We take a close look at Marianne Vos's race machine
Having spent today in the leader’s jersey and now sitting in fifth place in the Aviva Women’s Tour, Marianne Vos is clearly going well just a few months after returning from an injury that saw her miss most of the 2015 season. The bike she is riding is a Liv Envie Advanced with just the sort of no expense spared finish that you would expect one of the greatest riders of all time to get.
While a significant proportion of the women’s peloton ride bikes which are really designed for their male counterparts, but Vos is riding what is the first women’s-specific aero bike on the market in the Liv Envie Advanced, which includes many of the same aero design element its brother, the Giant Propel. Most notable are the cut-out seat tube and the positioning of the brakes behind the fork and seatstays, although for some reason the top-end Envie isn’t given the same high-modulus carbon-fibre as the top-end Propel.
However, Vos’s bike does stand out from the crowd with its custom paintjob. The top tube and down tube have been given a nice gold pattern to celebrate the Dutchwoman’s countless gold medals across all disciplines, which looks a bit better than the slightly questionable black, white, orange and purple bikes that the rest of the Rabobank-Liv team ride.
The bike is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace, although Vos is clearly a believer in non-round chainrings, switching to 52-36t Rotor Q-Rings at the front with a Pioneer power meter at the front. These are matched with an 11-28t cassette.
The wheels are the ever-popular Shimano Dura-Ace C35s which are topped with 25mm Vittoria Corsa G+ tubular tyres. The rest of the finishing kit is from Shimano in-house brand Pro, with Vos clearly being very precise in her bike setup with a 99mm stem.