Linus Gerdemann rides with stem flipped up, and sometimes with spacers depending on the frame.
He can readily out ride and out climb most anyone on this forum (that we are aware of), and has the palmeres to show for it.
Engine & comfort >> aesthetics and "looking pro."
Pros are riding compacts cranksets.
Pros are riding with APEX rear derailleurs... and winning.
Pros are riding without powermeters during a race.
Pros are training without powermeters.
Pros are wearing helmets.
Pros are riding non-aero frames.
Pros don't care what you think about how they look.
Pros don't care what you think they should do during a race.
Pros don't care if you don't like their riding style.
... we can keep going, but the point is that some people both on this forum and out there doing circle-jerks at the local coffee shop while their multi-thousand dollar bike collects dust against the wall spend more time trying to get what they imagine to be the "pro look" and less time riding. We may have even reached a point in the sport where there is a higher frequency of performance-enhancing drug use (doping) in the ranks of amateurs and weekend-warriors than there is in the pro peloton!
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