, shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. We’ll put a link to that fairly shortly. I still love the GCN Italia logo. You’re like an Italian Mod, but a British Mod in an Italian t-shirt. Anyway, let’s conclude
this video by saying that if you didn’t already
see our TT tech video from a few days ago, you
can find it now, just here.