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2023 Tour de France bikes — your definitive guide to what the top pro cycling teams are riding this year

2023 Tour de France bikes — your definitive guide to what the top pro cycling teams are riding this year

First Published Jun 28, 2023

Let’s check out the bikes and equipment that the world’s best road cyclists will be riding in the Tour de France.

There are 18 WorldTour men's teams in 2023. All of these will race the Tour de France along with four wildcard teams that have been invited to compete.

Of the WorldTour men's teams, 12 use Shimano groupsets, only one runs Campagnolo and the rest are on SRAM. Perhaps the most unexpected shift (no pun intended) for this season was made by UAE Team Emirates, which dropped Campagnolo as its component sponsor along with other Italian components from its bikes. This might have left quite a few Italians mortified, as the UAE team are now running very Italian Colnago bikes with very much not Italian Shimano groupsets...

In terms of the teams themselves, the men’s WorldTour roster has seen two new teams in 2023: Alpecin-Deceuninck and Arkéa-Samsic. Both Israel-PremierTech and Lotto–Dstny have left the World Tour but they take part in the Tour de France as wildcards alongside TotalEnergies and Uno-X.

Without further ado, let's have a look at the bikes... 

AG2R Citroën Team

2023 BMC Team Machine SLR AG2R Citroen Team

We also spotted a new BMC bike being used by team members at the Criterium du Dauphine, and it's likely to see more action in the Tour de France.

> BMC prototype aero superbike spotted at Dauphine

We can also spot something that has become a rarity in the WorldTour: Campagnolo groupsets and wheels.

2023 Dauphine AG2R Campagnolo Super Record - 1

Yes, AG2R Citroen is the only WorldTour team that is running a Campag groupset in 2023. It'll be interesting to see if all of the riders are on the brand-new version of Super Record.

> Campagnolo ditches iconic thumb shifter and goes wireless with new Super Record Wireless electronic groupset... and it'll cost you £4.5k

The team bikes also feature Italian-quality components, with Pirelli tyres and Fizik saddles.


2023 Dauphine Canyon Aeroad - 1

Alpecin-Deceuninck were only promoted to the WorldTour level this year, which might come as a surprise given riders like Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen are in its line-up. 

2023 Paris Roubaix Mathieu van der Poel © Zac Williams-SWpix.com - 1 (2)

Spec-wise, the team run Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and wheels. The tyres are Vittoria – usually the new Vittoria Corsa Pro – and the team sit on Selle Italia saddles. 


2023 Dauphine Arkea Samsic Bianchi Oltre RC - 1

French team Arkéa-Samsic have welcomed Bianchi  as their bike sponsor to replace Canyon, having the Oltre RC, Specialissima and Aquilla TT at their disposal.

2023 Bianchi Oltre RC Arkea Samsic - 1

The bikes come with Shimano groupsets and wheels, except for TTs where the wheels are Vision. The team uses Continental tyres and Selle Italia saddles.

Astana Qazaqstan

2023 Astana Qazaqstan Wilier action - 2.jpeg

Mark Cavendish's Kazakh team is continuing with Wilier Triestina bikes: the Zero SLR and Filante SLR models, equipped with Shimano groupsets and Corima wheels...

2023 Dauphine Wilier Filante HED wheels - 1

...although they've also used wheels from HED, which isn't a sponsor, this year. Those huge blue logos are hardly subtle.

2023 Astana Qazaqstan Wilier action - 1 (1).jpeg

For time trials, the team swaps onto the Wilier Turbine. The fresh “chrome-painted graphite” paintwork of the Wilier frames has impressed art lovers and bike enthusiasts alike. 

Bahrain Victorious

2023 Bahrain Victorious Merida Pearl - 1

Bahrain Victorious are using the same trusted Merida bikes as last year, with the Reacto, Scultura and Warp TT models forming the line-up – but in a Pearl finish especially for the Tour de France. It's a "homage to Bahrain’s rich pearling history", apparently.

2023 Dauphine Bahrain Victorious Merida - 1

Shimano Dura-Ace remains the groupset, the wheels are Vision, the saddles Prologo and finishing kit is handled by FSA.



Even though they’ve been a World team since 2017, it was only last year we saw Bora-Hansgrohe win their first Grand Tour when Jai Hindley smashed the Giro d’Italia  and became the first Aussie to win the Giro. 

2023 Dauphine Bora Hansgrohe Specialized Tarmac SL7 - 1

The German team rides Specialized bikes, the US brand being a key sponsor. Specialized supplies it all: the Tarmac SL7 for the road, Shiv TT for the time trials, Roval wheels and Specialized tyres. Groupsets are Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, and the saddles and the finishing kit come from both Specialized and Shimano subsidiary PRO. 

2023 Look 795 Blade RS road bike  - 2 (1)

> Look unveils lightened 795 Blade RS road bike and disc brake-equipped 796 Monoblade RS time trial bike

Cofidis has moved from Campagnolo to Shimano this year, which means they had an opportunity to introduce yet another French brand, Corima, as the wheel sponsor. The tyres on those wheels are from Michelin.  

EF Education-Easypost

2023 Dauphine EF Education Cannondale SuperSix Evo - 1

The American team, well known for their bold kit designs, sticks to the same bunch of sponsors as before: Cannondale bikes with Shimano groups, Vision wheels and Prologo saddles.

The riders are on the Cannondale SuperSix Evo (above) which was updated earlier this year.

> Cannondale launches new aero-optimised SuperSix Evo 4 with threaded bottom bracket — all the details + first ride review

2023 Dauphine EF Education Cannondale SystemSix - 1

They also have the SystemSix aero road bike which, launched back in 2018, must surely be the next Cannondale bike to get a refresh.


2023 Dauphine Lapierre Xelius SL - 1

The French team entering its 28th season is continuing its long-lasting partnership with Lapierre bikes, which come equipped with Shimano groupsets and wheels.

2023 Dauphine Lapierre - 1

In terms of models, the Xelius and Aircode framesets are the go-to options.

Ineos Grenadiers

Ineos Grenadiers Geraint Thomas 2023 Pinarello

Another team with very few changes: Ineos Grenadiers continues to ride the Pinarello Dogma F and the refreshed Bolide TT.

2023 Dauphine Ineos Grenadiers Pinarello Dogma F - 1

The groupsets are Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and the wheels are usually from Shimano too – although the team has been known to dip into the Lightweight and Princeton ranges in its search for those famous marginal gains. 

The tyres are Continental, the saddles Fizik and the finishing kit is from Pinarello's MOST brand. 


2023 Dauphine Cube Litening C-68X Aero Intermarche - 1

The Belgian team continues to ride Cube bikes equipped with Shimano groupsets, Newmen wheels and Prologo saddles.

Riders can choose either the superlight Cube Litening Air C:68X or the Litening C:68X Aero for lower drag. The Aerium C:68 TT is there for time trials. 

> Cube launches Litening AIR C:68X Series road bikes with a claimed frame weight of 799g

Israel - Premier Tech

2023 Factor Israel Premiertech © Zac WiLLIAMS SWpix.com (t-a Photography Hub Ltd) - 1

Pic © Zac Williams SWpix.com (t-a Photography Hub Ltd)

UCI ProTeam Israel Premier Tech rides bikes from Factor, usually the Ostro VAM (above). However, we know that Factor is releasing a new bike on 10th July 2023, the first Tour de France rest day, which suggests it’s a road race model that’ll play a part in this year’s race. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

Israel Premier Tech use wheels from Factor’s Black Inc brand fitted with Maxxis tyres.

Although the riders use FSA chainsets, the shifters and derailleurs are Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.

Jayco Alula

2023 Dauphine Giant Propel Groenewegen Jayco - 1

Team BikeExchange-Jayco has had a slight name change to Jayco AluIa but the team’s bikes stay the same with riders on Giant’s Propel Advanced SL, TCR Advanced SL (above) and Trinity TT.

Wheels are from Giant's Cadex brand and Shimano is the main equipment partner. 


Jumbo-Visma won the Tour de France last year with Jonas Vingegaard and the team roster for this year's race includes huge names like Wout Van Aert and Christophe Laporte, as well as the defending champion.

2023 Dauphine Jumbo Visma Cervelo Vingegaard - 1

Cervelo is still the bike supplier to both the men's and women's teams, although the S5 (above), R5 and P5 models are now equipped with SRAM groupsets instead of Shimano. Vingegaard used a 1x (single chainring) setup for some stages of the Criterium du Dauphine. It'll be interesting to see if he takes the same approach in the Tour.

> Is Vingegaard going 1x for the Tour de France?

Wheels are new too, with the teams riding on Reserve hoops. 


Trek-Segafredo has just changed its name to Lidl-Trek. At the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether the riders will be racing immediately on bikes with updated livery.

The Trek Madone and Emonda road bikes are the usual weapons of choice, with the Speed Concept for time trials. 

SRAM supplies the groupsets while Trek's Bontrager brand provides pretty much everything else.


Lotto–Dstny use bikes from Ridley, usually the lightweight Helium or the aero Noah. However, we spotted a prototype being ridden by Maxim Van Gils in the Criterium du Dauphine, and it doesn’t look like any bike from the existing range.

2023 Dauphine Ridley prototype - 1 (1)

> New Ridley road bike breaks cover at Critérium du Dauphiné 

We don’t have a name or a launch date yet but it looks like Ridley is combining light weight with aero features – which has been a big trend in the road bike market over the past few years.

2023 Dauphine Ridley prototype - 4

Lotto–Dstny uses Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets, DT Swiss wheels and Vittoria tyres.

Movistar Team

2023 Dauphine Canyon Ultimate Movistar - 1

Movistar continues to ride Canyon bikes – the lightweight Ultimate (above) and the aero-optimised Aeroad (below). 

2023 Dauphine Canyon Aeroad Movistar - 1

The team uses SRAM Red eTap groupsets, Zipp wheels and Fizik saddles. 

Soudal Quick-Step

2023 Specialized Tarmac SL7 Soudal QuickStep Yves Lampaert - 1

After yet another name change (the eighth, if you’re counting), Soudal Quick-Step races the 2023 season with trusty Specialized bikes and Roval wheels, saddles, tyres and finishing kit. Groupsets are still from Shimano.

2023 Dauphine Scott Foil Team DSM - 1

Scott returns to provide the DSM men's and women's teams with bikes, the Foil RC being the popular choice for most stages. 

> Check out our review of the Scott Foil RC Pro 2023

2023 Dauphine Scott Foil - 1

The groupsets are Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, the wheels are Shimano and wrapped on them are Vittoria tyres. Scott’s subsidiary Syncros is providing all of the finishing kit, including the saddles. 


2023 Dauphine Specialized Tarmac SL7 TotalEnergies Boasson Hagen - 1

Although it’s a UCI ProTeam rather than a WorldTeam, TotalEnergies boasts riders of the calibre of Edvard Boasson Hagen and Peter Sagan on the Tour de France start list.

2023 Dauphine Specialized Tarmac SL7 TotalEnergies Boasson Hagen - 1 (1)

The team is sponsored by Specialized so uses Tarmac SL7 road bikes and Royal wheels.

2023 Dauphine Specialized Tarmac SL7 TotalEnergies Boasson Hagen - 2

This is yet another team that uses Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets.

UAE Team Emirates

2023 Dauphine Colnago V4Rs Trentin - 1

The UAE Team Emirates riders have used the Colnago V4RS road bike this year after Tadej Pogačar raced on the prototype version in 2022.

It's all change regarding the groupset, UAE Team Emirates switching from Campagnolo to Shimano.

Pirelli tyres have been swapped to  Continental , and the wheels are now Enve.

UNO-X Pro Cycling Team

2023 Dauphine Dare - 1

Uno-X has changed little for 2023. Norway's Dare continues to be the bike and finishing kit sponsor – a brand that's little known in the UK. The bikes come equipped with Shimano groupsets and DT Swiss wheels.

What's your favourite bike in this year's Tour de France? Let us know in the comments...

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Looks like the Lotto rider has just borrowed a TCR. 

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Checked on the TV guide last night.

Pleased to see that ITV still get to show it.

I wonder for how much longer?


No Tarmac SL8 this summer then...

Really sad to see Bianchi making such ugly bikes.


Scoob_84 wrote: Really sad to see Bianchi making such ugly bikes.

They only had an image of the Oltre RC. I am biased, I think the Specialissima looks fine.

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philsinclair wrote: Scoob_84 wrote: Really sad to see Bianchi making such ugly bikes.

That is a lovely looking bike to be fair. Probably their only decent looking tour level bike in the last 10 years though. The aria also looks good, but not tour level. 

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We tested 9 superbikes to crown our race bike of the year

Cannondale, Canyon, Cervélo, Giant, Scott, Trek (and more!) battle it out

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3 male cyclists and 1 female cyclist sprinting on the winning Race Bike of the Year bikes

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The dust has now settled, the bell-lap completed, and after many months of testing and hours of discussion, the results are in for Cycling Weekly’s 2023 Race Bike of the Year award – but we won’t be giving them away quite so quickly.

First, let’s back up to the criteria for entry. Our first stipulation for Race Bike of the Year was that each model must be among the 2023 WorldTour bikes . Vitus, for instance, produces some excellent bikes – and at particularly keen price points – but none of its models met our first criterion.

Second, where a brand produces multiple models that are raced at WorldTour level (Trek has no fewer than three, for example) we’ve chosen the platform we find most notable. This has seen us include the new Giant Propel over the venerable TCR, for example, and the new Cannondale SuperSix over the similarly ‘mature’ SystemSix. 

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With one eye on price, we called in bikes with second-tier groupsets, safe in the knowledge that they all perform as well as the range-toppers. Due to availability, some bikes were supplied with range-topping groupsets, but have not been marked up because of this.

Cycling Weekly's Race Bike of the Year 2023

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Wilier Filante SLR

Wilier Filante SLR on a blue background

Wilier can sometimes end up flying a little under the radar, which is a keen loss for anyone who overlooks the Italian marque as, despite its 117-year heritage, Wilier still remains at the cutting edge 

Released in 2021, the Wilier Filante SLR was actually among the first instances of this current wave of ‘lightweight aero’ bikes. In the last 12 months, Giant and Colnago have both followed suit with the Propel and V4RS respectively, with each boasting aero gains without butting up against the UCI’s 3:1 rule – and saving a handy amount of weight in the process. 

It’s hard not to fall in love with the Filante SLR. It dances up the climbs, accelerating and propelling you indistinguishably from some wholly specific climbing bikes. But where those models then become a bit of a drag on the flat, twisting the screw a little when it’s your time on the front, the Filante SLR cuts through the air and holds its speed. 

More so than almost any other bike on test, the Filante SLR finds itself in contention for (almost) every category we have: Best Climbers’ bike, Best Aero Bike, Dream Bike, Race Bike of the Year – the one exception is the ‘Best Value’ category, which the Filante heroically concedes. 

Unfortunately for a jack of all trades, the Filante SLR remains a master of none. In the climbing and aero categories, it’s edged out in both by models with a bit more specificity. The Filante’s balance between handling comfort, aero and weight – although excellent in its own peppy way – is nevertheless not quite up there with the more tech-heavy Cervélo S5. 

Whether or not the Wilier Filante SLR should have taken the spot for ‘Dream Bike’ is harder to judge – no doubt there will be those who wholly disagree with our verdict. But, hopefully, even if you reject our conclusion, there will be something in the argument you can appreciate – read on for that. 

All that’s to say that the Filante SLR – as with all the models here – is an exceptionally good bike. Only the very best performers in all our reviews were put forward for consideration here. But, with nine bikes and only five categories, some will come away with nothing more.

  • Price range: £9,710 - £13,300
  • Model tested: £9,710
  • Weight: 7.38kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 42mm Wilier Triestina SLR42KC 
  • Internal rim width: 21mm 
  • Tyre width (model): 28mm Vittoria Corsa 
  • Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Boost

Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8

Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 on a grey background

The current Canyon Aeroad is one of the more ‘established’ models on test but despite the advances of its rivals, it still feels palpably fast. 

The Aeroad packs in a suite of lovely touches. The stack height can be adjusted without cutting the steerer, the seatpost provides a substantial amount of vibration dampening flex, and the handlebar width can even be adjusted.

However, the narrowest the bars can be set is 39cm, which isn’t supernarrow for the middle sizes and is quite wide for the smallest when compared with rival machines.

Also, those DT Swiss wheels do come with the narrowest internal rim width out of all bikes on test, making the 25mm GP5000 front tyre visibly thinner than those of the Cannondale SuperSix (also 25mm). The result is a chattery front end which bleeds speed on coarser tarmac. 

The Aeroad is still a great bike and is extremely fast on the flat. It could do with shedding a bit of weight, upgrading the handlebars and bringing the wheel and tyre choice a little more up-to-date. 

Out of all the top-end models, it is also the cheapest, being the only one to still come in at just four figures.

  • Price range: $4,999 - $9,499 / £3,849 - £9,999
  • Model tested: $6,499 / £6,199
  • Weight: 7.53kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 62mm DT Swiss ARC 1400 Dicut 
  • Internal rim width: 20mm 
  • Tyre width (model): 25/28mm Conti GP5000 
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Boost Superflow S manganese

Trek Madone

Trek Madone on a pink background

The Trek Madone received a major update last year, addressing the main criticisms of the previous iteration. First, it’s gone on a crash diet, shedding 300g through ditching the Iso-Speed vibration dampening system. Second, that seat-tube hole was added to help preserve the ride quality. And finally, a combination of new tube shapes and handlebar is said to save about 60 seconds over an hour’s ride, whether you’re travelling at 45kph or 25kph. 

Does the seat-tube hole really make a difference to the comfort? Well, it does ride more smoothly than that wedge of a seatpost would suggest, but not as smoothly as other models that have built in flex to the seatpost itself, such as the Aeroad and the Foil. 

It’s the handling that offers the greatest surprise. It really is incredibly fast, responding to the smallest shift in weight and the tiniest tweaks of the bars. There is variation between the other bikes on test – some handle a bit faster, others a bit slower – but the Madone stands very far apart from any of them. Some riders may appreciate this, but others might prefer a model which feels more controlled; you can get closer to your limit if you’re confident you won’t slip past. 

On the other hand, the Madone was an absolute speed weapon. Those 51mm deep Bontrager Aeolus Pro wheels and the deep-section frame likely had something to do with it, but the most significant factor was the newly designed handlebar, which is the narrowest by quite a margin of all those we had on test and provided good wrist support for hunkering down into the ‘aero-hoods’ position. 

It’s a shame the top-end and entry-level models are the third most expensive on test, in their respective categories. The Madone is a great bike, then, for those who can afford it.

  • Price range: $8,000 -  $13,200 / £7,600 - £14,500
  • Model tested: $9,050 / £10,200
  • Weight: 7.5kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 51mm Bontrager Aeolus Pro 51 
  • Internal rim width: 23mm 
  • Tyre width (model): 25mm Bontrager R3 Hard-case 
  • Saddle: Bontrager Aeolus Elite

Colnago V4RS

Colnago V4RS on a blue background

For a brand steeped in so much heritage and tradition, the Colnago V4RS was developed in quite an unusual way. 

Five different prototypes were produced and given to the UAE Emirates team – their favourite being the version which saw final production. The result clearly seems to be working for Tadej Pogačar, given his wins at Paris-Nice, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne. 

And the V4RS is a pure joy to ride. It’s fast off the mark and holds its speed very well on rougher roads and lanes, thanks in no small part to the 50mm-deep wheels wrapped in 28c Pirelli P Zero tyres. Point it skywards and you immediately reap the gains of the stiff frame and low weight. But it’s long, snaking climbs with gradients of around 5% where the V4RS is wholly in its element. 

That said, it doesn’t have the necessary specificity in relation to its weight-shedding or aero qualities for it to win our Best Climbers’ Bike or Best Aero Bike categories. Instead, it offers an excellent balance between the two. It’s a strong contender for overall Race Bike of the Year, but its bent towards lightweight over aero, and those Shimano wheels, costs it the top spot there. 

Finally, the price. The top-end V4RS is one of the more expensive models, but that’s only because a few brands have all chosen £12,500 as their cap. The V4RS comes in at £12,599 but whereas most other brands offer their frames in a lower spec and a heavier layup, there isn’t an ‘entry-level’ version of the V4RS, putting it far out of reach for most.

  • Price range: £N/A - £12,599
  • Model tested: £12,599
  • Weight: 7.15kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 50mm Shimano Dura-Ace 
  • Tyre width (model): 28mm Pirelli P Zero Race 
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch M5 CPC

BMC Teammachine

BMC Teammachine on a blue background

The BMC Teammachine has long been the Swiss brand’s lightweight platform but with every refresh, it gets ever more aero – the boxy, angular shapes are almost in line with the latest aero models from Giant, Wilier and Colnago. 

As a result, it has snappy acceleration and excellent handling – it feels as composed when climbing or descending but also holds its speed admirably well on the flats. The tyres are Vittoria Corsas, like those specced on the Cervélo S5, but the Teammachine plumps for the 25mm option and pairs them with ‘old-school’ rims, with a narrower internal rim width. 

The result is that the profile isn’t as rounded and the tyres’ shoulders are a little steeper. This leads to a little less confidence in the corners when banked over, and a little less comfort. 

Two huge plus points for the BMC are, firstly, that you’re not tied to using a proprietary stem and one-piece handlebar if you don’t wish to. And, secondly, that the entry-level build of the Teammachine is the second cheapest out of all the models on test. 

However, as great as the Teammachine is, it gets edged out by the Cannondale SuperSix in the Climbers’ category, by the Giant Propel for Value and by the Cervélo S5 for the overall title – but that is very much a reflection on the competitiveness of the field than the Teammachine’s own performance.

  • Price range: $3,200 - $16,000 / £3,100 - £15,000
  • Model tested: $8,000 / £7,600
  • Rim depth (wheels): 35mm CRD-351 SL
  • Internal rim width: 17mm
  • Tyre width (model): 25mm Vittoria Corsa
  • Groupset: SRAM Force 
  • Saddle: Fizik Argo Vento R5

Scott Foil on a blue background

The Scott Foil received a complete overhaul last year and what has been achieved is highly impressive. The frame is significantly lighter than the tube depths would suggest, its straight line speed is blisteringly fast, and the seatpost has been redesigned to allow much greater flex. 

The wheel and tyre combo adds yet more speed. We’ve tested the Zipp 454 NSW and Schwalbe Pro One tyres independently, and they are both top performers. The Zipps combine aerodynamics with a low weight, helping on the hills as well as the flats. The generous internal rim width really plumps out the tyres, too, getting the most from the Schwalbes. 

The frame, handlebars and body position similarly combine for a super-fast ride. Were it not for the Trek Madone, the Scott Foil would have been perhaps the strongest contender for the crown of best aero bike. However, the stock bars are 42cm and the whole size range is similarly traditional. 

Then comes the price. Although this isn’t a consideration for most of our category winners, it can’t be ignored. The flagship spec of the Foil comes in at £15,899, head and shoulders above all other models and the only bike to come in over £15,000.

  • Price range: $4,800 - $16,000 / £4,799 - £15,899
  • Model tested: $16,000 / £15,899
  • Weight: 7.2kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 58mm Zipp 454 NSW 
  • Tyre width (model): 25mm Schwalbe Pro One 
  • Groupset: SRAM Red AXS 
  • Saddle: Syncros Belcarra V-Concept 1.0

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod 2

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod 2 on a pink background

The Cannondale SuperSix Evo received a slew of aero updates in its 2019 iteration. The latest update, unveiled in just March of this year, has been more evolution than revolution – but still packs aero tweaks to the tune of 11w saved over the previous version. Again, like the BMC Teammachine, this is a climbing bike which bears a striking similarity to the aero models of Giant, Wilier and Colnago. 

Personally, I love a lightweight frame matched with deep-section wheels – and that’s exactly what the SuperSix Evo provides. At a claimed 770g in a painted 56cm frame, it comes in as the lightest on test – and those 50mm deep HollowGram wheels, although not the lightest for their depth, match most of the hoops here millilitre for millilitre. 

The result is a bike that is lightning fast to accelerate and holds its speed well. It’s particularly well suited to surprise attacks and a spot of UK Strava hunting, where momentum into the brutally steep (but relatively short) climbs is a key factor for success. 

It’s the climbs where the SuperSix Evo really shines. Not only is it whisper light, the geometry feels particularly well suited for climbing out the saddle and the resultant shifting weight distribution. Bombing down the other side, it’s easy to push the limits that bit further, with the bike feeling poised, but controlled. It’s a worthy winner of our best climber’s bike award. But while impressively fast on the flat for a climber’s bike, sounding out the vibrations better than others, it is neither as fast, nor as comfortable as the Cervélo S5, although the SuperSix does steal the march on the climbs. 

In terms of the price, the top spec of the SuperSix Evo is up there with the highest, although mercifully still below the £15,000 mark. Perhaps surprisingly, the entry-level model is the fourth cheapest on test – which you might not have expected from Cannondale.

  • Price range: $4,500 - $15,000 / £4,000 - £12,500
  • Model tested: $8,300 / £8,250
  • Weight : 7.3kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 50mm HollowGram R-SL 
  • Tyre width (model): GP5000 25mm 
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension TiRox NDR, Ti

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 1

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 1 on an orange background

The Giant Propel has long been one of the best aero bikes on the market, particularly when considering the performance and spec you get for the price – and this latest iteration has brought a whole host of great improvements to the platform. It misses out on the title of ‘grouptest winner’, but is a worthy victor in our ‘best value’ category. 

The first point to make relates to the scale of the overhaul. Previously, the Propel had a long-established position in the pantheon of deep-tubed aero bikes. 

The Taiwanese giant has now pivoted to a much slimmer design, one which ascribes a greater priority to both weight and comfort. But aerodynamics haven’t been left by the wayside – Giant claims that even with its slimmer tube shapes, the new Propel is 6.2 watts faster at 40kph than the previous model. 

And it does certainly feel fast. Tucked up on the flatter sections of the testing loop, I was really able to motor along, holding my speed without any issues. 

With slimmer tubes and shallower wheels (still 50mm deep on the Giant), I didn’t get caught by the crosswinds across the open fields the same as I was on the Canyon. Also, with a combination of tyres mounted on wider rims and what felt like much better vibration from the front end of the bike, I wasn’t as shaken as on the Aeroad and felt smoother and faster on the Propel. Improvements all round. 

One of the best parts, for me, is that Giant has brought the Propel closer in line with its TCR climbing bike. Amongst other things, the wheelbase has been shortened and the trail has been increased. The result of this is a bike that feels playful but controlled. One that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re dancing on the edge of a razor but still responds lightning-fast to changes in direction. 

Whilst I do have a soft spot for aero climbing bikes, that’s not an unreflective preference. If an aero bike picks up some elements of a climbing platform, honing its handling and dropping the weight, that’s a clear win for me. In its top spec lay-up Giant has managed to get the Propel down to a claimed 845g, the second lightest of the aero bikes on test, just behind the Colnago V4RS. 

So why hasn’t the Giant Propel won the test? Well, great though the handling, comfort and straight-line speed are, the Cervélo S5 does stand above the Propel in all these areas. Where the Giant really excels is in all of these qualities, balanced against its price. 

The top model spec is actually only the second cheapest on test, the Canyon Aeroad impressively manages to steal a march there, with the German outfit limboing under five figures and Giant coming in at £11,999. 

It’s at entry level where the Propel really stands out, with the cheapest starting price of all the models on test by about 30% – it’s the only one to come in under £3,000. If you’re interested in reaping the improvements in handling and Giant’s latest aero-modelling (but are on a tighter budget) this is your best option by far. Giant has managed to combine an excellent bike with that exceptional price.

  • Price range: $6,000 - $12,500 / £2,999 - £11,999
  • Model tested: $6,000 / £5,499
  • Weight: 8.46kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 50mm Giant SLR 1 
  • Internal rim width: 22.4mm 
  • Tyre width (model): 25mm Giant Gavia Course 1 
  • Groupset: SRAM Rival AXS 
  • Saddle: Giant Fleet SL

Overall winner - Cervélo S5

Cervélo S5 with the 2023 Race Bike of the Year 'Overall Winner' award roundel

New generations and iterations have been coming thick and fast over the last 12 months; the Cervélo S5 is yet another model which received an update last year - including a readymade palmarès. 

The S5 wore both yellow and green during the 2022 Tour de France, under Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert, respectively. It was also piloted to wins in both the women’s and the men’s 2021 Ghent–Wevelgem by Marianne Vos and van Aert. 

With its combination of straight-line speed, cornering prowess and magic-carpet ride quality, the S5 is also a worthy winner of Cycling Weekly’s 2023 Race Bike of the Year award. Although that’s not to say that the choice was straightforward and obvious… In a straight-up battle of the specsheets, the S5 wouldn’t fare nearly as well. But if you’ve come this far, you’re clearly not afraid of a delve into all the nerdy details – so let’s jump straight in and tease apart exactly how the S5 manages to be greater than the sum of its specs. 

Aero isn’t everything 

First, let’s address the nuance of why the S5 clinches the title of Race Bike of the Year, but not Best Aero Bike - and, conversely, why the Trek Madone earnt the latter but missed out on the overall top-spot. The first part is quite easy to explain. Although aero is a hugely important factor in the winning potential of a race bike, there are also other considerations which must be taken into account. Handling is a key area – having confidence, control and more ‘elastic limits when railing round the corners is itself a major boon to your speed. Equally, just how well a bike minimises vertical deflection has big consequences for both the rolling resistance and comfort. 

The Trek Madone excelled particularly in terms of its aero performance, helped in large part by its quite unique handlebar design and sizing. However, the Madone is let down by its handling. As mentioned, personal preference is a factor here, but the Madone is notably more twitchy than all the other models on test. Its comfort, although certainly not jarring, isn’t the best either. 

Those are two areas where the Cervélo S5 shines particularly, but let’s finish our discussion of the aero first. Although the S5 isn’t the hands-down most windcheating model on test, it still rides very fast. The updated tubes from the previous iteration likely play a part (the new S5 is claimed to be seven watts faster), but also the comfy shaping of the bars makes it easy to hold the ‘aero-hoods’ position for long durations – albeit with a 42cm centre-to-centre width, rather than the 39cm of the Madone. 

But it’s the handling which really sets the Cervélo S5 apart. It’s quick to respond to a change of line but manages to remain far from being twitchy. The result is that it’s just so easy to really rail the corners. You can be confident that you won’t accidentally exceed your limits, that you can get so much closer to them – and that really shows. 

Though the balance of the geometry is predominantly responsible for the S5’s balanced handling, this particular wheel/tyre combo plays a sizable role, too. To some extent, the bikes shouldn’t be judged too harshly on their wheels, as this is something which can be changed quite easily. That said, we are comparing fully built bikes here, rather than just framesets, so I think credit should absolutely still go to where it is due. 

The Reserve 52|63 wheels have a wide internal rim width, coming in at 25mm up front and 24mm out back. This plumps the 28mm Vittoria Corsa tyres out to over 31mm – but it also makes the shoulders of the tyres much more gently sloping than any of the other models on test. 

Quality ride 

The result is that not only do you get a larger footprint providing more grip, you also get a much more progressive feeling when loading them up and banking over heavily in tighter corners. It also means that the ride quality of the S5 is actually better than all others on test – even those models with fancy flexing seatposts. Speed over coarser sections of tarmac is palpably faster, too, as the bumps are just absorbed rather than pinging the bike about. 

There’s no getting away from the weight of the S5. At 8.22kg for this SRAM Force build, the S5 is heavier than comparable models. The Scott Foil (albeit with SR AM Red) came in at 7.28kg. Despite this, the S5 doesn’t feel ‘heavy’ to ride and, in most cases, gains in aero and rolling resistance will help you more than solely focusing on the weight. 

The S5’s gains across the board – it’s handling, comfort and aerodynamics – more than make up for the extra mass. As the complete package, the Cervélo S5 deservedly wins our 2023 Race Bike of the Year award.

  • Price range: $9,000 - $13,000 / £9,200 - £12,500
  • Model tested: $9,000 / £9,200
  • Weight: 8.2kg
  • Rim depth (wheels): 52/63 Reserve 
  • Internal rim width: 24.4mm 
  • Tyre width (model): 28mm Vittoria Corsa TLR G 
  • Groupset: SRAM Force AXS 
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo SuperFLow Ti

Best aero bike - Trek Madone

Trek Madone with the 2023 Race Bike of the Year 'Best Aero Bike' award roundel

In aerodynamics, the rider and bike act as a system, with the former contributing 80 per cent of the aerodynamic drag and the latter just 20 per cent. You’re looking at a fraction of that fraction when considering frames, wheels, handlebars etc. With that in mind, the question is not so much what CdA your bike has, but what CdA your bike can give you… 

And the bike that best ticks this box is the Trek Madone. The handlebars – the narrowest on test – are a really excellent design, with that curve with its two distinct bends which supports your wrists much better than more traditional bars and enables you to stay lower for longer. 

Typically, a size 54cm frame will be specced with 42cm bars and the Madone’s bars are, nominally, 42cm – but that’s just at the drops. Up at the hoods, the bars narrow to just 39cm, helping to slot you into a more aero position without compromising your stance width when descending. 

Not only that, but the bar width varies greatly with the frame size. In the smallest 47cm model, the handlebars measure just 35cm at the hoods – there are many handlebar models which don’t even dip below 38cm, so it’s great to see smaller riders being accommodated for. 

By the way, the smallest three sizes of the Trek Madone come with a wider saddle than the largest frame sizes, as disproportionately more women ride those sizes and the majority of women are better suited to a wider saddle. Trek doesn’t make a big deal about this, it’s just quietly getting on with what’s right and makes sense – you’ll only notice if digging through the spec sheets.

Dream bike - Colnago V4RS

Colnago V4RS with the 2023 Race Bike of the Year 'Dream Bike' award roundel

Although we always approach our testing as analytically as we can, some space must be left to consider the more intangible elements of the bikes – which model lights the strongest flame of desire in the reviewer? 

What we’re looking for here is a thrilling – not necessarily the fastest – ride and an elision of heritage and cutting-edge progress: a modern classic. 

It wasn’t an obvious choice. Wilier wins in the heritage stakes but both Cannondale and Colnago – founded in 1971 and 1968, respectively – embody their own traditions. 

All these brands provide the warm glow of a history we’re looking for, but the Colnago V4RS clinches it with its aggressive yet composed ride feel. It’s got an urgency which goads you into attacking on the hills and pushing on the flats. 

Plus Colnago does a good job of releasing limited-edition, high-spec versions of this bike, so if money really is no object, you can own a one-off bike that will not only look like a work of art, but ride as well as anything in the pro peloton.

Best climbing bike - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod 2

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod 2 with the 2023 Race Bike of the Year 'Best for Climbing' award roundel

In the pro peloton, where so many aero bikes can be built up to the UCI weight limit, it’s a fair question whether climbing bikes have much of a place any more. 

But for those of us not governed by the vicissitudes of the UCI, there are still good reasons why climbing bikes still have a place. The first, and most obvious, is that without a limit, you can reap the benefits of lighter frames and components. 

Even if you don’t have the inclination (or the funds) to go full weight-weenie, climbing bikes tend to be lighter for a given price and spec. You can get a better balance of speed and weight at a better price with a climbing bike. 

Also, climbing bikes tend to be a bit more comfortable (largely thanks to thinner tubes) and have a more ‘inspiring’ geometry than the best aero bikes. 

And that essentially sums up what we’re looking for in the best climbing bike – a low weight, a snappy geometry, comfort, but also optimisations for speed. 

After all, so many British climbs are best tackled with a bit of momentum, and many of the most beautiful European mountains have quite shallow gradients thanks to their profusion of hairpin bends – meaning that, with the resultant higher speeds, aero has more importance. Of all the models here, it was the Cannondale SuperSix Evo which hit this brief the best.

Best value - Giant Propel

Giant Propel with the 2023 Race Bike of the Year 'Best for Value' award roundel

To go into a little more detail on what makes the Giant Propel such excellent value for money, part of this is down to Giant choosing to spec the frameset with more affordable components. 

This is precluded by some other frame manufacturers – for instance, the Cervélo S5 isn’t compatible with mechanical groupsets. That might allow for minute performance gains, but it does feed into cycling becoming an ever more exclusive (and expensive) sport. 

The Giant Propel (and the BMC Teammachine) are the only models on test which are actually specced with Shimano 105 11-speed mechanical groupsets. The Canyon Aeroad (next cheapest) only goes as low as 11-speed mechanical Ultegra and the Cannondale SuperSix (fourth cheapest entry level option) begins with 12-speed Di2 Shimano 105 . 

Functionally, Shimano 105 is a truly excellent groupset – I can tell you now that if you’re struggling to make the step up to a second-cat racing licence, the slight weight savings of Ultegra, motor powered derailleurs, or an extra sprocket aren’t really going to make the difference. You’d be much better off saving that money and investing that into a better bike fit – which might include a new saddle, stem, handlebars and crankset with shorter cranks. After that, it’s your tyres and then your wheels that you should be upgrading. 

The savings that can be made and then reinvested by going for a 105 groupset are huge, so hats off to Giant for offering that. 

If you are set on electronic gears, though, Giant is edged out by that Cannondale SuperSix Evo, which comes in at £4,000 compared to £4,499 – but you get deep-section carbon wheels with the Giant rather than shallow-section alloy hoops on the ‘dale, so in terms of what you’re getting for your money, the Giant remains the better deal. 

We split our testing protocol into two halves: (1) back-to-back testing on a set loop and (2) the long-term testing all of the bikes we review are subject to. Through this, we were able to rack up a cumulative nine months of testing, as well as gaining insights through direct comparison by riding on the same day, in the same conditions and on the same roads. 

Our tech features editor, Stefan Abram, took the honour of riding the bikes back-to-back on a painstakingly scoped loop in the North Wessex Downs in order to ensure a little bit of everything was taken in: flat and straight riding in the lanes, a string of tight corners, a stiff climb and a descent – which, all taken together, established the comparative ride quality, handling, perceived speed and climbing prowess. 

But there is no substitute for simply racking up miles on a greater variety of roads, terrains and conditions. Here, Hannah, Simon and Anna put in the grunt work and all of their individual reviews will be published in subsequent magazine issues and online throughout the remainder of this year. 

WorldTour bikes are eye wateringly expensive, so although we have reviewed these models in their swanky specs, we’ve also detailed the entry point of each bike’s range and, as you’ll see, there’s quite a variance. 

And so, equipped with the detailed takes from the wider team and Stefan’s back-to-back testing – and after many, many hours of in-depth discussions – we’ve arrived at our conclusion of which model is the worthy winner of Race Bike of the Year and each of the individual categories.

Continuing research and analysis has seen the consensus shift on the relevancy of women-specific geometry/bikes . 

Although there are statistical differences between the ‘average’ man and woman, the reality is that we all exist somewhere on the bell curve: some women have proportions closer to that of the ‘average’ man and some men have proportions closer to that of the ‘average’ woman. 

Bikes should never have been labelled for ‘men’ or ‘women’ in the first place, but rather for the body shapes they were trying to accommodate. Producing bikes in smaller frame sizes is important. Giving the option for finishing kit which is more likely to suit a female rider is important. Offering two bikes with different geometries for a man and a woman who both ride a 54cm frame isn’t so much – as is evidenced by the fact that all of the women’s WorldTour teams ride unisex bikes. 

With that in mind, we had an even split between male and female testers for our Race Bike of the Year testing. 

Hannah Bussey: With the Peak District lying on her doorstep, Hannah’s stamping ground isn’t short of brutally steep, and sustained, climbs – a fitting anvil for testing the lightest bikes. 

Simon Smythe: The hedgerowed lanes of Sussex and Surrey don’t have the elevation differentials of craggier climes, but Simon’s home roads have been a faithful testing ground for many, many bikes. 

Anna Abram: After departing the South East for South Wales, bigger hills, smaller roads and sterner tests for weather-sealing have all been on the menu. But those fast and flat valley roads still give plenty of scope for quickly racking up the miles. 

Stefan Abram: Stefan’s home roads in Wales likewise provide a huge range of riding. But this has been supplemented by back-to-back testing in the North Wessex Downs, near to Cycling Weekly’s Reading offices.

This full version of this article was published in the 25 May 2023 print edition of  Cycling Weekly  magazine.  Subscribe online and get the magazine delivered to your door every week. 

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WorldTour Team Kits 2023: Who’s got it right?

Some teams have gone bold, some boring, some haven’t even bothered to change at all. Here are the 2023 WorldTour team kits announced so far…

Words: Rachel Jary

As road racing hits its usual pause for the winter months and our Twitter feeds have gone quiet with racing drama and updates, you can always rely on new WorldTour team kits to stir the pot a little. It might be because a team has made literally no effort at all to upgrade their kit, or because others have had a design refresh that puts them in contention for the most fashionable squad in the WorldTour, but either way, it adds some excitement to these drab winter months.

So far, we’ve seen the notoriously stylish Trek-Segafredo give both their men’s and women’s team kits a snazzy upgrade – nothing too crazy, they’re following the same colour palette – but there are a few details thrown in there that makes this kit a little sharper for 2023. The team of Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, UAE Team Emirates, has simplified its 2023 outfit to have a completely white and black base colour, while Bahrain-Victorious has kept things pretty similar too for 2023, just adding a few, subtle details to spice things up.

Perhaps the biggest kit revamp so far has come from the unassuming Israel-Premier Tech and Israel-Premier Tech-Roland men’s and women’s squads. Gone is the plain white and blue design, say hello to a tie-dyed fusion of pink, white and navy. Groupama-FDJ are also in the running for the hottest new kit so far, with a simple, unique, colour-blocked jersey. The Ineos Grenadiers are in contention too, moving away from the blue jersey seen in 2022 to a fierce brigade red for next year. Astana, AG2R Citroën Team and newly-named  Team Jayco AlUla  currently sit at the bottom of our list, either due to a complete lack of effort to reinvent or just general bad taste.

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If you’re looking to get ahead of the game and bolster your kit knowledge before the WorldTour pelotons start firing on all cylinders again, here’s the full list of WorldTour team kits announced so far. We’ll be updating (and rating) each new kit design as it is released in due course…


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Business in the front, party in the back? It’s top marks from us for Trek-Segafredo as they inject some serious snazziness into their 2023 kit with an asymmetrical pattern on the rear of both the men’s and women’s jerseys. At the front, they have kept it suitably simple with a white base colour, but the attention to detail on the back of the jersey will make the team easy to spot from those overhead helicopter shots in 2023. Those with a keen eye would have spotted that the band on the front of the women’s jersey is a slightly darker shade of blue than seen on the 2022 kit, but the change is nothing dramatic. Trek-Segafredo have got just the right amount of exciting upgrades while keeping their own unique identity in the peloton.

Ineos Grenadiers

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The Ineos Grenadiers call their new kit "visibly fast" and we're not sure if that claim is quite true, or even possible, but we can agree that this is quite a nice outfit for 2023. In a move away from the navy they donned in 2022, the new jersey is described as a "brigade red" colour with flashes of orange and blue on both sleeves. Ineos says that these bright colours will enhance visibility of the riders out on the road, as well as being a statement of intent about the way the team plans to race in 2023. The team also lists a whole host of technological innovations about this kit in its press release, but honestly, we're just here for the style – top marks to the Ineos Grenadiers.

UAE Team Emirates

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From a pure design perspective, we’ve never been a huge fan of UAE Team Emirates’ kit, but we’ve been quite sold on it while watching Tadej Pogačar as he rides away from the peloton in the Tour or the Classics. Who doesn’t want to look like that on a bicycle? For 2023, the kit is a little bit more palatable than year’s previous, with the team opting to get rid of the red fade on the sleeve and move to a more traditional black colour. In general, the jersey is a little less busy, and definitely has a sharper look. It seems like UAE Team Emirates is taking the ‘less is more’ approach, and we’re not mad about it.

Israel-Premier Tech/Israel-Premier Tech-Roland

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Well, hello there. Ok, we know the men's team is not going to be WorldTour in 2023 as they are relegated to ProTeam status but as it stands, Israel-Premier Tech have put themselves firmly on the top of our podium of 2023 team kits. In fact, they’re a good couple of strides ahead of any competitors with this striking, colourful number. The dark royal blue on the left shoulder fades perfectly into a smattering of white, purple and dark pink creating an eye-catching design that’s quite unlike anything we’ve seen on team kits in the past. The newly formed Israel-Premier Tech-Roland women’s WorldTour team shares a stunningly similar design with the men’s squad, signifying that the two outfits could be working closely together in 2023.

AG2R Citroën Team

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Yawn… no change from AG2R Citroën Team for 2023 for the second year in a row. This French team has a bit of a habit of keeping the same kit design year on year, but we’d ascertain this jersey is nice enough to remain on the shoulders of the likes of Greg Van Avermaet and Lawrence Naesen into 2023. Plus, it should mean that last year’s kit can be reused by the team (into the laundry rather than landfill.) AG2R Citroën Team have been given some fancy-looking, brightly coloured BMC bikes, so we can make do with drooling over those beauties next year.


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Could be better, could be worse. The new Soudal Quick-Step kit is largely inoffensive, it keeps the team’s classic blue and white colour combo but leans far more on the blue side, with only one chunk of white in the centre of the jersey and on the sleeves. Sponsor Soudal gets prime real estate slap bang in the middle of the chest, getting its money’s worth for that title sponsorship in 2023. Quick-Step remains, too, of course, the team’s long-standing loyal supporter. A special mention has to also go to Remco Evenepoel’s new world champion jersey: the young Belgian has kept it classic and timeless (although he hasn’t gone for white shorts to match, yet…)


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Uh oh, we’re starting to see a pattern of navy kit designs emerging as Groupama-FDJ is the latest to add itself to the list of teams that will sport blue hues in 2023. Still, we don't have much criticism for this jersey: the colour blocking on the front is simple and striking, and a far cry from FDJ’s previous jersey iterations which can end up looking a little busy. The minimal sponsors on the front is an improvement, and helps add a sleek and classy look to the garment. We’d be happy to wear it, but we wouldn’t be so happy if we were in the job of cycling commentary next year; it’s going to be hard to distinguish this kit through a sea of navy in 2023.

Astana Qazaqstan

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Same old, same old for Astana. The team has stuck with its striking aquamarine, fade into navy for 2023, with the same diamond-shaped patterning across the front of the kit. The Astana Qazaqstan logo sits front and centre once more, adding a flash of yellow to the otherwise quite plain kit. The Astana jersey design doesn’t offend us, but we always hope for a little more pizzazz.  


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The UAE Team ADQ kit designers are clearly a fan of the blue and orange combination, as they’ve stuck with a similar colour palette for 2023. It’s not exactly the same, though, with a much larger portion of the jersey taking on a lilac colour and the bottom area a more subtle shade of pink, rather than last year’s orange. Some slightly random patterning has been added underneath the arms of both sleeves, too and we’re not quite sure why, but we’re not ones to complain about a bit of jazzy detailing on a team kit. The shorts are left plain black too which we like, it ensures that the kit as a whole isn’t too loud, just about…


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At first glance, there’s nothing strikingly different about the Bahrain-Victorious kit for 2023, but on closer inspection, there are a couple of changes that have actually improved the overall look quite dramatically. More black has been added to the bottom diamond shapes in the bottom half of the kit, as well as some yellow stripes which give the whole thing a sort of futuristic and 3D-look. Other than that, Bahrain-Victorious will stay pretty recognisable in the peloton with their orangey kit which we can expect to be ripping it up at the front of the classics early in the year.

Team Jumbo-Visma

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At first glance, it may appear that Jumbo-Visma have stuck firmly in the camp of making no effort at all to change their kit for the 2023 season. However, the Dutch team have actually impressed us with some serious attention to detail in next season’s jersey. While they’ve retained the classic yellow and black which has been worn to so many victories, kit designers have added a slither of patterning in between the two colours which references the different kits worn in years previous by the team (blue for Blanco Pro Cycling team, green for Belkin, you get the picture.) Pretty neat, Jumbo, we like it. 


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While we are very excited about the addition of this team to the women’s WorldTour peloton for the 2023 season, Fenix-Deceuninck’s kit falls a little on the drab side. The plain navy blue base and white lettering could do with a pattern or bright colour to make it stand out. However, when a team is dishing out four-year contracts in the women's WorldTour and has an aim of bringing complete equality across its men’s and women’s WorldTour squads, we can forgive the slight lack of imagination when it comes to jersey designs.

Team Jayco AlUla

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A new title sponsor for 2023, Saudi Arabian city AlUla, meant a kit redesign was a necessity for both the men’s and women’s newly-named Jayco AlUla WorldTour teams. However, despite some controversy over the team’s pink and blue colour scheme last year (pink for the women’s team and blue for the men’s, really?), the designers have chosen to stick with this for another season, yay… It’s a pretty unimaginative look and could do with a rethink or at least some additional detailing to make the team stand out in 2023. Sorry Team Jayco AlUla, but you sit right down at the bottom of our favourite team kits list this year.


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True to their team slogan #RodamosJuntos (we ride together) and their longstanding commitment to making the men’s and women’s squads one team, rather than two separate projects, both Movistar WorldTour teams will share the same kit design again in 2023. Now made by Gobik, the jersey is a darker blue than last year, with a lighter fade on the sleeves and collar. White logos finish off the look, and we also are fans of the blue band on the bottom of the shorts to tie the whole thing together. Annemiek van Vleuten’s world champion’s kit has been done well too, striking and classic with the rainbow bands standing out proudly on the white jersey. 

Team Arkéa Samsic

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As the men’s squad steps up to WorldTour level in 2023, it was only right that the Team Arkéa Samsic jersey design had a refresh too, representing the team’s new chapter in the highest ranks of professional cycling. The base colour is a simple, striking red with a Triskell pattern overlaid: a strong symbol of Celtic culture and an ode to the team’s Breton roots. 2023 also sees a dash of Bianchi’s signature celeste green on the jersey’s sleeves as the bike sponsor of Team Arkéa Samsic for the season ahead. We appreciate the thought and history in this design and give big points to Arkéa Samsic for creating a jersey with a story.


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This was one of our favourite 2022 team kits and we’re somewhat relieved to see no huge changes to the outfit for 2023. There’s some subtle differences with a switch out of the white patterning for black, but outwardly, the BORA-hansgrohe kit looks quite similar to last year’s version. Kit manufacturers Le Col say that there are big changes to the aerodynamic qualities of the jersey with strategically placed tripping panels and seam layout to increase and smooth the airflow, while also minimising drag. We cannot confirm nor deny these claims, but we can give our opinion that this is one nice looking kit.

Human Powered Health

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It’s only the women’s team that will be on WorldTour level in 2023 but both the men’s and women’s squads will proudly share the same Human Powered Health jersey in 2023. Unlike other teams, Human Powered Health has put some serious thought into its 2023 design and that’s something we can appreciate. The American squad says that its ‘core principles’ of movement, fuel, recovery and mindset are reflected in the kit’s rich colour scheme. A series of geometric lines on the front of the kit are also said to display the team’s ‘drawing board’ approach as they work towards better living. As the saying goes: you can have anything you want in life if you dress for it…


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The Tweet accompanying Intermarché-Circus-Wanty’s new kit drop said “You like it or you will learn to like it” and we can kind of see what they’re getting at. The neon yellow shoulders and strange swirling navy pattern at the bottom of the jersey is definitely unique and won’t be for everyone, nor will the tightly packed logos of 18 sponsors. However, put Taco van der Hoorn in a breakaway and watch him take a solo victory against all odds in a stage of a grand tour and, well, we can’t help but become fans of the mishmash Intermarché outfit.

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Men’s WorldTour team Cofidis shook up its kit for the 2022 season after a couple of years of keeping things the same and they’ve continued to develop their kit design for 2023. Gone is the large white panel across the sleeves and shoulders, and instead the jersey features a red base with darker burgundy geometric shapes. The Cofidis women’s team, which remains at Continental level for 2023, also will sport the same jersey design as the men’s WorldTour squad. Overall, we’d say that this jersey is an improvement from last year's for the French team, it’s classy, unique and vibrant.

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team

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In a bid to reduce consumption and cut their overall clothing order for 2023, Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (who have a women's WorldTour team and men's ProTeam) has stuck with the same design for the upcoming season. They also note that this makes it easier for fans to continue to recognise the team right from the beginning of the year, which actually does make quite a lot of sense, it doesn’t give us much to write about for this article, though… We liked Uno-X’s kit in 2022, and we’ll keep liking it for 2023.

Team SD Worx

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Bold, bright, beautiful. We’re big fans of this kit from the number one ranked Women’s WorldTour team. It’s similar to last year’s attire, but kit designers have heavily upped the colour saturation to create a jersey which stands out from the crowd. The strip of purple along the front of the kit matches well with what looks like navy blue bib shorts, while minimal sponsor logos ensure that the design isn’t too busy. The logo of payroll and workforce management company SD Worx has actually been integrated into the patterning of the kit with the star shaped block on the lower part of the jersey, which we think is much more inventive than just slapping a bigger logo on (other teams, take note.) 

EF Education Tibco-SVB and EF Education EasyPost

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Anticipation over the kit that Rapha will make for the EF Education women’s and men’s WorldTour teams is always high year on year. Although the men’s jersey was leaked a few weeks before the actual release date due to a cheeky Instagram story, we were still excited to see the big reveal. Surprisingly, the kit actually appears to be a more stripped back version of last year’s. Designers have gone for simple, pink colour blocks which they say represents the past, present and future of the teams. For the first time, the men’s and women’s kits are exactly the same apart from sponsor logos and we’re big fans of this simple but striking jersey. Congratulations, Rapha, you’ve done a stellar job again.

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Another year, another chunk of the budget saved for Team DSM on a new jersey design. The Dutch team sticks to its simple two blue stripes down the front and back of the kit with a black base colour and the DSM logo loud and proud, front and centre. We're fans of the simplicity of Team DSM's kit and the design is memorable while standing out from the crowd. We can also forgive a slightly duller team kit considering the snazzy glitter colourway on Team DSM's Scott bike.

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What Are the Cheapest and Most Expensive Bike at the 2023 Tour de France

You may think price scales with performance, but is that actually true?

grand colombier, france july 14 l r omar fraile of spain and team ineos grenadiers, jasper philipsen of belgium and team alpecin deceuninck green points jersey and tadej pogacar of slovenia and uae team emirates white best young rider jersey compete during the stage thirteen of the 110th tour de france 2023 a 1378km stage from châtillon sur chalaronne to grand colombier 1501m uciwt on july 14, 2023 in grand colombier, france photo by michael steelegetty images

Answering the first question is fairly straightforward, while the second is significantly less so. But I have some ideas on how to least try to think about it.

Before we dive into which bike is the cheapest, I have some bad news. The four least expensive bikes in this year’s race cannot be purchased in the United States. The cheapest Tour bike a U.S. consumer can buy is the Canyon Aeroad —ridden by Team Alpecin-Deceuninck and Movistar—for $8,500. There are some discrepancies between the team version and the one available to the public, including Rotor cranks and DT Swiss wheels for consumers, while the team uses Dura-Ace cranks and wheels.

puy de dÔme, france july 09 jonas abrahamsen of norway and uno x pro cycling team competes during the stage nine of the 110th tour de france 2023 a 1824km stage from saint léonard de noblat to puy de dôme 1412m uciwt on july 09, 2023 in puy de dôme, france photo by tim de waelegetty images

The cheapest bike in the 2023 Tour is the Dare VSRu ridden by Team UNO-X. Dare is a brand that is not available for purchase in the U.S. If it were, the price converted to USD would be a very reasonable $7,450. And that’s with a full Dura-Ace groupset and DT Swiss ARC 1400 carbon wheels.

bayonne, france july 03 tadej pogacar of slovenia and uae team emirates white best young jersey competes during the stage three of the 110th tour de france 2023 a 1935km stage from amorebieta etxano to bayonne uciwt on july 03, 2023 in bayonne, france photo by david ramosgetty images

By contrast, the most expensive bike in this year’s race costs an eye-watering $18,000. It’s the Colnago V4Rs ridden by UAE Team Emirates. Mind you, I’m doing some estimating here because the replica team bike from Colnago is somewhere in the neighborhood of $16,800.

The bikes the team riders race have some very expensive weight weenie bits, like a Darimo seatpost, Carbon-Ti chainrings, and Carbon-Ti rotors. Plus, the as-yet-unreleased Enve one-piece handlebar—which I’m sure won’t be cheap when it’s released. This all adds up to a bike that’s nearly two and a half times as expensive as Team UNO-X’s Dare.

Obviously, the biggest performance differentiator between two bikes and two teams of riders is the riders. But if you look at the prize money that each team has won so far at this year’s Tour, well, it won’t surprise you to learn that UAE Team Emirates is pretty far ahead of UNO-X, with a current tally of 43,310 euros, versus UNO-X’s 18,050 euros.

What caught my eye is that UNO-X, despite riding the cheapest bike in the race, is far from an underperforming team. In fact, out of the twenty-two teams in this year’s race, it is ranked eighth on the prize money table as of the first rest day. Every team UNO-X is beating rides a more expensive and arguably “fancier” bike. And the team currently topping the prize money chart is Alpecin-Deceuninck, whose riders are on Canyon Aeroads that sell for about $9,000 less than the Colnagos of UAE Team Emirates.

annemasse, france july 15 jasper philipsen of belgium and team alpecin deceuninck green points jersey legs detail view prior to the stage fourteen of the 110th tour de france 2023 a 1518km stage from annemasse to morzine les portes du soleil uciwt on july 15, 2023 in annemasse, france photo by tim de waelegetty images

This has been on my mind because riders at all levels (including myself) have been conditioned to believe (to some extent) that the more money one spends on a bike, the better it is. But that’s only true to a certain point.

It’s hard for me to say where that point is exactly, but if I had to guess, it’s probably once you hit the nice aluminum frame at around $3,000. Beyond that, the margins of performance only get smaller and smaller as the price increases and rider ability becomes the most dominant performance-determining factor.

This is a long-winded way of saying that at the elite level, the difference between an $8,000 bike and an $18,000 one is much more negligible than it might seem.

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Test Editor Dan Chabanov got his start in cycling as a New York City bike messenger but quickly found his way into road and cyclocross racing, competing in professional cyclocross races from 2009 to 2019 and winning a Master’s National Championship title in 2018. Prior to joining Bicycling in 2021, Dan worked as part of the race organization for the Red Hook Crit, as a coach with EnduranceWERX, as well as a freelance writer and photographer. 

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Ulrich Bartholmoes’ 2024 Tour Divide Pack List + Triple Crown Challenge

Following a first-place finish at last year’s Tour Divide, Ulrich Bartholmoes is lining up at the 2024 edition and also has his sights set on the Triple Crown Challenge record. Find his complete gear list and details on the bike he’ll be riding here…

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PUBLISHED Jun 7, 2024

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In 2019, 37-year-old athlete Ulrich Bartholmoes entered his first ultra endurance event, the Transpyrenees, and hasn’t looked back since. He has racked up 16 wins over the last five years, including a number of record-setting rides. Recent accomplishments include a first-place finish at the 2022 Across Andes event and the 2023 L’Esperit de Girona event in Spain. Perhaps his most notable victory was winning the 2023 Tour Divide with a race time of just 14 days, 3 hours, and 23 minutes. Ulrich has the second-fastest time in Tour Divide history, second to the one and only Mike Hall, who finished his 2016 ride in 13 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes—a course record that still stands today.

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We’re happy to see Ulrich Bartholmoes returning to Banff, Alberta, for the 2024 Tour Divide. But it’s even more exciting to hear this is the first step in his attempt at the Triple Crown Challenge, a monumental achievement awarded to riders who complete the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail, and Arizona Trail Race in a single season. What sets the Triple Crown Challenge apart from the standard Triple Crown is that riders must complete the events as part of each grand depart. Jay Petervary currently holds the men’s record, which he set in 2015, and Katya Rakhmatulina established a new women’s record last year.

In preparation for the grand depart on June 14th, Ulrich Bartholmoes sent over details on his bike and the gear he’ll be bringing along. At first glance, his bike and kit look nearly identical to his 2023 setup, based around a custom BMC Twostroke 01 One with drop bars, aero bars, and a SRAM AXS drivetrain.

Ulrich Bartholmoes’s 2024 Tour Divide Kit

With Ulrich’s help, we compiled the full gear list he’ll be using on the 2024 Tour Divide, plus a detailed build kit showing all the components he selected for his bike. Dig in below.

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This year, Ulrich will be riding a BMC Twostroke 01 One hardtail converted to be used with drop bars and the following build:

  • Frame: BMC Twostroke 01 One
  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Ultimate 2P
  • Chainring: ROTOR Round Ring 34T
  • Cassette: SRAM XG 1299 EAGLE 10-52T
  • Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1 EAGLE AXS, Kogel Kolossos Cage/Pulleys
  • Powermeter & Cranks: ROTOR 2inPower MTB DirectMount 175.0mm
  • Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M9100 XC Race
  • Bottom Bracket: Kogel Ceramic, Cross Seals
  • Shifters/Brakes: SRAM RED eTap AXS, SRAM Level TLM
  • Rotors: SRAM Centerline Rotors (180/160)
  • Handlebar: Beast Components Gravel Bar
  • Aerobars: Aptonia Long Distance Extensions
  • Stem: BMC ICS 01 Zero Degrees
  • Seatpost: Twostroke 01 Carbon D-Shaped Seatpost, 0mm Offset
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Boost Kit Carbon
  • Wheels: Beast Components XS30 with SON28 dynamo hub
  • Bearings: Kogel Ceramic Bearings
  • Tires: Hutchinson Python 3 29 x 2.3″ Tubeless
  • Light: Supernova M99 DY Pro & Supernova E3 Tail Light
  • USB Charger: Cinq Plug 5
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 1040 Solar
  • Weight (bike only): 21.1 lbs (9.6kg)
  • Weight (fully loaded): 31.6 lbs (14.8kg)

ulrich Bartholmoes 2024 tour divide pack list

  • Apidura Backcountry Backpack with 2l hydration bladder
  • Apidura Backcountry 9L Saddle Pack
  • Apidura Backcountry 4L Full Frame Pack
  • Apidura Backcountry 1L Rear Top tube Pack
  • Apidura Backcountry 1L Top Tube Pack

Tools & Spares

  • Zip ties, duck tape
  • Derailleur hanger, chain links + chain pieces § Dynamic Ultra2 chain lube
  • Inner tubes (2x)
  • Needle & thread, tubeless sealant, patches + pump + CO2 inflator + cartridges
  • Valve adapter & valve cores
  • Tire levers
  • Leatherman + multi-tool

ulrich Bartholmoes 2024 tour divide pack list

  • Velocio Concept SE jersey Rust
  • Velocio CONCEPT Bib Short Navy
  • Velocio Concept Merino Long Sleeve § Velocio Ultralight SL Baselayer
  • Velocio Ultralight Jacket
  • Velocio ZERO+ Glove
  • Velocio Merino 210 Winter Collar
  • Velocio arm and knee warmers
  • Velocio Rain Anorak, Rain pants
  • Waterproof socks, merino socks
  • Puffy jacket
  • ABUS Stormchaser ACE Helmet

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  • Powerbank with pass-trough function
  • Garmin inReach 2 mini
  • Garmin Edge 1040 Solar
  • SRAM AXS Batteries
  • CR2032 batteries for shifters § Different chargers & cables
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste, lip balm
  • Dynamic Wonder Wipes / Hygiene wipes + Chamois cream
  • First aid kit / medication

Gear + Other

  • SOL emergency bivy + whistle
  • Therm-a-rest NeoAir Uberlight sleeping mat + Emergency blanket
  • Passport + Credit cards

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The 2024 Tour Divide kicks off from Banff, Alberta, on June 14th at 8 a.m. local time. Stay tuned for more coverage.

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Portland World Naked Bike Ride canceled for 2024, but it will return

  • Updated: Jun. 12, 2024, 2:21 p.m. |
  • Published: Jun. 12, 2024, 2:18 p.m.

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  • Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride will take a break in 2024 and return the following year, organizers announced Wednesday.

As first reported by the news website Bike Portland , the scale of the ever-growing event has put a strain on the group of volunteers who organize it.

“Planning for 2024 didn’t start in September as expected, and by springtime we realized we were behind on our leadership recruiting goals,” organizers wrote on their Facebook page .

The bike ride brings thousands of people together for what is officially a protest against fossil fuel dependency and for cyclist safety and body positivity — thus, making the naked part of the ride completely legal .

The first naked bike ride was held in 2004. Last year, as many as 10,000 cyclists joined the event.

“Making the protest safe and accessible is a huge undertaking, months in the making,” organizers wrote on their Facebook page. “For many Portlanders, the PDXWNBR may be their only ride of the year, so we hold the event to a high standard, with comprehensive volunteer organization, neighborhood outreach, and coordination with agencies like TriMet and Portland Parks & Recreation. Our history has also shown us how a little more planning can make the protest even more welcoming, with local artists, musicians, medics, bike mechanics, and other community partners all on hand.”

The World Naked Bike Ride is the largest and most well-known ride that’s part of Pedalpalooza , a months-long grassroots-led bicycle festival featuring dozens of organized and themed rides throughout the city. For those willing to bike clothed, there are still many themed rides to participate in this summer.

Organizers are recruiting volunteers now for the 2025 naked bike ride.

“We are especially interested in finding new people and varied perspectives beyond the bike community,” a statement reads, “so if you’ve always wanted to participate, consider yourself invited to apply to our Leadership Committee.”

Those interested can apply by Sept. 6 online .

-- Samantha Swindler covers features for The Oregonian/OregonLive and Here is Oregon . Reach her at [email protected] .

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Men's WorldTour bikes and tech: What are teams using in 2024?

Decathlon enters the fray with Van Rysel, Bora-Hansgrohe switch to SRAM, and could 2024 be a year without Campagnolo in the WorldTour?

WorldTour 2024 kit

Welcome to the  Cyclingnews  WorldTour bikes guide for 2024, a complete and comprehensive round-up of the bikes and tech used by the men's UCI WorldTour Teams for the upcoming cycling season. Be sure to check out the Women's WorldTour Bikes too.

The offseason seems to get shorter and shorter each year, we barely seem to have chance to draw breath here at Cyclingnews before the racing gets underway again . If you fancy a recap of 2023's tech happenings before we go again for 2024, head over to our roundup of the most interesting tech stories of the year, but we're already looking ahead, planning for January's early-season kick-off at the Tour Down Under in Australia. 

As such, we've been doing our homework on all the team kit changes, sponsors and technical partners for the 2024 season as news and announcements begin to gather pace. We probably won't have the complete picture until early January after all the official team launches, but we've rounded up everything we know - or can deduce with confidence - below. 

The sheer speed WorldTour road races are run off at these days is astounding. With racing action opening up from further and further out during races it seems. Advances in training science and power meter technology also mean there is an incredible strength in depth within the men's WorldTour peloton. 

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Any team or rider not using optimised bikes and equipment is going to be at a disadvantage given the high level and as such more and more teams are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to bikes and kit. Losing a handful of watts due to exposed cabling or slow tyres isn't an option for WorldTour racers, just see Ineos Grenadiers' aero transponder hack for proof.  

We saw bikes got heavier when teams first switched to disc brakes several years ago. In 2023 however, it felt like several brands got a lot closer to the UCI 6.8kg weight limit again with lightweight, disc-equipped, aero-optimised bikes. If you believe all of the tech info and marketing news, today's race bikes are just as, if not more aero than the hyper aero race bikes of only a handful of years ago, but they are one again right on the nose of the UCI minimum weight limit. 

Couple this with aero-optimised everything, waxed drivetrains, 1x chainsets for road stages not to mention some of the most aerodynamic cycling kit on the market and you get incredibly fast average speeds for most races these days. 

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We expect 2024 to build on these tech trends and expect teams to keep up their unrelenting quest for the best possible blend of weight, aero and speed. 2024 is also an Olympic year and we may well see some extra special kit from various manufacturers.

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Of the 18 WorldTour men's teams for 2024, there are two new frame supplier changes with Groupama-FDJ switching from Lapierre after 22 long years to Wilier Triestina , and Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team as it will be known saying goodbye to BMC and switching to Decathlon's own brand Van Rysel . 

That latter move sees Decathlon's bikes back in the top flight after a long lay off, and sees BMC outside of the top flight for the first time in a decade (albeit still working with Swiss squad Tudor). The rest of the men's WorldTour bike brands remain the same but there are some equipment changes which are outlined below.

Another development worth mentioning toward the end of this season was the release of the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 which some of the top riders in the peloton will be riding on next year, transitioning from the SL7 model. Hit the link to read all about the bike's 'speed sniffer' technology. 

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Like last year, there aren't too many big kit changes for next year, although there's still a little time for some changes to come.

Ineos Grenadiers are one team that have switched kit suppliers , moving from BioRacer kit to Spanish brand Gobik in what's been called a long-term partnership. The linked article above also gives some insights into just how big a commitment supplying a whole team with kit is. We also saw Ineos partnering with Castore for off-bike wear last year and believe this remains unchanged.

Astana have also said goodbye to Giordana as they partner with Biemme for the 2024 race season

There is also more change for the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team who retain clothing provider Rosti but will use Van Rysel helmets and sunglasses as part of the team's new equipment deal.  

Sportful also re-enters the WorldTour with its old team Bora-Hansgrohe after the German team jumped ship to British brand LeCol ahead of the 2022 season, 

WorldTour 2024 kit

A key talking point this year is the apparent absence of Campagnolo from the WorldTour peloton for 2024. We speculated this time last year on whether we would see the brand in the peloton for 2024 and at the moment, their absence looks likely after AG2R switched from BMC to Van Rysel bikes and Campagnolo to Shimano equipment. 

"Campagnolo can confirm that its partnership with the AG2R Citröen Team has come to an end, and that it has amicably parted ways with the team." the brand said in a statement to Cyclingnews , confirming news we all knew following the team's Shimano-equipped bike launch last month. "There is currently no announcement to make about Campagnolo's partnerships in professional road racing for the 2024 season."

We can't account for a couple of seasons so aren't 100% sure, but this could be the first time in the brand's history (bar a couple of very early years) where its equipment hasn't been used in the top flight of racing. Even if not, it's still a notable situation to find the brand in. 

We also have confirmed that Bora-Hansgrohe will switch from Shimano to SRAM groupsets. We understand Bora used to purchase their own groupsets from Shimano, rather than any direct sponsorship deal, so perhaps SRAM has a better price or has stepped in with a deal to provide equipment. 

We also saw UAE Emirates start to use some alternate componentry in 2023 in the form of Carbon-Ti chainrings and disc brake rotors instead of their stock Dura-Ace equipment. The UAE Team Emirates outfit also buys its own groupsets, so has no sponsor obligations to adhere to here, and have seen images of the team running the same components on their new bikes.

Men's teams and bikes 

Decathlon ag2r la mondiale team.

Van Rysel bike

  • Bikes : Van Rysel RCR / XCR time trial bike
  • Groupset : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels : SwssSide Hadron
  • Tyres: Continental GP5000 S TR
  • Clothing : Rosti / Van Rysel 
  • Saddles : Fizik
  • Finishing Kit : Deda / Van Rysel 
  • Computers : Wahoo

The biggest changes for next year are taking place at Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team as they will be known from January. 

The team will be aboard a completely new equipment package for 2024, saying goodbye to BMC and Campagnolo Equipment. The riders will use Van Rysel road and time trial bikes, Shimano Dura-Ace equipment and SwissSide wheels. For existing riders on the team that's a lot of changes to get used to before the racing kicks off.  

Astana Qazaqstan Team

Wilier Filante SLR

  • Bikes : Wilier Zero SLR, Wilier Filante SLR, Wilier Turbine TT
  • Wheels : Vision Metron
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa 
  • Clothing : Biemme
  • Saddles : Prologo
  • Finishing Kit : Wilier
  • Computers : Garmin

Despite some speculation, Cyclingnews understands that Astana are staying with Wilier and have seen press shots from a December training camp of the team on Wilier Filante SLR bikes. Team riders will be able to choose from the Zero and Filante SLR models. 

After using Corima and HED wheels for the 2023 season, the team announced they would be using Vision wheels for the 2024 season. 

Bahrain Victorious

  • Bikes : Merida Reacto, Merida Scultura, Merida Warp TT
  • Groupset : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc
  • Wheels :  Vision
  • Clothing : Alé
  • Finishing Kit : FSA, Vision

There's also little change at Bahrain Victorious. The team did start the 2021 campaign in Nalini clothing before they switched to Alé during the summer, but that new partner remains along with the use of Merida Bikes, Shimano groupsets, and Vision/FSA componentry. 

The team rolled out a new paint job for the Tour de France which featured a lot more white and paid homage to Bahrain's pearl fishing industry. 

Also worth inclusion here despite being not road-specific is Matej Mohoric's World Championship-winning Merida gravel bike from early October as the road star made a very successful transition to the rough stuff.  


Primoz Roglic

  • Bikes : Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8, Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Groupset : SRAM Red AXS
  • Wheels : Roval
  • Tyres: Specialized
  • Clothing : Sportful
  • Saddles : Specialized
  • Finishing Kit : PRO, Specialized
  • Computers : Hammerhead Karoo 2 

There is change afoot at Bora Hansgrohe for 2024, firstly in the shape of new star signing Primož Roglič who signed for the team and leaves Jumbo Visma after a long tenure. 

The other significant piece of equipment news for the team is the switch from Shimano to SRAM equipment with Roglič himself spotted with a Sram Red AXS-equipped Bora Tarmac SL8 ahead of the new season. The kit itself also features more green this year and some lighter green in particular on the right shoulder.

The team has also changed from Wahoo to Hammerhead Karoo 2 computers for the 2024 season. They have also signed a deal with KOO eyewear which is owned by Kask for 2024. For the moment, the rest of the team's equipment looks to be staying the same.

Look 795

  • Bikes : Look 795 Blade, 796 Monoblade RS (TT)
  • Wheels : Corima
  • Clothing : Van Rysel
  • Saddles : Selle Italia
  • Finishing Kit : FSA/Vision

Cofidis look to be sticking with their current setup which is a largely French affair with Look frames and Corima wheels. We were speculating on the identity of their new Look frames this year. But it became apparent this was the 795 Blade frameset module which took a spectacular win at the Tour in 2023 thanks to Victor Lafay. 

EF Education-Easypost

  • Bikes : Cannondale SuperSix Evo LAB 71, SystemSix, SuperSlice (TT)
  • Wheels : Vision
  • Clothing : Rapha
  • Computers : TBC

For the most part, it appears EF Education-Easypost are sticking with what they have in 2024. Continuing aboard Cannondale bikes, Vision/FSA components, and Prologo saddles. It's a setup that feels very familiar now.

The team did start racing the fourth generation of the SuperSix Evo in March and we expect to see them racing on the top-flight LAB 71 bikes in 2024.

The team's opinion-dividing limited edition team kits have gained the team plenty of exposure throughout previous seasons. We can probably expect to see more of the same on at least one of this year's grand tours. 


Wilier Filante SLR

  • Wheels : Shimano C35, C50, C60
  • Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT
  • Finishing Kit : Lapierre

FDJ said goodbye to Lapierre at the end of this season after 22 long years. It's confirmed they will race on Wilier bikes for 2024 and we have already had a sneak peek of the potential new bike. 

So far, aside from the new frame supplier, the team's equipment package looks to be the same as last year with a Dura Ace equipment package and wheels. Though we may know more after the official team launch. 

Ineos Grenadiers

Pinarello Dogma F Ineos

  • Bikes : Pinarello Dogma F, Bolide (TT)
  • Groupset : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12 Speed
  • Wheels : Shimano (Princeton Carbonworks & Aerocoach will be present as non-sponsored additions)
  • Tyres: Continental 
  • Clothing : Gobik
  • Finishing Kit : MOST

Bike-wise, not much appears to have altered yet for Ineos Grenadiers. They are still using the same mix of equipment providers and have developed the Pinarello Dogma F frame with Pinarello over many years. They use a mix of Shimano, Princeton Carbonworks, and Aerocoach wheels for road and TT disciplines. The team after a long relationship with Fizik announced a new partnership with Prologo and will use the brand's saddles on and off road in 2024.

Video and images have appeared online of the team at its December training camp the bike's paint schemes look almost identical to last year. 

The team also switched clothing suppliers in 2024, waving goodbye to Bio Racer and launching a new 'long term' partnership with Gobik, whose design is a little different with a notable change being the left-right fade and odd-coloured arms on long-sleeve items.

Intermarché - Wanty

  • Bikes : Cube Litening C:68X, Aerium C:68 (TT)
  • Wheels : Newmen
  • Clothing : Verge
  • Finishing Kit : Cube
  • Computers : Bryton

Intermarché - Wanty dropped the 'circus' title sponsor for 2024 but stick with all of their current sponsors and equipment. Cube, Shimano and Newmen make up the package for the WorldTour team. 

The team changed from Nalini to Verge cycling kit for 2024. The kit features fluorescent yellow in abundance and we're hoping to see both Taco Van der Hoorn and Biniam Girmay return to their former flourishes following their respective battles with concussion. 


WorldTour 2024 kit

  • Bikes : Canyon Aeroad CFR / Ultimate CFR / Speedmax (TT)
  • Wheels : Shimano
  • Tyres: Vittoria 
  • Clothing : Kalas
  • Finishing Kit : Canyon / Selle Italia 
  • Computers : Wahoo 

Alpecin-Deceuninck might have only graduated to the WorldTour in 2023, but the team has had a similar equipment package for a few years now. 

Not much appears to be changing for 2024, with the team retaining all of their sponsors. But we can probably expect a new custom-painted Canyon Aeroad for reigning World Road Race Champion Mathieu van der Poel as well as a host of rainbow kit. 

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Visma | Lease a bike

  • Bikes : Cervélo S5, R5, Caledonia, P5 (TT)
  • Groupset : SRAM Red eTap
  • Wheels : Reserve 
  • Tyres: Vittoria
  • Clothing : Agu
  • Finishing Kit : Cervelo / FSA

We don't know if there are any official changes for the all-conquering soon-to-be renamed Team Visma | Lease A Bike squad for 2024. The upcoming team launch may tell us more. 

The team did have a lot of new equipment to get used to last season after switching from Shimano to SRAM, to Wahoo Speedplay pedals, and Nimbl shoes. Elsewhere they use Cervelo bikes and Reserve wheels in a range of depths.

The team is widely regarded as the tip of the pyramid now when it comes to marginal gains and optimisation, notably experimenting with 1x drivetrains in road races the 2023 season. We wouldn't be surprised to see a few more tweaks here and there as Jonas Vingegaard aims for a third straight Tour de France. 

Arkéa B&B Hotels

Bianchi Specialissima

  • Bikes : Bianchi Oltre RC, Specialissima, Aquila (TT)
  • Groupset : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Tyres: Vittoria Metron - 45 and 60 
  • Clothing : Ekoi
  • Finishing Kit : Reparto course by Vision / FSA

After rolling out a new Bianchi equipment package for 2023, Arkea looks to be sticking to the same frames from Bianchi for 2024. 

There is some change in the form of a different team name with the team changing to Arkéa - B&B Hotels. We also expect them to have the use of the new Bianchi Specialissima lightweight bike, which we first saw at the Vuelta, and have seen the team training on already this December.

They will use Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and wheels which the Arkea riders will be familiar with, and notably switch from Shimano to Vision wheels for road races as well as from Continental to Vittoria tyres 

Movistar Team

  • Bikes : Canyon Aeroad CFR, Ultimate CFR, Speedmax CFR (TT)
  • Groupset : SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels : Zipp
  • Clothing : Gobik / BORN
  • Finishing Kit : Canyon

Most things look to be staying the same at Movistar for 2024 ahead of the officical team launch and the team has had a similar package for a few years now. This means continued use of Canyon's bikes, SRAM's wireless Red eTap AXS groupsets and Zipp wheels, with saddles courtesy of Fizik and computers supplied by Garmin. 

Time has come on board as a pedal sponsor for 2024. Time pedal systems are some of the lightest around. Sram own Time so the partnership makes sense. The team have also announced a new partnership for three years with Spanish brand BORN to cover all the team's leisurewear requirements off the bike.


WorldTour 2024 kit

  • Clothing : Castelli

At the time of writing, everything looks to be staying the same for Soudal-QuickStep Their Specialized / Shimano package has proven successful over many seasons and seems to be a tried and tested combination. 

The team will all race on Tarmac SL8 bikes next year and we have spotted a few riders on new 2024 colour scheme bikes online in the last few days. 

Specialized provides more than just frames to the team, with riders using its shoes, helmets, tyres and in some cases cockpits as well. Top secret Specialized 'Project Black' prototype equipment is also out in the wild, but Specialized remains tight-lipped on all fronts. 

The team has also extended its partnership with Danish company CeramicSpeed through to the end of 2024. The brand supplies the team with bottom brackets as well as bearings kits etc.

Team Jayco-AlUla

Jayco Alula

  • Bikes : Propel Advanced SL, TCR Advanced SL, Trinity (TT)
  • Wheels : Cadex
  • Saddles : Cadex
  • Finishing Kit : Giant
  • Computers : Stages

After last year's name change, the Jayco AlUla team's equipment package remains largely the same for the moment. Team colours have changed slightly with some red coming in on the lower half of the split colour way team jerseys. Giant remains the bike sponsor and provides its own Cadex wheels, Dash computers (albeit these are simply Giant-branded Stages Dash computers ) and Cadex finishing kit. 

Interestingly the Propel and TCR still use an integrated seat mast which isn't something we see on many high-end road bikes anymore. IF the product cycle is anything to go by, we're expecting a new TCR in 2024, so we'll keep our eyes peeled to see if this remains. 

Team DSM - Firmenich PostNL

  • Bikes : Scott Addict RC, Plasma (TT)
  • Wheels : Shimano C36, C50, C60
  • Clothing : Nalini
  • Saddles : Syncros
  • Finishing Kit : Syncros

Almost everything looks set to remain the same at Team DSM for 2024 ahead of their official team launch. 

We do know the team will continue to ride Scott bikes until 2025. For this year at least, and likely beyond, that will also be complete with Shimano groupsets and wheels, especially as Team DSM is one of the few teams actually sponsored by Shimano, unlike others who are forced to buy it (or have it supplied by their bike sponsor).

Elsewhere, data will be handled by Wahoo as it has been since 2021. The team's clothing system is interesting, with the kit custom manufactured by Nalini, but in collaboration with DSM with the integration of the material Dyneema. 

Lidl - Trek

  • Bikes : Trek Madone, Emonda, Domane, Speed Concept (TT)
  • Wheels : Bontrager
  • Clothing : Santini
  • Saddles : Bontrager
  • Finishing Kit : Bontrager

Like last year, nothing much has changed at Lidl-Trek for 2024 thus far. The team created waves in the summer after changing names to Lidl - Trek just before the Tour de France. 

Mads Pederson's custom-painted Trek Madone almost broke the internet in July too. 

We know nothing that suggests the team won't continue on Trek's range of road bikes, SRAM groupsets, Bontrager components, Wahoo computers and clothing from Santini.

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Tadej Pogacar's Colnago V4Rs stands in an underground car park

  • Bikes : Colnago V4Rs, TT1 (TT)
  • Groupset : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed / Carbon-Ti chainrings and rotors
  • Wheels : Enve 
  • Finishing Kit : Colnago

After a period of change where the team changed a lot of componentry and moved away from Campagnolo to Shimano they seem to have found an equipment setup they are happy to keep. 

It looks like Pogacar and co will continue on Colnago V4Rs framesets, Dura-Ace groupsets and Enve wheels, complete with Continental tyres. Notably, the team have used Carbon Ti carbon chainrings and disc rotors and look to be doing the same next year from online training pictures.

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