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Astana will ride Argon 18 bikes

Astana will ride Argon 18 bikes
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Astana team leader Fabio Aru infront of his new Argon 18 bike

Astana team leader Fabio Aru infront of his new Argon 18 bike
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Vision wheels with Schawlbe tyres

Vision wheels with Schawlbe tyres
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The square-like down tube of the Gallium Pro

The square-like down tube of the Gallium Pro
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There are lots of logo on the bikes

There are lots of logo on the bikes
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A close-up view of the Garmin unit

A close-up view of the Garmin unit
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The massive Vision Metron aero chainset

The massive Vision Metron aero chainset
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The Astana logo is on every bike

The Astana logo is on every bike
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Astana will use Vision disc wheels

Astana will use Vision disc wheels
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A view from the top of the aero bar steerer

A view from the top of the aero bar steerer
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The head stearer of the time trial bike

The head stearer of the time trial bike
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The chunky bur aero tubes of the time trial bike

The chunky bur aero tubes of the time trial bike
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The Argon 18 bikes are Astana team issue

The Argon 18 bikes are Astana team issue
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The Vision TT cockpit

The Vision TT cockpit
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A different view of the profile of the seat stays

A different view of the profile of the seat stays
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The seat stays of the time trial

The seat stays of the time trial
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A detail of the Shimano lever and the Vision aero bar

A detail of the Shimano lever and the Vision aero bar
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The Argon 18 Gallium Pro

The Argon 18 Gallium Pro
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The Argon 18 Gallium Pro is the climbers bike for Astana

The Argon 18 Gallium Pro is the climbers bike for Astana
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The main tubes of the Gallium Pro

The main tubes of the Gallium Pro
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The forks are straight

The forks are straight
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The big Shimano Di2 front mech

The big Shimano Di2 front mech
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A close up of the Vision areo bar and fork tube

A close up of the Vision areo bar and fork tube
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Astana use Tacx bottle cages

Astana use Tacx bottle cages
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The compact FSA brakes

The compact FSA brakes
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Astana will use Shimano gears until the FSA WE gears system ready to race

Astana will use Shimano gears until the FSA WE gears system ready to race
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The FSA chainset

The FSA chainset
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The Prologo saddle

The Prologo saddle
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The inside of the Bottom bracket area gets a touch of yellow

The inside of the Bottom bracket area gets a touch of yellow
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The aerobar-headset area

The aerobar-headset area
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A close up of the head tube section

A close up of the head tube section
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The Argon 18 logo full the down tube

The Argon 18 logo full the down tube
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The bottom bracket is solid and reflective

The bottom bracket is solid and reflective
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The Garmin sensor

The Garmin sensor
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The Argon 18 E 118 time trial bike

The Argon 18 E 118 time trial bike
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The Astana team and new bike sponsor Argon 18 unveiled the bikes the Kazakhstani team will use during the 2017 season at their recent get together in Tuscany, confirming a switch from Campagnolo to FSA. The riders will initially use Shimano Dura Ace Di2 electronic gears, but gradually switch to FSA's new WE electronic gears as the product rolls out during the start of 2017.

Astana announced a three-year agreement with the Montreal-based Argon 18 in August, ending an eleven-year partnership with Specialized who have supplied the team since it's inception in the second half of 2006. Specialized has arguably swapped teams with Argon 18, with the California-based brand helping fund Peter Sagan's big budget move to the German team. Argon 18 was happy to swap teams, securing a keenly contested place in the WorldTour as it continues to grow as what it calls a 'specialist brand' and snap away at the heels of the bigger global brands.

FSA will supply the brakes, crankset and finishing kit –including some slick and very curvy carbon fiber aero road bars, whilst the levers and shifting is set to be Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with a Power2Max power meter. The team will have a choice of Vision Metron wheelsets with Schwalbe tyres. The bikes on show were fitted with Schwalbe Durano Plus rubber.

After the end of their relationship with Specialized and Campagnolo, Astana has worked to secure several new technical sponsors. These include Sidi shoes, Prologo saddles, Garmin computers and Limar helmets, while Astana will wear Clique casual clothing. The new Astana jersey – made by Giordana - with input from Argon 18 designers, has a new look and now fades from sky blue on the shoulders into the black of the shorts.

Argon 18 will supply close to 250 bikes for 2017, with riders able to use the Astana team issue Gallium Pro lightweight bike, the Nitrogen Pro aero bike and the E118 Next time trial bike. Argon 18 will also supply their new Gallium Pro disc model, with Astana planning a gradually use of disc brakes during the 2017 season. The bike features flat mount disc brakes and a specially designed through axle release system. The frameset allows clearances for up to 30mm tyre width, versus the 25mm on the standard Gallium Pro.