Pro bike: Richie Porte's Tour de France Pinarello Bolide
The integrated Bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end
Team Sky is using Stages power meters for the second year. We have seen a few two-sided prototypes, but most riders use the left-only meter
56/44 rings on 167.5mm cranks
Integrated brakes tuck smoothly into the frame
The Bolide’s horizontal dropouts feature a fine-tune fore-aft adjustment
Continental is a common tubular at the Tour de France. While 25mm is a common width for road stages, 22m is still fairly normal for time trials
Mechanics mark all rider saddles for repeatable reference points when measuring
While a Garmin might not be aero, most riders prefer having data. A minimalist K-Edge TT mount holds Porte’s on
Shimano has a few different Di2 configurations for extension shifting. Some have two buttons on each. This set-up is similar to the sprint shifters, with one button on either side controlling shifting in one direction on the rear derailleur
The Bolide’s Di2 shift buttons function just like Shimano’s
The perspective from Porte’s Pinarello perch
Richie Porte is one strong cog in the Team Sky’s 2015 Tour de France machine, and he started this year’s race aboard a custom-painted Pinarello Bolide in recognition of his Australian national time trial championship win.
Standing 172cm (5ft 8in), Porte rides a bike with extreme numbers. For instance, the cranks are a a short 167.5mm on his 45cm frame, but the chainrings are a hearty 56/44t combination. His Stages power meter can probably report some impressive numbers, too, but Team Sky isn’t sharing those.
We weighed his bike at 8.39kg (18.5lb) — that does not count the
rather sizable GPS transponder that riders are required to mount on their bikes this year.
The 2015 Tour started with a 13.8km time trial in Utrecht, Holland, where Porte came 65th ahead of three weeks serving as Chris Froome’s super domestique.
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The integrated bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end: the integrated bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Pinarello Bolide, custom paint, 45cm
Fork: Pinarello Bolide
Stem: Pinarello Bolide integrated
Handlebar: Pinarello Bolide integrated
Brakes: Pinarello Bolide integrated
Brake levers: Pinarello Bolide integrated
Shift buttons: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and Pinarello Bolide integrated
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-28T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 56/44T, 167.5mm
Power meter: Stages Cycling
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Front wheel: PRO 35 3-spoke
Rear wheel: PRO disc
Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 22mm
Saddle: Fizik Arione
Other: K-Edge TT Garmin mount Critical measurements
Rider’s height: 172cm (5ft 8in)
Rider’s weight: 62kg (137lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 70cm
Tip of saddle to centre of pads: 52.5cm
Pad width (c to c): 17cm
Saddle-to-pads drop: 10cm
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