2013 in review: team bikes

With the international road racing season drawing to a close, and much of the news in the cycling world now relating to rider transfers and team changes for 2014, RIDE Media will publish a series about the year that was. During production of five magazines annually, we literally take thousands of photos of bikes: in action at races and in the studio under lights. In the first of our ’2013 in review’ series, we look at the bikes from the WorldTour peloton… with the exception of one*.


In January, at the first WorldTour race of the season, we set up a studio and convinced the mechanics of all teams to loan us one of their bikes for a few hours. We measured them, weighed them, documented the components used, and photographed thousands of details. Alas, many of these images remain unpublished because – even with a magazine as large as RIDE – there are never enough pages to print all that we’d like to. The first issue of 2013 (RIDE #59) carried a large feature with commentary from team mechanics, bikes and component suppliers. We discussed trends, the evolution of design, the size of tyres, the width of handlebars… and as much as we possibly could to ensure that we had the information we know keen cyclists want to know.

With only a few weeks left before the colours change, some teams disappear and others switch brand allegiances, we thought it would be fun to remember the bikes that were raced by the professionals in the men’s peloton early in 2013. Even over the course of 10 months, many of these were superseded and that’s a reflection of how rapidly innovation and/or styling or branding takes place in the modern world.

Without further ado, here is a gallery of images shot by Greg Chalberg and Rob Rixon in January 2013… (A full review of these bikes was published in RIDE #59.)

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Bikes from the professional peloton (January 2013)





Above: AG2R La Mondiale’s Focus (with Campagnolo)



Above: Argos-Shimano’s Felt (with Shimano)


Above: Astana’s Specialized (with Campagnolo)


Above: Blanco (what became Belkin) and the Giant Propel – launched in Adelaide – with Shimano.


Above: BMC’s BMC (with Shimano)


Above: The world champion’s bike – Philippe Gilbert’s BMC.


Above: Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Orbea (with Shimano)


Above: FDJ’s Lapierre (with Shimano)


Above: Garmin-Sharp’s Cervélo (with Shimano)


Above: Orica-GreenEdge’s Scott (with Shimano) – Simon Gerrans’ special edition, the stage winner on Old Willunga Hill.


Above: Lampre-Merida’s Merida (with Shimano) – see more about Matt Lloyd’s bike


Above: Cannondale’s Cannondale (with SRAM)


Above: Lotto-Belisol’s Ridley (with Campagnolo)


Above: Movistar’s Pinarello (with Campagnolo)


Above: Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Specialized (with SRAM)


Above: RadioShack-Leopard’s Trek (with Shimano)


Above: Saxo-Tinkoff’s Specialized (with SRAM)


Above: Sky’s Pinarello (with Shimano)


Above: Vacansoleil-DCM’s Bianchi (with Campanolo)


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*The absence of Canyon, the bike ridden by the world number-one – in both 2012 and 2013 – Joaquim Rodriguez and his Katusha team is missing. A year is a long time, but most followers of cycling will remember that Katusha was originally not part of the top-tier teams and was thus absent from the Tour Down Under.


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RIDE Media publishes both the Official Tour de France Guide (Australian Edition) as well as RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.

RIDE Cycling Review is now available in a digital format via Zinio.



Author: rob@ride

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