2024 Women’s WorldTour bikes, wheels and groupsets: A complete guide

Specialized commits to a long-term deal with SD Worx while Canyon is the most popular bike brand

ClockUpdated 07:01, Thursday 25th January 2024. Published 18:00, Tuesday 21st November 2023

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A selection of the bikes that will be in action in the Women's WorldTour in 2024

With 28 events spread across 82 days of racing, the Women’s WorldTour is set to deliver another blockbuster year of racing in 2024.

As is usual when a new season begins, there will be a period of acclimatisation as fans get used to the changes in kits, riders and, in some instances, bikes too. While most teams are tied into long-term partnerships with their brands and will be sticking with the same bikes for 2024, there are a few who will be sporting new equipment.

To help, we've pulled together this complete guide to the bikes, groupsets, wheels and tyres every Women’s WorldTour team will be using during the 2024 season.

Factor on the move, Specialized here to stay

The start of a new season can be a confusing time for fans. There are new names and kits to get used to, not to mention all of the rider transfers to remember. There will also be new teams on the WorldTour roster in 2024, with AG Insurance-Soudal and Ceratizit-WNT being awarded the two free WorldTour licences. Those spots became free following the closure of the EF Education-TIBCO-SVB team and the merger between Jayco-AlUla and Liv Racing TeqFind to form Liv AlUla Jayco.

Things are much simpler in the world of bike tech where, barring the odd change, most things stay the same season-to-season. 2024 is no different and the majority of teams will be using the same bikes and equipment as they did in 2023.

One of those teams is SD Worx whose all-conquering exploits in 2023 bagged them an incredible 40 WorldTour wins. At the end of the season they topped the UCI rankings, finishing over 10,000 points clear of second-placed Lidl-Trek. Those victories and points were delivered atop Specialized bikes and they’ll be linking up for plenty more wins over the coming season, having extended their partnership with the American brand until the end of 2028.

Only one team has swapped bike brands for the 2024 season, with Human Powered Health agreeing a three-year deal with Factor, bringing to an end their five-year partnership with Felt. Factor will also provide bikes for the Roland team who have lost their Israel-Premier Tech co-sponsorship for 2024.

Elsewhere, Liv will only sponsor one team after Jayco-AlUla and Liv Racing TeqFind - both of whom it sponsored in 2023 - merged to form Liv AlUla Jayco.

Similar to the men’s peloton, Canyon is the most popular brand in the Women’s WorldTour, used by three different teams: Canyon-SRAM, Fenix-Deceuninck and Movistar. Specialized follows closely behind with two teams, along with the aforementioned Factor. Orbea is a new addition to the list for 2024 following Ceratizit-WNT's step up to the highest tier.

Shimano edges SRAM, Campagnolo absent from Women’s WorldTour

Shimano dominates the men’s WorldTour, but in the women’s peloton there’s a slightly more even split with SRAM, although the Japanese brand still enjoys the slight upper hand.

It currently sponsors nine of the 15 Women's WorldTour teams, while SRAM lays claim to the remaining six. Campagnolo will once again be absent from the Women’s WorldTour in 2024. That’s indicative of its wider woes in elite cycling and the historic Italian brand will also be absent from the men's WorldTour peloton after AG2R Citroën moved across to Shimano.

While it loses out on the numbers stake, SRAM currently sponsors SD Worx who won virtually everything in 2023. That’s a slight exaggeration as Movistar halted that progress at two of the three Grand Tours, but the Spanish outfit also uses SRAM components, as do Lidl-Trek who finished second in the UCI rankings in 2023.

AG Insurance-Soudal Team

Fresh off the back of their most successful season to date, AG Insurance-Soudal are stepping up to WorldTour level in 2024. The team’s tally of seven wins in 2023, or 10 if you include National Championships, were taken atop the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 and S-Works Shiv TT bikes. Since they last triumphed in June, the team has moved over to the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 which they’ll hope will propel their star riders, including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, to the team's first WorldTour win.

  • Road bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8
  • Time Trial bike: Specialized S-Works Shiv
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Tyres: Specialized

Read more: Stiffer, lighter, more aerodynamic – Specialized launches new Tarmac SL8

Canyon-SRAM

Canyon-SRAM and - no points for guessing this one - their Canyon bikes teamed up to claim three WorldTour wins in 2023. Two of those were stage wins at Grand Tours, but their biggest victory arguably came after the road season when Kasia Niewiadoma was crowned the gravel world champion atop the then-unreleased Canyon Grail. Just as unsurprisingly, the team uses the SRAM Red groupset along with Zipp wheels and Schwalbe tyres.

  • Road bikes: Canyon Ultimate CFR and Aeroad CFR
  • Time Trial bike: Canyon Speedmax CFR
  • Groupset: SRAM Red AXS
  • Wheels: Zipp
  • Tyres: Schwalbe

Read more: All-new Canyon Grail gains in-frame storage and seamless bar integration

Ceratizit-WNT

Orbea wasn’t present in the Women’s WorldTour in 2023 but that will change in 2024 with Ceratizit-WNT making the jump from the Continental ranks.

Willing to buck common trends, the Spanish brand launched its latest Orca climbing bike in 2023. Purely built to be lightweight, it wasn’t accompanied by any aero claims - a rarity in modern cycling. It made its racing debut at the Tour de France Femmes where Ceratizit-WNT’s Cédrine Kerbaol won the best young rider’s white jersey.

  • Road bikes: Orbea Orca and Orca Aero
  • Time Trial bike: Orbea Ordu
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace, FSA cranksets
  • Wheels: Oquo
  • Tyres: Vittoria

Read more: New Orbea Orca goes all-in on climbing performance

dsm-firmenich PostNL

2023 could have been a tricky year for dsm-firmenich. The team had lost talismanic sprinter Lorena Wiebes to SD Worx, who claimed the majority of their wins in 2022. If that left question marks over the team’s winning potential, they were quickly answered by Charlotte Kool who teamed up with the Scott Foil to devastating effect. By the end of the season, the flying Dutchwoman had 13 wins and she’ll be hoping to take many more in 2024, once again atop Scott’s bikes.

  • Road bikes: Scott Addict RC and Foil RC
  • Time Trial bike: Scott Plasma RC
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace / Syncros
  • Tyres: Vittoria

FDJ-SUEZ

In the world of cycling tech, the biggest surprise of the off-season came when Lapierre and Groupama-FDJ ended their 22-year collaboration. That doesn’t extend to the women’s team who are also supported by FDJ, as they will continue to use the French brand’s bikes in 2024. Their riders will use the Xelius SL, which will be paired with Shimano’s Dura-Ace groupset and wheels.

  • Road bikes: Lapierre Xelius SL3 and Aircode DRS
  • Time Trial bike: Lapierre Aérostorm DRS
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Tyres: Continental

Read more: Lapierre and Groupama-FDJ split after 22 years of collaboration

Fenix-Deceuninck

Fenix-Deceuninck’s upwards trajectory continued in 2023 as the team made the step up to WorldTour level, along with their Canyon bikes. Yara Kastelijn’s stage victory at the Tour de France Femmes was the pinnacle of the team’s year on the road, but it was an equally seismic moment for Canyon who shared a clean sweep of stage wins at the French Grand Tour with Specialized. By the end of the race, both brands had four stage wins apiece, although Specialized also claimed the overall yellow jersey through Demi Vollering.

  • Road bikes: Canyon Ultimate CFR and Aeroad CFR
  • Time Trial bike: Canyon Speedmax CFR
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Tyres: Vittoria

Read more: Fenix-Deceuninck Team Talk: Few wins but promising signs for WorldTour debutants

Human Powered Health

It’s been a hectic year for the Human Powered Health umbrella whose men’s team folded at the end of 2023. Things are more stable for the women’s team which will continue in 2024, although they'll do so atop Factor bikes having ended their long five-year partnership with Felt. The American outfit will get to choose between the aero Ostro VAM and lightweight O2 VAM which was released in 2023 with claims that it’s “the world’s lightest climbing bike”. The team will also make the switch to Black Inc wheels for 2024.

  • Road bikes: Factor O2 VAM and Ostro VAM
  • Time Trial bike: Factor Hanzo
  • Groupset: SRAM Red AXS
  • Wheels: Black Inc
  • Tyres: Goodyear

Read more: Human Powered Health switch to Factor bikes for 2024

Lidl-Trek

With one of the strongest rosters in the WorldTour, Lidl-Trek are a powerhouse of women’s cycling, although they struggled to convert that into WorldTour wins in 2023 against the might of SD Worx. Their six WorldTour wins isn’t too shabby, but they’ll hope to take more in 2024 atop their Trek bikes. Those bikes are the now-familiar Émonda and Madone which have both been around for a while, although they’ve adapted over the years. Most recently the Madone has undergone a makeover, leading to a hole in its seat tube that helps it to stand out from the WorldTour crowd.

  • Road bikes: Trek Émonda SLR and Madone SLR
  • Time Trial bike: Trek Speed Concept
  • Groupset: SRAM Red AXS
  • Wheels: Bontrager Aeolus
  • Tyres: Pirelli

Read more: Best bike tech and designs at the Tour de France Femmes

Liv AlUla Jayco

Mergers between teams can be chaotic, especially when there are conflicting brands to accommodate. Of course, a team can only have one bike sponsor, so one brand usually loses out. Things were much simpler in the merger between Jayco AlUla and Liv Racing TeqFind who both rode Liv bikes in 2023, and the Giant-owned brand will continue to serve the newly merged Liv AlUla Jayco outfit.

Liv is the only women-specific bike brand in the pro peloton, with the team choosing between the Langma Advanced and EnviLiv advanced bikes for road stages, and the Avow Advanced for time trials.

  • Road bikes: Liv Langma Advanced and EnviLiv Advanced
  • Time Trial bike: Liv Avow Advanced
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Cadex
  • Tyres: Vittoria

Read more: Jayco/Liv merger to be named Liv AlUla Jayco, as Giant extend GreenEDGE partnership

Movistar

SD Worx’s all-conquering 2023 season went almost unchecked, except for at the Grand Tours where Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten provided stern resistance. The Dutchwoman and her Canyon bikes won every Grand Tour in 2022, and she defended both the La Vuelta Femenina and Giro Donne titles in 2023, although the Tour de France Femmes was a step too far. Even so, it was enough to continue Canyon’s dominance in Grand Tours in recent years. It will struggle to continue that record as the Dutchwoman retired at the end of the 2023 season and the team and its Canyon bikes will need to find a new source of victories.

  • Road bikes: Canyon Ultimate CFR and Aeroad CFR
  • Time Trial bike: Canyon Speedmax CFR
  • Groupset: SRAM Red AXS
  • Wheels: Zipp
  • Tyres: Continental

Read more: Annemiek van Vleuten: I can leave the sport proud

Roland

Israel-Premier Tech partnered with the Roland team for the 2023 season to create Israel-Premier Tech Roland, bringing Factor bikes with them. However, Israel-Premier Tech have dropped out as co-title sponsors for 2024 and Factor has disappeared too, replaced by Pinarello. That means that the team will ride the Dogma F in 2024 that is also used by the Ineos-Grenadiers men's WorldTour team.

  • Road bikes: Pinarello Dogma F
  • Time Trial bike: Pinarello Bolide
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: Vision
  • Tyres: Maxxis

SD Worx-Protime

It will take some time to fully process SD Worx’s dominance in the 2023 season. Seemingly unstoppable, the team completely dominated the season, only finding their progress hampered by the aforementioned Annemiek van Vleuten at the Grand Tours. By the end of the season, they topped the UCI rankings having taken a staggering 40 WorldTour wins.

Those victories were also enough to make Specialized the most successful brand in the women’s WorldTour in 2023, and by some distance. Clearly happy with this success, the American brand has extended its partnership with the team until the end of 2028, in one of the longest bike deals in women’s cycling history.

  • Road bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8
  • Time Trial bike: Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Groupset: SRAM Red AXS
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Tyres: Specialized

Read more: Specialized extend SD Worx partnership until 2028

UAE Team ADQ

Colnago bikes have spent plenty of time in the spotlight in recent years, mainly thanks to Tadej Pogačar’s relentless winning. The Italian brand has also taken plenty of victories in the women’s peloton at the hands of UAE Team ADQ who clocked up a tally of 14 wins in 2023. Most of those were delivered atop of the V4Rs which was only released ahead of the season, and it’ll be the bike the team will rely on once again for road stages in 2024, while the riders will team up with the TT1 in time trials.

  • Road bikes: Colnago V4Rs
  • Time Trial bike: Colnago TT1
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: ENVE
  • Tyres: Continental

Read more: UAE Team ADQ Team Talk: Reaping the rewards of new development pathway

Uno-X Mobility

Uno-X Mobility lay claim to arguably the least known bike brand in this list in the form of Dare. The Taiwanese brand may not be well known but it doesn’t lack pedigree and has been partnered with the Uno-X men’s team since 2018, playing a key role in the team’s continuing rise through the ranks. It’s also been an ever-constant since the women’s team made its debut in 2022. While the team is yet to claim a WorldTour win atop their Dare bikes, it’s surely only a matter of time.

  • Road bikes: Dare MA-AFO and VSRu
  • Time Trial bike: Dare TSRf
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheels: DT Swiss
  • Tyres: Schwalbe

Visma-Lease a Bike

It has been a chaotic off-season for Vimsa-Lease a Bike who were seemingly very close to merging with Soudal Quick-Step. Any doubts about the team's future sponsorship were quashed in late November when the team confirmed that Lease a Bike had hopped aboard.

The change in sponsorships doesn't affect the team's tech as they will once again work with Cervélo in 2024, along with SRAM for their groupsets and Reserve for their wheels.

  • Road bikes: Cervélo R5 and S5
  • Time Trial bike: Cervélo P5
  • Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Reserve
  • Tyres: Vittoria

Read more: Jumbo-Visma to become Visma-Lease a Bike for 2024

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