A classic Roubaix hack that has all but disappeared with the introduction of disc brakes is the cross brake lever. Marta Bastianelli was the only rider in either race to opt for the secondary brake lever option and put it to good use, placing fifth in the first Paris-Roubaix Femme.
“Hell of the North”: never has a nickname been so appropriate. Paris-Roubaix is really hell for runners and bikes. The cobbled sections of Paris-Roubaix are so demanding that it is one of the only “road” races to continually inspire new dedicated bikes, hacked equipment and even push some teams to go wild on the right choices. sponsor equipment.
In the old days, the Hell of the North tech scene was often as exciting as racing, but the heady days of double-suspension Bianchis frames and ultra-long wheelbase Eddy Merckx frames seem to be behind us. That said, Paris-Roubaix continues to keep the mechanics of the team busy, even if the equipment modifications are now much more subtle. Wider tire choices are still universally accepted across all teams, but double-wrap tape, cross brake levers, and unique, wacky frame modifications are almost a thing of the past.
We scoured the Paris-Roubaix paddock in search of all the modifications of this year to present this gallery of Paris-Roubaix tech to you.
A classic Roubaix hack that has all but disappeared with the introduction of disc brakes is the cross brake levers. Marta Bastianelli was the only driver in both races to opt for the secondary brake option. Mieke Kroger’s leverage angle is not a Paris-Roubaix hack. But the tape on the ends of the lever just might be. Riders often report difficulty finding and maintaining the grip of the brake and shift levers on rough pavement. Speaking of grip, my first thought was that Elise Chabbey opted for chalk on her gloves like a track racer for extra grip. But maybe it was a sealant incident that caused the mess on his handlebars and gloves. The NXTG team races on a mechanical Dura-Ace R9100 with rim brakes. In a world dominated by electronic and disc brake groups, the 9100 rim brake setup is a nice departure from the norm. Peter Sagan also opted for the mechanical Dura-Ace, for one day only. Did we mention the world champion raced on Ultegra? About second level groups, answer me this: Is Record EPS a second level group? Double wrap bar tape is another dying trend. Alex Kirsch of Trek-Segafredo was one of the few who opted for a double tour. Modern technology and bikes may mean it’s less important. Maybe the double packaging just didn’t help. Here, a Trek mechanic adjusts Quinn Simmons’ Isospeed decoupler. Lisa Brennauer had a double envelope. A Lotto Soudal runner as well. But just a thin envelope for Mads Pedersen and almost every other runner. Another double envelope for Ceratizit-WNT. Regarding the handlebars, the Movistar teams have remained loyal to the Canyon Aeroad integrated carbon handlebars. Mathieu van der Poel and the Alpecin-Fenix team have switched to a more traditional two-part handlebar and stem. Alpecin riders have also switched to Elite Ciussi Gel bottle cages. The Ciussi is significantly heavier than the carbon bottle cage options, but the aluminum construction and vibration dampening gel inserts make it a favorite for classic pavers where bottle retention is much more important than low. weight. The DSM team had the same Ciussi cages. Bottles grow wings on cobblestones, Trek-Segafredo had a bit more grip on their cages to hold the bottles in place. Knowing the location of paved areas is vital. There are many different options for riders and teams when it comes to scoring. World champion Elisa Balsamo had a combination of printed and handwritten notes. Mieke Kroger was completely printed, with piles of information. Marta Bastianelli kept the notes as classic as her crossed brake levers, handwritten on medical tape. That’s a lot of information to take into account when moving through a platoon. Movistar had crisp, compact, color-coded scores for Saturday’s race. Lotto Soudal’s was anything but neat or compact, but it was also color coded. The Movistar notes for Sunday’s race were a more traditional handwritten option. Lizzie Deignan might have needed some pace notes, such was her speed on the cobbles. His road notes stretched along the stem … … And on the top tube. Marianne Vos had just enough room on her stem for all of her notes. At least during my visit, none of the SD Worx bikes had any notes attached. SD Worx did have the Multiclic shifters mounted on top of SRAM, however. The secondary shifter options seem to pick up where the cross brakes left off. some riders had rear facing setups, others had the same forward facing levers. American champion Lauren Stephens has raised her Di2 buttons under the bars. Quinn Simmons had his SRAM Blip buttons facing forward. Marianne Vos opted for sprinter gear levers on the drops, perhaps her standard setup for the whole season. The SD Worx team performed the 2x configuration of SRAM. Trek-Seagfredo went 1X for both races. The women raced with 50- or 52-tooth chainrings for stunning effect, while the men had 54-tooth chainrings for Sunday’s race. Staying with SRAM and Trek-Segafredo, the team opted for two-factor security for battery retention on rough cobblestone sectors with an elastic band to prevent unintended battery ejections. None of the other SRAM teams in either race opted for the extra security that the elastic band could offer. Back at the chainrings, the Movistar team had SRAM’s power meter chainrings available, presumably for the increased chainring size offered by the power meter option. This increased chainring size, however, requires a specific front derailleur. The polished platters are the final consumer-ready offers … … While the blackened platters are prototype pre-production platters. Sticking to the gear, Mathieu van der Poel could have stuck with a modern aero frame in the Canyon Aeroad, but his bottle cage, cockpit and gear choices were all much more traditional Roubaix. . Van der Poel had a 53:44 setup for third place. AG2R riders had hex keys glued to the seat posts to facilitate quick wheel changes. Deceuninck-Quickstep had the same thing. Many teams have assistants spread across the course with spare wheels. The hex wrench means the rider can take an assistant’s spare tire, change it, and get back on the road before a mechanic can approach them. We started this gallery with one classic, so let’s end it with another. The almost extinct Speedplay Pave pedal – revived one day a year. Source link