You may have noticed that Peter Sagan’s bike has a slightly different “look” than your standard Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod shop floor model. Matter of fact all the Cannondale Pro Cycling team bikes are special. At this year’s Tour de France, the entire team is tapping into their “inner animal,” pedaling bikes with special animal-inspired paint schemes.
The idea of the whole project is to illustrate the close-knit pack that is the Cannondale Pro Cycling. Each member of the Tour team worked with Cannondale’s brand team and U.K.-based custom artist Death Spray to bring their designs to life.
In most cases the custom job is a nod to a creature you can find at the zoo: the grizzly bear (Ted King), the lion (Kristen Koren) and the wolf (Marco Marcato) for example. But the leader of the green points jersey standings went one step further with his special bike. Sagan is showing off his favorite superhero animal – the Wolverine. Or at least the Wolverine’s eyes.
Alas, Cannondale has yet to pull off a stage win at the this year’s Tour, and the hot rumor is that Sagan is about to leave the pack, and will sign a deal to ride for the Tinkoff-Saxo team for 2015. Regardless, they’re some very cool looking bikes.
Besides the custom paint scheme, Sagan’s EVO Hi-Mod utilizes custom geometry. It’s a size 54cm frame, but with a 57.5cm top tube, the same as what you’d find on a 58cm.
Those eyes have all but locked down the green poinst jersey, but have yet to track down a stage win. Sagan has finished second four times during this year’s Tour.
Sagan’s full FSA cockpit includes a nod to his Slovakian heritage. An SRM power meter is paired with Cannondale’s Hologram SLSL2 crankset, SRAM 53-39 chainrings, and green Speedplay Zero pedals. Cannondale is just one of three teams in the Tour running SRAM.
The Slovakian flag shares space on Sagan’s top tube with the Wolverine eyes. Saddle choice is the Fizik Aliante
SRAM Red brakes are paired with Vision’s Metron 81 tubulars, though Sagan has often run shallower profile rims during the Tour.
Kristen Koren gets a more traditional green paint scheme on his Lion themed Cannondale SuperSix EVO. The super light frame is made using Cannondale’s proprietary BallisTec HI-MOD carbon construction method. Claimed frame weight is a wispy 700 grams.
Marco Marcato’s wolf bike and all the other Cannondale Pro Cycling team bikes get special green accents on their SRAM Red shifters.