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A special paint job for Fabian's Roubaix ride....
Fabian Cancellara’s bike for the 2014 edition of Paris-Roubaix is largely identical to the 2013 version. Trek’s Domane Classics Edition frame pairs the company’s ISOspeed decoupler, designed to improve comfort, with longer, lower geometry better suited to the position professional riders prefer. Cancellara rides on Bontrager’s Aeolus 5 D3 carbon tubulars with FMB Paris-Roubaix 27mm tires. Shimano takes care of the drivetrain — Cancellara prefers the mechanical Dura-Ace 9000 group over Di2 — and the rest of the components come from Trek house brand Bontrager.
The defending champ wasn’t able to repeat on Sunday, but he was on the podium yet again. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com FMB’s Paris-Roubaix tubulars are by far the most common tire at the Hell of the North. The fat, supple casings have proven themselves over the stones. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Cancellara ran an 11-25 Shimano Dura-Ace cassette. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Sponsor obligations often go out the window at Roubaix. The Trek mechanics don’t even bother to Sharpie over the FMB logos. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com A special paint job for Fabian’s Roubaix ride. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Almst every rider has a list of the cobbled sectors on his top tube or stem, though few are as professionally done as the sticker on Cancellara’s Domane. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Seven spears and some dice for good luck. Cancellara’s bike for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, which we profiled a few weeks ago, has all the same graphic details, and we thought it was the same frame. But our colleague James Huang at BikeRadar has since reported that the two bikes are in fact different — the Flanders bike is essentially a Domane with geometry from Trek’s regular road race frame, the Madone, while the Roubaix bike has the same Domane Classics Edition geometry that consumers can purchase. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com More spears on the head badge. Cancellara wasn’t struck by bad luck on Sunday, it was the stronger Omega Pharma-QuickStep team that was his problem. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Cancellara’s cockpit is set up the same for Roubaix as for any other race. No extra brake levers, no double wrapped tape, nothing. Interestingly, he rides with an SRM head unit but did not ride with the actual SRM power meter crankset. He’s likely just used to the interface of the computer, and wanted it for speed/distance/time. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Details matter — cable crimps should match housing color. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Cancellara uses these old Trek bottle cages (the logo on them is from nearly ten years ago) with a bit of grip tape to make sure the bottles don’t eject themselves over the stones. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com The custom paint on Cancellara’s Domane is muted but detailed. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Cancellara has always prefered compressionless Nokon housing, which comes in an array of colors. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Tony Montana, one of Cancellara’s many nicknames. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com No more oversized Berner pulleys in Cancellara’s rear derailleur. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com Another change for 2014: no more Speedplay, Cancellara is now on Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000 pedals. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Cancellara couldn’t repeat this year, but will surely be back aboard another Domane to try again in 2015. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com