Race tech: Custom front end for Cadel Evans

Special bike with ultra-low position for Giro d'Italia time trial

UCI road world champion Cadel Evans' famously extreme time trial position hasn't always been the easiest to accommodate. Not only is his base bar placed below the top tube, but the straight extensions and even the armrests are as well.  In fact, it's so low that there's barely enough room to squeeze in a sidepull front brake calliper.

Last year, his Silence-Lotto bike sponsors, Canyon Bicycles, had to create a special version of their frame where the stem jutted out of the middle of the head tube and now his new team have had to recreate the feat. Evans' BMC TT01 goes about it in an entirely different way, however, and it likely cost much, much more.

BMC's unique TT01 fork already had an adjustable stem integrated into its carbon structure but for Evans, the company produced a one-off version with an especially low stem included in the mould and also the complete aero bar assembly, making for what is presumably a very light and very rigid one-piece structure. 

Adjustments look to be virtually non-existent but given that Evans' position is pretty well solidified, BMC's engineers should have been fairly confident that they could build to suit without having to move things around much afterwards.

Other changes include an updated seatpost, which swaps last year's alloy rail for a new carbon version. Rounding out Evans's build were a complete Campagnolo Record group – in 10-speed, since the company still doesn't offer 11-speed bar-end shifters – an Easton EC90 TT front wheel and Zipp rear disc, Continental Podium tubulars, a Selle Italia Optima saddle with built-in bottle holder, a single Elite bottle cage and AceCo's K-Edge chain watcher.

Evans' bars are so low that there's barely enough room to squeeze in the sidepull TRP T925 front brake caliper.

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