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's bars are so low that there's barely enough room to squeeze in the front brake – and mechanics have no choice but to use a sidepull one at that: evans's bars are so low that there's barely enough room to squeeze in the front brake – and mechanics have no choice but to use a sidepull one at that
Evans's bars are so low that there's barely enough room to squeeze in the front brake – and mechanics have no choice but to use a sidepull one at that: evans's bars are so low that there's barely enough room to squeeze in the front brake – and mechanics have no choice but to use a sidepull one at that

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

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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