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Some pretty aggressive graphics channel the sheer...

Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin’s Specialized S-Works Shiv

The time trial specialist will vie for a stage 1 win in Utrecht to lead off the Tour de France aboard this fit-tailored Specialized Shiv
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
Tony Martin’s Specialized Shiv isn’t especially light, but it certainly is aero. The low front end gets Martin into an aggressive riding position to tackle Utrecht’s pancake-flat stage one at the Tour de France. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
The saddle is adorned with tape, presumably to keep Martin from sliding excessively while he pedals. It’s a low-tech solution but certainly an effective one. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
Some pretty aggressive graphics channel the sheer power Martin hopes to throw down during the opening time trial. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
A Vision Metron wheel slots nicely into the frame, leaving little room for aerodynamic drag. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
Surprisingly, Martin eschews tubulars and instead runs Specialized clincher tires with a cotton, 320 tpi casing. The latex tube inside is said to move easily against the cotton, allowing for low rolling resistance. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
It’s all in the details when it comes to control. Aside from electronic Di2 shifters and the standard extension bar tape, Martin’s cockpit features some sort of friction material for better hand grip on the wings. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
Interesting placement for a computer mount. It’s hard to imagine how this mount doesn’t interfere with Martin’s arms when he’s in his tuck. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
It’s much easier to appreciate just how aero these bikes can be when you’re up close and personal. Martin’s wing bars drop several millimeters, while his forearm pads are stacked high for the most comfortable position possible. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
Some custom modification takes away material that would otherwise go unused. Martin’s Di2 set-up means external routing isn’t necessary. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews
Pro Bike Gallery: Tony Martin's Shiv
An FSA K Force Light carbon crank mates to a Power2Max power meter for effective data recording and analysis. The chainring lacks any drilling or holes; it’s not light, but it is aerodynamic. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews