This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) stands 167cm high, just under 5'6", but you wouldn't know that by looking at certain parts of his bike.
Okay, so his size XS Canyon Ultimate CF SLX frame shows that the Colombian climber isn't nose-to-nose with Marcel Kittel.
But his 54t big ring, for at least some of the Tour de France stages, is bigger than that of German sprinter André 'the gorilla' Greipel, who uses a standard 53 these days.
Similarly, Quintana's 42cm bars are wider than the 40cm bars Greipel is using to squeeze out that last bit of aerodynamic advantage.
For a climber, you could make the argument that an open chest for unrestricted breathing is more important than a small aero advantage. Greipel's bike is set up for the final 150 meters of flat stages; Quintana's is set up for the steep mountains. In any event, most of the Movistar team uses 42cm bars.
On stage 13, Quintana went on the attack, finishing second on the day and gaining back some time on the yellow jersey. However, two days later, he lost more than four minutes to his main rivals and dropped out of the top 10. He now sits in 11th place some 6:16 behind the race leader Chris Froome.
Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Quintana's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX bike.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
Fork: Canyon One One Four SLX
Stem: Canyon alloy – 110mm
Handlebar: Canyon H32 Ergo CF – 42cm
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record 11
Brake / shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record 11 EPS
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 11 EPS
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 11 EPS
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11, 11-27t
Chain: Campagnolo Super Record 11
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 11, 54/42t
Power meter: Power2Max
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 front and 50 rear
Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 25mm
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Bottle cages: Elite Cannibal
Rider's height: 167cm / 5ft 6in
Rider's weight: 58kg / 128lb)
Saddle height: 69cm
Tip of saddle to bar: 53cm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 8cm