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Rotor size remains a debated subject in the pro peloton

Rotor size remains a debated subject in the pro peloton
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The K8 is similar to the K8-S bike that was launched at last year's Tour of Flanders with one key difference: no rear elastomer suspension

The K8 is similar to the K8-S bike that was launched at last year's Tour of Flanders with one key difference: no rear elastomer suspension
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Team Sky started the Tour of Flanders on two bikes: the Dogma F8 and the not-yet-announced K8

Team Sky started the Tour of Flanders on two bikes: the Dogma F8 and the not-yet-announced K8
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Speculation is rife that this part could house some sort of vibration-damping technology, similar to the IsoSpeed Decoupler at the rear of the frame

Speculation is rife that this part could house some sort of vibration-damping technology, similar to the IsoSpeed Decoupler at the rear of the frame
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The segmented head tube/top tube junction is most curious

The segmented head tube/top tube junction is most curious
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A little cobble detail on the back of the Domane down tube

A little cobble detail on the back of the Domane down tube
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The split down tube of the new Trek Domane

The split down tube of the new Trek Domane
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Scarface intended to go out shooting at his last Tour of Flanders

Scarface intended to go out shooting at his last Tour of Flanders
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Fabian Cancellara is riding a new Trek Domane that Trek still isn't talking about

Fabian Cancellara is riding a new Trek Domane that Trek still isn't talking about
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With 28mm tubulars, Giant-Alpecin set most pressures aroudn 5.5bar / 80psi

With 28mm tubulars, Giant-Alpecin set most pressures aroudn 5.5bar / 80psi
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The K8 has the same flattened chainstays as the K8-S

The K8 has the same flattened chainstays as the K8-S
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Sky goes a step beyond cutting out the race bible's list of cobble sectors and taping it to the top tube

Sky goes a step beyond cutting out the race bible's list of cobble sectors and taping it to the top tube
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There would likely be some big numbers recorded in this Garmin by day's end

There would likely be some big numbers recorded in this Garmin by day's end
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While new school technologies abound, sometimes the tried-and-true is just fine

While new school technologies abound, sometimes the tried-and-true is just fine
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Shimano is happy to help Look riders, too

Shimano is happy to help Look riders, too
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Shimano neutral support for the Tour of Flanders had a token set of disc wheels on each car — but with 140mm rotors, not the 160mm version Lampre-Merida used

Shimano neutral support for the Tour of Flanders had a token set of disc wheels on each car — but with 140mm rotors, not the 160mm version Lampre-Merida used
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Orica-Greenedge has a mix of integrated Scott Foil stems and standard options

Orica-Greenedge has a mix of integrated Scott Foil stems and standard options
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Dimension Data is running Rotor's new 2INpower

Dimension Data is running Rotor's new 2INpower
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Dimension Data's Tyler Farrar lays out the day's expectation

Dimension Data's Tyler Farrar lays out the day's expectation
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Kwiatkowski's computer

Kwiatkowski's computer
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Michal Kwiatkowski doesn't like a baggy chain, evidently

Michal Kwiatkowski doesn't like a baggy chain, evidently
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The race number sits where the K8-S's elastomer suspension would be — Team Sky riders liked the suspension when seated but disliked it when out of the saddle, so it was removed

The race number sits where the K8-S's elastomer suspension would be — Team Sky riders liked the suspension when seated but disliked it when out of the saddle, so it was removed
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Some like to shift with their thumb, others with their forefinger

Some like to shift with their thumb, others with their forefinger
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Giant-Alpecin riders have two ways to run the climbing switch shifter

Giant-Alpecin riders have two ways to run the climbing switch shifter
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Most AG2R bikes have SRAM's wireless eTap drivetrain, but the odd mechanical group can be spotted now and again

Most AG2R bikes have SRAM's wireless eTap drivetrain, but the odd mechanical group can be spotted now and again
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Not everyone uses a Garmin or an SRM head unit, you know

Not everyone uses a Garmin or an SRM head unit, you know
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert rode the Tour of Flanders in memory of their late teammate Antoine Demoitié

Wanty-Groupe Gobert rode the Tour of Flanders in memory of their late teammate Antoine Demoitié
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Riders cannot ride a non-sponsor-correct frame, of course, but saddles can be another matter

Riders cannot ride a non-sponsor-correct frame, of course, but saddles can be another matter
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Saddle choice is always a matter of personal preference, but the cobblestones accentuate this

Saddle choice is always a matter of personal preference, but the cobblestones accentuate this
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On many teams, each rider has a specific front and rear pressure

On many teams, each rider has a specific front and rear pressure
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Tire pressure is obsessed about before the race

Tire pressure is obsessed about before the race
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What is the wax formula? "It is a special secret," a mechanic told us

What is the wax formula? "It is a special secret," a mechanic told us
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Some Astana riders had Specialized-branded tubulars. Others had these, likely FMBs

Some Astana riders had Specialized-branded tubulars. Others had these, likely FMBs
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While the rest of his Astana teammates used standard chain lube, Boom's white chain stood out

While the rest of his Astana teammates used standard chain lube, Boom's white chain stood out
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Fizik's relatively new line of anatomic-channel saddles are becoming popular in the peloton, as is the Specialized Power saddle

Fizik's relatively new line of anatomic-channel saddles are becoming popular in the peloton, as is the Specialized Power saddle
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Continental is the most-used tubular in the pro peloton now, with 10 Flanders teams aboard the German brand's rubber

Continental is the most-used tubular in the pro peloton now, with 10 Flanders teams aboard the German brand's rubber
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The 11-28 cassette is a common sight at the Tour of Flanders. The cobbled hills aren't long, but they are steep and narrow

The 11-28 cassette is a common sight at the Tour of Flanders. The cobbled hills aren't long, but they are steep and narrow
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Is there water or sports drink in here? Sometimes the simplest marking solutions are the best

Is there water or sports drink in here? Sometimes the simplest marking solutions are the best
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Boonen was the one Etixx rider aboard a Specialized Roubaix; the rest rode Tarmacs

Boonen was the one Etixx rider aboard a Specialized Roubaix; the rest rode Tarmacs
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Supacaz handlebar tape is the company of Anthony Sinyard, son of Specialized founder Mike Sinyard

Supacaz handlebar tape is the company of Anthony Sinyard, son of Specialized founder Mike Sinyard
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Tom Boonen runs his bar tape right up against the stem

Tom Boonen runs his bar tape right up against the stem
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Vandenbergh and Etixx teammate Matteo Trentini opted for 28mm tubulars; the rest of the team used 26

Vandenbergh and Etixx teammate Matteo Trentini opted for 28mm tubulars; the rest of the team used 26
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At Etixx, Stijn Vandenbergh runs sprint shifters with spliced cables up to his stem, making for a much smaller option than Shimano's substantial climbing switch

At Etixx, Stijn Vandenbergh runs sprint shifters with spliced cables up to his stem, making for a much smaller option than Shimano's substantial climbing switch
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An example of the small-hole method

An example of the small-hole method
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Some mechanics make a small cut in the tape, others just wrap tightly around the shifter

Some mechanics make a small cut in the tape, others just wrap tightly around the shifter
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There are a few different ways to wrap around or over a Shimano Di2 sprint shifter

There are a few different ways to wrap around or over a Shimano Di2 sprint shifter
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Lars Boom's chain with a healthy coating of race-day wax

Lars Boom's chain with a healthy coating of race-day wax
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This article first appeared on Bike Radar

Although the Tour of Flanders is steeped in history and tradition, there is always room for new things. At the 100th running of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, unreleased Trek and Pinarello bikes were raced alongside an entire fleet of Merida Scultura Disc machines, and waxed chains were spun through electronic and mechanical drivetrains alike.

Click through the sizable gallery above for a close look at the Pinarello K8, the new Trek Domane, the specific tubular pressure methodology of a few teams, riders’ saddle preferences and much, much more.