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T-Mobile (Telekom) on Shimano...(8 posts)

T-Mobile (Telekom) on Shimano...cipolini2b
Dec 11, 2003 6:59 AM
This is old news, I know, but I just think it's shocking for a team that has ridden one manufacturers components make a switch like this. Consider Erik Zabel. He turned pro in '93, and has ridden campagnolo throughout his career. Never anything else. Both systems work well, but both systems are different...that difference is magnified in a sprint, where every little thing counts (hand placement, reach, shifting more than one gear at a time, etc...). Do any of you think this will be an issue when adapting to the new system? Jan is in a similar boat...
I don't think it will matterspookyload
Dec 11, 2003 7:06 AM
These guys are pro's. They could win races on just about any pro quality bike you give them. It is the person winning the race, not the bike. As for Zabel, I think the compact frame design will help in the sprinting department. I doubt he will be on the composite version for sprints thought. The components will make little difference in the teams performance. The shifters will shift, the cranks will turn, and the brakes still won't get used till the end of the day.
re: T-Mobile (Telekom) on Shimano...TJeanloz
Dec 11, 2003 7:07 AM
Not really. Most pro riders care less about their equipment than you might think. As long as it works, it doesn't really matter to them. If there's a problem, they have custom modifications done - note Ullrich's 8 speed lever bodies.

As far as sprinting is concerned, all of the details are finalized well before they matter, from gearing to hand position - it's all decided on several hundred meters in advance.
Pro teams demonstraterdbike
Dec 11, 2003 7:22 AM
A pro rider will show you everytime that the equipment is but a small part of the process of winning. They switch bikes, gears etc. stay right in the hunt. I have ridden Shimano and Campy and will have to say I like the DuraAce better.
Dec 11, 2003 7:53 AM
I've always wondered what it must be like for a journeyman rider to switch pedal systems every year... to go from Pro-Fit to Speedplay to Look... I wonder if they ever forget what they're on and miss a clip in at the start.
now that really doesn't matter.sievers11
Dec 11, 2003 8:21 AM
The start? Most races other then a tight crit the start is a big roll out, you miss a cleat 3-4 time if you need to, just hope back in.
may be he will like it better?sievers11
Dec 11, 2003 8:07 AM
To say one way or the other is doesn't hardly matter. Everyone I have talked to on this seems to think some of them will have a hard time with the switch. Meh, I doubt it. They will be pissed off for about 1 ride and then get used to it. When you train 15,000 miles+ a year a little think like using your thumb or index finger doesn't really become an issume. Pro have been doing this for years.
re: T-Mobile (Telekom) on Shimano...TimePedal
Dec 11, 2003 10:52 AM
A couple of years back, they showed Erik Zabel's bike collections in cyclesport, seems like he collects one bike from each race season. Anyways, there was a bianchi with DA 9 he did ride one year with Shimano.