January 20, 2010

With the season officially underway at the Tour Down Under in Australia, Road Bike Action takes a look at the bikes of the 2010 professional peloton.

One of the biggest changes for 2010 comes at the AG2R team, which switched from BH to Kuota. The Kuota KOM frames will be outfitted with SRAM Red components and Reynolds wheels. The Reynolds wheels will be wrapped in Michelin tires. Deda replaces FSA for stems and handlebars, while Time steps in and provides pedals. Selle San Marco saddles mounted on Kuota seatposts complete the AG2R La Mondiale team bikes.

With Trek following Lance Armstrong to RadioShack, Specialized has seized the opportunity to sign two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and the rest of the Astana team. The team will ride Specialized SL3 framesets equipped with SRAM Red components and a Specialized FACT carbon crankset, which is connected to an SRM PowerMeter. The team will ride Zipp wheels wrapped in Specialized tires with FSA handlebars and seatposts. Specialized completes the cockpit with its own stems, and Selle Italia saddles.

BMC moves into the big leagues this season with the additions of world champion Cadel Evans, US national champion George Hincapie and 2008 world champion Alessandro Ballan. The Team will be riding BMC Pro Machine SLC01’s outfitted with Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed drivetrains. Easton supplies the wheels, handlebars, stems and seatposts. Selle Italia saddles, Speedplay pedals and Continental tires round out the team bikes. The bike pictured is that of Cadel Evans and features a custom rainbow striped paint scheme to symbolize his status as world champion.

George Hincapie is running a BMC Racemaster with Campagnolo Record components. Because of the Racemaster's aero seat tube, Hincapie is using BMC's Streampost instead of an Easton seatpost. Hincapie’s BMC Racemaster features a custom red white and blue paint scheme to match his stars and stripes jersey.

The Pinarellos of Caisse d'Epargne will roll into 2010 with few changes. The 2010 Caisse d'Epargne Pinarello Dogma 60.1 framesets are equipped with Campagnolo components and wheels, Pinarello’s in house accessory brand MOST, provides handlebars, seatposts and stems. Continental tires, Look pedals and Selle Italia saddles round out the team bikes.

For 2010 the HTC-Columbia team remains with Scott bicycles. The team will race on Scott Addicts with full Shimano Di2 electric or Dura Ace components connected to an SRM PowerMeter. PRO will again provide the team with handlebars and stems. Fi'zi:k saddles and Continental tires complete the HTC-Columbia team bikes. HED is listed on the team’s website as an official sponsor, and it appears that Michael Rogers’ bike (pictured) is running Highroad labeled Stinger 6 wheels.


Euskaltel Euskadi will again ride Orbea in 2010. The team will race on Orca frames with Shimano Dura Ace components and wheels. The Dura Ace wheels roll on Vittoria tires. The team will use Selle Italia saddles mounted one top of Orbea’s on Zeus seatposts. FSA stems and handlebars complete the cockpit.

After a year that saw the team excluded from most major races, the team returns with Footon taking over as title sponsor and new gold Fuji SST 1.0 team bikes. The SST 1.0 framesets are outfitted with SRAM Red shifters and derailleurs, Reynolds wheels, Selle SMP saddles and Oval handlebars and stems. For braking the team uses TRP brakes, while Rotor supplies cranksets and chainrings. Time pedals complete what is arguably the most unique setup of the 2010 season.

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