The Paris-Roubaix is a demanding race, not just from the riders but from their bikes as well. Many mechanics work weeks, months, or even years to develop new equipment for this race alone.
Here are some of the interesting gear form the 2015 "Hell of the North".
One noticeable trend within the peloton this year was the increased use of a secondary brake lever on the top of the bars. The majority of riders who used these only had the back brake adapted. BMC rider Greg Van Avermaet had a flash looking carbon lever on his.
The reason for this trend is that it makes braking easier on the cobbles. Having only the rear brake also eliminates the danger of grabbing too much front brake and sliding your front wheel out. Oddly though, quite a few riders on Cofidis and Europcar had both a front and rear brake, and in some crazy steep angles to the bars.
John Degenkolb had his son’s footprint on his top tube.
Old Mavic Open Pro tubular rims with a Mavic SSC tubular. Old school but it saw the LottoNL-Jumbo rider across the line in Roubaix.
Sandpaper stuck to bottle cages stops the bottles from jumping out of the cage when hitting the rough stuff.
Bora-Argon 18 rode with the Speedplay Zero Pavé pedals.
No one will mistake Peter Sagan’s bike for theirs.
You may have seen many riders with tape on their hands and wrists for added protection and support. The Tinkoff-Saxo team were using wrist compression bands at this year’s Roubaix as well.
A tapped PC8 SRM head unit wasn’t going to bounce off on the cobbles.