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Paris-Roubaix tech: Podium bikes from the Hell of the North

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The three podium bikes of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

The three podium bikes of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix
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Philippe Gilbert's Specialized S-Works Roubaix

Philippe Gilbert's Specialized S-Works Roubaix
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The new Specialized Roubaix has an updated Future Shock suspension system

The new Specialized Roubaix has an updated Future Shock suspension system
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Like Politt, Lampaert and Gilbert ran disc brakes

Like Politt, Lampaert and Gilbert ran disc brakes
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Yves Lampaert's Specialised S-Works Roubaix

Yves Lampaert's Specialised S-Works Roubaix
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A look at the SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD levers

A look at the SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD levers
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Politt bettered his fifth place finish in Flanders with second in Roubaix

Politt bettered his fifth place finish in Flanders with second in Roubaix
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Katusha-Alpecin stuck with a traditional 2X drivetrain on the new SRAM groupset, unlike Trek-Segafredo who opted for a 1X setup

Katusha-Alpecin stuck with a traditional 2X drivetrain on the new SRAM groupset, unlike Trek-Segafredo who opted for a 1X setup
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The 1.92m German runs 175mm cranks

The 1.92m German runs 175mm cranks
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The Zipp wheels were paired with Continental Competition RBX 28mm tubular tyres

The Zipp wheels were paired with Continental Competition RBX 28mm tubular tyres
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The German used Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc wheels

The German used Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc wheels
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The additional shifting buttons allowed Politt to change gear on the cobbles without reaching for the levers

The additional shifting buttons allowed Politt to change gear on the cobbles without reaching for the levers
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Politt ran SRAM Blips on the underside of his handlebar tops

Politt ran SRAM Blips on the underside of his handlebar tops
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Nils Politt's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

Nils Politt's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
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Lampaert ran an in-line S-Works Pave seat post as opposed to the stock setback seat post

Lampaert ran an in-line S-Works Pave seat post as opposed to the stock setback seat post
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All three riders on the podium had 160mm rotors at the front and 140mm at the rear

All three riders on the podium had 160mm rotors at the front and 140mm at the rear
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Gilbert and Lampaert ran Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series drivetrains

Gilbert and Lampaert ran Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series drivetrains
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A rear tab on the seat tube improves aerodynamics and allows for the flex in the seat post

A rear tab on the seat tube improves aerodynamics and allows for the flex in the seat post
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Gilbert still races and trains with a Specialized Chicane saddle

Gilbert still races and trains with a Specialized Chicane saddle
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A look at Gilbert's cockpit profile

A look at Gilbert's cockpit profile
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A closer look at the updated Future Shock

A closer look at the updated Future Shock
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All of the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders had a prototype adjustment knob for the Future Shock as opposed to the commercial version

All of the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders had a prototype adjustment knob for the Future Shock as opposed to the commercial version
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Gilbert runs satellite Di2 sprint shifters on his handlebar drops for easy shifting on the cobbles

Gilbert runs satellite Di2 sprint shifters on his handlebar drops for easy shifting on the cobbles
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Both Gilbert and Lampaert were equipped with 30mm tubulars for the race

Both Gilbert and Lampaert were equipped with 30mm tubulars for the race
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Philippe Gilbert won his fourth different Monument by winning Paris-Roubaix

Philippe Gilbert won his fourth different Monument by winning Paris-Roubaix
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CeramicSpeed provides Deceuninck-QuickStep with bottom bracket, headset and wheel bearings

CeramicSpeed provides Deceuninck-QuickStep with bottom bracket, headset and wheel bearings
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Gilbert ran the setback version of the S-Works Pave seat post

Gilbert ran the setback version of the S-Works Pave seat post
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Gilbert and Lampaert's bikes had the special team issue design on the frameset

Gilbert and Lampaert's bikes had the special team issue design on the frameset
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Lampaert ran Roval CLX 50 wheels with 30mm S-Works Hell of the North tubular tyres

Lampaert ran Roval CLX 50 wheels with 30mm S-Works Hell of the North tubular tyres
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The 117th Paris-Roubaix was the first edition of 'The Hell of the North' to be won on disc brakes, with all three of the podium finishers using the technology, along with electronic drivetrains and aero-specific framesets. 

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the race on Sunday, beating Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt in a two-man sprint inside the velodrome in Roubaix.

Gilbert's teammate Yves Lampaert finished third, a few seconds behind the duo after shaking off Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in the run-in to Roubaix.

Both Gilbert and Lampaert finished on the podium riding the newly released Specialized Roubaix, which features full suspension through Specialized's Future Shock handlebar suspension and a compliant rear seat post.

The duo also ran identical drivetrain and wheel setups with components sourced from Shimano, Roval and Specialized.

Politt raced on the aero-specific Canyon Aeroad CF SLX frameset with SRAM's new 12-speed groupset, RED eTap AXS HRD.

Notably, this is the first time the race has been won with disc brakes with the entire podium racing with disc brakes, electronic drivetrains and aero-specific framesets.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at the podium bikes from the 2019 Paris-Roubaix.

Philippe Gilbert's Specialized S-Works Roubaix full bike specifications

  • Frameset: Specialized S-Works Roubaix
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 160mm rotor
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 140mm rotor
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P with Shimano power meter
  • Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
  • Wheelset: Roval CLX 50
  • Tyres: Specialized Hell of the North, 30mm tubular
  • Handlebars: Pro Vibe
  • Handlebar tape: Supacaz
  • Stem: Pro Vibe
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Saddle: Specialized S-Works Chicane
  • Seat post: Specialized S-Works Pavé with setback
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
  • Computer: Bryton
  • Other accessories: K-Edge computer mount, Shimano Di2 sprint shifters on handlebar drops, thru axle hex key on seat post

Nils Politt's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX full bike specifications

  • Frameset: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
  • Front brake: SRAM RED HRD, 160mm rotor
  • Rear brake: SRAM RED HRD, 140mm rotor
  • Brake/shift levers: SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD
  • Front derailleur: SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Cassette: SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Chain: SRAM RED eTap AXS 12-speed
  • Crankset: SRAM RED eTap AXS with Quarq power meter, 175mm cranks
  • Wheelset: Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc
  • Tyres: Continental Competition RBX, 28mm tubular
  • Handlebars/stem: Canyon integrated
  • Handlebar tape: Selle Italia
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
  • Saddle: Selle Italia
  • Seat post: Canyon
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
  • Computer: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt (not photographed)

Yves Lampaert's Specialized S-Works Roubaix full bike specifications

  • Frameset: Specialized S-Works Roubaix
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 160mm rotor
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 140mm rotor
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Shimano power meter
  • Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
  • Wheelset: Roval CLX 50
  • Tyres: Specialized Hell of the North, 30mm tubular
  • Handlebars: Pro Vibe
  • Handlebar tape: Supacaz
  • Stem: Pro Vibe
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Saddle: Specialized S-Works Romin Evo
  • Seat post: Specialized S-Works Pavé inline
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
  • Computer: Bryton
  • Other accessories: K-Edge computer mount