Tour tech: Off the Shelf
Peter Saga, Liquigas, Cannondale
Tour sensation Peter Sagan won three stages of the 2012 tour on board a Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
Like many brands, Cannondale offer a team replica machine - the SuperSix Evo Team at £6999.99 - that is a pretty good match and a direct one in terms of team sponsors, but look a little closer and there are plenty of differences, some obvious, but others that may not jump out and may surprise. How much will this make to the difference in cost (Our cost estimates are based on a direct swap of components at RRP).
Sagan with his Cosmic Carbone Ultimates
Wheels: add £700.00
While always Mavic, Sagan's wheel choice depended on terrain and varied between the mid section Cosmic Carbone Ultimate and the new CXR 80 both of these rolled on Mavic's own tubulars tyres. As standard, the Super Six Evo Team off the shelf has Mavic's top clincher wheelset the Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR. In pure cost terms, this is the biggest difference in spec.
The off-the shelf SuperSix Evo
Cockpit: minus £225
While showroom spec demands full carbon bar stem and post on a bike at this price point - a pro's needs are different. As a fan of a classic shaped bar, Sagan only has sponsor FSA's Energy Traditional butted aluminium bar open to him, and - most likely to meet the weight target of 6.8kg - an aluminium K-Force stem holds them in place. While it almost certainly takes the overall weight over the off the shelf product, it does ease the damage to your bank balance.
Extravagant and detailed 'Tourminator' paint job
Cranks: add £1200
Like any modern pro machine, the green jersey winners machine is bedecked with an accurate watt monitor. While the Cannondale Si crank arms are identical, the spider is replaced with an SRM powermeter - even the best bargain hunters are unlikely to get a lot of change from a grand for this upgrade.
So, in this day and age it is actually possible to buy a genuine pro spec bike with a few tweaks. Add £300 for the Speedplay titanium pedals and a couple of Elite Carbon Custom Race cages that are likely to set you back just over £100 and the final cost of a proper team replica is likely to be in the region of £9,075 - and that's before you've even begun to consider the Tourminator's one off airbrush paintjob Cannondale revealed on stage six.
Mavic CXR 80's and custom paintjob
Alternative bikes: can, can't, later
L.L Sanchez Giant TCR Advanced SL Rabobank
The Team version of Giant's Advanced SL is identical to the production bike and aside from more realistic spec of clinchers over tubs, is one of the truest off the shelf replica's
Marks Cavendish's Pinarello Dogma 2
The Dogma 2 may well be a standard model now - and it's going to be shunted down a notch for next season, the size Cav rides is actually a custom sized machine.
Perrick Fedrico's Lapierre Xelius EFi
While you can bet a current Lapierre Xelius off the shelf, the new EFi - with press fit bottom bracket, tapered steerer tube and lighter, stiffer make up, is being officially launched at the Eurobike show in August.
Fitted with Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels