Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp TT gallery

A detailed look at the Tour de France contender's time trial setup

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) will arrive in the Vendée this weekend with an eye on a second Tour de France title.

Known for his climbing abilities and aggressive racing style, the Italian's time trialling ability will also be put to the test on the stage 3 team time trial and the penultimate stage individual time trial.

Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team uses Merida Warp time trial framesets, and unlike their road models — which feature a predominantly black paint scheme — the Warp retains the metallic-blue finish seen on the team's 2017 framesets. It is expected the team will be on new time trial bikes for Tuesday's Tour de France stage 3 team time trial.

The bike is paired with drivetrain components consisting of Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shifters, while an SRM Origin crankset paired with Shimano 9000 series chainrings provide the drive.

For the rolling team time trial during last month's Criterium du Dauphine, Nibali opted for 55/42 chainrings. Nibali's Merida Warp uses a combination of brakes from TRP and Shimano. A TRP T860 front brake aims to improve aerodynamic performance at the front end, while the Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 rear brake is located under the bottom bracket to also reduce drag.

Fulcrum wheels are paired with 25mm Continental Grand Prix TT tyres and Nibali's cockpit is made up of Vision components.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Nibali's time trial setup.

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp TT
Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp TT

Full specification

  • Frame: Merida Warp TT
  • Fork: Merida Warp Aero profiled carbon fork
  • Front brake: TRP T860
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 with bottom-bracket mounting
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9180
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: SRM Origin with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 chainrings, 55/42
  • Rear wheel: Fulcrum 360T
  • Front wheel: Fulcrum 55T AC3
  • Tyres: Continental Grand Prix, 25mm
  • Handlebars: Vision Metron Trimax Carbon Basebar
  • Stem: Merida Expert
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Seat post: Merida Warp Aero Carbon
  • Bottle cages: Elite Crono CX Carbon
  • Computer: SRM PC-8 (not photographed)

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