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Old 08-27-22, 10:35 AM
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Strange Postal Team Bike

So what's going on with this Trek Postal Team bike, which L**** is on, and what was it used for:



Clip-ons, not permitted on road stages, so it must be for a time trial. But Postal had time trial bikes, so why configure a road bike with clip-ons?

Front shift lever replaced with a down tube lever, but why? To save weight?

Maybe for the 2004 l'Alpe d'Huez time trial? But L**** didn't use clip-ons for that.

Maybe it was something they tried, but decided against using.
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Mountain time trial
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Photo is also old enough to just simply say things have changed since then and cover most all the questions asked.
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Since when is “Lance” censored? I know he is a divisive character but we can say his name, right? Is this like Voldemort? Self-censoring??
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Had to check the date.

Yep, a brand new necro thread.
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Mountain time trial
Yes, I figured it was for a mountain time trial.

But which mountain time trial? There was only TdF mountain time trial when Lance was riding (2004, up l'Alpe d'Huez), and he didn't use clip-ons for that.

I'm guessing this was an early publicity photo of a bike configured as they might use, but they made subsequent changes (like dumping the clip-ons).

Interesting to see that they were shaving grams by using a down tube shift lever, to get down to the UCI weight limit. But nowadays, it's trivial to build a bike that's well below the UCI limit, without doing silly component swaps.
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2004 Critérium du Dauphiné

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https://www.bikeradar.com/features/f...-france-bikes/
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2004 Critérium du Dauphiné

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Thanks, that solves the mystery!
The eagle-eyed will note that this isn’t actually Armstrong’s Tour bike, it’s one set up for a mountain time trial in the 2004 Critérium du Dauphiné, hence the aero bars.

If you look really closely, there’s also a weight-shaving down tube shifter for the front derailleur – a favourite Armstrong mod if you believe the lore.

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^ Yep. It's looks like one of the first Trek Madone series, the successor to the Trek 5900 (and 5500/5200 bikes).

There aren't many photos of it set up with the clip-on TT bars, as I think it was a setup Lance only used in one or two races.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Yes, I figured it was for a mountain time trial.

But which mountain time trial? There was only TdF mountain time trial when Lance was riding (2004, up l'Alpe d'Huez), and he didn't use clip-ons for that.

I'm guessing this was an early publicity photo of a bike configured as they might use, but they made subsequent changes (like dumping the clip-ons).

Interesting to see that they were shaving grams by using a down tube shift lever, to get down to the UCI weight limit. But nowadays, it's trivial to build a bike that's well below the UCI limit, without doing silly component swaps.
You could be right. I was sure Lance used that clip-on TT bar setup for one race earlier on, but I can't for the life of me find a photo.

He did the downtube shifter thing quite a bit in order to save weight. I couldn't imagine it would be all that different from an STi lever setup, but I guess every gram counts!
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The DT shifter may have more to do with being able to trim the FD however he wants and have complete control of shifting up front than weight.
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Found the photo finally! 😁





US Postal Service rider Lance Armstrong of the US is encouraged by a fan dressed in a devil's costume as he makes his way into the 11th stage of the Tour de France, a time trial from Grenoble to Chamrousse, July 18, 2001.

Taking the start in fourth from last position, the U.S. Postal Service rider pedaled at a tempo that made the 5,019-foot climb high into the French Alps look effortless. Some 2 and a half miles from the finish, he had set a time 42 seconds faster than Ullrich. In the final uphill stretch, he extended the margin by a further 18 seconds, clocking a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 27 seconds. But it wasn't enough to satisfy the two-time champion.

"I still believe that there's another level of Lance Armstrong..." he said.

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Old 08-31-22, 06:33 AM
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Probably also can attribute some of this stuff you see in photos to the fact he used to a triathlon stud. So bringing over some of that thinking for setting up the mountain time trial.
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