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2002 Tour de France bikes pt. 1

Tour bikes: Part one, part two, part three, part four, part five

By Paul Mirtschin

European editor Tim Maloney had the camera running hot while wandering around "Tour Central" where he managed to sneak a few shots off of some of the hottest bikes in the peloton. Some of these are team specials, and of those, some might just make it into production for the 2003 season and beyond.

Laurent Dufaux's new DeRosa Fluid TT bike. This is a frame with some interesting lines. De Rosa have added a novel bump to the downtube, and office speculation is that it either does something funky to the aerodynamics, or is there purely for looks.

Alessio's Alexander Shefer will be riding this DeRosa King over the next two weeks. Featuring a DeRosa high modulus carbon fiber frame and integrated fork, Deda Elementi Newton stem and bars, Campagnolo Record 10V components and Campagnolo Neutron wheels wrapped with Michelin Pro Race clinchers.

ONCE-Eroski Giant TCR Carbon / TdF 2002 Special Edition. With black and gold as far as the eye can see, the ONCE-Eroski Giant will be turning heads all the way to Paris. We previewed this bike a few days ago here.

FDJ.Com's Lapierre sports a full carbon fork hanging off a Scandium frame. Shimano's Dura-Ace group makes up the shiny bits and the new Dura-Ace carbon wheels with Michelin Service Course tubulars do the rolling.

Lotto-Addeco Team Litespeed Ghisallo is one of the few big names holding onto the non-integrated headset idea. Titanium frame, Reynolds carbon fiber Ouzo Pro forks and Dura-Ace components and wheels. Deda Newton bars and stem round out the package.