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Bikes at the 23rd Vuelta a Murcia
By Paul Mirtschin
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This early in the season, it's not uncommon to see teams still heavily testing
bikes and components in preperation for the bigger races. While wandering around
the staging area before the 5th stage time-trial, Mike Papageorge decided to
spend some time at the USPS camp.
Lance Armstrong, as usual, was the center of attention. And with his
new Trek TT bike in all its grey glory standing out from the rest of the
team's blue and black frames it wasn't hard to spot.
The new bike features a new fork and bar that hadn't been seen in public
before. Scott Daubert at Trek told us, "That fork and bar have never
seen the light of day before Sunday's TT in Murcia. They are both products
of wind tunnel tests we conducted last fall."
The new bars from Bontrager are designed to place Lance in the optimal
race position, both for maximum power and minimal wind resistance.
And with the bars in their final stages of testing, we expect these bars
to take Lance to the odd podium.
The new carbon aero forks on Lance's bike should also help the boy from
Texas, with the reduced drag and smoother airflow that Trek's tech guys
have managed to massage into them.
It's not about the bike, but every little bit helps.
Once Mike had finished at USPS, it was on to some of the other teams.
First stop was Kelme, where overall leader Javier Pascual Llorente's Look
Light KX was parked.
The black on black on carbon colour scheme makes it one of the sexier
bikes this season.
Team Telekom have finally taken delivery of their 2003 Pinarello frames,
having raced on the 2002 bikes as recently as the Jacob's Creek Tour Down
The eye catching double "s" shaped Onda forks match the double
"s" shaped rear stays, and are designed to improve shock absorption
as well as stiffen while under braking.
Even if it doesn't do what they claim, it certainly makes the bike stand
out from the crowd.
Vuelta a Murcia bike photos
Images by Diseño web
23rd Vuelta a Murcia - Stage 5 results
Tour tech: Zipp's slippery
new wheel revealed
On test: Klein
June 25 news: New Giant
carbon, Crank Bros, Colnago proto, Scott, Topolino
Book review: Lance
Armstrong: Images of a champion
New bike for Van Moorsel
New bikes from BT
Cicli Pinarello displays
its racing history: Fifty years of classic bikes
June 17 new arrivals:
Specialized, Crank Bros, Thomson, Bicycling Science, Drop In
Pro bike: Iban
Mayo's Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbea TT climbing prototype
On test: Campagnolo
Eurus G3 wheels
Pro bike: Lance
Armstrong's Trek Madone SSL proto
Emanuele Sella's Battaglin
June 8 news, part 1:
Giro's Rev Six revs up at Dauphine, Rebellin conquers on Wilier carbon
proto, Giant spy photos at the T-Mobile Service Course
June 8 news, part 2:
Specialized unveils new kit, Cervelo & CSC fine-tune at MIT, New forks
from Alpha Q, Paint job of the year?
Pro bike: Dede
Demet-Barry's T-Mobile Giant TCR Carbon
Bikes of the Giro part 2: The mountains
New arrivals: DMT, Jaggad, Blue Steel, Cannibal, Ellsworth, LeMond
Fitness, Atomic Mount
On test: Park
Tool IB-1 & IB-2 multi-tools
On test: Giro Monza
On test: De
Marchi Contour bib shorts,
On test: DeFeet
May 21 news: Petacchi's
new Pinarello, Mayo's Orbea TT secret weapon, adidas, Mavic, Ambrosio,
On test: White
Industries Eccentric ENO hub
World exclusive pro bike: Marion
Clignet's Look 496 track bike
On test: Carnac
Quartz road shoes
Repair & maintenance: Recording
Pro bike: Chris
Horner's Webcor Lemond TT bike
May 13 news: New Shimano
wheels, 29inch victory, CycleOps, Naviion
New arrivals: Crank
Bros, Park Tool, Sports Instruments, Morningstar & Panasonic,
New arrivals: 2004
clothing from Campagnolo
On test: Orbea
Orca - Real-world team issue
On Test: Specialized
Bar Phat tape
Bikes of the Tour de Georgia
Apr 30 news: Campagnolo,
Klein, Giant, Sports Instruments, Burley, La Ruta
Apr 27 news: IRD, Oval,