On the eve of Geraint Thomas possibly slipping on a yellow jersey following the Stage 13 time trial in Pau, we decided to take a look back at all the go-fast bikes and components we found while traipsing through the Tour de France pits back in 2010.
A TALE OF THREE SHIFTERS
A TALE OF TWO GIANTS – SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Apparently, oblong is the new round for a growing number of Pro Tour riders. The Spanish company Rotor seem to have been at it the longest – here with a their own chain device (another increasingly popular product) mounted to the front derailleur to accompany the oddly shaped chainring. And yes, that’s the new Time I-clip pedal with a carbon spring.
Giro sez, “The new helmet will not be sold at retail, but elements of the design will certainly trickle down to future production time trial helmets. ‘Lance always puts 100-percent into the Tour and for this, his last go at it, he asked us to create something ultra special,’ said Giro’s Senior Sports Marketing Manager, Chuck Platt. ‘The LAX was the first major project for our new Advanced Concepts Group and the challenge pushed our team to use new technology and methods in the hope that we could help Lance win his 8th Tour de France.’
“Giro went to extreme measures to prepare project LAX for this year’s Tour. Considering the six month development time and Lance’s busy schedule, the Advanced Concepts Group made a laser scan of Armstrong’s torso while tucked in his time trial position, and separately, scanned his head. The data acquired was used to make precision headform and torso models that Giro’s Advanced Concepts Group used to aid development in Armstrong’s absence. The torso model was used in a number of sessions to test as many as 100 prototypes in a variety of wind tunnels.”
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