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Gold wheels, custom SRMs, home made shoes and more - Tour Down Under tech

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Will Sagan line up to the start with these mirrored Roval Wheels? Only time will tell

Will Sagan line up to the start with these mirrored Roval Wheels? Only time will tell
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The custom carbon kicks only use a single Boa dial mounted under the arch of the foot

The custom carbon kicks only use a single Boa dial mounted under the arch of the foot
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 The bare carbon is pretty tame when you look at how Hansen has painted up some of his shoes in the past

The bare carbon is pretty tame when you look at how Hansen has painted up some of his shoes in the past
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It seems Tyler Farrar forgot his socks

It seems Tyler Farrar forgot his socks
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It looks like we'll be getting more on bike footage from Tour Down Under this year

It looks like we'll be getting more on bike footage from Tour Down Under this year
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Only the Bora-Hansgrohe bikes appeared to be set up with GoPro Sessions cameras

Only the Bora-Hansgrohe bikes appeared to be set up with GoPro Sessions cameras
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The whole Katusha-Alpecin were wearing custom Sidi Shots

The whole Katusha-Alpecin were wearing custom Sidi Shots
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They've also got baby blue Giro Synthe lids too

They've also got baby blue Giro Synthe lids too
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It's been pretty warm down here in Adelaide, and so far we haven't seen many teams opting to wear their aero helmets. Things may change once the race starts

It's been pretty warm down here in Adelaide, and so far we haven't seen many teams opting to wear their aero helmets. Things may change once the race starts
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It seems Trek-Segafredo were also feeling the heat as well given the mechanics had laid out the Velocis helmets for the riders instead of the Ballista

It seems Trek-Segafredo were also feeling the heat as well given the mechanics had laid out the Velocis helmets for the riders instead of the Ballista
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Team Sunweb had some interesting Giant branded computers that look an awful lot like Bryton Rider 530's to us

Team Sunweb had some interesting Giant branded computers that look an awful lot like Bryton Rider 530's to us
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The Sunweb Bikes also have this clever Fouriers Junction Box mount

The Sunweb Bikes also have this clever Fouriers Junction Box mount
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It seems Movistar's tradition of Diadora shoe covers continues for 2017

It seems Movistar's tradition of Diadora shoe covers continues for 2017
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Here's the real shoe, and it looks like the brand's flagship Vortex Pro shoes have received a makeover for 2017

Here's the real shoe, and it looks like the brand's flagship Vortex Pro shoes have received a makeover for 2017
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This Douche Bag brand case transported Sky's bikes to Australia

This Douche Bag brand case transported Sky's bikes to Australia
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Sky's new Pinarello's F10's are causing a bit of controversy

Sky's new Pinarello's F10's are causing a bit of controversy
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The concave down tube is the center of the controversy

The concave down tube is the center of the controversy
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At one point he was moulding the cleats out of carbon but has since opted to use replaceable Look cleats, which he seems to like in a pretty far back position

At one point he was moulding the cleats out of carbon but has since opted to use replaceable Look cleats, which he seems to like in a pretty far back position
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As usual Adam Hansen was wearing his custom home made carbon fiber shoes

As usual Adam Hansen was wearing his custom home made carbon fiber shoes
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 He was also one of many riders sporting Sidi's new Shot kicks

He was also one of many riders sporting Sidi's new Shot kicks
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Sagan's Venge ViAS Disc was on display. It's pretty heavy tipping our scales at 8.46kg

Sagan's Venge ViAS Disc was on display. It's pretty heavy tipping our scales at 8.46kg
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The bike gets a pearlescent paint job and Sagan's logo on the seat tube

The bike gets a pearlescent paint job and Sagan's logo on the seat tube
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The front sees a thru-axel and a 160mm rotor

The front sees a thru-axel and a 160mm rotor
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The rear gets a thru-axel as well and a 140mm rotor

The rear gets a thru-axel as well and a 140mm rotor
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Peter Sagan went out for a training ride on his custom Venge Vias Disc. He wasn't sure whether or not he would race it this week

Peter Sagan went out for a training ride on his custom Venge Vias Disc. He wasn't sure whether or not he would race it this week
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Recently being picked up by 100% Sagan was wearing a pair of custom sunnies too, featuring the rainbow bands

Recently being picked up by 100% Sagan was wearing a pair of custom sunnies too, featuring the rainbow bands
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Bahrain Merida’s bikes are sporting SRM's new ultra light power meter. While the cranks are labeled SRM Power, they look an awful lot like THM carbon cranks and are claimed to weigh 99g each.

Bahrain Merida’s bikes are sporting SRM's new ultra light power meter. While the cranks are labeled SRM Power, they look an awful lot like THM carbon cranks and are claimed to weigh 99g each.
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 They are also running custom gold anodised PC8 head unit

They are also running custom gold anodised PC8 head unit
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For the most part, it seems all the teams at TDU are running the old Dura Ace 9000, however, Yukiya Arashiro's managed to snag a new Dura Ace 9100 front brake on his Merida Reacto.

For the most part, it seems all the teams at TDU are running the old Dura Ace 9000, however, Yukiya Arashiro's managed to snag a new Dura Ace 9100 front brake on his Merida Reacto.
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AG2R-La Mondiale has custom anodized SRM PC8's too, but they are baby blue to match the Factor O2 Frames

AG2R-La Mondiale has custom anodized SRM PC8's too, but they are baby blue to match the Factor O2 Frames
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Dimension Data was running Ultegra 11-28T cassettes on their Cervelo S5's and KMC gold chains

Dimension Data was running Ultegra 11-28T cassettes on their Cervelo S5's and KMC gold chains
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LottoNL-Jumbo appears to be riding the same Bianchi Oltre XR4's as later year, and with it comes the boomerang-esk Vision Metron 5D Integrated Aero bar

LottoNL-Jumbo appears to be riding the same Bianchi Oltre XR4's as later year, and with it comes the boomerang-esk Vision Metron 5D Integrated Aero bar
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As with most integrated bar and stem combos, they don't play nice with traditional computer mounts. The mechanics cleverly utilise the mount to wrangle EPS wires as well

As with most integrated bar and stem combos, they don't play nice with traditional computer mounts. The mechanics cleverly utilise the mount to wrangle EPS wires as well
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Quite a few of the Orica-Scott riders were sporting wearing the XC MTB Centric Plus lid rather than the aero road Cadence Plus

Quite a few of the Orica-Scott riders were sporting wearing the XC MTB Centric Plus lid rather than the aero road Cadence Plus
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Caleb Ewan had a pretty Schmick pair of custom Bont Vaypor S shoes

Caleb Ewan had a pretty Schmick pair of custom Bont Vaypor S shoes
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Esteban Chaves was wearing a Garmin Fenix 3 HR ahead of the Orica-Scott morning training ride

Esteban Chaves was wearing a Garmin Fenix 3 HR ahead of the Orica-Scott morning training ride
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Revo Via chain performance system will be keeping Orica-Scott's drive trains well lubed

Revo Via chain performance system will be keeping Orica-Scott's drive trains well lubed
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The 2017 Tour Down Under is about to get underway, and with the teams still arriving, mechanics are frantically prepping bikes for the race. We have been wandering the pits for the past day and have spotted a few interesting bits of tech.

While he has been in Australia, Peter Sagan has been spotted test riding a custom Venge ViAS. We weren't able to confirm whether or not he'll be lining up at any stages in Adelaide aboard the disc roadie, but we did see him ride it on Thursday's Bora-Hansgrohe team training ride.

It's not a lightweight at 8.46kg, by our scales, but even his Venge ViAS with standard calliper brakes weights 8.01kg.

All the cables are hidden inside the frame, and the flat mount disc brakes feature a 160mm rotor at the front and a 140mm rotor at the rear.

With all the hustle and bustle in the pits, everyone stopped and stared when the Bora-Hansgrohe mechanics began glueing a tire on this Gold Roval rim. With no apparent brake track and a centre lock hub, we'd guess it these wheels are for Sagan's Venge ViAS Disc, but mechanic could not confirm whether or not Sagan, or any of the other Bora-Hansgrohe riders would be racing on these wheels.

Revo Via chain performance system

A while back Orica-Scott announced its riders would be lubing as they ride with the Revo Via chain performance system.

The system is powered by two LR1 batteries, and periodically sends lubricant from a frame mounted reservoir to a component that mounts to the lower jockey wheel of the drivetrain, all in an effort to keep efficiency at its max.

The system was only present on Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey's frames, but the mechanics will still building bikes.

Bahrain Merida's SRM powermeters

While Bahrain Merida's Scultura and Recato frames are not new for 2017, the teams SRM powermeters are.

The spindle mounted powermeters feature carbon cranks claimed to weight 99g per arm. SRM say they are producing the cranks, but they look suspiciously like THM cranks — the two brands have collaborated previously.

Sky's Pinarello F10

Shortly after Pinarello announced its new F10, the bike was at the centre of a patent controversy. Just hours after the news went live Taiwan's Velocite claimed the Italian brand infringed on its patents by using concave downtube on the new bike.

It all kicked off back in May of 2016 when Pinarello used a concave down tube on its Bolide TT bike, and now Velocite say Pinarello have again used its patented design without permission.

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100

Noticeably absent from the majority team bikes is Shimano's Dura-Ace 9100 group set. So far we have only seen the new components on Sky's new Pinarello F10's as well as the front brake on Yukiya Arashiro's Merida Reacto, where he snagged a DA 9100 front brake.

Check out the gallery above for other new, interesting, and amusing bits of gear we have spotted so far, and be sure to check back for more.