Tour de France Tech: Froome’s Pinarello F8 and Contador’s Specialized Tarmac

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On the first rest day of the 2014 Tour de France, RoadBikeReview pays tribute to two bikes (and their riders) who will be getting more than 24 hours of downtime. Indeed, Chris Froome’s Pinarello F8 and Alberto Contador’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac were just getting warmed up when a spate of crashes (Froome on stage 5, Contador on stage 10) took both bikes and their pilots out of the race. The best we can hope for now is that the pair heals up in time for a showdown in Vuelta a España, which starts in late August. In the meantime, here’s a look at their bikes.


Froome Pinarello

In the lead-up to the Tour, Froome and the rest of his Sky teammates made the switch to Pinarello’s new F8 aero road bike. Highlights of the new frame include lots of truncated aero tubes, an integrated seatpost clamp, and a few odd add-ons unique to Froome.

Froome Nametag

Yep, this is Froome’s bike, and yes, his stem is 124mm long.

Froome Drivetrain

Team Sky has a tight relationship with Shimano, which means Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrains, Shimano Dura-Ace pedals, and Shimano C50 carbon tubular wheels.

Froome Cockpit

Up front the cockpit is all PRO, with special Sky blue piping running down the stem. Also just out of view is a set of Di2 climber shifters, which Froome has stripped down to just the buttons because he didn’t like the bulk of the stock set-up.

Froome Shifter

Nothing out of the ordinary here, just your standard Dura-Ace Di2 levers.

Froome Chainring

They’re not particularly pretty, but Froome is a true believer in ovalized chainrings. This Oysmmetric set-up is not sponsor correct, so it gets the sharpie treatment.

Froome Fork

These wide bowed fork legs is a design borrowed from Pinarello’s time trial bikes. They’re claimed to more cleanly move air from front to back, making the bike more aero.

Froome Pedals

Old standby, Shimano Dura-Ace pedals.

Froome Saddle

Froome opts for an older model fi’zi:k Antares saddle.

Froome Stages

Boulder, Colorado-based Stages Cycling provides power meters for Team Sky. The unit is mounted on the inside of the non-driveside crank-arm and measures the output of that leg, then doubles it.

Froome Tires

Team Sky rolls on the ever-popular Veloflex tubular tires.

Froome Wheels

Shimano C50 carbon tubulars are spun by an 11-28 cassette. With the move to 11-speed, many pros are opting to add the more climbing friendly gear.

Froome Seatpost

The Pinarello F8 features an aero friendly integrated seatpost. A Team Sky sticker marks proper saddle height. And every F8 is signed by Mr. Pinarello himself.

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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 all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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