Tour de France bike: Ted King’s Cannondale Slice

Cannondale’s Slice may have been around for a few years – it was first spotted underneath Vincenzo Nibali in 2011 – but it still looks pretty sleek and definitely stands out from the rest of the peloton.

This is Cannondale pro Ted King’s Slice, just prior to the 2013 Tour de France team time trial. King has his Fizik Ares saddle slammed as far forward as the UCI will allow and the obligatory disc and Vision’s latest TT front wheel, the Metron 3-spoke, on board.

Yet to receive an 11-speed TT groupset from SRAM, the bike has an eclectic mix of components with Cannondale’s own Hollowgram SLSL2 cranks, Nearo V brakes, and 10-speed mechs and shifters from SRAM.

Although this was King’s number one bike, all of the team had two bikes and the leaders three ready for the team time trial, there was no SRM present, perhaps waiting for it to be taken off his race bike.

Super tight front brake line allows the cable to run down the steerer tube to keep it hidden.

Realising that gear cables flapping all over the place on an otherwise aerodynamic frame is no good, so the mechanics look to have adapted the stem to allow the cable to enter in a smoother fashion on top of the stem.

On another team bike the grip tape is neatly cut to allow it to go around the ski bend extension.

SRM’s speed sensor sits somewhat proud on the fork leg – right in the airflow.