Personalised & Lightweight Pro Cycling Tech From The Giro d’Italia 2019

– I’m here at the Giro d’Italia, and it’s time to go and
find some of the lightweight and custom tech on the rider’s bikes. Let’s go and have a look. Right, I’ve just happened to bump into Alexander Vinokourov of the Astana team, and he has got, probably
the most bling pair of shoes I’ve ever seen in my life, just check out these Northway bad boys that are totally customized for him. And, well, if you’re Olympic champion, you can have things
like that on your feet. They look so cool. Right, I’m here with
the bike of Eddie Dunbar of Team Ineos and there are quite a bit of lightweight tech components
fitted on to the bike. First up, we’ve got a pair of Continental Competition
Pro Limited tubular tires. They’re fitted with latex inner tubes, so you’re going to save around about 25 grams per tire with them, so you’re going to have
lower rolling resistance which means ultimately
you’re going to go faster for the same amount of power
that you’re putting out, or at least in theory that’s
the process behind it, as well, well some people say they’re more resilient to punctures because the latex tubes
are slightly softer, but that actually works in your favor because if you were to
hit a hole in the road or a stone, something like that, it just enables you to go over them just that little bit easier,
with more elasticity. Right, moving on from that. We’ve got some Elite
Leggero water bottle cages, they weigh just 15 grams, nice and light. I’m a big fan of lightweight bottles, well bottle cages too, as long as they of course hold the bottles in place. Nothing worse than losing a
bottle whilst you’re out riding. Moving upwards though, we’ve
got a Burke Composites, or, at least, that’s who I think makes it, the number holder on the rear of the bike. It’s fitted into the
actual seat tube there, really neatly, now these weigh nothing. In the past I’ve actually
seen masses of them on top of a scale, and
that only combined weighed about five grams, so
they’re going to weigh probably a gram and a half,
a gram, something like that. Nice and lightweight. Then, moving upwards again, we’ve got some carbon fiber rails
on the Fizik saddle that’s been chosen there. So, again, you’re going to choose, well, you’re going to lose just
a little bit of weight whilst you’re riding
along, and then, finally, something I’ve noticed,
doesn’t save weight at all, well maybe a fraction of a gram, little bit of crank rub there,
so the anodizings worn away. So Eddie, you need to just
work on that a little bit, but mind you, you’re riding the Giro and I’m just here watching
you ride the Giro, so you know more than me. Now, if you’ve exhausted all other options of actually getting
yourself, or making your bike as lightweight as possible,
maybe have a think again, like the folks have at CSF Bardiani, because check out these
carbon fiber bar end plugs. Must just say, a big shout out, actually, to the squad, because virtually
every single break away there is in the Giro
d’Italia, they seem to have a rider in the there, and I love that, what attacking riders they’ve got, and they certainly make
the race a great spectacle. Right, now one of the
lightest production saddles you can get out there is probably this Selle Italia C59
full carbon bit of kit. It is so bling, I’m so
jealous of this rider having it on their bike, although it does in fact weigh 61 grams, so maybe they should change it to the C61, but either way it’s a great bit of kit, you don’t see them very often out there. I do know there are a few
saddles a little bit lighter, in fact, probably half the weight, but they probably cost twice the price. Now, interestingly, just on the nose of the saddle here, we’ve got a little bit of heat shrink tubing which is kind of bonded on at the back, little bit flappy at the front, I guess, but that’s just going to
help prevent the rider from slipping forward a little bit when they’re on the rivet. The humble quick release skewer, a product which many
of us take for granted, and don’t necessarily understand the importance of them when it comes to having them fitted on the bike, because you rely on them so much actually, and a decent one always
remains in your memory, and I tend to carry them
over from bike to bike because some work really well and some don’t work that well. Right, all that aside, let’s check out these ones then from Corima. This is a totally
different style to normal, it’s a carbon fiber one, and, well, dead flat on the outer surface, and on the inside, slightly rounded off, and it sort of curves inwards
towards the end there. So you can possibly get
your finger behind it a little bit easier, just
to actually release it, and sticking with these
wheels just briefly, the mechanic did a great job. They’ve pre wrapped some insulation tape around the valve before
installing the tubular and the valve extender,
so its not going to have that annoying tick tick tick, instead it’s just going to be silent when the wheel rolls along. Here with the bike of Enrico Gasparotto of Team Dimension Data, a two time winner of the Amstel Gold Race,
and obviously he likes to have the world at his finger tips, or possibly just gear changing, because, well, he’s got quite
a few additional shifters set up on this bike. Obviously he’s got his
standard Di2 shifters built into the brake levers, and
down here he’s got himself a pair of sprint shifters, so
you can easily change gear. They only operate the rear derailleur, so on the right hand side he’ll be able to click down into a harder gear, on the left hand side into an easier gear, but, if you really
wanted to you could even reprogram those so you
can have them working in opposite directions, then on the tops of the actual handlebars here, you can see he’s also got another pair set up too, so these are classed as climbing shifters. Now, this is the latest iteration of them, the previous ones, the original one, was a single sided unit, so it just went on the right hand side, traditionally, and operate the rear derailleur. Now, quite often, I
actually had one of those fitted on to my bike, and
quite often what I found was that if you’re riding
over particularly rough roads, for instance, you would
hit the wrong gear button and ultimately put you in the wrong gear, let’s face it, not ideal. So with this you’re not going to run into any problems like that. Then, if you can look here, on the side of the side of the stem, he’s just placed a little
bit of electrical tape there, because this stem is a two
part piece of equipment, so just smoothen out the airflow there to aid with the aerodynamic gains, and if that’s not enough
to tickle your fancy, well he’s got a gold chain on there. Everyone loves a gold chain. Following on from Enrico
Gasparotto’s bike, the bike of Florian Sénéchal of Deceuninck Quick-Step Floors, well, he’s just got one
sprint shifter fitted to the drops of his handle bars here, I don’t know why, presumably it’s because, well, when he’s going into the final, a battle of a sprint if you like, he wants to just be able
to have that option there, but he doesn’t have the
option really easily on hand, or thumb if you like,
to go into an easier gear. Totally baffled, hopefully
I’ll bump into him so I can ask him, hopefully he’ll be out for a training ride soon. Also, another thing to
point out on his bike, he’s got a stem that’s
132 millimeters in length, which is, well, pretty
precise, let’s face it, normally get stems in five
millimeter increments, and finally, on the wheels here, we’ve got a little sticker that says 2019 on them. Now that, I reckon, is probably so the team themselves can actually identify and use an older wheel
in the cobbled classics where it’s more likely to get broken and, well, not such an impact
on the team going forward. Now, if you’ve got yourself a pair of integrated handlebars here, like on the spare bike of Primoz Roglic, you could easily put a bit
of self adhesive gripper tape on here, although it’s not the grip tape like we commonly see, this
stuff is more, sort of like, rubbery in texture, but
really tough rubber. Now one of the reasons
behind this is, maybe, by putting on some extra bar tape, adds a bit too much bulk on there. Alternatively, maybe he wants to show off his sponsor’s logos, or the third option, really, could be that he rests out there and puts his, kind of,
underside of his forearms on top of the bars to
try and get more aero. This is what our very
own Chris Opie does too. Right, here’s one for you then. The spare bike of Larry
Warbasse, of AG2R La Mondiale, well, he’s got Campagnolo
Record 11 EPS on his bike, whereas all of his team mates have got Shimano Ultegra Di2 on there. Now, what’s super interesting
about this is actually the routing of the rear brake cable. So you can see it here,
just about on the inside of the deader handle bar,
but then it goes inside of the stem, I reckon and follows through into the frame, rather than it
entering the frame anywhere. So, they’ve done a little bit
of handy work there, I think, but it’s great to see little
modifications like that, and I do like the older
style braided brake cables there too, with the translucent outer, so you can see the spiral binding of that stainless steel inner. Lovely. There we are, some absolutely
great bits of tech. Let me know which one
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  1. Another fantastic GCN Tech video! I do feel badly for you though, Jon, for having such a tough job. Hang in there!

  2. ditto on new skewers, I still have my 9 sp DA 7700 one and recently just got new Dura Ace ones, they are simnifically nicer than the Ultegra ones. Closed cam skewers are way to go. My disc cross bike is one of last generation of quick releases and I was getting really bad brake jack with open cam skewers (very nicely finished Hope Tech) and inexpensive XT one to fit the 135 mm rear took the problem away. Thru axles are superior especially not clamp on carbon dropouts but closed cam skewers really are tried and true tech for alloy dropouts

  3. 1:55 – you talk about saddle rails (boring) and could not see the custom clamp parts on that post…

  4. You might want to let Astana know that it looks like they have a slow puncture on that wheel you were holding…

  5. I don't know about those shoes. I wouldn't be caught dead in them myself. They look like something the great god Mercury might wear – if only they had some little wings on the back end!

  6. 6:40 does anyone know if it's UCI legal to tape foam pads onto the tops of your handlebars? I have 2 squares of foam taped either side of the stem so that I can use my road bike as a TT bike.

  7. The cf plate holder on the Dogma is ok but why is the number plate bolted? Use a rivet or a plastic tie instead. These mechanics need to undergo a WW course .

  8. You took this video down earlier today – so I’ll say again you shouldn’t encourage or condone resting forearms on the bars under any circumstances.

  9. Instead of using heat shrink or electrical tape on my valve steams, I use a rubber O-ring between my carbon rims and the locking ring for the steam. Works fantastic, costs next to nothing and keeps my rims from getting scratched up.

  10. RE: the golden shoes, he's not the Olympic champ, he won it once… a fair while ago now so why does he get golden shoes?why not everyone else who's ever won anything?

  11. The rubber bar tape is a marine grip tape… Soooo much more comfortable than the sandpaper stuff 😁

  12. Jon, if you saw masses of race number holders on a scale that was showing 5 grams and you reckon that each holder weighs 1 gram then you had a grand total of 5 number holders in your pile of "masses". Quick maths!!

  13. Deda Carbon barend plugs my arse. Have a look in a packet of their $15 bar tape (still very good bar tape) and tell me what you see. Carbon effect barend plugs.

  14. Anyone have more details on the particular grip tape at the end of the video? Would love to get some of that

  15. Hi Jon, could you speak to or find information on that incredible (smooth) crank bolt cap (2:05) covering the Dura Ace Crank Arm?

  16. John, you missed the 3D printed titanium saddle clamp on the Team Ineous bike when discussing the carbon saddle rails

  17. 1:30 – that's great, except that some doofus attached the number plate with what appears to be a steel lock-nut. Should have used a carbon fiber bolt and nut, with thread-locker, since it is a non-stressed part. 6:11 – stem to head tube bolt(s?) need trimmed or correctly sized to not have the threads sticking out; extra weight, and hell on the knee should the rider hit it.

  18. You are dealing with 5 grams here and 2 grams there, but you forgot to mention two hugely innovative lightweight Pro Cycling Technologies: Rim brakes (saves half a Kilogram) ad tubular rims (saves about 250 grams). Now I am confused, I was just told by all the bike shops that these are way obsolete and they do not offer any new bikes with that old shit anymore????

  19. Those Bar end plugs aren’t really made of carbon. They’re normal DEDA plastic plugs with a carbon Look to it.

  20. 2:27 they are not carbon fiber! I've got the same ones and they come standard with some bar tapes. The fact you did't know that really is kinda silly. It does not at all make sense to fabricate these from carbon as these plastic ones weigh next to nothing already.

  21. I was afraid to use carbon fiber seat. It feel a little hard, but now, i know pro riders are using that

  22. >uses 1g race-number holder
    >attaches number with hardware-store bolt weighing like 10g

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