Pro Cycling – WorldTour Bikes Of 2016


Here’s GCN’s guide to the bikes the world tour teams will be riding in 2016 AG2R stick with Focus for their bikes decked out in this nice blue. Let’s face it, brown bikes just don’t work. The “Izalco Max” is their go-to frame of choice. Astana, along with Etixx–Quick-Step and Tinkoff are all sporting Specialized bikes again this season. It’s brought them a lot of success. In fact the “Tarmac” was the most successful bike in the peloton last year, based on Simon Richardson’s very scientific analysis. All three teams will get the choice of the “Tarmac” or the “Venge” With an updated version of the Venge being released in the middle of last year. BMC are a mainstay in the pro ranks. We’ll be seeing the “Team Machine” and the road version of the “Time Machine” once again. Cannondale keep their bikes visible at world tour level. Their workhorse is the very stylish, “SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD” We could also see the “Synapse” in a scattering of Classics too. FDJ will be repping French brand Lapierre again this season. We’ve got the “Xelius SL” and the “Aircode” for extra aerodynamic efficiency. Scott have two teams in the WorldTour: Iam Cycling and Orica GreenEDGE. Both have the option of the lightweight “Addict” or the aerodynamic “Foil” A new version of which was released last summer. Lampre-Merida have the remodeled “Scultura” for most road stages with the “Reacto EVO” option for fast flat stages. Lotto Soudal have stuck to their Belgian heritage. Ridley will provide them with the familar “Helium” and “Noah SL” models. Movistar and Katusha were the top two ranked teams in the UCI world tour rankings last year. Which will certainly make their sponsor, Canyon, very happy. The “Ultimate” and the “Aeroad” are the choices for those two teams. Cervelo have made it back to the world tour after a year out in 2015. I think one of our presenters rode Cervelo bikes when he was a pro… Anyway, new kids on the block, Dimension Data, have the “S5” and “R5” models available to them. We really like this custom silver and red on Edvald Boasson Hagen’s bike too. Giant-Alpecin have a trio of bikes at their disposal. The “TCR” and “Propel” offer lightweight and aero options. While the “Defy” is frequently seen in the cobbled classics. John Degenkolb won Paris Roubaix on this bike in 2015. The Bianchi Celeste continues to flourish under the riders of Lotto NL-Jumbo. They have the racey “Oltre XR2” and the lighter, vibration dampening, “Specialissima” for all day climbing. Trek-Segafredo have a trio of bikes to choose from. We’ve got the “Madone” remodeled last year and even more aero than ever. The “Domane”, Fabian Cancellara’s choice all year round. And the “Emonda” introduced two years ago as one of the lightest production frames, ever. Team Sky will use their Pinarello “Dogma F8″s for almost all road races this year. But their K8S with its micro-suspension system will be wheeled out for the cobble classics. Let’s take a quick look at groupsets. Only one team has shifted in the off-season, pardon the pun. Katusha switched from Shimano to Sram this year. Tinkoff and Etixx–Quick-Step have been trialing the new FSA groupset, but will stick with Shimano for the time being. This means the Japanese company dominates the groupset sponsorship stakes with thirteen world tour teams. With three for Campagnolo and two for Sram. So that’s your rundown of the world tour road bikes. At least for now. With the ongoing trial of disc brakes at top-level we can expect to see new configurations, bikes, and groupset. Particularly for the Campagnolo sponsored teams who as yet don’t have disc brakes available to their teams. Which bike is your favorite this year? And which bike would you like to see in more detail? Let us know in the comments down below. In the meantime, you can check out the shiny new 2016 kits. Or see some of these bikes in more detail in our Pro Bike Playlist. We bring you a new Pro Bike every Saturday so make sure to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a single video.

100 thoughts on “Pro Cycling – WorldTour Bikes Of 2016

  1. Would love to see Katushas new bike up close, Canyon, Sram and Zipp, the holy trinity. Also, please get the best looking bike in the pro peloton – Canyon Sram, their kit and bikes are the best around – that full disc TT wheel – DAYUM

  2. Movistar colouring, Canyon Ultimate and Campy group set. Easily the best looking.
    Then they add that sexy bar tape…. mmmmm

  3. 1:28 Prototype bike? The headset spacers look sorta like the Argon18 one's. And he's using regular calliper brakes instead of the integrated v-brakes.

    Also that's quite a meaty rider.

  4. I was under the impression, Dimension Data would be running the new ROTOR Hydro groupset this season. Are they just testing it? Cervelo Bigla is using it, or so I read.

  5. Ok ok ok, now I see, Astana (1), Movistar (2) and Lotto (3). I dont had see Astana at the beginning. Big fan of campi here since Miguel Indurain era.

  6. can we get a video on a really tall riders bike? Stijn Vandenbergh preferrably. He has my dimensions. It'd be interesting to see if the mechanics do anything special to the bikes to hold up to the stresses of a large but athletic rider.

  7. Could you show the bikes of ProConti teams too this year? Like Topsports Merckx, CCC's guerciotti, Wanty's cube, Drapacs swifts etc. ?

  8. You should do a video on Tyler Farrar's Cervelo S3! Very interesting that he went for the (slightly) less aero model even being a sprinter.

  9. I doubt many, if any, pro riders will ride disc brakes… I've seen too many people complaining about them and getting into some nasty accidents.

  10. The Canyon Aeroad still looks great as ever. If only there was a bike like that set up for cross. If so, RIP my wallet.

  11. Bike more detail: probably not a popular choice, but I would love to see more information around the 2 Bianchi's LottoNL-Jumbo will be riding this year.

  12. So we mention all 3 giants, all 3 treks, but don't mention the Roubaix or the r3/r5? I mean the Roubaix is used extensively in classics and you better believe cav isn't crawling up alpine passes on an s5. seems odd you miss two major ones in my mind.

  13. I don't think disc brakes are a good idea for this level, I know for a fact that they are awesome for some conditions, also know for a fact that they become annoying at certain point, they add weight and take longer to properly adjust, but not only that…more for the safety or the other raiders when crashing in mass, as we always see in this case. Hopefully brand names will come up with new tech that can get over all this issues and riders will feel safer to ride on discs.

  14. The Cervelo's are by far the nicest looking of the whole bunch followed by Bianchi. Those Pinarello's are easily the ugliest.

  15. Could you please take a closer look at Edvald´s Cervelo bike(s) for this season? Excited about the Dimension Data team 🙂

  16. Some of the riders of Dimension Data have been using the Rotor Uno groupset in Mallorca so you should add another groupset change to your list.

  17. hi some good looking bikes however i am partial to specialized , that said my tarmac expert with ultegra suits me of course new bikes are nice , though i would like to see the guys timed section with the older bikes from greg lemonds era, would be interesting to see how they do in comparsion , instead of the having aero bikes.thanks eric

  18. How does one really pronounce "IAMS"? Half the time you say "eye amz," the other half it's "yams." I think I've heard the occasional "ee-amz" as well.

  19. would like to hear more about the Giant Defy used by the pros. since giant went to all disk brakes in the normal models, are these bikes older versions or are they customized rim brake versions just for the pros?

  20. @globalcyclingnetwork take a closer look at Team Dimension Data's TT-bikes. It looks like they are riding the new hydraulic rotor groupset 🙂
    Cheers a huge danish fan – Jakob

  21. I would like to see more about Bianchi bikes. And I think that the Bianchi Infinito CV can be a good choice for the spring classics, will they use them?

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