Video: Road Racing’s Most Iconic Road Bikes

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Devising a list of pro bike racing’s most iconic bikes is a tall task. Much depends on one’s preference for aesthetics over technology or vice versa. For example, there was little sex appeal to the bike Greg LeMond rode on the final day of the 1989 Tour de France. But the fact that it was equipped with aero bars, which ended up being the difference in the race and helped usher in the age of chasing aerodynamic efficiency, gives it unmistakable cache.

The same can be said of Trek’s OCLV frames. Though pedestrian in appearance by today’s design standards, these carbon fiber steeds helped the now-infamous Lance Armstrong win seven consecutive Tour titles, and harkened the beginning of an era when composite was the material of choice for both top level racers and the mass market.

Far more elegant was the Pinarello Sword ridden to countless victories by Spanish great Miguel Indurain. Even today, this stealthy machine looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, which was in part the reason the UCI banned the swoopy-shaped frame. The same was true for the Lotus Bike, which was piloted to an Olympic gold medal and world record time by Brit Chris Boardman at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Check out this video for a more detailed look at these bikes, plus six more which are some of the most iconic two-wheelers pro cycling has ever seen.

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Video courtesy: Global Cycling Network

Video: Road Racing’s Most Iconic Road Bikes Gallery
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Indurain's Pinarello Sword

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LeMond uses aero bars

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The famed Lotus Bike

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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  • James says:

    The ‘iconic list’ video is kind of a fail without LeMond’s 1986 Tour de France winning bike, and Merckx’s hour record bike (maybe Moser’s as well).

  • Mark Wynn says:

    Under what criteria was the Pinarello banned? It seems to have all the basic elements in current time trail bikes.

  • Chuck says:

    BTW, even considering that the OCLV frames look dated in comparison to today’s frames, they were UGLY when LA (aka, lying doper) riding one.

  • Twain Mein says:

    Great feature. I agree that the Cervelo R3 should be first mentioned; talk about a wildly copied concept.
    The Cervelo P3 deserves mention, too, as one of the most winning and durable TT/Tri designs ever.
    The Pinarello Prince probably needs to be included as well.

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