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WorldTour bikes and tech: Who's using what in 2022?

A four-way image that shows a Dura-Ace groupset, Lotto Soudal's bike, Ineos' new kit and a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
A four-way image that shows a Dura-Ace groupset, Lotto Soudal's bike, Ineos' new kit and a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt (Image credit: Courtesy)

Welcome to the Cyclingnews WorldTour bikes guide for 2022: a complete and comprehensive round-up of the 2022 UCI WorldTeams, their bikes and their equipment in the upcoming cycling season. 

With the 2021 season over, the attention and focus of the WorldTour teams quickly turned to preparation for 2022. On the face of it, the 2021 season was one of smooth sailing compared to the wildly disrupted season that preceded it, but pro road cycling's fragile sponsorship model means several team managers still have to work immensely hard to secure a future for their team, riders and staff. 

Case in point: Team Qhubeka NextHash. The South African team struggled for financial security all year and, after a deadline extension, were refused a 2022 WorldTour license by the UCI. This means that the number of teams in the WorldTour drops from 19 to 18 in 2022. 

However, while the immense investments of title sponsors are the foundations on which a team can survive, they're not the only sponsors that teams rely on. Beyond the millions of dollars required to obtain a WorldTour licence and operate a team at the top of the sport, the teams also need bikes on which to race, saddles on which to sit, clothing to wear and helmets to keep them safe. 

They wouldn't be a very successful bike racing team without them, would they?

And this is where the sponsorship model gets a little more granular. The bike industry is rife with brands vying for attention. Be they bike brands, kit manufacturers or shoe suppliers, they all want a slice of the pie, and they all have something to offer that the team needs. 

There are varying types of sponsor agreement. Some will include a cash injection alongside the provision of equipment, while others will be the equipment alone, though of course, rarely will such details be shared publicly. In addition, some agreements will be a simple handover of product in return for the publicity it will garner, while others will be fully integrated technical partnerships where the two parties work together to innovate, develop and market their products. 

For example, Specialized's partnership with QuickStep-AlphaVinyl is much more than just a shipment of bikes. Representatives from the brand are almost always present at winter training camps and big races to help riders and receive feedback. The team are given access to the brand's wind tunnel, its team of bike fit specialists at sister brand Retül, and its range of footwear, helmets and components. 

The brand also works particularly closely with select riders on the development of future products. Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish were integral to the creation of the S-Works Ares shoes, for example, and Kasper Asgreen was providing feedback on the Tarmac SL7 two years before it was finished. 

One team doing things slightly differently are Team DSM, who have taken the development of their clothing in-house. Although still relying on third parties for support - initially Bioracer and now Nalini - they claim to be developing their own racewear, rather than simply wearing sponsor-supplied kit. 

Rarely is a sponsorship agreement indefinite. Many are agreed for two or three years - sometimes even just for one - and, as you can expect, it's usually the more integrated partnerships that last the longest and bear the most fruit, both in terms of performance and publicity. However, to many, the grass seems greener on the other side, so every few years the WorldTour sees a merry-go-round of swaps as teams and their sponsors part ways and form new agreements elsewhere. 

Bikes

Peter Sagan World Championships Tarmac SL7

Specialized's flagship Tarmac SL7 will be ridden by QuickStep-AlphaVinyl and Bora-Hansgrohe, as well as the second-division Total Energies - the new home of Peter Sagan (Image credit: Josh Croxton)

At the start of the 2021 season, such an event involved Bianchi, Cervélo, and Scott. Mitchelton-Scott changed to Team BikeExchange and switched from Scott bikes to Bianchi; Jumbo-Visma stepped away from Bianchi and climbed aboard bikes from Cervélo; while Team Sunweb rebranded to Team DSM and their partnership with Cervélo ended, leaving the door open for Scott to step in. 

This year, there's much less movement, with 17 of the 18 WorldTour teams confirmed to be riding the same brand as in 2021. The only team changing is BikeExchange-Jayco, whose one year deal with Bianchi ends, leaving the door open for Giant Bicycles to return to the WorldTour. Giant was forced out of the sport's top flight for the first time since the late '90s, when CCC Team folded at the end of 2020.

Clothing

Ineos Grenadiers BioRacer kit

Ineos Grenadiers will race in new Bioracer kit in 2022 (Image credit: Ineos Grenadiers)

A similar merry-go-round is happening in the clothing department. Bioracer has stepped away from the project with Team DSM in favour of a partnership with Ineos Grenadiers. Their previous sponsor Castelli will now supply QuickStep-AlphaVinyl.

Meanwhile, in order to step into the vacancy left at Team DSM, Nalini Clothing has stopped supplying Cofidis. However, instead of QuickStep's former supplier Vermarc completing the circle, Decathlon's in-house brand Van Rysel will step into the WorldTour to plug that Cofidis gap, leaving Vermarc to focus solely on its other team, Lotto Soudal. 

Groupsets

Tech on show at Rouleur live

Which version of Shimano's Dura-Ace will most teams go for? (Image credit: Josh Croxton)

The only groupset change for the 2022 season is Lotto Soudal's switch away from Campagnolo in favour of Shimano, a change that was announced in late October alongside a separate contract extension that will see the team continue aboard Ridley bikes until 2026. This move also saw the team swap Campagnolo wheels for DT Swiss.

The big question on the groupset front is not a question of one brand against another, such as SRAM vs Shimano, but actually a case of Shimano against itself. More specifically, given the current parts shortage, it's not yet confirmed whether all of the WorldTour teams will upgrade to Shimano's new 12-speed Dura-Ace groupset or be sticking with the older 11-speed version. Of the 18 teams in the WorldTour in 2022, 13 will use Shimano but, so far, only 10 have confirmed the use of the latest 12-speed groupset. 

Two teams (Movistar and Trek-Segafredo) will be using SRAM's 12-speed Red eTap groupset, with a further three (AG2R Citroën, Cofidis and UAE Team Emirates) running Campagnolo.

At a glance: Who's using what in 2022?
TeamBikesGroupsetWheelsClothingSaddlesFinishing KitComputers
AG2R Citröen TeamBMCCampagnolo Super Record EPSCampagnoloRostiFizikBMCWahoo
Astana Qazaqstan TeamWilierShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedCorimaGiordanaPrologoWilierGarmin
Bahrain - VictoriousMeridaShimano Dura-AceVisionAléPrologoFSA, VisionGarmin
Bora-HansgroheSpecializedShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedRovalLe ColSpecializedPro, SpecializedWahoo
CofidisDe RosaCampagnolo Super Record EPSCorimaVan RyselSelle ItaliaFSA/VisionWahoo
EF Education-NippoCannondaleShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedVisionRaphaPrologoFSA, VisionTBC
Groupama-FDJLapierreShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedShimanoAléPrologoLapierreGarmin
Ineos GrenadiersPinarelloShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedShimanoBioracerFizikMOSTGarmin
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert MatériauxCubeShimano Dura-AceNewmenTBCPrologoCubeBryton
Israel-Premier TechFactorShimano Dura-AceBlack IncJingaSelle ItaliaBlack IncHammerhead
Jumbo-VismaCervéloShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedShimanoAguFizikFSAGarmin
Lotto SoudalRidleyShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedDT SwissVermarcSelle ItaliaDeda ElementiGarmin
Movistar TeamCanyonSRAM Red eTap AXSZippLa PassioneFizikCanyonGarmin
Quick Step-Alpha VinylSpecializedShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedRovalCastelliSpecializedPro, SpecializedGarmin
Team BikeExchange JaycoGiantShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedCadexAléCadexGiantWahoo
Team DSMScottShimano Dura-Ace 12 SpeedShimanoTeam's own x NaliniPROSyncrosWahoo
Trek–SegafredoTrekSRAM Red eTap AXSBontragerSantiniBontragerBontragerWahoo
UAE Team EmiratesColnagoCampagnolo Super Record EPSCampagnoloGobikPrologoDedaSRM

AG2R Citröen Team

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A white BMC Teammachine SLR road bike, fitted with Campagnolo components

(Image credit: AG2R Citroen)
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A white BMC Timemachine Road aero bike, fitted with Campagnolo components

(Image credit: AG2R Citroen)
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A black BMC Timemachine TT bike, fitted with Campagnolo components

(Image credit: AG2R Citroen)
  • Bikes: BMC Teammachine SLR01, BMC Timemachine Road, BMC Timemachine TT 
  • Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Wheels: Campagnolo
  • Clothing: Rosti
  • Saddles: Fizik
  • Finishing Kit: BMC
  • Computers: Wahoo

There's no change at AG2R Citröen, meaning the French team will continue aboard Swiss brand BMC equipped with Campagnolo's Super Record EPS 12-speed groupset and Campagnolo wheels. 

Courtesy of limitations set by bike design, the team will be exclusively committed to disc brakes. They will bear the threads of Rosti clothing once more, and will be navigated by Wahoo's Elemnt range of computers. 

Astana Qazaqstan Team

  • Bikes: Wilier Zero SLR, Wilier Filante, Wilier Turbine TT
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Corima
  • Clothing: Giordana
  • Saddles: Prologo
  • Finishing Kit: Wilier
  • Computers: Garmin

Aside from the departure of sponsor Premier Tech and the consequent name change, the Astana team see no major equipment changes. They will continue aboard Wilier bikes with Corima wheels, wearing Giordana clothing and using Garmin computers. 

Bahrain Victorious

  • Bikes: Merida Reacto, Merida Scultura, Merida Warp TT
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc (12 Speed TBC)
  • Wheels:  Vision
  • Clothing: Alé
  • Saddles: Prologo
  • Finishing Kit: FSA, Vision
  • Computers: Garmin

There's also little change at Bahrain Victorious. The team did start the 2021 campaign in Nalini clothing, before they switched to Alé during the summer, but that new partner remains along with the use of Merida Bikes, Shimano groupsets and Vision/FSA componentry. 

Bora-Hansgrohe

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

(Image credit: Specialized)
  • Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Clothing: Le Col
  • Saddles: Specialized
  • Finishing Kit: PRO, Specialized
  • Computers: Wahoo

Alongside the departure of Peter Sagan, the German Bora-Hansgrohe squad also saw their longtime clothing sponsor, Sportful head for the exit, so in steps British brand Le Col to provide the kit. That and an upgrade to the newest Dura-Ace groupset aside, everything else remains the same, with the continued use of Specialized bikes and all the peripherals that come with it, including Roval components. 

Cofidis

A De Rosa Merak road bike, in Cofidis colours, fitted with Corima wheels and Campagnolo components

(Image credit: Cofidis)
  • Bikes: De Rosa Merak, SK Pininfarina, TT-03 (TT)
  • Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Wheels: Corima
  • Clothing: Van Rysel
  • Saddles: Selle Italia
  • Finishing Kit: FSA/Vision
  • Computers: Wahoo

Cofidis are forming part of the four-way clothing sponsor shuffle this year. They lose Nalini as a sponsor, but gain Van Rysel, the in-house brand of mega European sports-retailer Decathlon.

The other change in the Cofidis camp is a switch away from Fulcrum wheels in favour of Corima - the same brand that supplies Astana Qazaqstan. They will remain on De Rosa bikes for a third year, and will continue to use Campagnolo's groupsets, Selle Italia saddles and Wahoo computers. 

EF Education-Nippo

  • Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix Evo, SystemSix, SuperSlice (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Vision
  • Clothing: Rapha
  • Saddles: Prologo
  • Finishing Kit: FSA, Vision
  • Computers: TBC

For the most part, it appears EF Education-Nippo are sticking with what they know in 2022, continuing aboard Cannondale bikes, Vision/FSA components and Prologo saddles. There will be an upgrade to the latest Dura-Ace groupset, too.

There is still a question mark hanging over which computers they'll use, suggesting a possible switch away from Garmin. 

Groupama-FDJ

  • Bikes: Lapierre Aircode, Xelius SL, Aerostorm DRS (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Shimano C50, C60
  • Clothing: Alé
  • Saddles: Prologo
  • Finishing Kit: Lapierre
  • Computers: Garmin

As one of the teams that are most closely partnered with Shimano, it's unsurprising to see that Groupama FDJ will upgrade to the 12-speed Dura-Ace groupset but, that aside, everything else remains as it was in 2021. 

Ineos Grenadiers

  • Bikes: Pinarello Dogma F, Bolide (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12 Speed (Disc brakes TBC)
  • Wheels: Shimano (Lightweight, Princeton Carbonworks & Aerocoach will be present as non-sponsored additions)
  • Clothing: Bioracer
  • Saddles: Fizik
  • Finishing Kit: MOST
  • Computers: Garmin

The biggest change for Ineos Grenadiers came in the latter half of 2021 when they switched from rim brakes to disc brakes - being the final team in the WorldTour to make the switch. The move came thanks to Pinarello's launch of the Dogma F, which shaved enough weight off to ensure the team could still hit the 6.8kg minimum weight limit while running discs. It's unclear whether the team will still continue to use rim brakes at all, or whether they will be phased out at the turn of the year. 

The team have also switched clothing supplier, waving goodbye to Castelli and launching a new partnership with Bioracer.

Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux

  • Bikes: Cube Litening C:68X, Aerium C:68 (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc (12 Speed TBC)
  • Wheels: Newmen
  • Clothing: TBC
  • Saddles: Prologo
  • Finishing Kit: Cube
  • Computers: Bryton

It appears there will be a couple of changes for the WorldTour's newest recruit, Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux, whose bike sponsor Cube will enter only its second-ever season in the WorldTour. The team will swap Fulcrum wheels for Cube's sister brand Newmen, and a question mark hangs over the team's clothing sponsor for 2022. 

Israel-Premier Tech

  • Bikes: Factor OSTRO VAM, O2 VAM, ONE Disc, HANZŌ (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc (12 Speed TBC)
  • Wheels: Black Inc (Road: Black 20-80, TT: FIVE, THREE, ZERO)
  • Clothing: Jinga
  • Saddles: Selle Italia
  • Finishing Kit: Black Inc
  • Computers: Hammerhead

Besides changing name from Israel Start-Up Nation to Israel-Premier Tech, the team will start 2022 exactly how they finished 2021, with Factor's range of bikes, Shimano groupsets, wheels courtesy of Factor's sister brand Black Inc, and computers from the rapidly ascending Hammerhead brand courtesy of its Karoo 2. 

Jumbo-Visma

  • Bikes: Cervélo S5, R5, Caledonia, P5 (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Shimano
  • Clothing: Agu
  • Saddles: Fizik
  • Finishing Kit: FSA
  • Computers: Garmin

Jumbo Visma will also see no equipment changes as they transition from 2021 to 2022, with continued use of Cervélo bikes, Shimano groupsets and wheels, and clothing from Dutch brand Agu. 

Lotto Soudal

A black and silver Ridley Noah Fast, fitted with DT Swiss wheels and Shimano groupset

(Image credit: Ridley)
  • Bikes: Ridley Helium, Noah Fast, Dean (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss ARC 1100 / ERC 1100
  • Clothing: Vermarc
  • Saddles: Selle Italia
  • Finishing Kit: Deda
  • Computers: Garmin

There's quite an upheaval of componentry in the Lotto Soudal camp, with Campagnolo heading for the exit in both the groupset and wheelset departments. Shimano steps in on the groupset front, supplying its new Dura-Ace groupset, while DT-Swiss will provide its ARC and ERC 1100 wheels. 

The teams bikes will remain the same, though, with the partnership with Ridley extended until 2026. Vermarc will continue to supply the team's clothing.

Movistar Team

  • Bikes: Canyon Aeroad CFR, Ultimate CF SLX, Speedmax CFR (TT)
  • Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Zipp
  • Clothing: La Passione
  • Saddles: Fizik
  • Finishing Kit: Canyon
  • Computers: Garmin

The only change at Movistar is the deal signed with La Passione to supply the team's kit, replacing Alé. Everything else remains the same, meaning the continued use of Canyon's bikes, SRAM's wireless Red eTap AXS groupsets and Zipp wheels, with saddles courtesy of Fizik and computers supplied by Garmin. 

QuickStep-AlphaVinyl

QuickStep-AlphaVinyl's Specialized Tarmac SL7

(Image credit: Specialized)
  • Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Roval
  • Clothing: Castelli
  • Saddles: Specialized
  • Finishing Kit: PRO, Specialized
  • Computers: Garmin

Two changes are in effect at the QuickStep camp. The first comes in the form of the team's clothing, with Castelli being brought on board to replace Vermarc, after Castelli's previous deal with Ineos Grenadiers came to a close. The second change comes in form of the GPS computers. The brand has used Wahoo for the past two seasons after a single-year deal with Bryton in 2019, but from 2022 onwards, will make the switch to Garmin.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco

  • Bikes: Giant TCR, Propel, Trinity (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Cadex
  • Clothing: Alé
  • Saddles: Cadex
  • Finishing Kit: Giant
  • Computers: Wahoo

There's plenty to discuss at BikeExchange, with Brent Copeland's men and women being given a totally new bike, wheels, clothing and more, and the team getting a new title sponsor too. 

The team's one-year deal with Bianchi has come to an end, leaving the door open for Giant Bicycles to return to the WorldTour after its first year absent since the late '90s. Giant's sister brand Cadex also comes on board, supplying the wheels and saddles, while Giant will also supply the team's helmets, replacing Giro. 

Italian kit manufacturer, Alé Cycling, replaces Giordana to supply the team's kit, while Australian motorhome dealer Jayco joins the team as a title sponsor. 

Team DSM

A black Scott Addict RC, fitted with Shimano wheels and Shimano groupset

(Image credit: Team DSM)
  • Bikes: Scott Addict RC, Plasma (TT)
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 12 Speed
  • Wheels: Shimano C36, C50, C60
  • Clothing: Own-brand x Nalini
  • Saddles: PRO
  • Finishing Kit: Syncros
  • Computers: Wahoo

Almost everything remains the same at Team DSM. The only thing worthy of note is the brand's slightly unusual clothing partnership, and the change in the technical partner involved. Technically, the team's kit is an in-house brand that's not yet available to the public. Last year, that in-house kit was created with help from Bioracer, but since they agreed a deal with Ineos Grenadiers, Nalini has stepped in to fill the void at Team DSM. 

That aside though, the team will ride Scott bikes, complete with Shimano groupsets and wheels, while navigation will be provided by Wahoo. 

Trek–Segafredo

  • Bikes: Trek Madone, Emonda, Domane, Speed Concept (TT)
  • Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Bontrager
  • Clothing: Santini
  • Saddles: Bontrager
  • Finishing Kit: Bontrager
  • Computers: Wahoo

The total amount of change at Trek Segafredo adds up to zero. All the equipment that helped Jasper Stuyven to an impressive Milan-San Remo win and Lizzie Deignan to the first ever Women's Paris-Roubaix victory will continue to support the team in 2022. 

That means the team will continue on Trek's range of road bikes, SRAM groupsets, Bontrager components, Wahoo computers and clothing from Santini, who will officially also supply the Tour de France leaders' jerseys in 2022. 

UAE Team Emirates

  • Bikes: Colnago V3Rs, C64, K.One (TT)
  • Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Wheels: Campagnolo
  • Clothing: Gobik
  • Saddles: Prologo
  • Finishing Kit: Deda Elementi
  • Computers: SRM

Finally, UAE Team Emirates and their Tour de France winning talisman, Tadej Pogačar, will start 2022 exactly how they finished 2021, with their Colnago bikes equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets and Campagnolo wheels. Clothing will continue to be supplied by Spanish brand Gobik, while data will be fed from their SRM power meters to their SRM cycling computers. Finishing kit will come from Deda Elementi, while Prologo will provide the comfort. 

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Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.