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How new are disc brakes to the pro peloton? So new that mechnics haven't yet pulled off the safety stickers

How new are disc brakes to the pro peloton? So new that mechnics haven't yet pulled off the safety stickers
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Roompot has seen more action than any other pro team with hydraulic brakes

Roompot has seen more action than any other pro team with hydraulic brakes
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Look's aero bars require an ovalized Garmin mount

Look's aero bars require an ovalized Garmin mount
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Teams get creative with Di2 junction box placement

Teams get creative with Di2 junction box placement
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A typical Scheldeprijs set-up for a team leader: mid-depth front and ultra-deep rear

A typical Scheldeprijs set-up for a team leader: mid-depth front and ultra-deep rear
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The Venge has its own integrated Garmin mount that neatly integrates Di2

The Venge has its own integrated Garmin mount that neatly integrates Di2
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Etixxx busted out a few Venge ViAS aero bikes for the panacke-flat race

Etixxx busted out a few Venge ViAS aero bikes for the panacke-flat race
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Bennett came to battle for the win

Bennett came to battle for the win
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Sam Bennett went big for Scheldeprijs on wheels and gearing

Sam Bennett went big for Scheldeprijs on wheels and gearing
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AG2R has been using SRAM eTap for some time

AG2R has been using SRAM eTap for some time
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Francaise des Jeux looked to be getting ready for Roubaix with four riders using Shimano's climbing switch. Perhaps the name should be 'switched' to cobble changer?

Francaise des Jeux looked to be getting ready for Roubaix with four riders using Shimano's climbing switch. Perhaps the name should be 'switched' to cobble changer?
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Fizik's new Aliante color scheme looks just fine for a French champion

Fizik's new Aliante color scheme looks just fine for a French champion
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The speed of wheels changes is but one of several questions surrounding disc use in the pro peloton

The speed of wheels changes is but one of several questions surrounding disc use in the pro peloton
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Direct Energie rode discs for the first time at Scheldeprijs, with all but one rider on Shimano hydraulics

Direct Energie rode discs for the first time at Scheldeprijs, with all but one rider on Shimano hydraulics
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Vittoria supported six teams with tires at Scheldeprijs. This Pavé, once a very common sight, is being replaced by most teams

Vittoria supported six teams with tires at Scheldeprijs. This Pavé, once a very common sight, is being replaced by most teams
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Thomas Boudat was the lone rider on rim brakes for Direct Energie

Thomas Boudat was the lone rider on rim brakes for Direct Energie
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Di2 shifting isn't a new sight in the pro peloton — but Shimano hydraulic braking certainly is

Di2 shifting isn't a new sight in the pro peloton — but Shimano hydraulic braking certainly is
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Continental remains as popular as ever the pro peloton, with six teams aboard the German brand's product at Scheldeprijs

Continental remains as popular as ever the pro peloton, with six teams aboard the German brand's product at Scheldeprijs
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The new graphite-based Corsa tire was being used by many teams in a 25mm width. The 28mm version will come out for Paris-Roubaix

The new graphite-based Corsa tire was being used by many teams in a 25mm width. The 28mm version will come out for Paris-Roubaix
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Roompot Oranje Peloton had the whole team on discs for Scheldeprijs

Roompot Oranje Peloton had the whole team on discs for Scheldeprijs
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The ViAS front brake is effectively a substantial fairing

The ViAS front brake is effectively a substantial fairing
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Bora Argon 18 was one of many teams on Vittoria's new Corsa tubulars

Bora Argon 18 was one of many teams on Vittoria's new Corsa tubulars
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Not all pros have fancy name stickers. This is Nick Dougall's bike

Not all pros have fancy name stickers. This is Nick Dougall's bike
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Tyler Farrar's preferred monster stem and mount

Tyler Farrar's preferred monster stem and mount
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Team Katusha is racing SRAM eTap groups, but with blacked-out Rotor rings. For Scheldeprijs, Alexander Kristoff used a 54/46 ring combination

Team Katusha is racing SRAM eTap groups, but with blacked-out Rotor rings. For Scheldeprijs, Alexander Kristoff used a 54/46 ring combination
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Everything about Andre Greipel and his gear is big, including the 35mm Deda bars

Everything about Andre Greipel and his gear is big, including the 35mm Deda bars
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AG2R's Gediminas Bagdonas raced with the big Garmin Edge 1000 — with a leash, just in case

AG2R's Gediminas Bagdonas raced with the big Garmin Edge 1000 — with a leash, just in case
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Unlike Di2 buttons, which can be nudged from the side, Blip satellites require a direct press, like an elevator button, because the trigger sits within a cylinder

Unlike Di2 buttons, which can be nudged from the side, Blip satellites require a direct press, like an elevator button, because the trigger sits within a cylinder
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Katusha has a few different configurations for SRAM's Blip satellite eTap shifters

Katusha has a few different configurations for SRAM's Blip satellite eTap shifters
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AG2R's Jesse Sergent keeps it relatively simple for data on his Edge 520

AG2R's Jesse Sergent keeps it relatively simple for data on his Edge 520
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Dougall doesn't have a fancy — or any — top cap for his desired position, either

Dougall doesn't have a fancy — or any — top cap for his desired position, either
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ENVE has a tidy integrated Garmin mount on Cav's bike

ENVE has a tidy integrated Garmin mount on Cav's bike
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Yes, but you don't have two back-up bodies on the team car…

Yes, but you don't have two back-up bodies on the team car…
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You have your own top cap too, right?

You have your own top cap too, right?
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More triathlon-inspired anatomic saddles are finding favor in the road peloton these days

More triathlon-inspired anatomic saddles are finding favor in the road peloton these days
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Giant-Alpecin's Nikias Arndt went for Giant's Propel, while other teammates opted for the TCR Advanced SL

Giant-Alpecin's Nikias Arndt went for Giant's Propel, while other teammates opted for the TCR Advanced SL
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While most teams raced 25mm tubulars, a few 28mm back-ups were found on team cars

While most teams raced 25mm tubulars, a few 28mm back-ups were found on team cars
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Team Sky rode a mix of Dogmas and K8s

Team Sky rode a mix of Dogmas and K8s
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Lots of sensors and magnets going on here, between the Pioneer power meter and the Giant cadence/speed sensor

Lots of sensors and magnets going on here, between the Pioneer power meter and the Giant cadence/speed sensor
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Mark Cavendish tucks his Di2 junction box well off the stem

Mark Cavendish tucks his Di2 junction box well off the stem
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Dimension Data had a fun mix of stem set-ups

Dimension Data had a fun mix of stem set-ups
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Bagdonas also used Blip shifters, wrapped in electrical tape

Bagdonas also used Blip shifters, wrapped in electrical tape
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This article first appeared on Bike Radar

Sandwiched between the cobbled classics of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, the pancake-flat Scheldeprijs often plays host to a strange mix of road bike gear as some riders go for the win and others use the event to test equipment for the upcoming cobbles. This year that schism was exemplified by the presence of hydraulic disc brakes mixed in with 80mm aero wheels.

Pro Continental team Direct Energie rolled up to the start line in Antwerp, Belgium with all but one of their riders on 160mm Shimano hydraulic discs. Days before, Lampre-Merida became the first WorldTour squad to run all discs in a major road event. Pro Continental is the division below the top-tier WorldTour. Pro Continental team Roompot-Oranje Peloton has been using SRAM hydraulic brakes off and on this year as well, starting with 160mm rotors and shifting to 140mm recently.

FDJ seemed to be getting the cockpits Roubaix-ready, with four riders using the big Shimano Di2 climbing switch that mounts on the handlebar next to the stem. Some riders favor this satellite shifter for the cobbles as it allows you to shift with your hands on the top. It can be configured to shift the front or the rear, but most opt to use it for the rear derailleur.

In terms of tubulars, nearly all riders raced 25mm models. With the stones of Paris-Roubaix looming just days ahead, a few 28mm tires could be found on spare bikes atop team cars. Vittoria is clearly making a big push with its new Corsa tires with graphite, with six teams using those tires, the same number of teams as using the popular Continental.

For wheels, most riders used either 40, 50 or 60mm aero wheels, with some like Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) opting for ultra-tall 81mm hoops. The sprinter Bennett was clearly focused on the win on the race at hand, not Paris-Roubaix, with a massive 55t solid Vision chainring on his Argon 18.