25 July 2013

All the Road Bike Reviews of the 2013 Tour

Good Enough For The Pros - Road Bikes & Equipment

2013 - 2014 Road Bike Frames

Have you ever wondered what bikes the pros ride? Let's take a look at some of the incredible equipment and bike frames used in this year's Tour de France and read through some of the many bike reviews produced in recent months about these bikes. I have compiled a list of bike reviews from some of the best in the bike biz.

If you could ride the best equipment - what would that equipment be? Let's look at what the top riders are riding.

Bikes and the peloton. Photo © by Willie Reichenstein for Pedal Dancer®

The bikes that won Stages in the 2013 Tour de France:
Stage 1  FELT  Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
Stage 2  TREK  Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Leopard)
Stage 3  SCOTT  Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Stage 4  SCOTT  Orica-GreenEDGE team (TTT)
Stage 5  SPECIALIZED  Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 6  RIDLEY  André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
Stage 7  CANNONDALE  Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Stage 8  PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 9  CERVELO  Dan Martin (Gramin)
Stage 10 FELT  Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
Stage 11 SPECIALIZED  Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 12 FELT  Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
Stage 13 SPECIALIZED  Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 14 SPECIALIZED  Matteo Trentin (Italy) (OPQ)
Stage 15 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 16 PINARELLO  Rui Costa (Movistar)
Stage 17 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 18 FOCUS  Christophe Riblong (AG2R)
Stage 19 PINARELLO  Rui Costa (Movistar)
Stage 20 PINARELLO  Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Stage 21 FELT  Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)

The bikes that carried the yellow jersey:
Stage 1  FELT  Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
Stage 2  TREK  Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Leopard)
Stage 3  TREK  Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Leopard)
Stage 4  SCOTT  Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Stage 5  SCOTT  Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Stage 6  SCOTT  Daryl Impey Orica-GreenEDGE)
Stage 7  SCOTT  Daryl Impey Orica-GreenEDGE)
Stage 8  PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 9  PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 10 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 11 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 12 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 13 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 14 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 15 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 16 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 17 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 18 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 19 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 20 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)
Stage 21 PINARELLO  Christopher Froome (SKY)


Cyclists love their bikes.  Pros love their Sponsors.

Rule #1

Riders ride the equipment the team rides. The Team rides the equipment of the team sponsors.

That sounds pretty straightforward, but there are a lot of teams, and different type of riders on each team. That is why I have compiled these simple tables for you to refer to - discover all the bike equipment used by each ProTour team:

ProTeam Equipment 2013 - Bikes, Components, Wheels and Tires By Pedal Dancer
ProTeam Equipment 2013 - Pedals, Saddles, Clothing, and Helmets By Pedal Dancer

Rule #2

Pro Riders get to test ride, race, and contribute in developing the top gear in the industry. 

Within the brand, the pros have access to the top of the line stuff. They are issued their equipment for free and are sometimes paid through additional contracts to promote it as individuals (i.e. Cancellara's union with Trek).


Here is a list of the 2013 / 2014 bike reviews, by various knowledgeable journalists, of bikes featured in the Tour de France: *please note that Bike Radar, GCN and Cycling News all share tech reports and videos.

Bike Radar (Reviews by Sam Dansie, Robin Wilmott)
Pro bike: Marcel Kittel’s Argos-Shimano Felt F1 FRD + video
Pro bike: Nairo Quintana’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2
Pro bike: Alberto Contador’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 (video)
Pro bike: Jens Voigt’s Trek Madone 7-Series H1
Pro bike: Simon Gerrans’ Scott Plasma 3 TT
Pro bike: Dan Martin's Cervélo R5
Pro bike: Thomas Voeckler’s Colnago C59 Team Edition
Pro bike: Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod 2013 (video)
Pro bike: Mark Cavendish's Specialized Venge (video)

Road.cc (Reviews by David Arthur)
Tour de France Team Bike round-up: All the road bikes in this year's race
12 of the fastest aero road bikes
Specialized 2014: Roubaix and Tarmac SL4 range expands
Tour Tech 2013: Cav’s SRAM hydraulic brakes + video
Updated: Trek launch 2014 range
Trek launch all new Speed Concept time trial bike
Tour Tech 2013: Movistar’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 + video
Pinarello launch Dogma with hydraulic disc brakes
Tour Tech 2013: Mikel Nieve’s Orbea Orca
Tour Tech 2013: Ridley Helium SL loses 100g for the Tour
Focus Izalco Max and Chrono Max launched

VeloNews (Reviews by Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers)
Revamped Trek Speed Concept saves weight and time
Pro Bike Gallery: Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO
Pro Bike: Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1
Tour Tech: A tale of Froome’s two bikes
Pro Bike: Bauke Mollema’s Giant Propel Advanced SL0
Pro Bike Gallery: Alejandro Valverde’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1
Scott launches new Solace endurance frame, updates Addict
Pro Bike Gallery: Jeremy Roy’s Lapierre Aerostorm
Pro Bike: Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah FAST
Trek launches new Madone 7, with lighter frame, better braking
Tour Tech: Mark Cavendish’s SRAM HydroR hydraulic rim brakes
Orbea launches new Orca under Euskaltel at the Tour
Look launches 695 Aerolight with integrated brake system

Bicycling (Reviews by Joe Kaplan, Joe Lindsey)
2014 Trek Speed Concept 9-Series
First Look: 2014 Trek Madone
First Look: 2014 Specialized Road Bikes and Gear
Multi-Modal: Shimano’s New Hydraulic Disc Brakes
First Ride: Fuji Norcom Straight
New BMC Spotted at Tour of California

First Look Scott Addict SL 2014
Froome's Pinarello Dogma 65.1 This 2 Reviewed
S-Works Roubaix SL4 (Specialized)
The Bike That Won Flanders: The Trek Domane
Cervelo S5 VWD
The Specialized S-Works Venge
Cervelo P5: First Ride

Cycling News (Reviews by Ben Delaney, Robin Wilmott, James Huang, Sam Dansie)
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Tour de France gallery: Time trial tech from stage 11
Focus officially launches Izalco Max and Izalco Chrono
First Ride Review: 2014 Trek Madone 7-Series Project One
Tour de France tech: Teams prepping bikes for Pyrenees
Look 695 Aerolight – full details
Tech gallery: More new equipment at the Tour de France

Bike Rumor
All New Orbea Orca Road Bike for team Euskaltel-Euskadi

Road Bike Action Magazine
Features: Bianchi 2014 Launch

Tour De France 2013 - GCN's Top Eight Custom Bikes
Tour De France 2013 - The Best Tech
Tour De France 2013 - Inside Line On Time Trial Bikes

BMC Bike Wash - Tour de France - Bicycling Magazine
Peter Sagan's Hulk Cannondale SuperSix Evo - Tour de France 2013 Bike Radar
2013 Tour de France - Featured: The Giant Brand, Ride Giant Bikes
Mechanic's mobile workshop trailer and team SKY Pinarello bikes ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer.com
Extra credit:
Video: Inside Team Sky’s mobile workshop, By Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Tour Tech: How bike change strategy shaped the stage 17 time trial, By Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Pedal Dancer photos of some of the 2013 bikes:
(All photos 2013© below by Karen Rakestraw or Willie Reichenstein of Pedal Dancer®)

Team Omega Pharma-Quistep S-Works Venge bikes
Specialized S-Works SL4
RadioShack-Leopard Trek Domane
The many colors of Trek frames
Jens Voigt's Shut Up Legs bike
Philippe Gilbert's World Champion BMC Team Machine SLR01
Team Garmin-Sharp Cervélo S5
Cannondale Pro Cycling Cannondale EVO Supersix
Peter Sagan's Cannondale bike
One with their bikes - Cannondale
Team Vancansoleil-DCM rides Bianchi
Vancansoleil team Bianchi Oltre XR bike
Team Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbea Orca
Pinarello Dogma 65.1 team bikes

Bikes of The Peloton :: 2013 ProTeam Rides, By Cycling Tips (*Why repeat what someone else has done marvelously by capturing pictures of every road bike in the professional cycling ProTeams for 2013).

2013 Cycling Jerseys, By Ciclismo (*Again why repeat a perfectly good project that probably took this blogger hours to complete - thank you!)

2013 Riders and teams Database By CyclingNews. Lists of riders, managers, Directeurs sportifs, neo pros, and which riders left the teams in 2012).

2013 Team and Rider Statistics, By ProCycling Stats (team rosters, calendars, race rosters, race results, and rankings)

Pro Team Sponsors: What Do They Do? By The Inner Ring

ProTeam Equipment 2013 - Bikes, Components, Wheels and Tires By Pedal Dancer

ProTeam Equipment 2013 - Pedals, Saddles, Clothing, and Helmets By Pedal Dancer

2013 Pro Teams, and Social Media links (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, websites) By Pedal Dancer 

A yellow Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 at Interbike 2012   
Photo by Karen at PedalDancer.com