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Garmin-Cervélo switches to Shimano

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Nov. 17, 2011

Garmin-Cervélo riders will be shifting and braking on Japanese parts for the 2012 season instead of the SRAM they rode this season. Shimano, however, is not a new sponsor. Cervélo, the bike manufacturer, is purchasing Shimano groups for the team after repeated requests for Shimano from team members.

The Garmin team used Shimano components until the 2011 season, when it merged with the former Cervélo TestTeam.

Home training bikes for team members are being built with cable-pull Dura-Ace but the team plans to race on the electric-shift Di2 on both road and time trial bikes.

Other equipment sponsors remain the same, with Mavic providing wheels and tires and Rotor providing cranks. The team will also use Garmin’s new Vector power-measuring pedals.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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