2021 WorldTour team bikes and equipment | Who’s riding what?

BikeRadar's guide to all the shiny new bikes and flashy kit in the men's WorldTour this season

Astana training camp 2021

The 19 teams that make up this year’s men’s WorldTour are getting ready to do battle. But with early season races cancelled, there’s less opportunity to show off their new equipment, with appearances limited to pre-season training camps.

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There’s been the usual sponsorship entries and exits, although that’s been amplified by the pandemic. Departing team sponsors have included Sunweb, NTT and McLaren, while Team CCC has disappeared completely. 

New sponsor names include Nippo, DSM and BikeExchange, while Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is promoted to the top tier of men’s cycling.

That’s enough about team sponsors, what about the bikes and components they’re riding? Once you get to the bottom of the article and have seen all of this year’s team bikes, you can vote for your favourite.

Conservative changes

BMC Team Qhubeka Assos
BMC is sponsoring two WorldTour teams for 2021: Team Qhubeka Assos and AG2R Citroen.
Team Qhubeka Assos

Many teams have kept to their tried-and-tested setups from last year. That’s in part a reflection of the truncated and delayed 2020 season, which has led to a shorter off-season than usual and less time to make changes.

There’s been the usual swapping of bike and equipment sponsor between teams though, with Bianchi, Scott and Cervélo all changing sponsored teams between them.

Wout Van Aer and Steven Kruijswijk riding a Cervelo bike on Jumbo-Visma's 2021 training camp in Alicante
Cervélo now sponsors Jumbo-Visma. The squad’s previous bike supplier, Bianchi, has moved to Team BikeExchange.
Cor Vos/Cor Vos Fotopersburo-Video ENG/Cor Vos

Significantly, Giant doesn’t have a men’s WorldTour team in 2021, for the first time in years – it’s been on the pro cycling scene since 1997 with the Once team.

Most other bike brands have stuck with their previous team sponsorships, although BMC now joins Specialized in sponsoring two teams (AG2R Citroen and Qhubeka Assos for BMC; Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep for Specialized).

With each team sponsorship requiring up to 70 bikes, it’s a substantial commitment.

Mark Cavendish's Specialized Tarmac SL7
Specialized sponsors the Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep teams. This is Mark Cavendish’s Tarmac SL7.
Decenuick-Quickstep

The start of the new season doesn’t just see sponsors switch teams, of course. We’ll have to get used to some of the peloton’s most prominent riders aboard new bikes in 2021.

Chris Froome is among them. Having ridden a Pinarello Dogma for more than a decade at Sky/Ineos, the four-time Tour de France winner will swap to a Factor bike in Israel Start-Up Nation colours this season.

Chris Froome will ride Factor's Ostro VAM in 2021.
After more than a decade at Sky/Ineos, Chris Froome will ride for Israel Start-Up Nation in 2021.
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Component swaps

Campagnolo now has four teams using its Super Record EPS drivetrain (AG2R Citroen, Cofidis, Lotto-Soudal and UAE Team Emirates), one up on 2020. There are two teams on SRAM (Trek-Segafredo and Movistar), while everyone else is using Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.

All teams are using electronic groupsets, but while Campag and SRAM both offer 12 speeds, Shimano continues to top out at 11 and there’s still no word of when a 12-speed Dura-Ace might appear, although we’ve speculated on what we’d like to see from the new Dura-Ace.

Campagnolo shifter on an AG2R Citreon BMC Teammachine
Shimano continues to dominate the peloton, although Campagnolo and SRAM collectively support six teams.
BMC

Campagnolo is well represented in wheel choices too, both in its own name and via Fulcrum, but again, Shimano dominates wheel sponsorship.

That’s a trend we’ve seen in recent years; groupset brands tying teams into deals with its wheel and component sub-brands.

BMC Qhubeka Assos bike detail
Hunt is a new addition to the WorldTour for 2021.
BMC

As a result, Movistar are on Zipp wheels (owned by SRAM) and many teams are also running components and/or wheels from Shimano’s Pro brand. There’s a new entrant among wheel suppliers with British wheel brand Hunt linking up with Qhubeka Assos.

Power meters are a mixed medley with Shimano again dominating, but other brands like Rotor and Power2Max also getting a look-in. The original power meter specialist SRM continues to provide power measurement to three teams in Cofidis, Lotto-Soudal and UAE Team Emirates.

As for tyres, the usual big-name brands have a grip on team sponsorships, with Continental supplying five teams, while Vittoria and Pirelli both have multiple tie-ins. Goodyear, Wolfpack, Michael and Maxxis all have a team each.

Disc brakes take over

Pinarello Dogma F12, Team Ineos Grenadiers
Will Ineos Grenadiers be the last team still using rim brakes this year?
Pinarello

It’s only a few years since road disc brakes were anathema to the pros, with protests and a storm of social media moans. You don’t need us to tell you, however, that disc brakes have steadily taken over, both in the pro peloton and in bike shops. 

Last year, both Ineos Grenadiers and UAE Team Emirates were still exclusively on rim brake bikes, but this year the latter looks to have switched to disc brakes on its Colnagos. 

With the Pinarello Dogma F12 available both with both discs and rim brakes, and many of Pinarello’s other bikes disc brake only, is it just a matter of time until Ineos Grenadiers make the switch?

Bahrain Victorious mechanic on 2021 training camp
The 2021 WorldTour season may start later than usual, but teams have still been away on pre-season training camps to prepare for the campaign ahead.
Charly Lopez

Who’s riding what?

FramesetsDrivetrainWheels
AG2R Citroen TeamBMC Teammachine SLR / Timemachine Road / Timemachine (TT)Campagnolo Super Record EPSCampagnolo Bora WTO / WTO Ultra
Astana-Premier TechWilier Triestina Zero SLR / Wilier Filante / Turbine (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Corima
Bahrain VictoriousMerida Scultura Disc / Reacto Disc / Warp TTShimano Dura-Ace Di2 Vision Metron
Bora-HansgroheSpecialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 / Roubaix / Shiv TT Shimano Dura-Ace Di2Roval
CofidisDe Rosa Merak / TT-03Campagnolo Super Record EPSFulcrum
Deceuninck-QuickStepSpecialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 / Roubaix / Shiv TTShimano Dura-Ace Di2 Roval
EF Education-NippoCannondale SuperSix EVO / SystemSix / SuperSlice (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Vision Metron
Groupama-FDJLapierre Xelius SL Disc / Aircode SL / Aérostorm (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2Shimano Dura-Ace / PRO
Ineos GrenadiersPinarello Dogma F12 / Dogma K10 / Bolide TTShimano Dura-Ace Di2 Shimano Dura-Ace / Pro
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert MatériauxCube Litening C:68X / Aerium TTShimano Dura-Ace Di2Newmen
Israel Start-Up NationFactor Ostro VAM / O2 VAM / One / Slick (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Black Inc 30 / 45 / 60
Jumbo-VismaCervélo R5 Disc / S5 / Caledonia / P5 (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Shimano Dura-Ace
Lotto SoudalRidley Noah Fast Disc / Helium SLX Disc / Dean Fast (TT)Campagnolo Super Record EPSCampagnolo Bora 35 Disc / 50 Disc
Movistar TeamCanyon Ultimate CF SLX / Aeroad CFR / Speedmax CF SLX (TT)SRAM Red eTap AXSZipp
Team BikeExchangeBianchi Specialissima Disc / Oltre XR4 Disc / Aquila (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Shimano Dura-Ace C40 / C60
Team DSMScott Addict RC / Foil RC / Plasma 5 (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2Shimano Dura-Ace
Team Qhubeka AssosBMC Teammachine SLR / Timemachine Road / Timemachine (TT)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Rotor chainsetsHunt Bike Wheels Limitless
Trek-SegafredoTrek Émonda SLR / Madone SLR / Speed Concept (TT)SRAM Red eTap AXSBontrager Aeolus
UAE Team EmiratesColnago V3Rs / Concept / C64 / K.one (TT)Campagnolo Super Record EPSCampagnolo Bora

2021 WorldTour bikes

AG2R Citroen Team

  • Framesets: BMC Teammachine SLR / Timemachine Road / Timemachine (TT)
  • Drivetrain: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Bora WTO / WTO Ultra
  • Components: BMC integrated bars
  • Pedals: Look Kéo Blade
  • Power meter: Power2Max
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero 
  • Other: Fizik saddles, Fizik bar tape, Elite bottle cages, Wahoo Elemnt Roam computers

Citroen joins as co-sponsor for the team this year and there’s a change of bikes to BMC and the new Teammachine launched last summer. 

After one year with Shimano providing the drivetrain, it’s back on Campagnolo, with the Super Record EPS groupset and Bora WTO aero wheelset.

Astana-Premier Tech

Team Astana - Premier Tech 2021 - Training Camp
Team Astana-Premier Tech will be riding Wilier bikes again this year, including the Zero SLR.
Tim de Waele / Getty Images
  • Framesets: Wilier Triestina Zero SLR / Wilier Filante / Turbine (TT)
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 
  • Wheels: Corima
  • Components: Wilier integrated handlebars
  • Pedals: Look Kéo Blade
  • Power meter: Shimano Dura-Ace 
  • Tyres: Wolfpack
  • Other: Prologo saddles, Tacx bottle cages, Prologo handlebar tape, CeramicSpeed jockey wheels

Astana will ride Wilier bikes again in 2021, with the team continuing its run on the Italian bike maker’s Zero SLR, the new aero/lightweight Filante and the Turbine time trial bike. 

Other kit choices remain the same too, with Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrains and the team’s wheels supplied by French brand Corima.

Bahrain Victorious

  • Framesets: Merida Scultura Disc / Reacto Disc / Warp TT
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 
  • Wheels: Vision Metron
  • Components: FSA / Vision K-Force / Metron 5D, 6D handlebars and stems, FSA seatpost (Scultura only)
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 
  • Power meter: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Tyres: Continental Competition Pro Ltd
  • Other: Prologo saddles, Elite bottle cages

Another team with a new name, following McLaren’s decision to leave pro cycling sponsorship after one season, Bahrain Victorious is sticking with the same bike and component sponsors as in 2020. 

So the team will continue to ride Merida’s bikes, with the latest generation Reacto Disc aero bike and the Scultura Disc. FSA and its Vision brand continue to be big component suppliers, providing cockpit and wheels to the team.

Bora-Hansgrohe

Peter Sagan's Specalized Tarmac SL7
Bora-Hansgrohe are riding the Specialized Tarmac SL7 again this year.
Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Framesets: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 / Roubaix / Shiv TT
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Components: Pro handlebars and stems
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 
  • Power meter: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Tyres: Specialized S-Works Turbo / Turbo Cotton / Rapid Air
  • Other: Specialized saddles, Wahoo Elemnt Bolt GPS computers

It’s business as usual for Bora-Hansgrohe, with Specialized again its major equipment supplier.

That, of course, includes the team’s bikes, with the new Tarmac SL7, launched in the middle of last year, replacing the Tarmac SL6 and the Venge in one go, while the Roubaix is available for races over the cobbles. 

Specialized also handles saddle and tyres for the team, which uses wheels from Spesh’s Roval sub-brand. Groupset components come from Shimano, with a sprinkling of parts from the Japanese firm’s Pro sub-brand.

Cofidis

Cofidis De Rosa Merak
Cofidis’s De Rosa Merak bikes change from all-red to mainly black for 2021.
Cofidis
  • Framesets: De Rosa Merak / TT-03
  • Drivetrain: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Wheels: Fulcrum Speed
  • Components: FSA/Vision ACR handlebars and stems
  • Pedals: Look Kéo
  • Power meter: SRM Campagnolo
  • Tyres: Michelin Power
  • Other: Selle Italia saddles, Elite Cannibal XC bottle cages

Cofidis’s De Rosa Merak bike gets a new red and black colour scheme for 2021, but otherwise kit options remain the same as last year. 

That includes the Campag Super Record EPS drivetrain and SRM power meter, as well as the Fulcrum Speed wheelsets and Selle Italia saddles. Cofidis is the only team on Michelin tyres. 

Deceuninck-QuickStep