For the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of teams that are offering just one bike to their riders for the majority of race days. The do-it-all race bike is back and we’d bet the mechanics of the Tour de France are rather happy about that. Here are some of the fastest in this year’s race.
We should point out right at the start that not all of our picks are the team’s only race bike option. Trek, for example, still offers its riders the Madone, but they’ve given the Emonda aero touches that make it suitable for the majority of stages. You’ll only see the faster riders on the Trek-Segafredo team opting for the more aero Madone.
The reason that the mechanics are going to be a bit happier with just one bike on offer comes down to simplicity. Just one type of road bike makes preparing for a race that bit easier. You only need spares of one frame model and that applies to all of the frame-specific parts like special seat posts and, increasingly these days, integrated handlebars.
Here's our pick of the best do-it-all race bikes in the 2021 Tour de France:
There’s our pick of the best all-rounders in the tour de France peloton! Obviously, there are more bikes we could have talked about: the Cannondale SuperSix Evo, the Factor Ostro VAM, the BMC TeamMachine SLR, the Scott Addict… the list goes on. Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below, we're sure you’ll all agree!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.