This article originally published on BikeRadar
In 2009, Yukiya Arashiro was joined with teammate Fumiyuki Beppu and together they became the first Japanese riders to complete the Tour De France. Arashiro, the two time elite-men’s Japanese National Road Champion, now rides along Thomas Voeckler for Europcar, the only team in the WorldTour on Colnago bikes.
Just like we saw with Voeckler’s bike at the 2013 Tour De France, Arashiro’s bike is strongly Italian – surprising given the team is French. The tyres, pedals, bottle cages and computer are the only items not from Italy, and all are European brands.
Arashiro’s Colnago C59 Italia is eye-catching, with a custom paint job for his recent 2013 National Championship win. The prominent characters on Arashiro’s bike mean the words Nippon or Nihon – which is simply Japan in Japanese.
As we previously found, the Italian made C59 Italia is a truly brilliant bike, with a unique aesthetic to match. A lugged construction allows for a staggering 22 stock size options and additional custom options, something that would be far too cost prohibitive with a mould constructed frame.
Not often seen in the pro peloton, Arashiro uses a one-piece Deda Alanera handlebar/stem. With a claimed weight of 409g and plenty of waste in the event of a crash, there’s little reason to use this setup beyond cool aesthetics.
A full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset and Bora Ultra 35 wheels complete the Italian branded theme. Like we saw with Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah Fast, Arashiro’s bike is fitted with the new internal EPS battery, with the charging port visible at the base of downtube.
Hutchinson Pro Tour tyres and Look Keo Blade 2 pedals add some national based product for the French team. The Pro Tour tyres are extremely well respected in the peloton, but prohibitive to purchase as the going price was US$500 a pair last we checked.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Colnago C59 Italia, 52cm
Fork: Colnago C59 carbon tapered
Headset: Colnago integrated tapered
Stem: Deda Alanera Combo, 110mm
Handlebar: Deda Alanera Combo, 42cm
Tape: Colnago Cork
Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11-27T
Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record, 172.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo threaded
Battery: Internal Campagnolo race battery, in downtube
Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35
Front tire: Hutchinson Pro Tour tubular 24mm
Rear tire: Hutchinson Pro Tour tubular 24mm
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Team Edition
Seatpost: Colnago carbon
Bottle cages: Tacx Uma carbon (2)
Computer: Sigma ROX 6.0
Rider's height: 1.70m (5ft 7in)
Rider's weight: 65kg (143lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 696mm
Saddle setback: 31mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 520mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 500mm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 520mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 95mm
Head tube length: 125mm
Top tube length (effective): 530mm
Total bicycle weight: 6.95kg (15.29lb)