Tech Extra: Pro Bike Set Ups For The Cobbled Classics

Published on April 3rd 2016

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Cobbled classics like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders present a unique challenge. Here's how pro bikes are adapted to tackle the cobbles. Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN store! http://gcn.eu/BuyGCNKit_ Sign up to the GCN newsletter: http://gcn.eu/gcnnewsletter How do the pro teams adapt their bikes for the cobbled classics? It's not all about changing tyres and bottle cages. Different frames, different brakes and more bar tape are all quite standard changes. Tom Boonen has even gone as far as using his Roubaix specific bike. Etixx-QuickStep mechanic Kenny Latomme hinted that this could be because Tom will be attacking over the cobbles later today. We'd love to see that. At Lampre-Merida, we spotted Davide Cimolai on the 2017 Merida Scultura disc, which looks incredible. Finally, some Team Sky riders are on the prototype Pinarello K8-S. Which has similar properties to the KS-8 – the bike that they used with the small suspension unit last year – but handles near-identically to the team's standard race bikes. Let us know your favourite bike from the video and your favourite for the race down in the comments and don't forget to SHARE this video too! Watch more on GCN... Tour of Flanders 2016 preview show ▶︎ http://gcn.eu/1RFOeTE Pro bike playlist ▶︎ http://gcn.eu/1X8lzui The Koppenberg epic climb ▶︎ http://gcn.eu/1pW0Mz8 The art of riding cobbled climbs ▶︎ http://gcn.eu/1SFpuNG Buy GCN winter kit, casual wear and accessories in the GCN Shop: http://gcn.eu/TheGCNShop Music: Jayphonik - Solardome: http://gcn.eu/1PkZZld Photos: © Bettiniphoto / http://www.bettiniphoto.net/ & ©Tim De Waele / http://www.tdwsport.com