Paris-Roubaix bikes: A brief history of evolution

Bianchi's Paris-Roubaix project came right when road suspension was at the height of its popularity but a high-profile failure doomed the concept almost before it started.
(Image credit: Matt Harvey)

Ask any WorldTour pro rider or mechanic, and they'll tell you that Paris-Roubaix is the toughest race of the year. Sure, races like the Tour de France last three full weeks, but the brutality of the Hell of the North is often likened to pure chaos. 

As fifty-year veteran pro mechanic Julien Devriese, who wrenched for such legends as Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond, puts it, "Roubaix is not a race where you have fun. You can work eight days for Paris-Roubaix and all the work can be for nothing by the first cobblestones."

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