Having spent today in the leader’s jersey and now sitting in fifth place in the Aviva Women’s Tour, Marianne Vos is clearly going well just a few months after returning from an injury that saw her miss most of the 2015 season. The bike she is riding is a Liv Envie Advanced with just the sort of no expense spared finish that you would expect one of the greatest riders of all time to get.
While a significant proportion of the women’s peloton ride bikes which are really designed for their male counterparts, but Vos is riding what is the first women’s-specific aero bike on the market in the Liv Envie Advanced, which includes many of the same aero design element its brother, the Giant Propel. Most notable are the cut-out seat tube and the positioning of the brakes behind the fork and seatstays, although for some reason the top-end Envie isn’t given the same high-modulus carbon-fibre as the top-end Propel.
However, Vos’s bike does stand out from the crowd with its custom paintjob. The top tube and down tube have been given a nice gold pattern to celebrate the Dutchwoman’s countless gold medals across all disciplines, which looks a bit better than the slightly questionable black, white, orange and purple bikes that the rest of the Rabobank-Liv team ride.
The bike is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace, although Vos is clearly a believer in non-round chainrings, switching to 52-36t Rotor Q-Rings at the front with a Pioneer power meter at the front. These are matched with an 11-28t cassette.
The wheels are the ever-popular Shimano Dura-Ace C35s which are topped with 25mm Vittoria Corsa G+ tubular tyres. The rest of the finishing kit is from Shimano in-house brand Pro, with Vos clearly being very precise in her bike setup with a 99mm stem.