WorldTour team bike guide 2019

The framesets, groupsets, wheels and accessories being raced in the top tier next year

This is the Cyclingnews WorldTour bike guide for 2019: your comprehensive guide to who's riding what and the latest tech trends at the top level of the sport. You can find links to all our 2019 pro bike galleries at the bottom of the page.

The 2018 season saw each WorldTour team stick with the same bike brands they used in 2017. For 2019, nearly a quarter of the 18 teams have struck new bike sponsorship deals, with one Belgian manufacturer returning to the top tier of the sport for the first time since 2011.

The biggest bike brands have a merry-go-round of team sponsorships in the WorldTour every few years. BMC Racing have morphed into the CCC Team and switch from BMC bikes to Giant. Team Sunweb, in turn, move from Giant to Cervélo, leaving Dimension Data to sign with BMC to complete the triangle.

AG2R La Mondiale and Factor Bikes have come to the end of their two-year partnership and the French team have signed with Eddy Merckx Bikes, while Factor have moved on to Roompot-Charles and Parkhotel Valkenburg. The Belgian brand Eddy Merckx Bikes have had a hiatus from the WorldTour for eight years after Specialized bought out their contract with Quick-Step Floors back in 2011.

The newly announced partnerships will see four of the 18 WorldTour teams on new bikes next season, with groupsets, wheels and accessories also seeing a shake up after new 12-speed groupsets have been launched by SRAM and Campagnolo.

New bikes, new components

The 2018 season will be remembered as the year of the aero bike after Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, BMC, Cervélo and Ridley all brought out new or updated aero models, with all bar the new Cervélo S5 being raced on.

This year also saw groupset innovation as Campagnolo dialled up the speed from 11- to 12-speed groupsets with three WorldTour teams using Campagnolo 12-speed EPS and AG2R La Mondiale using last year's Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed EPS at the Tour Down Under before switching to Shimano Ultegra Di2 at the Opening Weekend races.

Cyclingnews has put together a table of the framesets, groupsets, wheels, finishing kit and other accessories that will be used by each WorldTour team on 2019.

More WorldTour tech:

Who's on what

TeamFramesGroupsetWheelsFinishing kit
AG2R La MondialeEddy Merckx BikesShimanoMavicDeda Elementi
Astana Pro TeamArgon 18ShimanoCorimaFSA/Prologo
Bahrain-MeridaMeridaShimano/SRMFulcrumFSA/Vision
Bora-HansgroheSpecializedShimanoRovalSpecialized/PRO
CCC TeamGiantShimanoShimanoGiant
Deceuninck-QuickStepSpecializedShimanoRovalSpecialized/PRO
Dimension DataBMCShimanoENVEENVE/BMC
EF Pro CyclingCannondaleShimanoVisionFSA/Prologo
Groupama-FDJLapierreShimanoShimanoPRO
Katusha-AlpecinCanyonSRAMZippCanyon
Team Jumbo-VismaBianchiShimanoShimanoFSA/Vision
Lotto SoudalRidleyCampagnoloCampagnoloDeda Elementi
Mitchelton-ScottScottShimanoShimanoSyncros
Movistar TeamCanyonCampagnoloCampagnoloCanyon
Team SkyPinarelloShimanoShimanoMOST
Team SunwebCervéloShimanoShimanoPRO
Trek SegafredoTrekSRAMBontragerBontrager
UAE Team EmiratesColnagoCampagnoloCampagnoloDeda Elementi

12 is the new 11

Following several years of all of the major drivetrain manufacturers using 11-speed, Campagnolo was the first brand to release a road-specific 12-speed groupset last year and SRAM announced their new RED eTap AXS 12-speed groupset in February.

A 12-speed wireless SRAM Red eTap groupset was also spotted recently at the Saitama Tour de France Criterium in Japan in November. Although this is the first time the technology has been seen on a road bike, SRAM has plenty of credentials when it comes to 12-speed within off-road disciplines.

With two of the major drivetrain players already at the table, it would be no surprise to see Shimano adding another gear and joining the party. It is perhaps just a case of when.

Aero is everything?

The 2018 season saw new aero framesets launched (in no particular order) from Specialized, Trek, BMC, Cannondale and Ridley, alongside a disc-specific option added to Argon 18's Nitrogen model.

Each of the above framesets is either disc brake-only or have a disc option and as well as the aero improvement claims, weight is also beginning to come off in a category that has been notoriously heavy in the past.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) rode several Tour de France stages on a Merida Reacto frameset, also winning Milan-San Remo aboard it earlier in the season, and the Italian's mechanics say Nibali's aero machine is very close to the 6.8kg UCI weight limit. Gone are the days of the nine kilogram aero race bike.
 

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