Once again, Road Bike Action dives deep down into the pro peloton to
bring you what’s coolest, freshest and fastest from the Ronde Van
Vlaandren to the Hell of the North. Check out our in-depth report
number two on the bikes of the Northern Cobbles 2009.
Greg Van Avermaet's Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 Pave' Silence-Lotto team issue
Former pro soccer player and rising star of Belgian cycling Greg Van
Avermaet and the rest of the Silence-Lotto team were riding a special
version of Canyon Ultimate series at the Tour of Flanders, just
as they will in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, albeit with different graphics
for the Hell Of The North. Canyon's Ultimate AL 9.0 Pave' looks a lot
like Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0 which the Belgian squad uses in most races. Canyon founder Roman Arnold told Road Bike
Action "When we started sponsoring Silence-Lotto, they asked us for
special bikes for the northern classics and we were able to modify our
Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 model into a Pave' version, specially adapted to
racing on the pave'."
Canyon Bicycles Director of Engineering Michael Kaiser explained the
genesis of the development of the Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 Pave'
frameset, saying "we used our new F8 frame, built in 7005 series
Ultralight Aluminum with it's unique Optisize Tubeset. After
discussions with the Silence-Lotto team riders and technical staff, we
decided on some special modifications for the Ultimate AL 9.0 Pave'
frameset, like a One-One-Four SLX carbon fibre fork for improved
comfort and more ridigitya 10mm longer toptube for more stability and
comfort and increased clearance between the chainstays so a wider tire
can be used, " said Kaiser. Van Avermaet uses Campagnolo Record
11-Speed groupset, Ritchey bars, stem and seatpost, Selle Italia SLR
Team Edition saddle and mounts a CycleOps PowerTap.
Close-up of Van Avermaet's cockpit, with a CycleOps PowerTap to track power output in real-time during races.
Special pave wheels for Van Avermaet, with Mavic 32h. Reflex rims,
Sapim 3-cross 14 straight gauge spokes with black Campagnolo Record hubs and
Continental tubular tires.
Close-up of Van Avermaet's Selle Italia SLR Team Edition saddle and
toptube, Note double seat clamp to keep Ritchey carbon fibre seatpost
from slipping on the cobbles.
George Hincapie's Scott Addict R4 Columbia team issue
Big George has a Columbia team issue for the cobbled classics; unlike
the other Addicts, the R4 does not have the integrated seatmast of the
others, but does use Scott's proprietary IMP (Integrated Carbon
molding) technology which produces the top /head /seattube in one swoop
using a "top-secret" process and HMX-Net carbon fibre, according to
Scott. Hincapie has a Shimano 7900 groupset with a SRM PowerMeter to
track power output in the race, a Fizik Alliante saddle in custom
Columbia colors, Shimano's PRO accessories and re-badged Hed carbon
fibre wheels with Continental tubulars.
George checks his SRM powermeter at the end of a 140mm PRO stem
Columbia's Hincapie uses HED Stinger 6 tubulars re-badged with Highroad
stickers and SwissStop yellow brake pads for carbon fibre rims.
Close-up of George Hincapie's Scott Addict R4 Columbia team issue drive
train, with fresh new chain and Shimano 7800 Dura Ace rear derailleur,
although Hincapie is using Shimano's Dura Ace 7900 levers.
Maarten Tjallingii's Giant TCR Advanced SL Rabobank team issue
Rabobank sprinter Maarten Tjallingii hit the cobbles with a pretty
standard setup. Shimano's Dura Ace 7900 groupset, with Shimano's PRO
accessory brand providing the bars and stem and of course, no
seatpost for the Giant TCR Advanced SL which uses an integrated
seatmast. Tjallingii rolls on Shimano carbon fibre tubulars and
Maarten Tjallingii's Giant TCR Advanced SL Rabobank team issue has a
Selle Italia SLR Team Edition saddle atop it's integrated seatmast.
Simon Spilak's Wilier Cento Uno Team Lampre team issue
Slovenian Spilak was 9th in the 2008 Tour Of Flanders but only managed
42nd in the 2009 edition. Spilak's cobbles bike does not have an
integrated seatmasat, perhaps for more comfort on the pave'. Ritchey
provides the bar & stem and Campagnolo the 11 speed groupset and
Selle Italia the team edition saddle.
Spilak has special pave' wheels; 32 hole no-name rims laced to
Campagnolo Record hubs and Vittoria Evo Pave' 25-millimeter tubular tires.