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Tour de France bikes: Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Time Warp TT — Gallery

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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Time Warp TT

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Time Warp TT (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Vincenzo Nibali and his Bahrain-Merida teammates use Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals

Vincenzo Nibali and his Bahrain-Merida teammates use Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bahrain-Merida use Elite Crono CX bottle cages on the time trial frameset

Bahrain-Merida use Elite Crono CX bottle cages on the time trial frameset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Nibali uses an unbranded Fulcrum 55T AC3 front carbon wheel

Nibali uses an unbranded Fulcrum 55T AC3 front carbon wheel (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Grip tape on the base bars reduces weight and improves aerodynamics

Grip tape on the base bars reduces weight and improves aerodynamics (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Nibali's Merida is equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 drivetrain with an SRM Origin crankset

Nibali's Merida is equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 drivetrain with an SRM Origin crankset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A Shimano Di2 charging and adjustment port is located at the bottom of the main frame triangle

A Shimano Di2 charging and adjustment port is located at the bottom of the main frame triangle (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 derailleurs provide the shifting on Nibali's Merida

Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 derailleurs provide the shifting on Nibali's Merida (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A cable tie holds the Di2 cable to a proprietary, direct-mount rear derailleur hanger and also out of the wind

A cable tie holds the Di2 cable to a proprietary, direct-mount rear derailleur hanger and also out of the wind (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bahrain-Merida use Fulcrum Speed 360T rear disc wheels

Bahrain-Merida use Fulcrum Speed 360T rear disc wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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White, red and gold decals decorate the frameset

White, red and gold decals decorate the frameset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Nibali opts for a low stack on his time trial setup

Nibali opts for a low stack on his time trial setup (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A look at the front profile of Nibali's Merida Time Warp TT

A look at the front profile of Nibali's Merida Time Warp TT (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Flat profiled base bars will contribute to aerodynamic performance

Flat profiled base bars will contribute to aerodynamic performance (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Nibali pairs his Time Warp TT with the short Prologo Dimension Nack saddle

Nibali pairs his Time Warp TT with the short Prologo Dimension Nack saddle (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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As with the majority of aero framesets, the Merida Time Warp TT has a truncated, proprietary seat post

As with the majority of aero framesets, the Merida Time Warp TT has a truncated, proprietary seat post (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A number one sticker on the rear of the seat tube denotes Nibali's first choice race bike

A number one sticker on the rear of the seat tube denotes Nibali's first choice race bike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The new frameset sees oversized carbon tubing junctions sharing a similar aesthetic to the Canyon Speedmax

The new frameset sees oversized carbon tubing junctions sharing a similar aesthetic to the Canyon Speedmax (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A look at Nibali's Vision cockpit

A look at Nibali's Vision cockpit (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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More grip tape at the top of the handlebar extensions and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifters

More grip tape at the top of the handlebar extensions and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifters (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The Bahrain-Merida logo and bold decals adorn the seat cluster on the frameset

The Bahrain-Merida logo and bold decals adorn the seat cluster on the frameset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The Fulcrum wheels are paired with 25mm tubular Continental Grand Prix TT ALX tyres

The Fulcrum wheels are paired with 25mm tubular Continental Grand Prix TT ALX tyres (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Vincenzo Nibali and his Bahrain-Merida teammates lined up for stage three of the Tour de France in the team time trial in Cholet aboard new and unseen Merida time trial framesets.

Until today the Merida Time Warp TT hadn't been tested in a race scenario and it is understood it was only very recently approved by the UCI for racing. It doesn't appear on the UCI approved frames and forks list yet either.

The frameset features a complete overhaul of the existing Merida Warp TT frameset design, with the most obvious change being the oversized tubing junctions, which form triangular sections at the seat cluster, head tube cluster and bottom bracket area – a design that shares similarities with Canyon’s Speedmax frameset.

The frameset uses a Vision Metron Trimax carbon cockpit, with Nibali opting to use grip tape rather than handlebar tape on the base bars and handlebar extensions.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 components provided the shifting and braking for Nibali’s time trial setup, while an SRM Origin crankset with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series chainrings sat at the head of the drivetrain.

Photographed with 56/44 chainrings, like the majority of the peloton, Nibali actually used a 58-tooth outer chainring for the team time trial on stage three of the Tour.

Fulcrum carbon wheels were paired with 25mm Continental Grand Prix ALX tubular tyres and Nibali opted for a Prologo Dimension saddle.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the new time trial frameset from Merida.

Brakes: Merida Time Warp TT integrated
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9180
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9160
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-30
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Crankset: SRM Origin with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 chainrings, 56/44, 172.5mm cranks
Rear wheel: Fulcrum Speed 360T
Front wheel: Fulcrum Speed 55T AC3
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix ALX, 25mm tubular
Handlebars: Vision Metron Trimax carbon
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Prologo Dimension Nack
Seatpost: Merida Time Warp TT
Bottle cages: Elite Crono CX
Computer: SRM PC-8 (not photographed)
Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.81m
Saddle height from bottom bracket (centre to top): 755mm
Tip of saddle nose to centre of handlebars at stem: 600mm