Team Sky on Garmin for 2014

Bradley Wiggins shows off his new Garmin Edge 810 in Majorca

by David Arthur   January 16, 2014  

It hasn't been confirmed officially yet, but photos posted on Team Sky's Facebook page this week clearly shows the team will be using Garmin computers with their Stages Cycling power meters this season. The photo above is Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello equipped with a Stages branded Garmin Edge 810.

Yesterday, Team Sky announced they would be using Stages Cycling power meters for the 2014 season, switching from SRM which they've been using since 2010. Because Stages Cycling do not manufacturer their own head unit, there was quite a bit of speculation about what computer they would use. That photo of Wiggo's bike all but confirms it.

The Stages Cycling power meter works with any compatible ANT+ or Bluetooth computer, like a Garmin, to collect the data from the strain gauges in the non-driveside crank. So Team Sky would obviously need a head unit to partner with the Stages power meter. And it looks like they've opted for Garmin.

And it does look like they're using Garmin computers, based on several photos posted on their Facebook page over the past couple of days, though nothing has been confirmed yet. Here's Edvald Boasson Hagen training in Majorca with what clearly looks like an Edge 500. Other photos lead us to think they're using Bar Fly out-front mounts, which works really nicely with two different sized Edge computers. 

How many Garmin computers does a professional team need? 130, apparently, and they all need to be painted with the Stages logo. Revealingly, photos posted by Paint My Bike, an Australian paint shop, shows a massive collection of Garmin Edge 500 and 810 computers being spray painted, having the Garmin logo on the front replaced with the Stages logo.

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Cool.

They followed my example then of a Garmin on a Pina Wink

posted by Super Domestique [1511 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:09

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The stem in that first photo may be longer than my top tube....

posted by Ducci [50 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:17

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Super Domestique wrote:
Cool.

They followed my example then of a Garmin on a Pina Wink

Where Super Domestique leads, top teams follow... Applause Smile

posted by Sim1 [46 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:17

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I wonder what Garmin think of having their logo covered

posted by Sadly Biggins [261 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:18

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Garmin don't really have a say in the matter, its most likely Stages are supplying them as part of the sponsorship deal. Much like how Quickstep have Edge 500s with a Quarq sticker over them

posted by euanlindsay [75 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:35

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cool Kapz cap too on Brads bike

lifes goal is not to arrive at the grave in a perfectly preserved body, but to skid in sideways yelling "yeah what a ride!"

posted by wheelsucker [39 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:43

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wheelsucker wrote:
cool Kapz cap too on Brads bike

Yep, these guys, based in Somerset: http://road.cc/content/news/72371-kapz-offer-full-custom-headset-top-caps

posted by Mat Brett [1725 posts]
16th January 2014 - 11:58

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Maybe Garmin will start to fix some of the bugs in them now

posted by earth [45 posts]
16th January 2014 - 13:04

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earth wrote:
Maybe Garmin will start to fix some of the bugs in them now

and then hell froze over ... Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [592 posts]
16th January 2014 - 13:12

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Quite surprised that the team who obsess over marginal gains are putting the massive 810 on the front of their bikes!

posted by sporran [39 posts]
16th January 2014 - 14:01

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Never mind the Garmin, EBH doesn't look like he's wearing a Kask; have Sky changed hats this season?

posted by s_lim [63 posts]
16th January 2014 - 14:27

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s_lim wrote:
Never mind the Garmin, EBH doesn't look like he's wearing a Kask; have Sky changed hats this season?

No, it's the Kask Infinity. I did think for a second it was a Giro, looks very similar from that angle.

posted by nellybuck@msn.com [155 posts]
16th January 2014 - 14:43

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Is that a batch of Garmin 500s rather than 510s?

posted by karlowen [65 posts]
17th January 2014 - 14:16

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karlowen wrote:
Is that a batch of Garmin 500s rather than 510s?

Yes, well I reckon it is, judging from that and other photos I've seen

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posted by David Arthur [1231 posts]
17th January 2014 - 17:22

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810 are for fat old men doing sportives, at least stick to the 500, they should be racing not looking at the ipad sized screen put in front of them, marginal loses

posted by russyparkin [550 posts]
18th January 2014 - 15:16

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