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
|AG2R La Mondiale||Eddy Merckx Bikes||Shimano||Mavic||Deda Elementi|
|Astana Pro Team||Argon 18||Shimano||Corima||FSA/Prologo|
|EF Pro Cycling||Cannondale||Shimano||Vision||FSA/Prologo|
|Lotto Soudal||Ridley||Campagnolo||Campagnolo||Deda Elementi|
|UAE Team Emirates||Colnago||Campagnolo||Campagnolo||Deda 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?
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.
2019 Pro Bike galleries, spec lists and measurements
- Tom Dumoulin's 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo R5 - Gallery
- Elia Viviani's Specialized S-Works Venge and Tarmac Disc - Gallery
- Michael Valgren's BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc - Gallery
- Caleb Ewan's 2019 Ridley Noah Fast - Gallery
- Pierre Latour's Eddy Merckx 525 – Gallery
- Mitch Docker's Cannondale SuperSix EVO - Gallery
- Daryl Impey's Scott Foil RC - Gallery
- Michael Matthews' 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo S5 - Gallery
- Peter Sagan to debut alloy frame and tubeless tyres in Down Under Classic - Gallery
- Luis Leon Sanchez's Argon 18 Gallium Pro — Gallery
- Jakub Mareczko's Giant TCR Advanced SL – Gallery
- Rafael Valls' Canyon Ultimate CF SLX — Gallery
- Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Tarmac - Gallery
- Rally UHC Cycling's Felt FR Disc - Gallery
- Andre Greipel's 2019 BH G7 Pro - Gallery
- Daniel Martinez's Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD - Gallery
- Nathan Haas' Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9 SL Disc - Gallery
- Richie Porte's Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc eTap - Gallery
- Diego Ulissi's Colnago C64 - Gallery
- Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc - Gallery
- Greg Van Avermaet’s custom-painted Giant TCR – Gallery
- Connor Swift's custom-painted Genesis Zero SL Disc - Gallery
- Vitus Pro Cycling's 2019 Vitus ZX1 Team Aero Disc - Gallery
2019 Race tech galleries
- Tour Down Under 2019 WorldTour tech gallery
- Mechanical groupsets and Shimano 105 cranks – Vuelta a San Juan Tech Gallery
- Opening Weekend: Huge tech gallery
- Strade Bianche: Huge tech gallery