Tech Extra: Pro Bike Set Ups For The Cobbled Classics

Published on April 3rd 2016


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: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN store! Sign up to the GCN newsletter: 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 ▶︎ Pro bike playlist ▶︎ The Koppenberg epic climb ▶︎ The art of riding cobbled climbs ▶︎ Buy GCN winter kit, casual wear and accessories in the GCN Shop: Music: Jayphonik - Solardome: Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /