Blacked out tires and 11-speed over 12: tech takeaways from Tour of Britain Pro bikes

Not every rider wants the newest tech - or the tires supplied by their approved sponsor, it seems

Tom Pidcok's 11-spd chainset / Stephen Williams' blacked out Conti tyres / Trinity Racing's Tarmac SL8
(Image credit: Future / Andy Jones)

The Tour of Britain is one of few UK races with the gravitas to pull in some of the most well known names in cycling. Its significance in the global racing calendar means that it now attracts a host of WorldTour teams and their best riders. However, the organisers remain committed to providing opportunities for smaller UK squads, too. 

The result makes for exciting racing, but also for an interesting selection of pro bikes. Here's our pick of the bunch.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.