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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:02 pm 
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I guess Valverde asked Unzue to have one final shot at TdF while at the same time bringing home the Maglia Rosa is a good thing for such a big team and Quintana can be the main contender for the Giro (plus have time to recover and give a shot at Vuelta).

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This camera was said to have been used in Gent Wevelgem.
Thing is, I can't find any footage shot with it. It should appear on heli shots, or be obvious in some way that it's not a moto cam.
Did anybody take notice? (where?)

update: maybe at 31.2km to go in Sporza HD? It seems that that part is filmed from very far, so perhaps that's why the car doesn't show on heli shots.
Indeed, at 24.6km to go it's just in front of the white (jury?) car going over the bridge.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:00 pm 
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one that noticed the odd saddle Boonen and Renshaw have. The saddle is interesting to me personally because I thought Boonen was basically responsible for the design of the Chicane and yet this weird hybrid mix and match thing is clearly different still.

I've been waiting for this topic to surface - the saddles on Boonen's bikes all year and Terpstra's bike, in Qatar at least, are not something offered in the product line. Yet websites have continued to call them a Romin or Chicane.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:28 pm 
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Yes, I noticed that right away when VeloNews did a thing on Boonen's Venge, they called it an S-Works Chicane when clearly it isn't...
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/01/ ... nge_312840
*picture 9 clearly shows the saddle and them referring to it as a "Chicane"
That link should be to the pic and caption.

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Looks like Fabian has NOT gone back to Speedplay like some thought once the season got going...

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Imaking20 wrote:
SolidSnake03 wrote:
I'm glad I wasn't the only one that noticed the odd saddle Boonen and Renshaw have. The saddle is interesting to me personally because I thought Boonen was basically responsible for the design of the Chicane and yet this weird hybrid mix and match thing is clearly different still.

I've been waiting for this topic to surface - the saddles on Boonen's bikes all year and Terpstra's bike, in Qatar at least, are not something offered in the product line. Yet websites have continued to call them a Romin or Chicane.


However, even though its not offered doesn't mean its not a Romin or Chicane.

From recent pics posted to Spesh's Facebook. They show two QPQS saddles with Chicane and perhaps a Romin that I haven't seen before. Pretty large images.

This one looks to be Boonen's bike (looks like his hand wrapped up) and looks like the saddle could be a "Ro"..min?
https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 7518_o.jpg

Unmarked QPQS bike but pretty almost similar design denoted with "Chicane" on the top
https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 2275_o.jpg


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:27 am 
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520 Dan wrote:
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Different strokes man, different strokes

For me the Air Attack has more of that "Cannonball Head" type of look going on.


No, KWalker is right. I agree with you for the evade in the pro peloton BUT I am convinced that they are getting a modified version of the consumer helmet. They are thinner, lower with a smaller tail than the consumer version, which leads me to believe that the pro helmets are sized down.


Lucky for you guys, I spent about 8 hours in the Specialized wind tunnel today and asked them this exact question. There are 2 evades. One is for EU standards and one is for US standard (I forgot their abbreviations). The EU one has 0.5-1mm less foam in most areas, but that is it. They test identically in the tunnel (or within the margin of error) and isn't a noticable weight difference. The only visual difference we could see (we had both helmets with us in the tunnel) is that one of the side/front vents is slightly larger on the EU version.

First, a ridiculous selfie of me with a POC helmet on. PS, I can't believe that helmet fits anyone. Super weird, bad fit.
http://s15.postimg.org/ct6bf4eq3/IMG_0015.jpg

http://s3.postimg.org/ahz95mq83/IMG_0097.jpg


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:52 am 
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I imagine the POC helmet tests quite well when worn by someone with a reasonable position eg:
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:39 pm 
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On the Evades: it's been documented before that some pro teams have drilled foam out of helmets to improve ventilation. I don't know if that applies here. But different heads differ in size, and for example the POC Octal fits my head excellently. I think the POC aero helmets appear larger than they because of more head coverage.

I don't know about Evade, but on the 2D, the Prevail, and on the POC Octal, the difference Euro versus CPSC has been substantial: up to 85 grams for the POC Octal (L) and 55 grams for S-M. The Specialized models have been more like 25 gram difference, IIRC. But that's big by weightweenie standards,

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April fools?

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Giro Aeons? from tour of Thailand

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Nice :thumbup:
But the Hongfu bikes gave it away :wink:

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Did anyone else find Fränk Schleck's attacks at the final Criterium International stage half assed? I mean, kudos to him for being there in the first place, and then attacking too. But most of the successful attackers generally seem to test the waters once or twice at most, before the "make or break" move comes. Come on, what, seven little attacks, and then having the countermove shooting past him when he sits up, a Schleck should be better than that.

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