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New brand Kemo cracks into the Tour with Bretagne

Kemo is not a giant among bike brands, and Bretagne-Séché Envinronnement is not a giant among cycling teams, but both are happy to be in the Tour de France for the first time this year. Here, we take a look at the machine of Anthony Delaplace, currently 84th on general classification.

Delaplace is a 24-year-old Frenchman who first rode the Tour in 2011.

Kemo Bikes is even younger. Based in Switzerland, the brand relaunched last year selling bikes consumer-direct. The Team Replica Kemo KE-R8 5KS, built with largely the same as the bike shown here with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 but with Vision Metron 55 wheels and Maxxis rubber, sells for €6,599 (US$8,885 / £5,230).

Check out the gallery above for a close look at Delaplace's set-up, and check out for more on the upstart brand.

Textreme is a high quality high tensile strength carbon layer used for increasing stiffness and durability while remaining ultra light: textreme is a high quality high tensile strength carbon layer used for increasing stiffness and durability while remaining ultra light

Complete bike specifications

  • Frameset: Kemo KE-R8 5KS Textreme
  • Fork: Monocoque 60T carbon fibre
  • Stem: FSA SL-K, 130mm, 6 degrees
  • Handlebars: FSA Energy compact carbon, 42cm
  • Handlebar tape: Kemo micro fibre
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25t
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
  • Crankset: FSA K-Force Light, 172.5mm, 53/39t
  • Bottom bracket: FSA BB386 Evo
  • Power meter: N/A
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2, Cromoly axle, 16Nm
  • Wheels: FSA Vision Metron 40
  • Tyres: Challenge Strada Pro Special Edition 25mm tubular
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Flite team edition
  • Seatpost: FSA Gossamer aluminium 27.2mm
  • Weight: 7.33kg / 16.15lb

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.79m (5ft 8in)
  • Reach, saddle tip to bar: 57cm
  • Drop, saddle top to handlebar top: 12.5cm
  • Saddle setback: 6cm
  • Saddle height: 74cm
Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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