The world of cycling is constantly updated, from lighter components, disc brakes that become more important in the professional platoon, groups of 12 steps. This is the beginning of the 2019 season and several teams are already premiering the most recent models of recognized brands such as: Trek, Specialized, Canyon, Pinarello, among others.
The start of the professional season took place as usual in the Tour Down Under in Australia where they are in Summer. We are close to the first classics of the year in Europe and the Giro d'Italia is also coming.
But what are the new components offered by the most recognized brands of cycling? The professional cyclists had to familiarize themselves with their new traveling companion for months during the whole season. The peloton favorites did not have major changes in their equipment, except for some who were not yet accustomed to disc brakes.
The Italian house premiered
The Italian firm most recognized in the peloton for its quality and precision is undoubtedly Campagnolo, with groups as precise and with an elegant and sporty design as is the custom of Italians. 4 squads of the professional squad are going to wear the flagship group of the Italian brand.
Your new group of 12 electronic speeds, which promises greater efficiency. Super Record 12-Speed EPS which already reached its first test in the Tour Down Under in Australia, with a series of positive comments.
The 4 squads of the professional squad that are carrying the new group of the Italian house are: UAE Team Emirates, Movistar, Lotto soudal and AG2R the Mondiale.
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What is the competition doing?
Shimano is still the favorite of the professional squad. The Japanese brand par excellence in cycling will equip 12 teams unlike the Campagnolo 4. In this case the 12 brackets will be carrying the Dura-Ace R9100 group.
The big advantage of the group Dura-Ace R9100 is its price, which is close to the 1.500 euros in the market (Without Wheels).
Who will be the 12 teams using the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100?
- Bora-Hansgrohe (Disc brakes)
- Team Astana
- CCC Team
- Team Sunweb
- Deceuninck-Quick-Step (Disc brakes)
- Dimension Data (Disk brakes)
- EF Education First Pro Cycling
SRAM continues to fight its rivals
A new version of the SRAM group of 12 steps that is not yet available in the market will be the group used by the Katusha and Trek team incorporating disc brakes.
The 2018 season is over but things are heating up in the 2019 with the addition that SRAM did not expect with its new group of 12 steps. While there were many speculations, it was not until a few months ago that the brand decided to officially comment on its plans for the 2019.
In this season you can see more teams of the professional platoon making use of the disc brakes and the new group Sram Red eTap with a cassette of 12 speeds, a double plate of machined aluminum of a single piece and a rear derailleur of quality as it is of esperal in SRAM.
All this includes the new Quarq power meter. SRAM is using a new one-piece double plate for the new eTap group. We hope to see it very soon in the market being undoubtedly one of the best surprises in this 2019.
Which equipment will mount Shimano pedals?
Bahrain Merida, Bora-Hansgroghe, CCC Team, Deceuninck - Quick-Step, Dimension Data, EF Education First Pro Cycling, Groupama-FDJ, Mitchelton-Scott, Team Sky, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo.
Undoubtedly the Japanese brand is still the favorite of the peloton for the pedals beating the renowned French brand: Look
Teams pedaling with Look pedals
AG2R La Mondiale, Katusha-Alpecin, Lotto Soudal, Team Astana, Team Jumbo-Visma, Movistar and UAE Team Emirates.
Let's look at the peloton's wheels
The favorite tires are still German Continental brand above the well-known Vittoria Corsa and Specialized S-Works.
CCC Team, EF Education First Pro Cycling, Lotto Soudal, Team Jumbo-Visma, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates.
Bahrain-Merida, Dimension Data, Groupama-FDJ, Katusha-Alpecin, Movistar, Team Sky and Team Sunweb.
Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quick-Step.
The 2019 promises to be a season full of action and many emotions, where each cyclist will deliver the best of himself. Here are all the improvements that incorporated the equipment for 2019. Being bicycles that reach the 10.000 euros. Bicycles that will be looking for a gap in each of the final sprints of each of the races that approach cyclists.
Cycling is a sport that requires a lot of sacrifice and that every detail counts. Leave your comment and explain which group you would choose and why.
Will he still be the favorite Shimano? Each group has its advantages and disadvantages and if the price is not a factor to consider. What would be the best group for the 2019 and what will be the most victories?