Here’s Tyler Farrar’s 2011 ride, courtesy of Velonews. Now I don’t mean this in too serious a way, I’ve not turned into The Bike Snob, it’s more a small observation. But this looks like the ride of a weekend warrior with an active eBay account, not the steed of a top sprinter.
First up the low profile clincher rims scream “amateur”. Obviously most pros train on wheels like this but the Mavic Ksyrium wheels are strictly for hobby riders, few elite racers would select them and normally pro teams are very careful to showcase the thoroughbred machine, not the training mule. Next up the Garmin device on the bars may to record Farrar’s monster power but its chunky design and sat nav hints the rider is the sort of guy who manages to get lost during a weekend training ride. In addition the bars look awkward, with the brake levers positioned in a relatively upright position. Then there’s the stainless steel bottle cages, which are fine and strong but, for me at least, simply don’t match the aesthetics of a carbon frame, whether in colour or design. Finally the chain sits on the inner ring and the biggest sprocket at the back and the cranks rest in a position that means you can’t read the Rotor wording. All that’s missing is the backdrop of a garage door.
As I say, this is only Farrar’s training bike from the Cayman Islands camp but as a “sneak peak” effort, it does not grab the reader as strongly as a bike equipped with the latest carbon rims and other dream equipment. Here’s how it’s normally done:
The bike is a 2011 Felt, which will be ridden by Team Exergy. Like I say, don’t take my comments too seriously. It’s more an observation that the normally carefully controlled media “preview” images aren’t always perfect.