This article first appeared on Cyclingnews.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) is using the Tour of the Alps to fine-tune his form for the Giro d’Italia and is also using the five days of racing to finalise details on his 2018 Grand Tour race bike.
Froome is again riding a Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light frameset, which was introduced in time for last year’s Tour de France.
It is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series components, a Pinarello Most integrated cockpit, Osymetric chainrings, Shimano wheels and a Fizik Antares saddle.
Chris Froome runs 175mm Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 cranks Stephen Farrand/Immediate Media
Team Sky head mechanic Gary Blem was with Froome at the Tour of the Alps and ready to make minor tweaks to Froome’s position between stages and listen to feedback and suggestions.
Froome is apparently lower on his handlebars this year, but Blem is awaiting a final decision before cutting the extra few millimetres off his steering tube. In 2017 Froome’s Dogma F10 ran 15mm of spacers below his stem.
Pinarello claims to have shaved 60g from the F10 frame by using a lighter carbon that has minimal resin and a new mould process. Pinarello says that an unpainted X-Light weighs 760g in a size 53cm.
A minimal paint and decal finish compared to the regular F10, plus other weight weeny tricks, keep the weight down but it is still not close to the UCI 6.8kg limit that other WorldTour teams flirt with.
Pinarello’s sister brand Most provides Team Sky with its cockpit components for the 2018 season Stephen Farrand/Immediate Media
Team Sky used Shimano Pro handlebar and stem components in 2017 but has switched to Pinarello’s Most brand this year. Froome’s Grand Tour bike has a Most Talon Aero 1K integrated set-up with a deep, forward throwing curve.
Froome has multiple shifting options via the Di2 levers, hood buttons and a carefully deconstructed Shimano Di2 climbing switch
Froome appears to have copied the likes of Adam Hansen and his use of narrow bars for better aerodynamics. For 2018, he is using relatively narrow 38cm bars that splay out a little wider on the drops.
The carbon fibre integrated bar has new cable routing with a thicker central section and integrated bar ends to give a smooth and tidy finish when wrapped in bar tape. Most also provides the smooth black bar tape on Froome’s bike, while K-Edge provides an out-front computer mount.
Froome has multiple shifting options via the Di2 levers, hood buttons and a carefully deconstructed Shimano Di2 climbing switch. The two-button device switch was glued onto the rear of the tops of his bars in 2017 and was activated by Froome’s right thumb.
However, due to the different shape of the Most bars, and after trying other positions, the changer is now on the front of the bars. It is not elegant, but Froome clearly considers it a vital tool on climbs.