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Any eouro-pro teams riding ti or steel? Do the riderscyclinseth
Dec 18, 2001 9:42 PM
give a crap what's between thier legs?

Wait, that didn't sound quite right but I think you understand my question.

Seems like they're all on Al or Carbon or some combination of the two.
Specify "euro-pro" with "bicycle racing on road"cyclinseth
Dec 18, 2001 9:44 PM
re: Any eouro-pro teams riding ti or steel? Do the ridersallervite
Dec 18, 2001 10:05 PM
Unless you are a big player, euro pros ride what the sponsor gives them. They do not have a choice, and a lot of them hate this. Guys like Bartoli are allowed to use the bike they like, but the company who sponsors the team say "Huffy" puts their stickers on the bike so that it looks like one of theirs.
Lotto ride bikes built in TN by LitespeedDog Breath
Dec 18, 2001 11:24 PM
Judging by the various saddles some pros are weight weenies.

They must have personal preferences with regards to bikes.

When Big Mat was riding Carbon Looks in the TDF, at least one member of the team choose not to. He rode an AL bike, not sure if it was made by Look.

While Mercury was riding Lemond steel 853's early in the past year, their star Tonkov was using a Colnago CF. Later in the year Mercury were supposed to have been given Ti LeMonds, not sure if that actually came about.

I am sure the riders were happyallervite
Dec 18, 2001 11:35 PM
Many pros have been riding Litespeeds for years, but with another brands stickers on the frames. Some Pros have individual contracts with certain manufacturers, but they have to have considerable pull to get away with not riding the team bike. Many Sprinter insist on riding an aluminum bike, and looks are known for being too light in the carbon form for powerful sprinters so they make an aluminum version for the big guys. Musseuw after leaving Mapei said he was glad to be on a good bike, and that he hated having to ride Colnago.
Pros and their preferancesJS
Dec 19, 2001 8:22 AM
LOOK builds more than just carbon frames(see their catalog), in fact as you stated a lot of LOOK sonsored riders have ridden aluminum recently, Sevilla, Heras and Escartin (when with Kelme) I believe this is for weight and stiffnes. One of the stranger things is that Jen Voight of Credit Agricole rides a s STEEL LOOK, it looks to be made of Columbus Foco, interesting.
Vortex? Tuscany?gtx
Dec 19, 2001 10:58 AM
are the heavier riders using Tuscanys? Or maybe there's little difference--only 2 oz between the two frames.
re: Any eouro-pro teams riding ti or steel? Do the ridershslilly
Dec 19, 2001 5:06 AM
An article in Cyclesport or Procycling a month or two ago about Jens Voight(~1.92m and ~ 155lbs (from memory)) and Credit Agricole stated explicitly that the larger riders on the team do not ride the Look CF frames.
re: Any eouro-pro teams riding ti or steel? Do the ridersTrekMan
Dec 19, 2001 5:35 AM
Yeah I saw that article too. Their sprinters use an alu. frame if I remember correctly.
re: Any eouro-pro teams riding ti or steel? Do the ridersBobo
Dec 19, 2001 5:58 AM
Sure, some of the Mapei guys ride the CT1 which is their ti/carbon mix - a few even ride the Oval Master. Of course, Mercury was riding steel - a couple even got the ti rigs eventually. If I remember correctly, I think a number of guys from various teams rode steel rigs for Paris Roubaix.

Lotto is moving to ti (Litespeed) and of course as has been mentioned guys have been riding rebadged Litespeeds for years though I don't think it has been going on as much recently. Virenque was a rebadged Litespeed guy if I'm not mistaken.

Domestically (for those of us in the US) Navigators rides Litespeed.
re: Any eouro-pro teams riding ti or steel? Do the ridersTheMaxx
Dec 19, 2001 7:40 AM
Virenque rode a Litespeed badged as a Peugeot a few years ago when he got third in the Tour. They got it for him to save some weight on the climbing stages, but he loved the bike so he rode the whole Tour on it.
Alex Zulle rode LS as wellGreenie
Dec 19, 2001 1:33 PM
I think in the 98 Vuelta and the 99 tour Zulle was on a vortex rebadged to the team's colors and sponsor logo.

Does anyone know UCI weight limit for bike?badabill
Dec 19, 2001 7:31 AM
with all the new lite bikes wonder how many fall below UCI rules. HI-TECH in San diego has a litspeed built at below 14lbs, is this even legal for UCI events? I am sure with modern frames most can be built at UCI limit so the weight issue would not be a big factor.
Weigh limit = 6.8kgTJeanloz
Dec 19, 2001 7:59 AM
Or ~14.98lbs
Anyone know howto spell EURO?nm
Dec 19, 2001 11:30 AM
with a space between how and tobigrider
Dec 19, 2001 11:44 AM
you ever notice all these dickheads don't use a sig? ..... nmCT1
Dec 19, 2001 9:11 PM
"A coward dies a thousand deaths" -NMTig
Dec 20, 2001 8:44 AM