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Tech: Bradley Wiggins' ultralight climbing wheels and more Dauphine bikes

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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) primary Pinarello Dogma 1 was dressed in the same stealthy black livery as the rest of his teammates at the start of Stage 5.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) primary Pinarello Dogma 1 was dressed in the same stealthy black livery as the rest of his teammates at the start of Stage 5. (Image credit: James Huang)
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(Image credit: James Huang)
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Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins goes with a carbon wrapped stem and aluminum bar from team sponsor PRO.

Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins goes with a carbon wrapped stem and aluminum bar from team sponsor PRO. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) has long favored O.symetric's radically shaped chainrings. Team mechanics black out the logos to minimize the conflict with official sponsor Shimano.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) has long favored O.symetric's radically shaped chainrings. Team mechanics black out the logos to minimize the conflict with official sponsor Shimano. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) primary bike at the start of Stage 5 featured wheels built around Chris King R45 hubs.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) primary bike at the start of Stage 5 featured wheels built around Chris King R45 hubs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Team mechanics have built Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) rear wheel in a two-cross pattern with a Chris King hub.

Team mechanics have built Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) rear wheel in a two-cross pattern with a Chris King hub. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) second spare bike was fitted with yet another set of custom built wheels, this time using Tune hubs.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) second spare bike was fitted with yet another set of custom built wheels, this time using Tune hubs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Tune Mag 150 rear hub is ultralight at a claimed 150g thanks in part to a carbon fiber-reinforced non-driveside spoke flange and carbon fiber axle.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Tune Mag 150 rear hub is ultralight at a claimed 150g thanks in part to a carbon fiber-reinforced non-driveside spoke flange and carbon fiber axle. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Speedplay Zero Nanogram pedals for Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins.

Speedplay Zero Nanogram pedals for Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins. (Image credit: James Huang)
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One of Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) custom wheelsets was built with HED S3 carbon tubular rims.

One of Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) custom wheelsets was built with HED S3 carbon tubular rims. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) perches himself atop a carbon railed fi'zi:k Arione saddle.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) perches himself atop a carbon railed fi'zi:k Arione saddle. (Image credit: James Huang)
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While the rest of the Sky team rolls on sponsor-correct Shimano wheels, team leader Bradley Wiggins also had two bikes fitted with custom wheelsets built around Chris King and Tune hubs.

While the rest of the Sky team rolls on sponsor-correct Shimano wheels, team leader Bradley Wiggins also had two bikes fitted with custom wheelsets built around Chris King and Tune hubs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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FSA Gossamer dual-pivot aluminum brakes for the Vacansoleil-DCM team.

FSA Gossamer dual-pivot aluminum brakes for the Vacansoleil-DCM team. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Friday's hilly profile had many riders opting for bigger cassettes.

Friday's hilly profile had many riders opting for bigger cassettes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Vacansoleil-DCM runs a mixed drivetrain, including Shimano Dura-Ace derailleurs and cassette, an FSA crank, and a KMC chain.

Vacansoleil-DCM runs a mixed drivetrain, including Shimano Dura-Ace derailleurs and cassette, an FSA crank, and a KMC chain. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Oltres resting against the side of the team bus prior to the start of Stage 5.

Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Oltres resting against the side of the team bus prior to the start of Stage 5. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Selle San Marco provides Vacansoleil-DCM with custom saddles.

Selle San Marco provides Vacansoleil-DCM with custom saddles. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Grippy Lizard Skins DSP handlebar tape helps the Vacansoleil-DCM team maintain a firm grip when conditions are wet.

Grippy Lizard Skins DSP handlebar tape helps the Vacansoleil-DCM team maintain a firm grip when conditions are wet. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Pinarello Dogma 1 is fitted with a Token chain catcher.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Pinarello Dogma 1 is fitted with a Token chain catcher. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Aluminum bolts and Elite carbon fiber bottles cages for Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins.

Aluminum bolts and Elite carbon fiber bottles cages for Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) spare Pinarello Dogma 1 was covered in red, white, and blue to celebrate his British roots.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) spare Pinarello Dogma 1 was covered in red, white, and blue to celebrate his British roots. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Team Europcar dresses their Colnago M10 framesets with full Campagnolo Record 11 groups and carbon tubular wheels, Dedacciai cockpits, Selle Italia saddles, and Hutchinson tires.

Team Europcar dresses their Colnago M10 framesets with full Campagnolo Record 11 groups and carbon tubular wheels, Dedacciai cockpits, Selle Italia saddles, and Hutchinson tires. (Image credit: James Huang)
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This fan showed us his neatly organized binder of pro rider cards as he sought out autographs.

This fan showed us his neatly organized binder of pro rider cards as he sought out autographs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Katusha riders are mostly using Canyon's aero-profile Aeroad CF, decked out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups, Mavic carbon tubular wheels, Selle Italia saddles, and Ritchey cockpits.

Katusha riders are mostly using Canyon's aero-profile Aeroad CF, decked out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups, Mavic carbon tubular wheels, Selle Italia saddles, and Ritchey cockpits. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) runs a rather unusual handlebar setup.

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) runs a rather unusual handlebar setup. (Image credit: James Huang)
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SRAM TT rings mounted on a Specialized FACT carbon fiber crankset for Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Tony Martin.

SRAM TT rings mounted on a Specialized FACT carbon fiber crankset for Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Tony Martin. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is running a new SRAM Red transmission at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is running a new SRAM Red transmission at the Critérium du Dauphiné. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) spare Specialized S-Works Venge sits atop the team car, complete with a new SRAM Red group, Specialized carbon crank, a Zipp aluminum cockpit, and Zipp 303 carbon tubulars wrapped in Specialized's new tires.

Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) spare Specialized S-Works Venge sits atop the team car, complete with a new SRAM Red group, Specialized carbon crank, a Zipp aluminum cockpit, and Zipp 303 carbon tubulars wrapped in Specialized's new tires. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The brightly colored Giant TCR Advanced SL machines of team Rabobank, dressed in Shimano Dura-Ace groups and carbon-rimmed tubular wheels, PRO cockpits, and Vittoria tires.

The brightly colored Giant TCR Advanced SL machines of team Rabobank, dressed in Shimano Dura-Ace groups and carbon-rimmed tubular wheels, PRO cockpits, and Vittoria tires. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Saur-Sojasun bikes are equipped with TRP's lightweight R979EQ brake calipers, featuring modified geometry to work better with Shimano's longer-pull levers.

Saur-Sojasun bikes are equipped with TRP's lightweight R979EQ brake calipers, featuring modified geometry to work better with Shimano's longer-pull levers. (Image credit: James Huang)
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This Saur-Sojasun rider has Stage 5's key segments denoted on his stem. Time's special headsets don't require conventional top caps.

This Saur-Sojasun rider has Stage 5's key segments denoted on his stem. Time's special headsets don't require conventional top caps. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Rotor 3D+ crankarms and elliptical Q-Rings are mounted on this Time RXRS Ulteam machine of team Saur-Sojasun.

Rotor 3D+ crankarms and elliptical Q-Rings are mounted on this Time RXRS Ulteam machine of team Saur-Sojasun. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Saur-Sojasun is racing on Time's striking RXRS Ulteam bikes at Critérium du Dauphiné.

Saur-Sojasun is racing on Time's striking RXRS Ulteam bikes at Critérium du Dauphiné. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Saur-Sojasun's Corima wheels are built with radial spokes front and rear, although their wound-up nature presumably still transfers power well.

Saur-Sojasun's Corima wheels are built with radial spokes front and rear, although their wound-up nature presumably still transfers power well. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Saur-Sojasun's Time RXRS Ulteam frames are built with lugged construction.

Saur-Sojasun's Time RXRS Ulteam frames are built with lugged construction. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Saur-Sojasun is using a mix of Corima wheels - some with conventional stainless steel spokes and others with carbon fiber ones.

Saur-Sojasun is using a mix of Corima wheels - some with conventional stainless steel spokes and others with carbon fiber ones. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Pinarello Dogma 1 is equipped with a "Prototype 2" Shimano bottom bracket.

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Pinarello Dogma 1 is equipped with a "Prototype 2" Shimano bottom bracket. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) wears the number one plate as last year's winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) wears the number one plate as last year's winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Wheel sponsor FFWD provides the Vacansoleil-DCM with color-matched decals.

Wheel sponsor FFWD provides the Vacansoleil-DCM with color-matched decals. (Image credit: James Huang)

This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

At the Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 5's mountainous profile had riders reaching for bigger cassettes and lighter weight wheels with shallower profiles. Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins went a step further with at least two sets of custom-built wheels.

Fitted to his main Pinarello Dogma 1 was a set of Chris King R45 hubs — something we've not seen before at this level of road racing — laced two-cross to a set of shallow-profile carbon tubular rims, which weren't marked but looked to be from Enve Composites.

One of his spare bikes, on the other, went even more exotic with a Tune Mig 45 front hub and Mag 150 rear hub, both laced to HED S3 carbon tubular rims. As the names suggest, claimed weights for the front and rear hubs are an incredible 45g and 150g, respectively, owing to carbon fiber axles and carbon fiber reinforced spoke flanges. Given what we've seen on Wiggins' bikes in the past, ceramic bearings are likely included as well.

Wiggins' third bike was fitted with Shimano's new wide-profile Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels.

Check out the gallery at right for 16 shots of Wiggins’ set-up, plus a wide variety of detailed looks at other ProTeam gear.