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Carbon fiber is still king at the Worlds

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White is the new black

White is the new black (Image credit: Wendy Booher)
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Absalon's BlackBox-spec Avid Juicy Ultimate carbon levers

Absalon's BlackBox-spec Avid Juicy Ultimate carbon levers (Image credit: Wendy Booher)
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The SRAM rear end

The SRAM rear end (Image credit: Wendy Booher)
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Super skinny, super light

Super skinny, super light (Image credit: Wendy Booher)
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Orbea's Alma helped Absalon

Orbea's Alma helped Absalon (Image credit: Orbea)
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Speed, distance, time, and changes in elevation

Speed, distance, time, and changes in elevation (Image credit: Wendy Booher)
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No granny gear for the Olympic champ!

No granny gear for the Olympic champ! (Image credit: Wendy Booher)
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Julien Absalon's Orbea Alma after winning the XC at the French National MTB Championships.

Julien Absalon's Orbea Alma after winning the XC at the French National MTB Championships. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Olympic gold and rainbow stripes are all that's custom-tailored to Absalon's Alma.

Olympic gold and rainbow stripes are all that's custom-tailored to Absalon's Alma. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Time's ATAC XS Titan Carbon pedals represent another French connection.

Time's ATAC XS Titan Carbon pedals represent another French connection. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Wheels and tires are provided by Fulcrum's Red Metal Zero and Hutchinson Python Tubeless Light models.

Wheels and tires are provided by Fulcrum's Red Metal Zero and Hutchinson Python Tubeless Light models. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Absalon's BlackBox-spec Avid Juicy Ultimate carbon levers are decorated with his name and a unique white paint job.

Absalon's BlackBox-spec Avid Juicy Ultimate carbon levers are decorated with his name and a unique white paint job. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Speed, distance, time, and changes in elevation : Garmin provides Absalon with valuable data to achieve his goals.

Speed, distance, time, and changes in elevation : Garmin provides Absalon with valuable data to achieve his goals. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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No granny gear for the Olympic champ! Absalon runs just a 32T and 44T ring from sponsor Truvativ.

No granny gear for the Olympic champ! Absalon runs just a 32T and 44T ring from sponsor Truvativ. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Truvativ's Noir crankset set against a rainbow-striped backdrop.

Truvativ's Noir crankset set against a rainbow-striped backdrop. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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The SRAM rear end includes the X-0 20th anniversary rear derailleur, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes, and PG-990 cassette.

The SRAM rear end includes the X-0 20th anniversary rear derailleur, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes, and PG-990 cassette. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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SRAM's X-9 derailleur handles shifting duties up front.

SRAM's X-9 derailleur handles shifting duties up front. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Absalon utilizes SRAM's latest PushLoc handlebar-located remote lockout lever, developed as part of the company's BlackBox program.

Absalon utilizes SRAM's latest PushLoc handlebar-located remote lockout lever, developed as part of the company's BlackBox program. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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White is the new black, but SID blue is about to come back into fashion in 2008.

White is the new black, but SID blue is about to come back into fashion in 2008. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Super skinny, super light : the Selle Italia SLR carbon saddle is mounted atop a Zeus carbon seatpost.

Super skinny, super light : the Selle Italia SLR carbon saddle is mounted atop a Zeus carbon seatpost. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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Julien Absalon's signature bike.

Julien Absalon's signature bike. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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The new X.0 rear derailleur uses a carbon outer cage plate but an aluminum inner one for a stiffer assembly.

The new X.0 rear derailleur uses a carbon outer cage plate but an aluminum inner one for a stiffer assembly. (Image credit: Wendy Booher/Cyclingnews.com)
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The team issue Orbea Alma custom painted for team superstar Julien Absalon.

The team issue Orbea Alma custom painted for team superstar Julien Absalon. (Image credit: Orbea)
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Orbea's Alma helped Absalon shed 600 grams from his previous race bike.

Orbea's Alma helped Absalon shed 600 grams from his previous race bike. (Image credit: Orbea)

Pro bikes, September 5, 2007

Julien Absalon's Team Orbea Orbea Alma

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