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Tour de France bikes: Vincenzo Nibali's custom-painted Merida Reacto — Gallery

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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto
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A look at the non-drive side of Nibali's Merida Reacto

A look at the non-drive side of Nibali's Merida Reacto
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The front Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 brake has a subtle gold accent on the cable end, a colour associated with the Bahrain-Merida team

The front Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 brake has a subtle gold accent on the cable end, a colour associated with the Bahrain-Merida team
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Usually attached the the FSA K-Force Light handlebars is an SRM PC-8 head unit in team issue gold

Usually attached the the FSA K-Force Light handlebars is an SRM PC-8 head unit in team issue gold
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More riders in the WorldTour peloton look to be switching from 11-28 cassettes to 11-30 cassettes and Nibali is no exception

More riders in the WorldTour peloton look to be switching from 11-28 cassettes to 11-30 cassettes and Nibali is no exception
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Nibali opts for the 40T variants of the Fulcrum Speed wheelset

Nibali opts for the 40T variants of the Fulcrum Speed wheelset
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25mm wide Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres are a popular choice in the WorldTour peloton

25mm wide Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres are a popular choice in the WorldTour peloton
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The proprietary seat post on the Merida Reacto features a dampening system to improve rider comfort

The proprietary seat post on the Merida Reacto features a dampening system to improve rider comfort
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A raw carbon finish has subtle, gliter grey decals

A raw carbon finish has subtle, gliter grey decals
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Nibali uses the minamilist and lightweight Elite Leggero bottle cages

Nibali uses the minamilist and lightweight Elite Leggero bottle cages
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Nibali's bike uses an SRM Origin crankset with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chainrings

Nibali's bike uses an SRM Origin crankset with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chainrings
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More associated with sprinters, Nibali's bike is equipped with satellite shifters on the handlebar drops, which compliment the Italian's aggressive racing style

More associated with sprinters, Nibali's bike is equipped with satellite shifters on the handlebar drops, which compliment the Italian's aggressive racing style
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Nibali opts for an understated aluminium cockpit with FSA components and all-black prologo handlebar tape

Nibali opts for an understated aluminium cockpit with FSA components and all-black prologo handlebar tape
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A look at Nibali's front wheel

A look at Nibali's front wheel
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In the same finish as the Merida decals, shark fins adorn the underside of the top tube, paying homage to Nibali's nickname - The Shark of Messina

In the same finish as the Merida decals, shark fins adorn the underside of the top tube, paying homage to Nibali's nickname - The Shark of Messina
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A closer look at the shark fin finish

A closer look at the shark fin finish
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Vincenzo Nibali runs a 125mm FSA OS-99 alloy stem

Vincenzo Nibali runs a 125mm FSA OS-99 alloy stem
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Like many modern aero framesets, the Merida Reacto uses a wedge type clamp system for the seat post

Like many modern aero framesets, the Merida Reacto uses a wedge type clamp system for the seat post
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Shimano provides Dura-Ace R9100 pedals for Nibali and his teammates

Shimano provides Dura-Ace R9100 pedals for Nibali and his teammates
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An SRM Speed sensor is attached to the front fork

An SRM Speed sensor is attached to the front fork
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Prologo provides Bahrain-Merida with contact point components in the form of saddles and handlebar tape

Prologo provides Bahrain-Merida with contact point components in the form of saddles and handlebar tape
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A look at Nibali's cockpit from above

A look at Nibali's cockpit from above
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Another Shimano Dura-Ace brake, located underneath the bottom bracket for improved aerodynamics provides the stopping power on the rear wheel

Another Shimano Dura-Ace brake, located underneath the bottom bracket for improved aerodynamics provides the stopping power on the rear wheel
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A red, pink and yellow geometric design is used on the down tube to celebrate Nibali's victories at all three Grand Tours

A red, pink and yellow geometric design is used on the down tube to celebrate Nibali's victories at all three Grand Tours
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Merida look to have produce a direct-mount rear derailleur hanger and use a cable tie to keep the Di2 cable secure

Merida look to have produce a direct-mount rear derailleur hanger and use a cable tie to keep the Di2 cable secure
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This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is one of just seven riders in the history of cycling to have won all three Grand Tours during his career, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) the only other active rider to have also achieved the feat.

Nibali arrived at the Tour de France with his eyes set on winning a second yellow jersey, and will be racing aboard a custom-painted Merida Reacto for multiple stages of the race.

The frameset celebrates Nibali's Grand Tour victories with flashes of pink, yellow and red on the down tube of the frame, commemorating the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, respectively.

As well as the iconic colours of the three Grand Tours, Nibali's famous nickname — the Shark of Messina — is also celebrated on the frameset, with shark fins lining the top tube in the form of glittery-grey decals.

A closer look at the shark fin finish

While aero framesets are traditionally heavier than their all-round counterparts, Nibali is said to be satisfied with the low weight of his current Reacto build and the frameset didn't hold the Sicilian back as he attacked on the Poggio to win Milan-San Remo earlier this season.

It is likely that alongside the three-coloured down tube and glitter-grey decals, the raw carbon finish on the rest of the frame is a concerted effort to reduce the overall bike weight.

Bahrain-Merida pairs Nibali's Reacto with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset, while an SRM Origin crankset is combined with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 53/39 chainrings.

A look at Nibali's front wheel

The 40t variants of Fulcrum Speed carbon wheels offer Nibali a further balance between lightweight and aerodynamic performance, while Nibali opts for a traditional cockpit from FSA rather than an aerodynamic, integrated setup.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the Nibali's custom-painted Merida Reacto.

Frameset: Merida Reacto in custom finish for Vincenzo Nibali
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, bottom bracket mounted
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-30
Crankset: SRM Origin with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 53/39 chainrings and 172.5mm cranks
Wheelset: Fulcrum Speed 40t
Tyres: Continental Competition ALX, 25mm tubulars
Handlebars: FSA K-Force Light, 400mm
Stem: FSA OS-99, 125mm
Tape/grips: Prologo
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Seatpost: Merida Reacto
Bottle cages: Elite Leggero
Computer: SRM PC-8 (not photographed)
Other accessories: SRM Speed sensor

Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.81m
Seat height from bottom bracket (c-t): 755mm
Nose of saddle to handlebars (at stem): 600mm