Velonews: Gallery: Paris-roubaix Tire Tech



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    Roubaix tech: Turbo tires
    The 24mm Turbo tires are fast, but not suited to the cobblestones. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) employed a novel tactic of riding these narrow tires for the first 100km of the race before switching to fat tires ahead of the cobblestones. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Tinkoff tires
    Tinkoff-Saxo riders were on 28mm front tires and a mix of 28mm and 30mm rear tires. They were an FMB casing with Specialized tread. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Vittoria
    Vittoria Pave CG 27mm tires were common just a few years ago, but have largely been ditched in favor of tires with more volume. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: FMB tires
    The tread on the FMB tires hasn't changed considerably for years. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Cosmic wheels
    Cannondale-Garmin ran 30mm tires front and rear on Sunday. Other teams, like Etixx-Quick-Step and Tinkoff-Saxo, ran a 30mm rear and 28mm front for improved aerodynamics. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: An odd width
    For teams that swapped to FMB's new 28mm or 30mm tires this year, the old 27mm tires were pushed to back-up duty. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: UHC tires
    Most of the UHC team ran larger 28mm tires. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Spares
    Spare bikes are often set up with standard tires out of necessity. These 25mm Maxxis tubulars were on the roof of a UnitedHealthcare team car. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Schwalbe
    The tread pattern on Schwalbe's new 30mm Paris-Roubaix tubular has a lot of texture. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Prototype Schwalbe
    Schwalbe had these new 30mm prototype tires on its team's bikes. The tread pattern is interesting, a collection of tiny dots, and the volume is impressive. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.comr
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    Roubaix tech: French tires
    More than half of the peloton uses tires from the small French manufacturer FMB for Paris-Roubaix, often in spite of existing tire sponsorships. The FMB tubulars have a supple but sturdy cotton sidewall and light tread pattern for grip on loose surfaces. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
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    Roubaix tech: Continental
    Continental provided teams with its ProLTD tire at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix for the last few years. BMC was using the 28mm version on Sunday. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

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