Rotor – Armstrong [en]

This year Rotor sponsors the new team Cervélo. Some pro racers of the team in which 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre is, now test the latest Rotor crankset equiped with the Quarcq powermeter. During the bike presentation, Josu Mondelo, could take some pictures of this prototype.
Obviously, Rotor designed a very innovative product. Indeed, this very special crankset has the particularity of being very … lightened. The crank arms looks like a grater of cheese and
we wonder what can be the stiffness of this component. Wait and see. This new crankarms are equipped with Rotor Q-rings, of course.

Photo: Josu Mondelo


The early season, allow us to see the new equipment used by the pro riders for the new season. The Tour Down Under in Australia follow this « rule ».
This year, the media exposition of this race is stronger than usually… For some months, this is THE return race of Lance Armstrong. The american champion is hooked on details so we were waiting some whim by Trek for this TDU and it’s done. So Armstrong rides a personalized Trek Madone 6.9. The new frame is covered by a mate paint with yellow inscriptions enough… . It is said that the painting work would have taken 31 hours of work. Indeed, every single inscription is painted. There is no stickers.
His fondation – « livestrong » – is mentionned on the horizontal tube. We can also notice two inscriptions on the rear triangle: 1274 and 27.5. Lance being very special, we guess those
figures have a meaning. The first is the number of days he stopped racing, and the second is the number of people who died during this retreat ( number in millions ). This is definitely a machine thought to send a message…

The bike is equipped with a Sram Red transmission, Bontrager components whose Aeolus 5.0 wheels with yellow stickers. Even the tubulars are yellow! It’s announced around 7.26kg.
For training, the « boss » is of course equipped with an SRM.
The first pictures of Armstrong on his bike are surprising. His back does not really look as it was some years ago…

Trek will not sell this version but a wiser painting will certainly be for sale. It will come with a Shimano Dura-ace 7900 groupset. The stickers won’t be as yellow, and the « Livestrong » inscriptions disappear for a sober white paint.

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