Many of us are familiar with the World Tour's latest drool-worthy machines from the biggest names in the industry. However, the bikes in the World Tour are fairly standard and you can easily find them at a local bike shop.
However, if you turn away from the World Tour and look into the bikes of the Pro Continental ranks you see bikes and brands that are foreign to the World Tour, usually with some pretty odd set ups, and definitely not found in your local bike shop.
French team Bretagne-Séché has inherited some fantastic team sponsors for the 2015 season, and this year is no different. They riding Look 795s, and apart from the Look chainset, it’s a fully Shimano Di2-equipped setup.
This year Italian squad Androni-Venezuela are on Kuota’s new top end model, the Khan, which was first showcased at last year’s Eurobike. The original forks have been beefed up since then.
Dedaelementi supply the wheels that are rolling on Vittoria tubulars, bars/stem/bar tape are all by Deda, Shimano brakes plus rear/front mech and levers are the team’s choice with Rotor supplying the chainset.
Pro Continental team Columbia is riding Wilier Zero 7 frames for 2015. Ritchey Logic providing the seatpost and FSA are supplying the bars and stem. This is unusual as all three items are normally from the same brand.
Wheels and chainset are from FSA/Vision with the wheels decked out in Vittoria tubulars. Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical is used for shifting but the brake callipers are FSA SLKs.
MTN-Qhubeka’s Cervelo S5s are a bike reminiscent of what Garmin-Sharp used in 2014. Enve wheels, hubs and spokes are from DT-Swiss, and Rotor, 3T and Shimano make up the rest of the kit.
New team NSC T.W.O is on one of the most interesting set-ups. The team is sponsored by a local importer/bikeshop and the National Sports Council of Malaysia.
UnitedHealthcare riders are on the Wilier Centro 1SR for 2015. The team’s race bikes have stayed in the US and these are their training bikes outfitted with mechanical Dura-Ace. Shimano also supply the wheels fit with the 25mm Maxxis Forza tubulars.
SOUTHEAST PRO CYCLING
Southeast has a bike that’s better looking and that stands out more than its dull grey kit. Cipollini and Bardiani are the main sponsors of the team and the bikes are fitted out with Italian Ursis wheels, FSA bars and stem and Selle Italia saddles. Campagnolo mechanical Super Record handles the braking and shifting.
Turkish team Torku Sekerspor is on a frame brand that I have never heard of before. Salcano does look very nice though. Torku Sekerspor is also using a full Dura-Ace group-set.