We saw at the Dauphiné that Froome was using a slightly lighter version of the asymmetric Pinarello.
That version was unpainted to save a few more grams – but Pinarello wasn’t quite done. In the run up to the Tour, Froome was given an even lighter version of the frame with further tweaks to ensure the bike was as competitive as possible.
You might well be asking yourself what the point is, since they can surely get the bike down to the UCI’s minimum weight limit without trying too hard. You’d be right, but a lighter frame allows riders to pick and choose the other equipment they want to have on board from a wider selection.
If Froome could only run C35 wheels before, perhaps he can now choose the deeper, more aerodynamic C50 – saving just a few more precious watts. It’s all in the name of marginal gains, of course.
Elsewhere on the bike, it’s very much ‘as you were’ with Sky edition Pro bars and stem, and Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 groupset. We were somewhat surprised to see that, despite being team leader, Froome still had to use 7800 Shimano cranks for his SRM, whereas others have updated.
Is this a sign that Shimano is unhappy with Froome’s use of Osymetric rings? We also noted the addition of a super-fancy titanium chain catcher, in what looked like printed titanium – just a little love from the teams’ mechanics, no doubt.
Non-reinforced Antares saddle
Veloflex tyres: the dry option
Kenyan Maasai shield emblem
Froome’s Pinarello is adapted to make it super-light
Printed titanium chain-catcher
This article was first published in the July 11 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!