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Last month Shimano said it was providing powermeters but all of Sky's bikes were equipped with Stages

Last month Shimano said it was providing powermeters but all of Sky's bikes were equipped with Stages
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Quite a few brands are jumping on short wide saddle, here's the Prologo Dimension

Quite a few brands are jumping on short wide saddle, here's the Prologo Dimension
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FDJ uses old t-shirts to pad their bikes in transit

FDJ uses old t-shirts to pad their bikes in transit
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Another look at the packing techniques of FDJ

Another look at the packing techniques of FDJ
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Organized chaos, LottoNL-Jumbo is getting the bikes and equipment ready for the riders

Organized chaos, LottoNL-Jumbo is getting the bikes and equipment ready for the riders
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Vittoria tubs waiting to be glued

Vittoria tubs waiting to be glued
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Pro riders use hand pumps and saddle bags too

Pro riders use hand pumps and saddle bags too
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It's not often that you actually see pro riders using lights, here Nathan Haas is making sure he's fully visible out training

It's not often that you actually see pro riders using lights, here Nathan Haas is making sure he's fully visible out training
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 Katusha wants it's riders to wear Sidi shoes, and if they don't they've gotta wear shoe covers

Katusha wants it's riders to wear Sidi shoes, and if they don't they've gotta wear shoe covers
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A few of the Bora-Hansgrohe riders had GoPro's on their bikes, however, the mechanics tell us it's just for training

A few of the Bora-Hansgrohe riders had GoPro's on their bikes, however, the mechanics tell us it's just for training
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Another look at the Trek-Segafredo bikes at the Tour Down Under

Another look at the Trek-Segafredo bikes at the Tour Down Under
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Lotto-Jumbo were using Pioneer meters despite being sponsored by Shimano for components, shoes, kits and sunglasses

Lotto-Jumbo were using Pioneer meters despite being sponsored by Shimano for components, shoes, kits and sunglasses
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LottoNL-Jumbo are on the latest Fizik saddles

LottoNL-Jumbo are on the latest Fizik saddles
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 The Aliante Open has a new shape

The Aliante Open has a new shape
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All the new Fizik saddles have plastic bumpers

All the new Fizik saddles have plastic bumpers
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AG2R-La Mondiale is running the Dura Ace 9000 SRM origin powermeter

AG2R-La Mondiale is running the Dura Ace 9000 SRM origin powermeter
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Last year Team Sunweb played a pivotal role in designing the Giant Neostrack computer. This year they are using Sigma units

Last year Team Sunweb played a pivotal role in designing the Giant Neostrack computer. This year they are using Sigma units
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It appears Syncros has its own version of the short, wide with a large cutout saddle

It appears Syncros has its own version of the short, wide with a large cutout saddle
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The LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics are very organised

The LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics are very organised
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The majority of the teams use Subaru vehicles as provided by the race but Sky are rolling in their own stickered up Fords

The majority of the teams use Subaru vehicles as provided by the race but Sky are rolling in their own stickered up Fords
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Trek-Segafredo's Fumiyuki Beppu opted for a standard bar and stem on his Madone over the one-piece bar/stem combo. That means not only do the aero spacers not work, the cables also can't be routed through internally

Trek-Segafredo's Fumiyuki Beppu opted for a standard bar and stem on his Madone over the one-piece bar/stem combo. That means not only do the aero spacers not work, the cables also can't be routed through internally
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And Ion lights on the front

And Ion lights on the front
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The entire Trek-Segafredo team was training with the Flare R rear lights

The entire Trek-Segafredo team was training with the Flare R rear lights
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Lotto-Soudal has swapped from Lazer to HFC lids for 2018

Lotto-Soudal has swapped from Lazer to HFC lids for 2018
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Katusha had custom red and baby blue Selle Italia saddles

Katusha had custom red and baby blue Selle Italia saddles
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No outlet to charge electronic drivetrains? No problem, just use a power bank

No outlet to charge electronic drivetrains? No problem, just use a power bank
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Dimension Data had kit bags laid out for the riders and labelled which cars they'd be going into

Dimension Data had kit bags laid out for the riders and labelled which cars they'd be going into
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Both Caleb Ewan and Daryl Impey were running an older Dura-Ace R9000 SRM powermeter

Both Caleb Ewan and Daryl Impey were running an older Dura-Ace R9000 SRM powermeter
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Caleb Ewan has a custom painted one piece Syncros Bar and Stem combo

Caleb Ewan has a custom painted one piece Syncros Bar and Stem combo
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A few of the other riders were wearing what appears to be an Evade 2

A few of the other riders were wearing what appears to be an Evade 2
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Being world champ, Sagan has got a custom helmet

Being world champ, Sagan has got a custom helmet
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Peter Sagan was wearing a Specialized Evade and of course 100% sunnies

Peter Sagan was wearing a Specialized Evade and of course 100% sunnies
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Katusha was wearing the new Oakley ARO5 lids

Katusha was wearing the new Oakley ARO5 lids
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Bora-Hansgrohe where riding a previously unseen Specialized branded powermeter

Bora-Hansgrohe where riding a previously unseen Specialized branded powermeter
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A few of the Dimension Data riders spotted using these carbon fibre Rotor chainrings

A few of the Dimension Data riders spotted using these carbon fibre Rotor chainrings
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Katusha is a SRAM sponsored team, but it's Canyon Aeroad bikes have direct mount brakes which SRAM doesn't make. So, the team uses these debadged Dura-Ace 9000 brakes

Katusha is a SRAM sponsored team, but it's Canyon Aeroad bikes have direct mount brakes which SRAM doesn't make. So, the team uses these debadged Dura-Ace 9000 brakes
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Movistar had the new (as of October 2017) Aventor lids laid out for Wednesday's training ride

Movistar had the new (as of October 2017) Aventor lids laid out for Wednesday's training ride
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All the riders on the SLR0 Aero tubulars that the women's team were riding last year

All the riders on the SLR0 Aero tubulars that the women's team were riding last year
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Team Sunweb are all riding Giant's TCR Advanced SL 0 in Adelaide, with none of the new Propel's to be seen

Team Sunweb are all riding Giant's TCR Advanced SL 0 in Adelaide, with none of the new Propel's to be seen
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Sidi is the shoe sponsor at Katusha-Alpecin

Sidi is the shoe sponsor at Katusha-Alpecin
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Many of the teams are still arriving and the mechanics are busy at work trying to get riders bikes race ready

Many of the teams are still arriving and the mechanics are busy at work trying to get riders bikes race ready
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Bora-Hansgrohe is also riding with Wahoo Elemnt Bolts for 2018

Bora-Hansgrohe is also riding with Wahoo Elemnt Bolts for 2018
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Michelton-Scott were running the same PC8 headunits as last year

Michelton-Scott were running the same PC8 headunits as last year
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Giant had specific race only stickers to prevent the valves from rattling

Giant had specific race only stickers to prevent the valves from rattling
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Trek will be riding only the disc brake version of the Emonda for 2018

Trek will be riding only the disc brake version of the Emonda for 2018
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Dimension Data is has ditched Fizik saddles for Astute for 2018

Dimension Data is has ditched Fizik saddles for Astute for 2018
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Team Sky has swapped from PRO components to Pinarellos house brand Most

Team Sky has swapped from PRO components to Pinarellos house brand Most
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They also had a few sporting ARO3 which is said to be a bit more ventilated

They also had a few sporting ARO3 which is said to be a bit more ventilated
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Dimension Data also had a few riders in the new Oakley ARO5

Dimension Data also had a few riders in the new Oakley ARO5
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Will Sunweb live up to their hashtag?

Will Sunweb live up to their hashtag?
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George Bennett and Craig Geater are stoked for the racing in Adelaide

George Bennett and Craig Geater are stoked for the racing in Adelaide
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UAE Team Emirates was sporting the MET Trenta 3k Carbon helmets

UAE Team Emirates was sporting the MET Trenta 3k Carbon helmets
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Many of the Astana riders were wearing the new Limar Ultralight Lux. We're not sure what the red bumper in the vent is however

Many of the Astana riders were wearing the new Limar Ultralight Lux. We're not sure what the red bumper in the vent is however
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Quite a few teams including Trek-Segafredo are using Shimano's powermeter

Quite a few teams including Trek-Segafredo are using Shimano's powermeter
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It's January and that means that the WorldTour descends on Adelaide for the Tour Down Under. The racing itself doesn't get underway until Sunday, and as the riders begin to trickle in as has a boatload of new gear.

WorldTour riders are obligated to wear sponsor gear from 2017 until December 31, even if they've been transferred to a new team, and the Tour Down Under is often the first time we see riders in their new kit.

We've been in the pits with our eyes peeled and cameras ready, and have spotted a few interesting bits of tech.

Helmets, helmets and more helmets

Dimension Data and Katusha-Alpecin have swapped to Oakley lids for 2018, and Lotto Soudal have changed from Lazer to HJC.

Based in France, HJC has been making motorsports helmets since 1971 and have three cycling lids in their catalogue. The helmet adorned by the Lotto Soudal is yet to appear on the company's website but features similar design elements to the Giro Synthe.

They also had a few sporting ARO3 which is said to be a bit more ventilated

Lotto-Soudal has swapped from Lazer to HFC lids for 2018

A few riders from Bora-Hansgrohe are wearing a previously unseen model which appears to be an update to the Evade, with a smaller profile and snub tail which has proven to be the fastest design in the past few years.

Movistar has updated its colours for 2018 and has outfitted its TDU team with the latest Abus Aventor which was launched back in October.

Movistar had the new (as of October 2017) Aventor lids laid out for Wednesday's training ride

Saddles

It appears Syncros has its own version of the short, wide with a large cutout saddle

When it comes to seating arrangements every rider has their own preference, and this is the place where mechanics are typically forced to utilize the most magic marker to make things sponsor correct.

It seems quite a few riders are big fans of short wide saddles like the Specialized Power, with riders from FDJ sporting the new Prologo Dimension seats and Mitchelton-Scott's bikes adorned with a previously unseen Syncros saddle/.

Among Dimension Data's new sponsors for 2018, the team has partnered with Italian saddle maker Astute, known for using tri-density memory foam in its perches.

Dimension Data is has ditched Fizik saddles for Astute for 2018

LottoNL-Jumbo have swapped from San Marco to Fizik saddles for 2018 and many of the riders are on the new Arione and Antares Open which feature plastic bumpers on the edges that so often get ripped and slightly updated shapes.

Power meters

Last month Shimano said it be providing powermeters to Team Sky, however all the team bikes were equipped with Stages meters

In Decemeber, Shimano told us it would be supplying its power meters to six WorldTour teams; FDJ, BMC Racing, Trek-Segafredo, Mitchelton-Scott, Team Sunweb, and Team Sky.

Of those all but Team Sky and Mitchelton-Scott were sporting the Shimano meters, however, Sky is still running Stages powermeters on Shimano R9100 cranks and Mitchelton-Scott are running Dura-Ace R9000 SRM meters paired with PC8 computers — it does appear that Mitchelton-Scott are riding last year's bikes though as the Orica logo still appears on the fork.

 

Both Caleb Ewan and Daryl Impy were running an older Dura-Ace R9000 SRM powermeter

Spotted for the first time was the SRM Origin power meters paired with Shimano’s R9100 chainrings on the Bahrain-Merida bikes. Conversely, AG2R-La Mondiale are still running Dura-Ace R9000 chainrings with the same SRM meters.

Bahrain Merida riders are using blinged out SRM Origin power meters for 2018

House brand components

House brand components are have a strong showing in the WorldTour for 2018 with the Trek, Giant and Specialized sponsored teams running their own components, saddles and wheels.

 

Will Sunweb live up to their hashtag?

Mitchelton-Scott is running Syncros components and saddles with Shimano Dura-Ace Wheels.