This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
The team will ride the rim brake version of the Eddy Merckx 525 for the next two seasons. A disc version of the bike is also available.
We pulled aside Pierre Latour’s bike in the run up to the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under. His bike – which was set up for a morning training ride – is notably different compared to the full race spec build we saw a few months ago. Whether or not the bike will remain in this guise once the racing starts this weekend remains to be seen.
AG2R is one of four Campagnolo-sponsored teams this season but it is the only one that is still using the previous generation of the Italian brand’s 11-speed Super Record EPS drivetrain. However, the bikes are set up with the latest generation of its Record brakes.
The team uses Rotor 2inPower cranks and riders have a choice between its signature oval Q-Rings and regular, NoQ, round rings. Latour opts for the later in a 53/39 combination.
Latour’s bike is currently set up with an 11-28 Shimano Ultegra cassette. Many Shimano-sponsored teams choose to use its second-tier cassettes over Dura-Ace, but it’s very unusual to see a Campagnolo-sponsored team using it. Differing further from a full Campag’ setup, KMC supplies chains for the team.
Deda provides the cockpit, with Latour opting for its Superzero bars and stem. The black bars are finished in a charming glittery finish.
The team has access to a mix of Mavic wheels which are fitted with Vredestein Fortezza Senso T tyres.
Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Pierre Latour's 2019 Eddy Merckx 525 for AG2R La Mondiale.