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Mechanical groupsets and Shimano 105 cranks – Vuelta a San Juan Tech Gallery

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Conor Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy) has this special Irish champion’s De Rosa

Conor Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy) has this special Irish champion’s De Rosa
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A side view of Specialized’s still to be presented new road shoe

A side view of Specialized’s still to be presented new road shoe
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The meaty KTM seat stay junction point

The meaty KTM seat stay junction point
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The KTM bar system

The KTM bar system
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The KTM is fitted with Versus wheels and SRAM disc brakes

The KTM is fitted with Versus wheels and SRAM disc brakes
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A close-up look at Conor Dunne’s De Rosa

A close-up look at Conor Dunne’s De Rosa
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The massive seat tube area of the De Rosa will improve aerodynamics

The massive seat tube area of the De Rosa will improve aerodynamics
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This Israel Cycling Academy rider has a Pininfarina De Rosa

This Israel Cycling Academy rider has a Pininfarina De Rosa
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A Sel Brasil rider has this Dynatek bike for the Vuelta a San Juan

A Sel Brasil rider has this Dynatek bike for the Vuelta a San Juan
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The Dynatek head tube is complemented by some bright shrink wrap

The Dynatek head tube is complemented by some bright shrink wrap
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Several teams had mixed bike brands, perhaps providing their own equipment

Several teams had mixed bike brands, perhaps providing their own equipment
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Nairo Quintana is using Campagnolo 12 speed

Nairo Quintana is using Campagnolo 12 speed
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The Deda Alanera carbon one-piece bars were in use at UAE Team Emirates

The Deda Alanera carbon one-piece bars were in use at UAE Team Emirates
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UAE Team Emirates have these subtle race number holders

UAE Team Emirates have these subtle race number holders
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Fernando Gaviria prefers a Deda 35 stem for sprinting

Fernando Gaviria prefers a Deda 35 stem for sprinting
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The Caja Rural have on problem with using Shimano Ultegra

The Caja Rural have on problem with using Shimano Ultegra
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Felix Nodarse of Cuba had to use a Shimano frame provided by the neutral service

Felix Nodarse of Cuba had to use a Shimano frame provided by the neutral service
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The slick looking Lotto Soudal SRM power meter

The slick looking Lotto Soudal SRM power meter
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Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia are using KTM bikes in 2019

Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia are using KTM bikes in 2019
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The Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà team have these Argon 18 disc brake bikes

The Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà team have these Argon 18 disc brake bikes
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This front view shows the single Boa dial and it wire system

This front view shows the single Boa dial and it wire system
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Deceuninck - Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel and Iljo Keisse are wearing black and white version of the new shoe at the Vuelta a San Juan

Deceuninck - Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel and Iljo Keisse are wearing black and white version of the new shoe at the Vuelta a San Juan
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The matt black UAE Team Emirates Colnago await the riders

The matt black UAE Team Emirates Colnago await the riders
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The standard-issue Bora-Hansgrohe Specialized S-Works Venge

The standard-issue Bora-Hansgrohe Specialized S-Works Venge
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Peter Sagan’s glittering S-Works Venge

Peter Sagan’s glittering S-Works Venge
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The Androni Giocattoli team have these unusual bidons from water sponsor Lauretana

The Androni Giocattoli team have these unusual bidons from water sponsor Lauretana
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The bright green Caja Rural De Rosa bikes are fitted with Shimano Ultegra

The bright green Caja Rural De Rosa bikes are fitted with Shimano Ultegra
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This Brazilian rider was lucky to have Lightweight wheels alongside a Shimano 105 crankset

This Brazilian rider was lucky to have Lightweight wheels alongside a Shimano 105 crankset
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Not all the bikes were new for 2019

Not all the bikes were new for 2019
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Sporting Tavira are also using KTM bikes in 2019

Sporting Tavira are also using KTM bikes in 2019
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Winner Anacona of Movistar was happy to show off his Campagnolo 12-speed

Winner Anacona of Movistar was happy to show off his Campagnolo 12-speed
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Movistar use this good-looking Power2Max power meter

Movistar use this good-looking Power2Max power meter
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These Vittoria wheels are made from Graphene

These Vittoria wheels are made from Graphene
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This Fuji bike was perhaps originally made for the Geox team

This Fuji bike was perhaps originally made for the Geox team
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The Bolivian Start Cycling Team use the Taiwan brand Aster

The Bolivian Start Cycling Team use the Taiwan brand Aster
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Start Cycling Team use mechanical Microshift gears

Start Cycling Team use mechanical Microshift gears
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The Microshift levers are basic but functional

The Microshift levers are basic but functional
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Another look at the Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed rear derailleur

Another look at the Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed rear derailleur
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The Vuelta a San Juan has attracted some of the biggest teams in the peloton but also much smaller Continental and national teams from across South America, creating a contrast in ability and equipment.

Many of the WorldTour teams have transitioned to disc brakes during the winter and have the best electronic groupsets from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. In contrast, the riders in the smaller teams are often on different bike brands and components, with some frames showing years of use.

The lower teams

The Pro Continental teams are a step down from the WorldTour level and their kit showed it. The Israel Cycling Academy are riding on De Rosa bikes and Conor Dunne has a special white, orange and green colour scheme for his custom made bike to highlight he is Irish national road race champion.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a full look at the tech on display at the Vuelta a San Juan.