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Old 07-13-09, 09:28 AM   #1
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Sponsored Hardware Question from a n00b

Ok, so I have a team and Trek sponsors it. Does that mean ALL of my team rides the same model Trek? Is that how it goes for all the teams? They just pull up in a big truck filled with bikes and say "well boys, pick out one that fits you!"?
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Yep. Most teams use a single bike model for road races, and another for TT.

However, there is a new approach called 'quivers', in which the sponsor provides a range of bikes for different types of roads. Cervelo and Garmin adopt this approach.
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Yep. Most teams use a single bike model for road races, and another for TT.
Incorrect. The leaders get what they want. It may not even be a bike in production for the public, and it may not even be a bike made by the Sponsor ( although that is pobably less frequent than it was 10 yeaars ago) For example. Armstrong rode a Lightspeed in the 99 tour for some stages, and often had a Trek with new developments just for him over the years.

The lower paid riders don't necessarily get such special attention.
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Old 07-13-09, 11:16 AM   #4
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.., and it may not even be a bike made by the Sponsor ( although that is pobably less frequent than it was 10 yeaars ago) ...
Mr C, to continue your history lesson you might want to find out about the "Huffys" the 7-11 team rode.
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Back in the steel and titanium days the frames were custom made for each rider. Due to the high costs of molds though, these days only a select few may get a custom made carbon frame. So, most riders ride a factory bike, but with their name painted on though.
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Mr C, to continue your history lesson you might want to find out about the "Huffys" the 7-11 team rode.
Back then there were probably hundreds if not thousands of people in the world that could make a bike that was equal to the best bike available. Nowadays there is considerably more investment required. Huffy owned Raleigh, which was a bad thing, but they could make excellent frames if they chose to do so.
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