Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers)
Pinarello Dogma F12
If Tom Pidcock has a major result this year, and it’s looking like he very well might, racing cyclocross may become all but a prerequisite for succeeding in the classics. He’s the latest ’cross rider to show impressive strength on the road, following the likes of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert, who seem to control every race these days. The young Brit is now racing aboard Pinarello’s jack-of-all-trades race bike, the Dogma F12, which has seen success in all types of races, including grand tours. It’s certainly one of the more visually interesting bikes in the peloton, with no shortage of curved tube shapes, and it delivers an elite ride quality. Tom’s bike, painted in the blue- and red-livery of his team, comes equipped with a Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and wheels.
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Pinarello bikes come with disc brakes, but you would never know that by watching the Ineos Grenadiers race—the team has an unshakeable affinity for rim brakes. But by all means you should reap the benefits of this transformative technology. The Prince Disc offers much of the experience of the Dogma F12, but at a far more affordable price. An Ultegra Di2 build costs $5,500.
Tiesj Benoot (Team DSM)
SCOTT Addict RC
At a glance, Tiesj Benoot’s 2021 Team DSM race bike appears to have one of the more subdued paint jobs in the pro peloton. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Upon closer inspection, it’s actually one of the most interesting. In the shade, the bike looks like a solid dark color. However, in the sunlight it comes to life, revealing a metallic coloring speckled blue. The bike, the Addict RC, SCOTT’s do-everything race bike, features this model’s highest level of integration to date, introducing more speed into the lightweight race platform. Team DSM’s version comes equipped with a Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and wheels.
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Not to be confused with the Addict RC, the Addict offers an endurance-focused ride with enticing builds. For $3,000 you get the Addict 10 Disc with Ultegra mechanical and the comfort of 30mm tires, as well as a near 1:1 gear ratio for conquering the steepest climbs.
Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
Trek Domane SLR 9
Mads Pedersen’s rainbow reign didn’t quite last as long as that of winners past. Not because he didn’t get a full calendar year in the world champ’s jersey—he did. Rather, it was because many major races in 2020 occurred after he had ceded the jersey to Alaphilippe. Rainbow jersey or not, the Dane is hungry for more wins in 2021. His Trek-Segafredo team has a secret weapon to conquer the hardest cobbled races, the Domane, which features massive tire clearance and cobble-neutralizing IsoSpeed decouplers. It certainly doesn’t hurt that this bike’s paint matches the roads and overcast skies of the spring classics, but shines-on through all the slop. Mads’ bike gets a Red eTap AXS groupset with Bontrager wheels and components.
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Trek’s most versatile road bike, the Domane isn’t exclusive to those with a budget for carbon. The alloy Domane AL series brings that smooth ride and adaptability to different riding styles to the sub-$2,000 price range. For $1,950 you get a well-outfitted 105 build.
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