Such was Fabian Cancellara’s prowess when he won Paris-Roubaix three years ago that some claimed he had an engine hidden in his bottom bracket.
There were no such conspiracy theories after his tighter victory ahead of Sep Vanmarcke in this year’s Hell of the North, though. We’ve been over his race-winning bike from top to bottom and can’t find a throttle anywhere.
The Trek Domane 6 arrived in the Cycle Sport office a few days after the race, pedals removed, SRM data cleared but effectively verified ‘won-on’ by a layer of northern France’s finest cobble-filler.
Still bearing Cancellara’s cut-to-size race number (complete with stick-on Swiss flag) and miniature stalagmites formed from splashes of dust-infused energy drink below the bottle cages, our only condition of loan was to not disturb the dirt on the machine.
Cue scenes of magazine staff trying to levitate the bike out of the box and hover it into the photo studio without turning the wheels.
“Who’s Tony M?” That’s the first question most curious passers-by ask when giving Cancellara’s bike a quick look-over. Is that little metal nameplate on the top tube a motivating reference to an arch time trial rival? Don’t tell us they misspelled the name of Cancellara’s favourite 1970s disco-groovers – that would not be ‘Daddy Cool’.
Actually, Tony M is a reference to Tony Montana, the coke-crazed megalomaniac gangster in Scarface from whom Cancellara borrows one of his nicknames – and hopefully not too many other characteristics.
The Rider: Fabian Cancellara
Beyond various other personal stylisations, for Paris-Roubaix Cancellara’s bike was equipped with a laminated list of the race’s cobbled sectors on the top tube – clearly too long for his already-lengthy 140mm stem. However, we couldn’t help but notice that the very last of the 27 stretches had been deemed too trivial and too close to the finish to bother including.
Gearing is conventionally mechanical
Maybe it was assumed he’d have the race sewn up by then. Other Roubaix particularities include 27mm FMB tubulars and a 42-tooth inner chainring. Unusually, Cancellara opts for a mere single roll of bar tape for this most body-battering of races. The cobble-friendly Domane frame with its dampening Isospeed decoupler is also the one he likes to ride all year round.
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Fabian Cancellara’s Trek Domane 6
– Size: 58cm ‘Pro Fit’
– Weight: 7.58kg
– Down tube: 51cm
– Top tube: 57cm
– Seat height: 102cm
– Fork: Trek Isospeed
– Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 53-42, 175mm cranks
– Cassette: Shimano, 11-25
– Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace (mechanical)
– Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace, modified
– Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
– Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace with SwissStop carbon pads
– Saddle: Bontrager team issue (ti)
– Seatpost: Bontrager Ride Tuned
– Handlebar: Bontrager RL Anatomic, 44cm
– Stem: Bontrager XXX 140mm
– Computer: SRM PowerControl 7
– Wheels: Bontrager Aeolus 5, 18 spoke front, 24 spoke rear
– Tyres: FMB Paris-Roubaix 27mm
– Pedals: Speedplay Zero Titanium (82g each)
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This article was first published in the July issue of Cycle Sport. Read Cycle Sport 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!