After taking the purple jersey on stage 6 of this 12 months’s Vuelta a España, Belgian wunderkind and now Grand Tour winner, Remco Evenepoel, opted for his inventory black crew bike till the ultimate stage of the race. Maybe an effort to not jinx the prospect of turning into the primary Belgian to win a three-week stage race since Freddy Maertens in 1978, or possibly simply an effort to not add pointless weight over the famously savage Vuelta parcours?
Regardless of the cause, heading into the ultimate stage with a lead of over two minutes over Movistar’s Enric Mas meant the lead was all however nailed on for the Belgian crew, and with it, the customary colour-matched grand tour winners bike, adorned with a smattering of purple equipment was rolled out.
In addition to the purple detailing, the construct is an virtually fully inventory Specialised S-Works Tarmac SL7. The highest-tier frameset has been painted in an aesthetic purple fade moderately than a block color to present a way of movement, and complimented by a purple S-Works Energy Mirror saddle and bars wrapped in Supacaz Tremendous Sticky Kush Fade tape; a extra refined choice than the standard all purple wrap with purple hoods (or yellow/pink relying on the Grand Tour in query). Surprisingly although the entrance of the headtube, together with the entrance of the fork crown, has been left because the crew subject black, with a really abrupt fade to the purple. Quick on purple paint on the store maybe?
What is not so refined are the wheels. The often white-on-black look of the Roval Rapide CLX wheelset has been (rapidly) jazzed up with block purple logos. Out of context, it is a bit of bit Inexperienced Day circa 2004, however in context, they work effectively, even when the white logos nonetheless peek out from behind. The warmth shrink used to cut back the drag from the race chip on the fork can also be purple, although the crew has been utilizing this all through.
Whereas it’s largely a inventory construct when it comes to componentry, it is nonetheless a bona fide superbike, with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12sp groupset taking good care of the shifting and traction coming from S-Works Turbo Rapidair tyres entrance and rear. Energy switch can also be carried out by way of Dura-Ace pedals and measured by the inbuilt dual-sided crank-based energy meter.
Remco Evenepoel’s S-Works Tarmac SL7: Full bike specs
- Frameset: Specialised S-Works Tarmac SL7, Dimension 52
- Entrance brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9270 Hydraulic Disc caliper
- Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9270 Hydraulic Disc caliper
- Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9270 Hydraulic Disc Twin Management Lever
- Entrance derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9250
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9250
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9200, 11-30t
- Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 w/dual-sided energy meter
- Backside bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace Threaded
- Wheelset: Roval Rapide CLX II
- Tyres: Specialised S-Works Turbo Rapidair 26mm
- Handlebars: Professional Vibe Aero SL
- Handlebar tape: Supacaz Tremendous Sticky Professional Kush
- Stem: Tarmac built-in
- Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Saddle: Specialised S-Works Energy w/ Mirror
- Seat put up: S-Works Tarmac Carbon seat put up, 0mm offset
- Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
- Rider top: 1.71 m