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The bikes that tackled the cobbles this year

So far we've shown you the Paris-Roubaix bikes of Omega Pharma-QuickStep, BMC, Garmin-Sharp, and RadioShack-Leopard-Trek – and there are still more full-blown pro bike features to come. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the other bikes that took to the cobbles this year, including the Giant Defy Advanced SL of second-place finisher Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco).

Once again Mother Nature delivered clear skies and dry roads so the truly outrageous bikes were left in storage for another year. Most bikes weren't terribly different from what we saw at Flanders although some teams and riders did have to make some more major concessions in order to run the high-volume tubulars required for the more punishing French pavé.

While there was obviously no mud this time around, a few teams still saw fit to crack out the 'cross bikes – but only for the added tire clearance and more stable handling. As a side benefit, these teams didn't have to go to extraordinary means to achieve a rider's requested position since those machines generally aren't built with longer head tubes like so-called 'endurance' bikes.

Will next year's edition finally bring back the foul weather? Perhaps, but if not we've got a good idea at this point what sort of machines we'll see.

Take a look at our 120 image gallery on the right and stay tuned for more tech from Paris-Roubaix in the coming days.

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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