Victor Campenaerts set to make use of Categorised hub and monster chainring at Opening Weekend

Biking is a recreation of custom. The vast majority of riders generally tend to stay inside unstated barriers, leaving the occasional maverick to push the ones norms. Victor Campenaerts is for sure somebody who makes a dependancy of pushing the ones barriers.

For Opening Weekend, Cyclingnews understands the Belgian might be the usage of a wild setup, which incorporates a Categorised rear hub paired with a huge 1x entrance chainring, extraordinarily slim bars, turned-in hoods, and broad tyres. Anything else that he sees as recommended to efficiency is at the desk, without reference to whether or not it’s going to get some humorous appears to be like within the bunch.

A picture captured on the group’s recon trip in Belgium on Wednesday confirms our ideals, too.

A close up of Victor Campenaerts riding a bike with a Classified hub and massive chainring

An in depth up of Victor Campenaerts using a motorcycle with a Categorised hub and big chainring

Forged your thoughts again; it wasn’t see you later in the past that skinsuits in a street level had been borderline unthinkable, and tyres above 23mm can be stored just for Paris-Roubaix. Campenaerts has been a pioneer of skinsuits previously, in addition to main the pack in the case of adopting slim bars and having the hoods grew to become in, one thing now we have observed extra lately being followed on Tadej Pogacar’s motorbike and Remco Evenepoel’s motorbike to call only a few. 

Remaining yr we noticed him go for a 58T chainring for Dwars door Vlaanderen, bearing in mind some downhill assaults whilst his competitors span out, however this yr it kind of feels he is long past larger once more. Whilst we will be able to’t rely the tooth within the photographs right here, Cyclingnews has observed the Belgian trialling a 62T chainring, best two tooth smaller than that used on Ganna’s Hour Report motorbike.

A dura-ace crankset with 62t single front chainring

The monster 62T chainring up shut, noticed on the group coaching camp in Calpe lately (Symbol credit score: Will Jones)

The chainring appears to be like to come back from Alugear (opens in new tab), and is the biggest that the logo manufactures. 

Sure, it is a huge tools, however that is not the tip of the tale. It sounds as if that this season the Belgian is opting to run a Categorised rear hub, the primary time now we have observed it in pageant since Uno-X trialled it on the Excursion de Hongrie remaining yr. The Categorised Powershift gives two-speed hub gearing in a 1:1 and 1:0.686 ratio, which means Campenaerts is successfully working a 62/42.5 double setup, however with the benefits of a extra aero 1x gadget, the potency features of bigger chainrings in the case of drivetrain resistance, and a decrease possibility of chain drop due to the Okay-Edge chain catcher. Campanaert’s fresh Instagram tale confirms that his chain is waxed too, the usage of Molten Speedwax.  

Victor Campenaerts riding behind a teammate on cobbles

Campenaerts’ bars are reasonably slim, and his hoods were grew to become in too

Slender bars with hoods grew to become in are not groundbreaking anymore, despite the fact that are nonetheless very a lot in proof at the former hour report holder’s motorbike. 

What’s peculiar is his number of tyres; those are the brand new Vittoria Corsa Professionals, arrange tubeless. To this point, so commonplace, proper? We have observed those new tyres within the peloton already. We’ve not observed somebody the usage of them in those widths despite the fact that. Whilst it’s going to trade on race day, it is understood Campenaerts will run a 32mm rear and 30mm entrance setup. If you wish to have a protected guess you would put your cash on that being the widest within the peloton when the flag drops. 

A close up of Victor Campenaerts riding a bike with a Classified hub and massive chainring

There is not any denying that the chainring is gigantic, and even supposing it is tougher to inform, the cassette spacing appears to be like to be the similar as discovered at the Categorised cassette, and resources at the flooring verify our suspicions. 

Somewhere else at the motorbike, spec selection stays in large part same old. The Ridley Noah Speedy body is similar disc-brake aero body that the Belgian group has been using since 2020. DT Swiss wheels got here on board concurrently Shimano firstly of 2022, and as such, it is anticipated he’s going to use the DT Swiss Arc 1100 Di-Minimize wheels of their 60mm intensity, as proven right here. It is not likely the group has too many wheels laced up with Categorised hubs, so we do not be expecting him to switch to the deeper 80mm wheels come the weekend. Shimano’s top-tier groupset – Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 – will give you the transferring and braking, and the left-hand shifter, which might in a different way keep watch over the entrance derailleur, is suitable with the add-on Categorised Bluetooth transmitter, which replaces the left bar-end plug.  

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