Felt built Magnus Backstedt a special bike for Roubaix, and we have the full low-down in June?s Cycle Sport. Backstedt was one of the only guys in the race using deep section Zipp wheels, a 404 rear and a 303 front. For now here?s a sneaky peak?
Caisse d?Epargne were using classic 1998 Campagnolo Barcelona tubular rims. Ideal for the harsh cobbles, and obviously still rated against the more modern competition.
Cross bikes would have been ideal if the weather had turned nasty, and just in case Caisse d?Epargne had Pinarello cross bikes built up with Campagnolo Record groupsets at the ready.
Clearance is an issue in deep mud, but Pinarello cross bikes have ample clearance especially when opting to use the cross fork that requires a cantilever brake and old but tested fork brake cable hanger.
More cantilever brakes, but with a barrel adjuster situated above the caliper the brakes can be fine tuned easily for each rider.
Milram had a couple of variations on their wheels and this 6061 aluminium Pro tubular rim was just one on show.
Milram?s tyre sponsor is Panaracer, but for Roubaix something extra special is always on the agenda to get the riders through to the finish. Anything sub-standard just won’t last. Milram had what many consider to be the best and most expensive; 25mm Dugast Paris Roubaix cotton tubs.
Carbon rims are one item that was lacking at the start of the Hell of the North, and they probably always will be. Milram had some of its Dura Ace wheels with 25mm Dugast tubulars for some of their riders.