The pro race scene might be dominated by the big names, such as Specialized, Canyon, Trek and Giant, but there are plenty of lesser-known brands being represented by top riders too.
Sometimes it’s nice to throw something a little different into the mix, and, with that in mind, here’s Grzegorz Stepniak’s Gucerciotti Eureka SHM50 .
Video: Grzegorz Stepniak's Guerciotti Eureka SHM50
The Italian brand has been making bikes since 1964, sponsoring successful teams on the road and in cyclocross.
This particular road model is raced by Polish team CCC Sprandi Polkawice, bringing a flash of bright orange to today's peloton.
As it's an Italian thoroughbred, we’d ideally like to see Campag Super Record on this bike – instead we’ll have to settle for Shimano's ever-present Dura-Ace Di2. The Ursus Miura T45 is a fairly uncommon wheelset on the world stage. It's paired with Vittoria's famous Evo Corsa tyres, which should create a fast platform for getting those watts down.
Deda takes care of the cockpit with its alloy Zero 100 bars and stem. Alloy bars are popular on bikes that already flirt with the 6.8kg UCI weight limit, and they offer better crash protection than their carbon equivalents.
Stepniak’s workhorse shows the tell-tale signs of a hard life in the peloton; scuffed brake hoods, seat and skid marks on the tyres. We think this all adds to the character of this boutique beauty.