Bianchi Specialissima (Marco Pantani Edition)

Bianchi released Marco Pantani edition “Specialissima”, a special bike to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s Giro-Tour double. The bike has the iconic celeste-yellow fade paint job, the same color schema of Marco Pantani’s 1998 Bianchi. In 1998, after winning the Giro d’Italia, Pantani rode the yellow and celeste Bianchi Mega Pro XL (serial number H …

Vintage Carbon Nonsense and Marketplace

Last week, Facebook offered me an interesting group named “Vintage Carbon Nonsense and Marketplace”. It is an interesting group, dedicated to ’80s/90’s carbon bikes. Carbon-fiber frames have a longer history than most people think. According to Wikipedia, the American bike producer Kestrel produced the world’s very first all-carbon bicycle frame in 1986. But before then, …

Astana will ride Argon 18 Bikes

Kazakh team Astana will ride Argon 18 bikes in 2017, instead of Specialized. The UCI WorldTour team will also switching the components and drivetrain sponsor: they’ll use FSA gears and Vision wheels and components (they were using Campagnolo drivetrain). The team riders will first use Dura Ace Di2 groupset in the beginning of the season, …

Dura-Ace History

Dura-Ace is the admiral ship of Shimano, the Japanese (now multinational) manufacturer of cycling components (and some other things like fishing tackle and rowing equipment). Here is a brief history of Dura-ace.

Greg Van Avermaet’s Golden-Painted BMC bike

On August 6, 2016, BMC Racing Team’s Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet won the gold medal in men’s individual road race event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The Swiss bike manufacturer BMC has gifted him a special golden-painted Teammachine-SLR01 bike to honor his success.