Millar has a choice of bikes at this years Tour and one of them is a specific climbing bike. Choosing to use the F1 frame, the lightest that Felt produce, Millar has some carefully selected equipment to keep the weight as low as possible.

David Millars Felt F1 climbing bike.

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One of 49 riders in the Tour with the final prototype Dura Ace 7900 groupset, this groupset saves vital grams over the existing version. Shimano has a shortage though of the longer 175mm cranks preferred by taller riders as Millar has the older FC-7800 chainset on his bike with the new stiffer 7900 chainrings.

Millar is making do with a FC-7800 chainset.

Sponsored by Zipp, Millar has a large choice of wheels but was using the 404?s fitted when we spoke to him but they will be changed for lighter shallower section wheels in the mountains. Millar swears by his PowerTap and as the Garmin team has the 2.4GHz wireless hub built into the rear wheel. This has been coupled with a custom coloured Garmin 705 computer that works with the PowerTap hub to give a complete ensemble of information to be analysed.

2.4GHz wireless PowerTap hub.

Completely functional the F1 is fitted with Oval Concepts 26.0 diameter bar and stem to reduce the frontal area. A nice touch is the custom coloured blue stem cap to match the team?s colours. However Millar?s bar tape was thick enough to just a double wrap. The seating mimics this with an Oval carbon post and Fizik Arione CX carbon railed saddle.

Custom coloured Garmin unit.

When we weight the bike, it came in at 7.3kg, light considering the large size but the mechanic promptly told us that he had the ?heavy? wheels in. So expect to see Dave on a pair of 202?s in the hills and this even with the PowerTap should mean that the bike will be under the weight limit so weight will need to be added.

Next-generation Dura-Ace shifters.

Fizik Arione CX carbon railed saddle.