Tour de France bikes, gear and tech

The latest pro gear from the biggest bike race in the world

The 104th edition of the Tour de France began this year in Düsseldorf, Germany, and will finish as always in Paris. BikeRadar visited every team before the race, and then traveled to a handful of stages to check out the latest bikes and gear.

One of the big stories this year is disc brakes. Cannondale-Drapac's Alberto Bettiol kicked off the Tour with a historic disc-brake first, which was quickly followed up by Marcel Kittel winning three road stages on his Specialized S-Works Venge Disc. We took a close look at his bike. Oh, and we spied an unreleased Giant Propel Disc, the first iteration of a disc-brake aero bike from the bicycle giant.

We found some new and unreleased helmets, some vortex-generating skinsuit patches,  and a quick-release Plan B for BMC.

We have also been publishing features on various pros' bikes and what makes them special, such as the trigger-placement shifters on Mark Cavendish's Cervélo S5 with its outlandishly light paint, the prototype 58t chainring and 1x drivetrain on Tony Martin's Canyon Speedmax, and Alberto Contador's mix of brand new and tried-and-true components on his 640g Trek Emonda.

For a detailed look at the bikes and the tech being used check our galleries below, and for full race reportage including stage previews, analysis, interviews and photos, head over to our sister site Cyclingnews.

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