So the big change for Garmin is the new bikes, complete with a Sram groupo. This in itself doesn’t look that strange to see the riders who we have become accustomed to seeing on the Felt’s in recent years. There is lots of pressure on the Team this year with, on paper, one of the strongest Classics squads. It’ll be tough to make the selection for Flanders or Roubaix.
The bikes look strange, and I think it’s down to the wheels. Not that there is anything wrong with a Mavic wheel (I am a big fan of their product), but I think that we have just grown used to seeing the Zipp label in this area. Currently there isn’t really a Mavic Classic’s wheel to go head to head with the 303, but maybe Mavic have something up their sleeve. Last year riders had a special tubular version of the Cosmic Carbone SLR which riders used at Flanders. For Roubaix riders switched back to a traditional box section rim, it itself nothing wrong with it, just a little heavy compared to the Zipp product. It will be indeed interesting to see if Mavic pull anything out of the famous SSC programme to aid their riders and give them a competitive edge.