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Johan’s 2011 Paris-Roubaix hammer

April 15, 2011

Here we have Johan Vansummeren’s Paris-Roubaix-winning R3. The frame is the new, 2011 model, with BBright, Squoval tube shapes, razor-thin seatstays and the tapered headtube.

The new BBright, Squoval shapes and tapered headtube all focus on geometric improvements to get more stiffness and strength out of less material.

  • BBright widens the bearing stance where possible (non-drive side) and enlarges the crank axle.
  • The tapered 1 3/8″ headtube increases the fork steerer side at the bottom without making it too stiff which is a risk if the diameter is 1 1/2″. It may sound like too stiff is not possible, but actually it would make it too harsh a ride and prone to impact failure.
  • The Squoval shapes on the new R3 (and R5(ca)) are part of our continuous improvement process, not a single shape on the frame is unchanged from the original (and Paris-Roubaix 2006 & 2007 winning) R3.
  • The razor-thin seatstays are actually even thinner on the 2011 models than they were on the first generation R3.

What’s quite unique about Johan is that he is the first pro rider who is on our biggest frame, the 61cm. Although this should come as no surprise given his 198cm/6ft6 stature.

Completing Johan’s bike are the prototype Mavic wheels and the biggest “27mm” tires I have ever seen. Compared to the “27mm” Pavés, these are enormous. The Pavés fit the standard R3, these sausages don’t  (nor do they fit any other normal road bike for that matter). Hence we raised the brake bridge slightly and lengthened the chainstays by 5mm. Other than that, the R3 frame is standard geometry and layup.

The Sram Red group, Rotor 3D+ BBright cranks, 3T Arx Team stem and Rotundo bars are all standard parts, as is the new 3T Palladio Pro seatpost. It’s got a unique system to lock the saddle in with vault-like security, really a neat design. You set it and forget it, as they would say if it were a rotisserie grill.

Thor’s 2010 Paris-Roubaix hammer

April 8, 2011

One year after that awesome 2009 Paris-Roubaix, Thor was back. The RS was not allowed by the UCI (the comfy curves in the RS were deemed to violate a little rule (straight line has to fit inside the tube) Even though much bigger offenders like the 2011 Orbea Orca are allowed to be raced right now, we didn’t want to risk anything in Thor’s pursuit of his ultimate dream race.

So he rode an R3, this time with SRAM Red group and Zipp 303s. As a note, he also started on Zipp 303s in 2009, but a bike change 100k in meant he rode all the cobbles on 202s, quite a performance for that wheelset.

As we all know, Cancellara won the race, Thor finished second and Roger Hammond finished fourth. You can see Roger give his view on this race DURING the race here.

And Thor’s bike is here:

Thor’s 2009 Paris-Roubaix hammer

April 7, 2011

In 2009, the first year of the Cervelo TestTeam, Thor made Paris-Roubaix his main goal. Shaking off his sprinter image, he started dreaming of this race back at the winter training camp. He was right on track with his third place finish at Milan-SanRemo, and was again sprinting for third at the Tour of Flanders (in both cases behind Heinrich finishing second) when disaster struck. Instead of finishing third, he was taken down in the sprint and hurt his wrist and thumb. You can see the pretty funny post-race-beer-drinking-with-neck-brace scene here.

Anyway, he went into Paris-Roubaix tentatively, but performed brilliantly despite not being able to use his left hand. He was leading the race with Tom Boonen until that faithful left turn at Carrefour de l’Arbre. That you can all see here.

In the end, he finished 3rd. This is the bike he did it on, with a stock RS frame. As you can see, the shift lever is still crooked from his crash.

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