BIKE CHECK: Jean’s Avanti Sprint Bike

The 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships kick off on the 27th of February in Pruszków, Poland. South Africa has two riders competing and we managed to catch up with Jean Spies during a training session for a look at his World Champs bike.

The Build

Frame: Avanti Sprint Bike – one size fits all

Stem: 3T 150mm length

Bars: 3T Scatto – 35cm wide

Saddle: Fizik Arione

Wheels: Walker Brothers

Chain: Izumi, made for Kierin school 1/8” inch wide

Sprocket: 14t

Chainring: 62t

Pedals: Powertap P2

Toe straps: BLS

Cranks: Shimano Dura-Ace 170mm

BB: Shimano Dura-Ace

Tyres: Vittoria Pista Speeds

Weight: 7.4kg

RRP: Upwards of R170 000

Jean: “The BB is de-greased, then regreased with a special faster rolling option and the seals are permanently removed to minimize rolling resistance. The tyres wouldn’t be used in SA as they are a wood specific tyre, extremely light and thin. The BLS toe straps are cable tied to the back of the pedal for stability and power output, so much so that even in the event of a crash, the feet won’t come out, at all. I have used bigger chainrings from time to time. Um, ja the seat tube measures in at 55cm and the reach is 61cm – nice and long for stability. I have a Garmin mount under the saddle for data. We are not allowed to review data in the race, so we have to mount the Garmin under the saddle and I use Powertap P2 pedals. With the Walker Brothers wheels, I run a sprint specific option on the rear, to maximize power output. On the front I use an endurance disc for the aerodynamic benefit. The convex shape is to improve stability and aerodynamics. The narrow bars make it easier to squeeze into gaps. The saddle is about 7 or 8 years old and it’s well ridden in and super comfy for me.”


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