This article originally published on BikeRadar
While many racers at Paris-Roubaix are riding bikes they only see a few times per year, 2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard-Trek) should feel right at home on his Trek Domane 6-Series for Paris-Roubaix. Not only is he using the same bike in both events, it's also the machine he rides all year round.
Cancellara has made few changes from Sunday to deal with the far harsher cobbles and flatter parcours of Roubaix. His 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires have given way to 27mm-wide ones - run at approximately 5.5/6 bar (80/87 psi) front/rear according to mechanic Roger Theel - and his usual 53/39T chainring combination has been changed to a matched 53/42T combo.
If you really want to nitpick, Theel has also switched the colored accents on Cancellara's Nokon segmented aluminum housing from red to gold.
Those changes have added some weight but only just barely. Total weight without the computer is still just 7.62kg (16.80lb) - an increase of 120g.
We should clarify at this point, however, that when we're talking about Cancellara's bike, we really should say "bikes" since he has three identical setups. According to Trek team liaison Jordan Roessingh, Cancellara was making the final tweaks on those machines when he crashed on Friday before the race.
"Fabian is one of the few riders out there that does ride his spare bike," Roessingh told BikeRadar. "He wants to ride that spare bike as well because in the chance that he has to go on to it, he's one of the riders that really feels the small differences and if it doesn't feel as good as his race bike, that ends up being a problem. So he wants to make sure everything is perfect on all three bikes."
If all goes well at Paris-Roubaix, Cancellara won't just have three identical bikes afterward - he'll have three matching cobblestone trophies, too.