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Mohoric drops dropper post and reverts to aero bike for cobbled Classics

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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

Mohoric has dropped the dropper post, switching back to the Merida Reacto aero bike for E3 Saxo Bank Classic (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

He's also reverted back to the more common 160mm rotor up front... (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

...and 140mm rotor at the back (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

Despite using 12-speed Dura-Ace shifters and mechs, he's using the old Dura-Ace cranks (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

The only tech hack on show is grip tape on his bottle cages (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

The Vision Metron cockpit hides brake hoses within... (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

...and is integrated into the Slovenian flag design of the bike (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

As part of that design, Mohoric's name adorns the top tube... (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

And a small homage to the race that earned him the Slovenian national title lives on the chainstay (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

60mm Vision Metron tubeless tyres are the rolling stock of preference... (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

...which are shod with Continental's latest tubeless road tyres, the GP5000S TR (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)
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Matej Mohoric Merida Reacto

Rounding off the build is the Prologo Scratch M5 PAS saddle (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Matej Mohorič has ditched the dropper post that helped him win Milan-San Remo - and break the internet – switching back to a more familiar set-up for the Flemish cobbled Classics.

The Slovenian champion arrived at the start of E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday morning equipped with a Merida Reacto aero bike painted in the colours of the Slovenian flag. 

The dropper post gave Mohorič a crucial advantage when it came to the technical and crucial descent of the Poggio at the end of Milan-San Remo. He crossed the finish line pointing to it and rhapsodised about its use to press and television cameras afterwards. 

But for the shorter downhills in the Flemish Ardennes, the benefits afforded by a dropper post would not make it worth the associated penalty of weight, aerodynamics, and mechanical complexity. 

While most riders used wind-cheating aero frames at Milan-San Remo, Mohorič chose to use the Merida Scultura Team – a lightweight climbing bike painted in standard team-issue colours. It was the only bike with a seat tube of the right shape to house his dropper post.

His tech hacks didn’t stop there though, as Cyclingnews later uncovered, he also ran enlarged disc brake rotors, adapting his forks to allow a 180mm rotor to fit the front wheel. 

For now, in the cobbled races of northern Belgium, Mohorič is racing on his familiar Reacto, the aero frame from Merida. His seatpost is the proprietary S-Flex post that comes with the Reacto, and even though the forks could house a 180mm rotor, he’s reverted to running a 160mm rotor at the front with a 140mm at the rear.

The rest of his bike is as we've come to expect from the Bahrain Victorious team in the 2022 season. Mohoric is running the new 12-speed R9200 Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, although, like many in the peloton at the moment, he's still using the older R9100 cranks due to supply issues from sponsor Shimano.

His wheels are the 60mm deep Metron tubeless wheels courtesy of sponsor Vision, and they are shod with the newest Continental GP5000 S TR tyres – the same tyres that teammate Sonny Colbrelli rode to Paris-Roubaix victory in October. 

Upfront, a white Vision Metron one-piece cockpit routes brake hoses internally, keeping them out of the wind for extra aerodynamic gain, as has become en vogue in bike design over recent years. Completing the spec list is a Prologo Scratch M5 PAS saddle.

The only tech hack on show comes courtesy of grip tape wrapped around his Elite Leggero Carbon bottle cages to help keep bottles in situ over the cobbled terrain. Although this is far from groundbreaking, it is common practice in the Flemish Classics. 

As part of the Slovenian design of the frame, Mohorič's name adorns the top tube, a Slovenian flag lives on the seat tube and seat stays, and a homage to the Slovenian national championship is positioned on the non-driveside chainstay, denoting the race, the location and the date of Mohorič's title-winning race. 

Mohorič, a national champion and now a Monument winner, is turning his attention to the cobbled Classics as he chases further success. After the E3 Saxo Bank Classic , he will ride Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, Dwars door Vlaanderen next Wednesday, and the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

He’ll also be in action at the Ardennes Classics and Paris-Roubaix later in April, and Cyclingnews understands there will be more secret bike innovations to come.

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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.

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