Mavic's Tour de France neutral service bikes get dropper seatposts for 2017

French brand introduces adaptability to deal with different rider saddle heights and pedal systems at the Tour

2017 Mavic neutral service bike (Chad Moore)

(Image credit: Chad Moore)

Mavic has been providing neutral service for the Tour de France and other major races for years. Usually that means supplying replacement wheels when a rider gets a flat and the team car is not close by.

But the distinctive yellow neutral service cars also carry spare bikes. Decked out in yellow to match the car, they’re not usually required, as riders will take a spare bike from their team car or, for GC riders, from another member of the team if they have a mechanical problem.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.