Adapting to equipment change
As I read about Marcel Kittel's new bike, the Giant Propel SL, I was wondering how different of a change it would be from the Felt AR1 That he rode the last several seasons. As non-pro (or non-sponsored either) cyclists, we can pick and choose the kit we want. It's not like so for the pros where they pick up a new team with new gear. Do they cope?
One instance seems to me is the looks of Mark Cavendish. At Columbia HTC, it seemed like he hit a sweet spot with the final season on the Venge/Tarmac. As he went over to Sky, he got on a Dogma, and while he did win and everything, it didn't feel the same. Now that he got back over a Venge/Tarmac. he took worlds and is doing fairly well again.