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Massive California time trial tech gallery

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US national time trial champion Taylor Phinney warms up ahead of his thirteenth place finish on the stage

US national time trial champion Taylor Phinney warms up ahead of his thirteenth place finish on the stage
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Shimano provide the disc rotors on the through axle design

Shimano provide the disc rotors on the through axle design
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The front brake cover on the Pinarello Bolide is removed with a screw so cannot be adjusted on the fly

The front brake cover on the Pinarello Bolide is removed with a screw so cannot be adjusted on the fly
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Serghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly Maxxis is the two-time national time trial champion of Romania

Serghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly Maxxis is the two-time national time trial champion of Romania
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Aerodynamic Vision Metron TT cranks were paired with 56/42T chainrings for Tvetcov

Aerodynamic Vision Metron TT cranks were paired with 56/42T chainrings for Tvetcov
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Tvetcov also ran a Vision Metron rear derailleur

Tvetcov also ran a Vision Metron rear derailleur
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Argon18 also supply WorldTour team Astana with framesets

Argon18 also supply WorldTour team Astana with framesets
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Even Tvetcov's timing chip had the Romanian national champion treatment

Even Tvetcov's timing chip had the Romanian national champion treatment
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Rally Cycling's Diamondback Serios bikes are paired with HED wheels and cockpits

Rally Cycling's Diamondback Serios bikes are paired with HED wheels and cockpits
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Rally Cycling's HED Stinger rear disc wheels are complemented by Kenda tubular tyres

Rally Cycling's HED Stinger rear disc wheels are complemented by Kenda tubular tyres
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Trek-Segafredo's bikes are paired with Trek's component wing, Bontrager

Trek-Segafredo's bikes are paired with Trek's component wing, Bontrager
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Ian Boswell of Team Sky added grip tape to his Fizik Tritone saddle to ensure the best position during the time trial

Ian Boswell of Team Sky added grip tape to his Fizik Tritone saddle to ensure the best position during the time trial
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Different riders will opt for different cockpit setups and wheel choices

Different riders will opt for different cockpit setups and wheel choices
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A look at the Bianchi Aquila rear end with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 drivetrain

A look at the Bianchi Aquila rear end with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 drivetrain
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Cannondale's Super Slice also features the new Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL front wheel

Cannondale's Super Slice also features the new Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL front wheel
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Cannondale-Drapac's Cannondale Super Slice disc

Cannondale-Drapac's Cannondale Super Slice disc
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Vision provide the cockpit for Talansky and is complemented with Fizik handlebar tape

Vision provide the cockpit for Talansky and is complemented with Fizik handlebar tape
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Most of the Cannondale-Drapac team were on the existing Cannondale Slice models

Most of the Cannondale-Drapac team were on the existing Cannondale Slice models
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Robert Gesink came in at nearly three minuted behind the leader on the day

Robert Gesink came in at nearly three minuted behind the leader on the day
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Lotto-JumboNL were equipped with Bianchi Aquila time trial bikes

Lotto-JumboNL were equipped with Bianchi Aquila time trial bikes
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A look at the Vision cockpit on Lotto-JumboNL's Bianchi

A look at the Vision cockpit on Lotto-JumboNL's Bianchi
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The flat course enabled riders to run big 56/44T chain rings

The flat course enabled riders to run big 56/44T chain rings
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Trek-Segafredo raced on Trek Speed Race Shop Limited frames

Trek-Segafredo raced on Trek Speed Race Shop Limited frames
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Bontrager's Speed Concept Mono handlebar extension feature a two pronged fork-like design

Bontrager's Speed Concept Mono handlebar extension feature a two pronged fork-like design
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Vision components provide the cockpits for Team Novo Nordisk

Vision components provide the cockpits for Team Novo Nordisk
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Sam Oomen of Team Sunweb's Giant Trinity

Sam Oomen of Team Sunweb's Giant Trinity
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Giant's Trinity time trial frame feature Fouriers brakes

Giant's Trinity time trial frame feature Fouriers brakes
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A look at the Giant Trinity top tube

A look at the Giant Trinity top tube
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French team Cofidis also rode Orbea Ordu bikes

French team Cofidis also rode Orbea Ordu bikes
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Some Bora-Hansgrohe riders completed the time trial on Specialized Tarmacs with clip-on aero handlebar extensions

Some Bora-Hansgrohe riders completed the time trial on Specialized Tarmacs with clip-on aero handlebar extensions
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A close look at Ben King's Cervelo P5 rear cluster

A close look at Ben King's Cervelo P5 rear cluster
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Astana's Argon18 E-118

Astana's Argon18 E-118
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TRP TTV brakes allow positioning behind the forks

TRP TTV brakes allow positioning behind the forks
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Team Novo Nordisk run Italian brand Ursus wheels

Team Novo Nordisk run Italian brand Ursus wheels
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Look Keo Carbon Blade pedals for Katusha-Alpecin

Look Keo Carbon Blade pedals for Katusha-Alpecin
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Several of the Katusha-Alpecin Zipp Super-9 disc wheels feature eye-catching red and white decals

Several of the Katusha-Alpecin Zipp Super-9 disc wheels feature eye-catching red and white decals
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Bontrager's Aeolus 9 front wheel

Bontrager's Aeolus 9 front wheel
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An array of Bontrager wheels are available for the Trek-Segfredo team

An array of Bontrager wheels are available for the Trek-Segfredo team
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Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing finished the stage in second place

Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing finished the stage in second place
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Bookwalter ran a full Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain

Bookwalter ran a full Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain
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Wider seat stays on the BMC Timemachine01 allows air to flow through, as well as around the bike

Wider seat stays on the BMC Timemachine01 allows air to flow through, as well as around the bike
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Marcel Kittel and Zdenek Stybar put themselves through the paces ahead of the time trial

Marcel Kittel and Zdenek Stybar put themselves through the paces ahead of the time trial
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Marcel Kittel once specialised in time trials before becoming one of the best sprinters in the world

Marcel Kittel once specialised in time trials before becoming one of the best sprinters in the world
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Canyon Speedmax CF SLX feature rubber 'Ergon Base Bar' handlebar grips

Canyon Speedmax CF SLX feature rubber 'Ergon Base Bar' handlebar grips
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A Katusha-Alpecin rider warms up ahead of the stage

A Katusha-Alpecin rider warms up ahead of the stage
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Astana's Argon18 is complemented with Corima wheels, Vision components and a Prologo saddle

Astana's Argon18 is complemented with Corima wheels, Vision components and a Prologo saddle
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The Team Novo Nordisk Colnago K.Zero bikes have internal cabling, which results in an untidy cockpit

The Team Novo Nordisk Colnago K.Zero bikes have internal cabling, which results in an untidy cockpit
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Colnago's K.Zero also features TRP TTV brakes, albeit with Colnago branding

Colnago's K.Zero also features TRP TTV brakes, albeit with Colnago branding
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All riders will have their own preferences for a time trial position and nearly all cockpits are full customisable

All riders will have their own preferences for a time trial position and nearly all cockpits are full customisable
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The front profile of the Canyon Speedmax is designed to reduce as much drag as possible

The front profile of the Canyon Speedmax is designed to reduce as much drag as possible
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SRAM eTap Clics are buttons on the ends of the handlebar extensions for changing gear without moving hand position

SRAM eTap Clics are buttons on the ends of the handlebar extensions for changing gear without moving hand position
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Even the time trial specific water bottles feature dimples to improve air flow over the bike

Even the time trial specific water bottles feature dimples to improve air flow over the bike
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A look at the Canyon Speedmax seat cluster

A look at the Canyon Speedmax seat cluster
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A closer look at the Colnago K.Zero of Team Novo Nordisk

A closer look at the Colnago K.Zero of Team Novo Nordisk
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A Team Novo Nordisk mechanic adjust the chainrings for a rider

A Team Novo Nordisk mechanic adjust the chainrings for a rider
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The Diamondback Serios of Rally Cycling are one of the rare time trial bikes to feature traditional caliper front brakes

The Diamondback Serios of Rally Cycling are one of the rare time trial bikes to feature traditional caliper front brakes
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Each team will have an array of different chainring and cassette options available for time trials and regular road races

Each team will have an array of different chainring and cassette options available for time trials and regular road races
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A BMC Racing mechanic adjust chainrings on a crankset

A BMC Racing mechanic adjust chainrings on a crankset
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BMC run their bikes with 3T alloy handlebar extensions

BMC run their bikes with 3T alloy handlebar extensions
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A Team Novo Nordisk rider has his twenty-three minute warm-up notes ready

A Team Novo Nordisk rider has his twenty-three minute warm-up notes ready
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Owain Doull's Pinarello Bolide seat cluster

Owain Doull's Pinarello Bolide seat cluster
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Doull opts for grip tape over handlebar tape on his cockpit

Doull opts for grip tape over handlebar tape on his cockpit
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United Health Care wear Smith Podium TT helmets

United Health Care wear Smith Podium TT helmets
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Jelly Belly Maxxis' Argon18 E-118 time trial bikes are equipped with TRP TTV brake systems

Jelly Belly Maxxis' Argon18 E-118 time trial bikes are equipped with TRP TTV brake systems
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The Jelly Belly Maxxis bikes have some of the best paint jobs in the professional peloton

The Jelly Belly Maxxis bikes have some of the best paint jobs in the professional peloton
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Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team's BMC Timemachine01

Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team's BMC Timemachine01
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The BMC Timemachine01 has a fully integrated front brake that sits inside the fork

The BMC Timemachine01 has a fully integrated front brake that sits inside the fork
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The steerer on the BMC Timemachine01 operates as a 'hinge-fork' to further integrate components on the front end

The steerer on the BMC Timemachine01 operates as a 'hinge-fork' to further integrate components on the front end
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HED Stinger rear disc wheels for Rally Cycling

HED Stinger rear disc wheels for Rally Cycling
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Jelly Belly Maxxis wear Rudy Project Wing 57 helmets

Jelly Belly Maxxis wear Rudy Project Wing 57 helmets
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Colnago's K.Zero also features TRP TTV brakes, albeit with Colnago branding

Colnago's K.Zero also features TRP TTV brakes, albeit with Colnago branding
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Campagnolo's Bora Ultra 80 is the deepest profile front wheel the Italian component brand manufacture

Campagnolo's Bora Ultra 80 is the deepest profile front wheel the Italian component brand manufacture
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Most WorldTour riders are lucky enough to be equipped with a spare time trial bike

Most WorldTour riders are lucky enough to be equipped with a spare time trial bike
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Talansky's spare time trial bike runs Shimano Ultegra Di2 as opposed to Shimano Dura-Ace components

Talansky's spare time trial bike runs Shimano Ultegra Di2 as opposed to Shimano Dura-Ace components
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The latest Cannondale Super Slice time trial bikes are yet to be released officially

The latest Cannondale Super Slice time trial bikes are yet to be released officially
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Cannondale's new TT bike features a more prominent rear tab at the top of the seat tube than its predecessor

Cannondale's new TT bike features a more prominent rear tab at the top of the seat tube than its predecessor
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A Cannondale-Drapac rider rode the disc version of the Super Slice, which was first seen at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this season

A Cannondale-Drapac rider rode the disc version of the Super Slice, which was first seen at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this season
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The disc brakes on the Super Slice are cable operated

The disc brakes on the Super Slice are cable operated
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Garmin Vector pedals provide power meter readings for the Cannondale-Drapac riders

Garmin Vector pedals provide power meter readings for the Cannondale-Drapac riders
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A concaved down tube on the Colnago K.Zero allows bottles to sit out of the wind

A concaved down tube on the Colnago K.Zero allows bottles to sit out of the wind
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The integrated cockpit of the Colnago K.Zero includes internal cable routing

The integrated cockpit of the Colnago K.Zero includes internal cable routing
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A rear end of a Colnago K.Zero of UAE Team Emirates

A rear end of a Colnago K.Zero of UAE Team Emirates
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Team Sky's Bolide time trial bikes are yet to have a paint upgrade alongside the road bikes and new Castelli team kit

Team Sky's Bolide time trial bikes are yet to have a paint upgrade alongside the road bikes and new Castelli team kit
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Owain Doull's headtube cluster

Owain Doull's headtube cluster
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The majority of Team Sky complemented their Pinarello Bolides with PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheels and disc rears

The majority of Team Sky complemented their Pinarello Bolides with PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheels and disc rears
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The rear brake on the Pinarello Bolide features an aero cover that can be removed for maintenance and adjustment

The rear brake on the Pinarello Bolide features an aero cover that can be removed for maintenance and adjustment
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Mechanic Thomas Kousgaard files Ian Boswell's front brake pads ahead of the time trial

Mechanic Thomas Kousgaard files Ian Boswell's front brake pads ahead of the time trial
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United Health Care ride Orbea Ordu time trial bikes

United Health Care ride Orbea Ordu time trial bikes
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The Orbeas are paired with Vision components and cockpits

The Orbeas are paired with Vision components and cockpits
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Orbea opt for traditional mounted brakes as opposed to the popular integrated brakes usually seen on TT bikes

Orbea opt for traditional mounted brakes as opposed to the popular integrated brakes usually seen on TT bikes
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Prologo's Tgale PAS TiroX adorns a United Health Care Orbea

Prologo's Tgale PAS TiroX adorns a United Health Care Orbea
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Cannondale's Super Slice disc has featured the same eye-catching paint design since Tirreno-Adriatico

Cannondale's Super Slice disc has featured the same eye-catching paint design since Tirreno-Adriatico
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Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California looked, on paper, like a flat and relatively short time trial, but add over 2,000 metres of altitude to the equation and the stage becomes an all-the-more interesting affair.

Jon Dibben took his first victory in Team Sky colours, coming in at seven seconds quicker than BMC Racing’s Brent Bookwalter. The big winner of the day, however, was George Bennett of LottoNL-Jumbo. The New Zealander finished in fourth place but cemented overall victory of the Amgen Tour of California in its first year of WorldTour status.

A variety of bike set-ups were on show at the stage in Big Bear Lake. Wheel and cockpit choices can be very personal for time trials and there were hugely contrasting set-ups even within teams.

Despite the altitude, the flat course allowed for larger chainrings and 56T outer rings were commonplace for the stage.

As with all modern time trial bikes, integration is queen. Integrated steerers, braking systems and cockpits are now regular sights, whilst the more unique set-ups include traditional calliper brakes as seen on the Cofidis and United Healthcare Orbeas.

Pinarello and BMC take integrated brake systems one step further by introducing detachable covers to further improve the bikes' aerodynamics.

In contrast, Cannondale’s unreleased Super Slice time trial frame was available in a disc brake version, which was first seen at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year. Andrew Talansky rode the calliper version of the new Super Slice to third place on the day.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to have a detailed look at what was on show at Big Bear.