We haven’t received the full details from Felt or Garmin-Transitions, but David Millar is set to ride a new bike from Felt in the Giro d’Italia prologue on Saturday.
VeloNews’ Andrew Hood snapped some photos of Millar’s bike between press conferences in advance of the start. And there’s no mistaking a few modifications from the Felt DA that the team typically takes to TTs.
The new bike sports a revised downtube, seat tube, and rear triangle. The down tube looks deeper in cross section. It lacks the leading edge “bump” on the DA, which is made to smooth airflow off the front wheel. But all the same, the front wheel runs much closer to the down tube than it does on the DA bikes.
On the seat tube, just above the down tube/seat tube junction above the bottom bracket, there’s a slot for an aerodynamic water bottle. The seat tube itself looks deeper than that on the DA, and lacks the airfoil fill-in between the seat stay and seat tube junction.
On the rear triangle, both the seat stays and chain stays are much more deeply bladed in profile. The rear dropouts are still horizontal, rear entry as they are on the current DA TT bikes.
We’re digging for more information, but until then, enjoy the photos and see if you can spot more design elements on Millar’s new machine.
Horizontal dropouts persist on Felt’s new TT bike. Note the internal Shimano Di2 shifter wire routing and deeply bladed chain stay.
David Millar, like several of his Garmin-Transistions teammates, has readily adopted Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifting. On time trial bikes, the system permits shifter buttons at both the brake levers and aero extensions, for both quick shifting while sprinting out of turns and powering the straights.
The new bike from Felt sports a flat mounting bracket on the rear of the seat post for a Di2 battery. It’s a clever integration of the battery in a very aerodynamic position.
The revised seat tube on Felt’s new bike doesn’t have the deep “web” of carbon fiber seen on the DA joining the seat tube and seat stays. Instead, it’s got a deeper aero cross section on the seat tube itself, with a cut out for the rear wheel and a slight forward bend in the tube just above the front derailleur mount.
Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain has proven reliable. It looks like Millar is sporting new, carbon Dura Ace pedals.
The head tube
Note the subtle downward curve of the down tube just behind the head tube, and also the shorter head tube. The lower head tube permits the stem and forward “hinged” fork to mount in line with the top tube.
The stem and bars
With the very low stem position on Felt’s new bike, Millar appears to be running a sizable tower of spacers under the elbow pads of his aero extensions.
The new bike requires a closer look
From a distance, Millar’s new time trial rig doesn’t jump out as significantly different from Felt’s current DA TT bikes. But a closer look at the down tube, seat tube, and rear triangle begins to reveal subtle revisions.