Mathieu van der Poel’s custom painted Stevens Super Prestige gallery

European champion colours for World Cup leader

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews


Former world champion and current World Cup leader Mathieu van der Poel added the European Championships title to his ever-growing palmares earlier in November, and German brand Stevens has created a custom-painted frameset to celebrate the victory.

In a base grey colour, contrasting blue and yellow details stand out on the frame, which also features gold detailing throughout the design.

The 2017/2018 cyclocross season is the first to feature the flagship Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series groupset for racing. Van der Poel opted for 46/39 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette for the muddy World Cup meeting in Zeven, Germany on Saturday.

Alongside the R9170 electronic groupset with hydraulic disc brakes are matching Dura-Ace C40 carbon tubular wheels that are paired with A. Dugast Rhino tubular tyres. The Dutchman has also been known to race on the deeper C60 wheels.

Disc brakes are now fully implemented in cyclocross, with only one of the 61 starters at the men’s elite Zeven World Cup opting for cantilever brakes.

The finishing kit is provided by Shimano’s sister brand PRO, and Italian brand Selle Italia offers the contact points.

Van der Poel raced on Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series C40 carbon tubular wheels
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Full specification

  • Frame: Stevens Super Prestige Carbon SL in custom colours for European champion
  • Fork: Stevens full carbon SL
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-R9170 with Shimano RT-99-A-SS centre lock disc rotors
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Dual Control levers
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 46/39, 172.5mm
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 tubular
  • Tyres: A. Dugast Rhino, 33mm tubular
  • Handlebars/stem: PRO Stealth EVO integrated carbon handlebar stem system, 420mm wide with 120mm stem, 8-degree angle
  • Tape/grips: Selle Italia
  • Pedals: Shimano SPD prototype
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
  • Seatpost: PRO Vibe carbon
  • Bottle cages: N/A
  • Computer: N/A

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the European champion’s bike.