Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Beautiful Long Beach California
Bikes: Eddy Merckx MXL; 2012 CAAD10; 2013 CAAD10 - The Silver and Black; Cannondale CAAD10 DI2 - The Black Dahlia; 2013 Cannondale CAAD10 DI2, The Black Mambo
It's always nice to see a cycling story in the main media. I am by no means an expert but the trend in pro-tour level bikes has been carbon fiber for the last five or more years. All of the major players in the TDF will have CF frames with CF forks, CF seat posts or integrated seat masts, CF wheels. The newest addition is the electronic shifting from Shimano - DI2. The complete bike (Frame, fork, grouppo and wheels) will be in the $15,000 range with some riding less expensive models - all must weigh more than 15 pounds - the uci limit. You will see lighter, more expensive bikes out on the road where there is obvioulsy no weight limit.
If you look at the time trial bikes from the tour of Switzerland you'll see integrated headset/forks. They will also be in the $15,000 or less range.
Bikes in the tour this year will be - Specialized, Trek, Eddy Merckx, Giant, Wiler, BMC, BH, Orbea and some others.