First part of the Paris-Roubaix technical gallery: Bars, gears and notes
A classic Roubaix hack that has all but disappeared with the introduction of disc brakes is the cross brake lever. Marta Bastianelli was the only rider in either race to opt for the secondary brake lever option and put it to good use, placing fifth in the first Paris-Roubaix Femme.
“Hell of the North”: never has a nickname been so appropriate. Paris-Roubaix is really hell for runners and bikes. The cobbled sections of Paris-Roubaix are so demanding that it is one of the only “road” races to continually inspire new dedicated bikes, hacked equipment and even push some teams to go wild on the right choices. sponsor equipment.
In the old days, the Hell of the North tech scene was often as exciting as racing, but the heady days of double-suspension Bianchis frames and ultra-long wheelbase Eddy Merckx frames seem to be behind us. That said, Paris-Roubaix continues to keep the mechanics of the team busy, even if the equipment modifications are now much more subtle. Wider tire choices are still universally accepted across all teams, but double-wrap tape, cross brake levers, and unique, wacky frame modifications are almost a thing of the past.
We scoured the Paris-Roubaix paddock in search of all the modifications of this year to present this gallery of Paris-Roubaix tech to you.