James Piccoli's KHS Flite 900 for the Tour of Utah

James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS) finished second overall at the Tour of Utah, 50 seconds down on Isreal Cycling Academy's Ben Hermans, after winning the opening prologue and finishing second on stage 2 to Powder Mountain.

The 27-year-old Canadian is riding aboard a 54cm team-issue KHS Team Flight 900. At 178cm, the frame might be considered small, but as is common among pros, he opts for a smaller frame with a longer stem, in this case using a 140mm FSA SL-K to provide the reach.

Affixed to this stem is an addition that is a much less common sight in the pro peloton, a lucky charm that, according to Piccoli, stems from Italy and reminds him of family.

“The charm is from a climb in Italy called the Madonna della Ghisallo, and the Medallion is supposed to protect cyclists during training and racing. My mom got it for me while she was visiting Italy, and so it makes me think of my family and all of the support I have back home while I’m racing and training. It makes the hard days a little bit easier. Thinking of the people that love and support me always makes it easy to push,” he explained.

Piccoli’s power is measured by provided by a 4iiii power meter and data is collected by a Pioneer SGX CA500. He tells Cyclingnews that on Powder Mountain, he was pushing approximately 6w/kg for 40 minutes. At his current race weight of 64kg, that’s an impressive 380+ watts, especially given the altitude. His best power stat, however, was recorded on the Camilien Houde near his home in Montreal, where he recorded 570 watts for 3.5 minutes. According to his Strava, on the final descent of the 2019 race, Piccoli topped out at a whopping 108km/h. 

Although Piccoli is a student of mechanical engineering and a dab hand with carbon fibre, with which he has created his own coffee cup, time trial helmet and lightweight shoes, for the Tour of Utah, he is wearing team-issue Bont Helix shoes, and a choice of Kali's Phenom or Tava helmets.

Shimano’s Dura-Ace R9100 makes up the majority of his groupset, although an Ultegra R8000 front derailleur provides chainring shifting up front. Gear choice depends on terrain for Piccoli, with a 53/39 and 11-28 being the order of the day for flat days, and a 50/34 and 11-30 being the preference when the road points up.

Wheels are from team sponsor Vision, who have supplied their Metron 55 tubulars, shod with unlabelled Maxxis tyres. Cyclingnews understands these to be High Road tubulars.

Pedals are provided by a lesser-known name in cycling; American brand Xpedo. Their Thrust 8 Team Edition pedals weigh in at 174g, cost US$249, and use a Look-compatible cleat system.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Piccoli’s KHS Flite 900.

Piccoli's KHS Flite 900 full bike specifications

Frameset: KHS team edition Flite 900 - 54cm (medium)

Front brake: FSA Direct Mount
Rear brake: FSA Direct Mount
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 11-28 / 11-30
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Crankset: FSA K-Force Light BB386 Evo - 175mm
Chainrings: 53/39 / 50/34
Bottom bracket: FSA Ceramic

Wheelset: Vision Metron 55 tubular
Tyres: Maxxis High Road tubular

Handlebars: FSA K-Force
Handlebar tape: Velo
Stem: FSA SL-K - 140mm
Pedals: Xpedo Thrust 8 Team
Saddle: Velo Angel Glide
Seat post: FSA

Bottle cages: Q2 Elite
Computer: Pioneer SGX CA500

Rider height: 178cm

James Piccoli’s kit specifications

Helmet: Kali Phenom

Shoes: Bont Helix
Cleats: Look

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Josh Croxton
Tech Editor

As the Tech Editor here at Cyclingnews, Josh leads on content relating to all-things tech, including bikes, kit and components in order to cover product launches and curate our world-class buying guides, reviews and deals. Alongside this, his love for WorldTour racing and eagle eyes mean he's often breaking tech stories from the pro peloton too. 

On the bike, 30-year-old Josh has been riding and racing since his early teens. He started out racing cross country when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s and has never looked back. He's always training for the next big event and is keen to get his hands on the newest tech to help. He enjoys a good long ride on road or gravel, but he's most alive when he's elbow-to-elbow in a local criterium.