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Pro Bike: Fabian Cancellara's Saxo Bank Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2, April 7, 2009

The Ronde van Vlaanderen didn't go quite as planned for Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
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Cancellara makes the switch from Cervélo to Specialized this year
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One of the Tarmac SL2's distinctive features
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Even with the shorter head tube
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The 1 1/2" lower bearing stiffens up the fork
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The down tube measures roughly 65mm in width
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Filling the shell is Specialized's own S-Works carbon crankset.
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The integrated bottom bracket design
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Carbon fiber is used for most of the structure
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The giant chain stays are matched with relatively slender seat stays
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The seat tube starts out round up top
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The top tube flows smoothly into the seat stays.
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Specialized are sticking to a conventional seatpost design
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Saxo Bank recently switched from Shimano to SRAM componentry.
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SRAM Red DoubleTap levers are mounted high
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SRAM Red brake calipers are installed both front…
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…and rear though each were fitted with different pad compounds.
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The stiffer steel cage of the second-tier Force front derailleur
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Gore sealed derailleur cables and housing
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The innovative SRAM Red PowerDome cassette
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Saxo Bank mechanics switched the chains on team bikes
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Cancellara's bike rolls on prototype Zipp 303 carbon tubular rims
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Wrapped around the rims are Veloflex tubulars
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A bit of electrical tape around the valve stem
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Zipp attach their new 303 rims to their newest set of hubs
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Even with all that power, Cancellara is happy to use Speedplay Zero Titanium pedals
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Tacx Tao cages keep the bidons at the ready.
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A Sigma 1106 computer tracks the kilometers for Cancellara.
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