What groupsets, tyres and pedals do WorldTour teams use?

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

The demands and needs WorldTour pro racers place on their equipment are far removed from those of the vast majority of everyday riders, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying ogling at the latest and greatest kit that the top-end of the sport uses.

We’ve spent the last two weeks hassling mechanics at the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under — the opening WorldTour race of the season — and from our findings, we’re pleased to present a comprehensive illustrated breakdown of what groupsets, tyres and pedals each WorldTour team will use in 2019.

We'll also reveal which teams will exclusively ride disc brakes this season.

What groupsets do WorldTour pro racers use?

For the 2019 season, SRAM, Campagnolo and Shimano are the sole three groupset suppliers to the pro peloton.

We’ve heard rumour that Rotor’s 1x13 groupset may make an appearance on a few very, very select occasions — likely on Dimension Data’s bikes — and we wouldn’t be surprised to see FSA’s K-Force WE groupset pop up at some point, but you can guarantee that the main three will dominate the season.

For 2019, 12 teams will use Shimano’s Dura-Ace R9100 series groupsets and four teams will use Campagnolo groupsets.

All of the Campagnolo-equipped teams, except for AG2R La Mondiale — which at the Tour Down Under was seen using a mix of previous-generation 11-speed components and Shimano cassettes — will use the as yet unreleased Super Record EPS 12-speed groupset.

Lastly, the remaining two teams — Katusha-Alpecin and Trek-Segafredo — will use the disc brake version of SRAM’s unreleased eTap 12-speed groupset.

All teams at the Tour Down Under were running electronic groupsets and are expected to do so for the vast majority of races this season — mechanical groupsets are rarely seen at cobbled classics, used by a handful of riders.

To keep things simple, in compiling this list, we are only counting shifting components (i.e., derailleurs and shifters). Many teams have third-party crankset sponsors, but to include these would unnecessarily complicate matters.

2019 WorldTour teams that use Shimano groupsets

  • Astana Pro Team
  • Bahrain-Merida
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • CCC Team
  • Deceuninck - Quick-Step
  • Dimension Data
  • EF Education First Pro Cycling
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Mitchelton-Scott
  • Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Team Sky
  • Team Sunweb

2019 WorldTour teams that use Campagnolo groupsets

  • AG2R La Mondiale
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar team
  • UAE Team Emirates

2019 WorldTour teams using SRAM groupsets

  • Katusha-Alpecin
  • Trek-Segafredo

What tyres do WorldTour pro racers use?

Although Bora-Hansgrohe made a splash with the announcement that Sagan was to ride tubeless tyres at the Down Under Classic (on an alloy bike no less!), the former three-time world champion and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates all opted for tubular tyres on the night of the event.

It should come as no surprise that every other team has also stuck steadfastly with tubs.

Likewise, with the exception of Specialized’s 26mm-wide tyres as used by Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck - Quick-Step, the whole peloton rolls on 25mm-wide tyres, which has been the defacto standard for some years now.

However, the split in brands used by teams reveals slightly more variation.

The majority of teams are split between Vittoria Corsas and Continental Competition Pro tubs, but there are a number of teams running other brands: Mitchelton-Scott uses Pirelli PZero Velo tubular, Astana Pro Team run Wolfpack Race tubular, AG2R La Mondiale uses Vredestein’s Fortezza Senso T and the two aforementioned Specialized-equipped teams use the Big S’s Turbo tubular tyres.

2019 WorldTour teams that use Continental Competition Pro LTD tyres

  • Bahrain-Merida
  • Dimension Data
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Katusha-Alpecin
  • Movistar Team
  • Team Sky
  • Team Sunweb

2019 WorldTour teams that use Vittoria Corsa tyres

  • CCC Team
  • EF Education First Pro Cycling
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE Team Emirates

2019 WorldTour teams that use Specialized S-Works Turbo tyres

  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Deceuninck - QuickStep

Other tyres

  • AG2R La Mondiale — Vredestein Fortezza Senso T
  • Astana Pro Team — Wolfpack Race Cotton tubular
  • Mitchelton-Scott — Pirelli PZero Velo Tubular

What pedals to WorldTour pro racers use?

The only pedal systems in use, when we examined the spare bikes mounted to the team cars lined up at the start of stage five of the 2019 Tour Down Under, were from Look and Shimano.

Shimano supplies pedals to a total of 12 teams with Look making up the rest.

While it’s not shocking to see the two biggest players in the clipless pedal game dominating the WorldTour, we were still surprised to not see a single deviation from sponsor-correct options.

2019 WorldTour teams that use Shimano pedals

  • Bahrain Merida
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • CCC Team
  • Deceuninck - Quick-Step
  • Dimension Data
  • EF Education First Pro Cycling
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Mitchelton-Scott
  • Team Sky
  • Team Sunweb
  • Trek-Segafredo

2019 WorldTour teams that use Look pedals

  • AG2R La Mondiale
  • Katusha-Alpecin
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Team Astana
  • Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Team Movistar
  • UAE Team Emirates

Which WorldTour teams use disc brakes?

Trek-Segafredo, Katusha-Alpecin, Dimension Data, Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck - Quick-Step have all confirmed they will ride exclusively on disc brakes in 2019.

There are a few exceptions here — for example, Trek does not yet have a disc-equipped TT bike, but we assume it’ll only be a matter of time before each of these teams has a full complement of disc-equipped bikes to hand.

Bahrain-Merida will also predominantly use discs, though Vincenzo Nibali, Rohan Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Domenico Pozzovivo will have the option to use calipers on certain mountain stages and races.

The remaining 12 teams will ride on rim brakes for 2019 but we think it’s probably safe to assume that you will see each team ride discs at some point this season.

2019 WorldTour teams that use disc brakes

  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Bahrain-Merida
  • Deceuninck - Quick-Step
  • Dimension Data
  • Katusha-Alpecin
  • Trek-Segafredo

2019 WorldTour teams that use rim brakes

  • AG2R La Mondiale
  • CCC Team
  • EF Education First Pro Cycling
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Mitchelton-Scott
  • Team Astana
  • Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Team Movistar
  • Team Sky
  • Team Sunweb
  • UAE Team Emirates

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