Colombian climber extraordinaire Esteban Chaves (Orica Scott) turned 27 years old just ahead of the start of the Tour Down Under and while he didn’t go out and have a huge night on the town he did ride into second place on the General Classification.
His team issue Scott Foil RC, like team sprinter Caleb Ewan was quite small with Chaves riding a size XS frame. The mechanics at the Orica-Scott camp were hard at work trying to get the team's bikes ready to race, but unfortunately the wrong size Syncros one-piece bar and stem were delivered to the local service course. In light of this, Chaves used a set of alloy 40mm Syncros RR1.5 bars and a 110mm Syncros Foil stem. Interestingly Chaves’ bike saw spring shifters mounted to the front of the drops rather than the inside.
Given Chaves' climbing prowess, it was no surprise to see him rolling on Shimano’s C-35 wheels in lieu of the ever-popular C-50s, wrapped in 25mm Conti Competition tubulars.
Due to some delays with deliveries of the new Shimano 9170, Chaves ran an old DA 9070 transmission. When it comes to gearing the Colombian rider, like the majority of the peloton at the Tour Down Under, was running 53-39T chainrings up front and a 11-28T cassette at the back. Chaves also used a SRM power meter with 170mm cranks and PC8 headunit.
While not necessarily known for its saddles, the whole Orica-Scott team was using Syncros seats, with Chaves on the RR1.0 carbon saddle.