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Pro bikes: Who’s riding what in 2016?

  • By Kristen Legan
  • Published Jan. 12, 2016
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2016 at 3:07 PM EDT
Katusha is one of two teams riding the brand-new SRAM eTap wireless electronic group in 2016. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The WorldTour’s yearly sponsor shuffle has wrapped up ahead of the 2016 season. With not just one, not two, but three new drivetrains hitting the market this year, several teams are jumping ship to the newest equipment while others remain loyal to long-time sponsors. SRAM’s eTap wireless drivetrain in particular is making waves with Katusha’s recent announcement that the team will trade in Shimano components for SRAM in 2016. However, besides the influx of new drivetrain options and innovation, the overall shakeup of sponsors remained relatively calm for now.

Drivetrains

Shimano takes the largest slice of the component cake with two-thirds of teams starting the season with Dura-Ace drivetrains. Campagnolo holds steady with three teams, continuing its relationships with Astana, Lotto-Soudal, and Movistar.

But all eyes are on Ag2r La Mondiale and Katusha this season as they ride SRAM’s new eTap wireless drivetrain. While eTap prototypes have been ridden in WorldTour races before — hidden in the peloton for rider testing — this is the first official year that full teams will race day in and day out on the new wireless system.

Overshadowed by SRAM eTap, Rotor and FSA are also releasing new drivetrains, scheduled for later this year. Dimension Data will ride Rotor’s Uno hydraulic shifting groupset while Etixx-Quick-Step and Tinkoff will swap Shimano drivetrains for FSA’s new wireless electronic group, if it actually comes out this year.

Bike frames

You won’t see any changes this year — all WorldTour teams have kept their 2015 frame sponsors for another season. Specialized maintains its supremacy in the WorldTour peloton with three teams (Astana, Etixx-Quick-Step, and Tinkoff) aboard the Tarmac, Venge, and Shiv in 2016. Scott and Canyon claim two teams each with IAM Cycling and Orica-GreenEdge (Scott) and Movistar and Katusha (Canyon), while BMC, Merida, Cannondale, Trek, and Giant remain title sponsors for each of their teams.

Wheels

Both SRAM teams will race on Zipp wheels while two of the three teams on Camagnolo drivetrains will be on the Italian company’s wheels. The third, Astana, will remain with longtime sponsor Corima for wheels.

Only half of the teams on Shimano drivetrains will roll out on Shimano wheels in 2016. The other six have either opted for different wheel manufacturers like Mavic and DT Swiss, or they will ride wheels manufactured by the team’s bike sponsor: Specialized teams will be on Roval wheels while Trek Segafredo will ride Bontrager wheels.

Cockpits

Pro, FSA, and Zipp handlebars and stems will rule the peloton in 2016. But aero road bikes, like Canyon’s Aeroad and Specialized’s Venge, require specially designed handlebar and stem combos, which are bike-specific and integrated with the frames.

Ag2r La Mondiale
Bikes: Focus
Drivetrain: SRAM eTap
Wheels: Zipp
Cockpit: Zipp
Helmet: Ekoi
Clothing: One Way

Astana
Bikes: Specialized
Drivetrain: Campagnolo
Wheels: Corima
Cockpit: FSA
Helmet: Specialized
Clothing: MOA

BMC Racing
Bikes: BMC
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Shimano
Cockpit: 3T
Helmet: Giro
Clothing: Pearl Izumi

Cannondale
Bikes: Cannondale
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Mavic
Cockpit: FSA, Vision
Helmet: POC
Clothing: Castelli

Dimension Data
Bikes: Cervelo
Drivetrain: Rotor Uno hydro/Shimano
Wheels: Enve
Cockpit: FSA
Helmet: Met Helmets
Clothing: Castelli

Etixx – Quick-Step
Bikes: Specialized
Drivetrain: Shimano, later FSA
Wheels: Roval
Cockpit: FSA
Helmet: Rudy Project
Clothing: Specialized

FDJ
Bikes: LaPierre
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Shimano
Cockpit: Pro
Helmet: Rudy Project
Clothing: Decathlon

Giant – Alpecin
Bikes: Giant
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Shimano
Cockpit: Pro
Helmet: Giant
Clothing: Etxeondo

IAM Cycling
Bikes: Scott
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: DT-Swiss
Cockpit: Ritchey
Helmet: Giro
Clothing: Cuore

Katusha
Bikes: Canyon
Drivetrain: SRAM eTap
Wheels: Zipp
Cockpit: Canyon
Helmet: Giro
Clothing: Katusha Sports

Lampre – Merida
Bikes: Merida
Drivetrain: Shimano with Rotor cranks
Wheels: Fulcrum
Cockpit: FSA
Helmet: Suomy
Clothing: Champion Systems

Lotto – Soudal
Bikes: Ridley
Drivetrain: Campagnolo
Wheels: Campagnolo
Cockpit: Deda
Helmet: Lazer
Clothing: Vermarc

Lotto NL – Jumbo
Bikes: Bianchi
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Shimano
Cockpit: FSA
Helmet: Bell
Clothing: Santini SMS

Movistar
Bikes: Canyon
Drivetrain: Campagnolo
Wheels: Campagnolo
Cockpit: Canyon
Helmet: Catlike
Clothing: Endura

Orica – GreenEdge
Bikes: Scott
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Shimano
Cockpit: Pro
Helmet: Scott
Clothing: Craft

Sky
Bikes: Pinarello
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Shimano
Cockpit: Pro
Helmet: Kask
Clothing: Rapha

Tinkoff
Bikes: Specialized
Drivetrain: Shimano, later FSA
Wheels: Roval
Cockpit: FSA, Specialized
Helmet: Specialized
Clothing: Sportful

Trek – Segafredo
Bikes: Trek
Drivetrain: Shimano
Wheels: Bontrager
Cockpit: Bontrager
Helmet: Bontrager
Clothing: Bontrager

Want more details? Download this PDF with a complete list of men’s WorldTour teams and their sponsors.

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Kristen Legan

Kristen Legan

Kristen Legan lives for two-wheeled adventures the world over. She’s a recovering pro triathlete who fell in love with cycling and ditched the swimming and running to race bikes exclusively. In 2012, Legan was one of six women to complete the entire Tour de France route, a day ahead of the men’s pro peloton, as part of the Rêve Tour. Living, training and working in Boulder, Colorado, Legan coaches for APEX coaching and has a degree in Molecular Biology & Neurology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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