Tour de France Bike at Bedtime: Elia Viviani’s 2014 Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Elia Viviani is an Olympic gold medallist who has gained phases in all three Grand Excursions, however again in 2014 he was using his first Tour de France for Cannondale on the supremely common SuperSix Evo.
Cannondale first launched the SuperSix in 2006, then introduced within the SuperSix Evo in 2011. It has been up to date twice since then, however all through it has been top-of-the-line bikes in its class: light-weight and stiff with glorious dealing with. It combines its nice efficiency and dialled geometry with extra consolation than you’d count on from a race bike.
It’s not an aero highway bike, however as we speak’s SuperSix Evo has aero options. The model that Viviani was using in 2014 wasn’t meant to scale back drag – until you depend the truth that Cannondale selected to stay with 1 1/4in bearings at each the highest and the underside of the pinnacle tube with a view to preserve the frontal space low. Fairly, Cannondale targeted on maintaining the body weight under 700g, which helped with the bike’s snappy acceleration.
2014 isn’t precisely an age in the past however Viviani’s bike appears to belong to a different period because of its cable-operated SRAM derailleurs. Granted, most bikes obtainable on the Excessive Road nonetheless use cables but it surely’s one thing that you just by no means see within the professional peloton anymore. SRAM’s Pink eTap digital groupset was noticed on the Tour of California in 2014 and formally unveiled in 2015, the final of the three huge teams producers to change to digital however the first – and to this point the one one – to go wi-fi.
Viviani stands 1.77m tall and was using a 52cm body – small for his dimension. Professional riders are endlessly using bikes that appear too small by regular requirements with a view to get a low entrance finish and an aero physique place. That stated, though Viviani did with out headset spacers, he used a stem with an increase, bringing the handlebar up a contact.
That stem was 130mm stem which, by execs’ requirements, isn’t excessive. His bar desire was an FSA Plasma carbon fibre built-in bar/stem. Built-in techniques have turn into ever extra common since then.
Viviani’s bike was decked out with a 53/39 chainset with 172.5mm arms and a 11-28 cassette.