If you fancy yourself to emulate Vincenzo Nibali and win the Tour de France by almost eight minutes, then you’ll need the best equipment. Thankfully the Astana rider has teamed up with FSA to unveil a limited edition range of components to inspire you to greatness.
Each of the new components are emblazoned with a new Shark logo, inspired by Nibali’s nickname, the Shark of Messina. The design is described by FSA as ‘a tribal design that includes the name of the triple champion and the colors that represent his greatest victories – red, pink and yellow, for the Vuelta a España, the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.’
The range will consist of fresh designs of FSA’s existing K-Force line, with handlebars, stem, and seatpost all receiving the shark treatment.
Only 300 of each item will be made and will be available to the public shortly. No word yet on pricing, but the standard K-Force components are priced at £279.99 (stem), £259.99 (handlebars), and £169.99 (seatpost).
This isn’t the first time that Nibali has ridden shark-themed equipment, with his Specialized S-Works Tarmac featuring a shark knawing away at the fork.
Nibali also used the press conference at FSA’s European headquarters in Italy to announce two new charity initiatives. The first of these is a foundation to raise funds to broaden access to sport. Any money raised will go to the GS Mastromarco cycling team, the amateur outfit which nurtured Nibali himself from the age of 16.
The second project, Cycling for Armenia, is a humanitarian initative which aims to raise funds to support a new children’s hospital in Armenia. Ten professional riders including Nicholas Roche and Peter Sagan have donated autographed bikes which will be sold at auction.