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What role does mavic play at races?(10 posts)

What role does mavic play at races?Uprwstsdr
Aug 5, 2003 10:00 AM
They seem to provide neutral support when team cars are not near, or not allowed. Also, who makes their bikes?
Bikes are Cannondales and you are correct,Dave Hickey
Aug 5, 2003 10:21 AM
Mavic provides neutral support.
Mountain bikes look like Trek STP framespitt83
Aug 5, 2003 10:38 AM
At the 24hrs of Adrenalin, their bikes were Trek STP "soft tail" frames. Some may question the quality or current relevance of that choice, but, that's what they were using
See Cycle Sport Magazine -- May 2003 . . .ms
Aug 5, 2003 11:47 AM
There is an article on the Mavic neutral support in the May 2003 edition of Cycle Sport. Unfortunately, I cannot find the article online and I am not technologically savvy enough to convert my hard copy (which is at home) into an electronic form for you.
re: What role does mavic play at races?Spiderman
Aug 5, 2003 12:48 PM
For a while Indy Fab was making their domestic (US) neutral bikes. Did they switch to cannondale for 2003 or am I out of date?
re: What role does mavic play at races?carbon lover
Aug 5, 2003 3:12 PM
Spiderman is right about Independant Fabrication being the bike of choice unless they changed recently. I had the pleasure of riding in one of the Mavic cars at the SFGP last year as a result of having a good friend who works for them. All of the bikes on their support vehicles were I.F. with all the indentifying stickers being removed.
cannondales in europeiml
Aug 6, 2003 12:30 AM
i was able to tour the mavic design center in annecy during the tour. after-hours, all-access sort of thing. really, really amazing...especially seeing the service corps area, their bikes, and all of the neutral wheels for paris-roubaix on a rack in their own section of the service corps workshop.

i died and went to bike geek paradise. i also got the scoop on lots of cool '05 stuff...but i was sworn to secrecy ;)
Mavic race support Independent Fabrication bicyclesManBehindTheCurtain
Aug 6, 2003 6:36 AM
Last year all of the Mavic race support bicycles were Independent Fabrication. I've got one. Carbon lover, when you rode in the Mavic car, you rode in a car that had my bike on top of it. According to Mavic, there were 5 bikes, one each in the 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 cm frame sizes. Mavic sold off the Independent Fabrication bikes at the end of the season last year and I got the 56. I can post a picture if anyone is interested.

Not all of the identifying stickers have been removed. The IF banner on the downtube is covered over by a "SERVICE COURSES" banner (French for "race support") and then there are a couple of Mavic stickers on the top tube. But the sterling silver head badge is intact as is the IF crown logo on the chain stays and on the bottom of the seat tube. The bike is painted Mavic yellow.

Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel Special Edition steel, Chris King headset, Chorus shifters and levers, Mavic brakes, Record front derailer, Chorus rear derailer, Record crank, Chorus bottom bracket, Mavic SSC SL wheels, Michelin Race Pro Lite tires, Fizik saddle, Kore seat post, bars and stem, Time Millenium carbon fork, complete with a letter from Mavic authenticating that this bike rode on the top of the Mavic Neutral Support Team car at US pro races in 2002 including the San Francisco Grand Prix. They also threw in an extra set of tires and two pairs of socks. The bike has a couple of scratches but nothing serious and hey it is a used bike. Mavic estimated the bike had been ridden probably less than 200 miles when they sold it to me. But the last person before me to throw his leg over the top tube was a professional bike racer and I happen to think that that is pretty cool.

The price? $1800. The verdict? Very, very nice bike.
Litespeeds this year at domestic races.-nmcw05
Aug 5, 2003 4:31 PM
with Campy Chorus-nmcw05
Aug 5, 2003 4:32 PM