New Zipp Wheel Spotted at Tour de France Prologue

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike showcases some seriously slick tour tech. The Team Katyusha Alpecin athlete finished fourth at today’s opening stage. Recap the complete stage recap and keep up on everything form the Tour de France at Velonews.com.

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Tony Martin’s Canyon Speedmax features a special paint job to honor German electronic brand Kraftwerk, but that’s hardly the most striking aspect of his stage 1 bike. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Martin rolled on a new front wheel from Zipp. Velonews asked Zipp representatives for details but they were tight-lipped about the new hoop. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

With rain in the forecast, this special Canyon was bound to get wet. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Martin’s front wheel is a yet-to-be-named Zipp wheel. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

It appears to be a similar design to Zipp’s 454 NSW wheels, which feature a characteristic wavy appearance. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Martin’s brakes are hidden in the fork for improved aerodynamics. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Those fins are more than just aesthetic cues. They are said to help reduce aerodynamic drag, especially in crosswinds. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

The rear wheel does not appear to be a new model. Martin also looks to be running clinchers for the stage 1 time trial. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

The crosshatch pattern runs through the frame and fork. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Canyon’s Speedmax has a special fork/headset interface that ensures maximum aerodynamics. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Several riders used a grippy sandpaper tape on their handlebars to improve grip, especially in wet conditions. Martin used a similarly textured covering on his Selle Italia saddle, presumably to help keep himself positioned properly on the saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

The SRAM 58-tooth chainring features a narrow-wide tooth profile to help keep the chain retention consistent. It’s a similar design to SRAM’s mountain bike narrow-wide chainrings, but Velonews overheard a SRAM representative mention the teeth ont his particular ring are not the same width as the mountain bike version. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Where others are using grip tape or standard bar tape, Martin used an Ergon grip. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Ergon also helps keep Martin’s elbow pads nice and grippy. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com

Tony Martin’s Canyon TT bike

Padded grips slide over the extensions. Photo: Dan Cavallari | Velonews.com