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2003 pro team bike review
This year's models
By the Cyclingnews technical team
Welcome to Cyclingnews' 2003 review of the bikes the pros will be riding in the 2003 season. During the course of this year, we'll bring you a selection of images and specifications of this year's latest and hottest in other words, a feast of veritable bike porn.
Jonny Sundt's K2 Enemy
We've recently reviewed the out-of-the-box version of the K2 Enemy, so how does pro rider Jonny "The Cat" Sundt hot up a 'cross bike straight off the rack? Jake Frame, The Cat's master mechanic, and Sundt himself lets the cat out of the bag.
Kristin Armstrong's Team T-Mobile Cannondale CAAD7
What better way to unveil your latest road offering than at an early season pro training camp? Cannondale let loose a stable full of their 2003 CAAD7 road machines among Team T-Mobile's squad of eager new recruits at their recent pre-season training camp in Arizona.
Cedric Gracia's 2003 Cannondale Gemini CG
A downhill dream bike from Cannondale.
Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano's Giant TCR Composite Team
Introducing Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano's Giant TCR Composite Team for 2003. Hardly what you'd call a bike for the budget-conscious at around half the price of the Giant TCR Composite Gold, but at least within reach for those who've managed to save their pennies since they first laid eyes on this beauty at last year's Tour.
Daniele Nardello's Pinarello Prince LS
After seven seasons with various permutations of la squadra Mapei, Daniele Nardello made the switch to join German powerhouse Team Telekom, and in doing so, changed his trusty steed from the ubiquitously known and admired Colnago C-40 to another piece of bicycle exotica, the Pinarello Prince LS.
Julian Dean's Team CSC Cervélo Soloist
After a few seasons riding under the guise of other frame manufacturers, Canadian up-and-comer Cervélo scored the tech coup of the year, earning the privilege to kit out the boys from Division I road squad Team CSC with their show-stopping Soloist Team and P3 road and time trial frames.
Fabio Sacchi's Team Saeco Cannondale CAAD7
In 2003, bike frame artwork has been sent into the stratosphere with Fabio Sacchi unleashing his feline-themed beast, the Team Saeco Cannondale CAAD7, the at the Tour Down Under, leaving tongues wagging all the way across the Barossa Valley. And it wasn't from the wine or the podium girls.
Baden Cooke's FDJeux.com Lapierre Scandium
With just about every material suitable for building road bikes extruded, forged, welded, bonded, brazed, bent or butted, it appears we are now entering a phase of refinement rather than revolution. Baden Cooke's FDJeux.com Lapierre is testimony to that.
Jan Ullrich's Team Bianchi EV3
Coppi, Gimondi and Pantani are all names associated with Bianchi, and in recent few months, another name was added to the list: that of Jan Ullrich.
Paul Martin's West Virginia Merlin CyreneAfter winning the pro race in the Four Bridges of Elgin, race winner Paul Martin let us look at the trusty steed that he rode to his solo victory, the Merlin Cyrene.