WorldTour team bikes 2021: The best so far

A peek of what the pros will be racing on in the coming year

Despite making it to the new year, the new season still feels a fair distance off. Yet although it’s too dark and muddy for riding outside, the latest team bikes are starting to break cover.

With several teams swapping sponsors, and even more riders swapping teams, they’ll be plenty of pros getting new bikes in the mail, but here's the best of what we've seen so far. Chris Froome on a Factor, Adam Yates on a Pinarello, the only constant is change...

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AG2R Citröen Team

BMC Teammachine SLR01, BMC Timemachine 01

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French outfit AG2R Citröen Team switched from Eddy Merckx Cycles to Swiss maker BMC. This will leave the newly refocused team chasing the Classics aboard the brand’s latest Teammachine SLR01 while tackling any time-trials they might find themselves presented with on the Timemachine 01 (the time trial specific Timemachine that is, not to be confused with the Timemachine Road - which may also get an airing on flatter stages in 2021).

In an unusual twist, the sponsorship arrangement means they'll be riding Campagnolo groupsets, which is a pairing of brand and groupset we haven't seen since the days of Phonak.

Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Wheels: Campagnolo

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Astana-Premier Tech

Wilier Filante SLR, Wilier 0 SLR, Wilier Turbine TT

After many years out of the WorldTour, we were very happy to see Wilier return to the peloton last year as the bike of choice for Astana (now Astana-Premier Tech).

Wilier's new Filante will certainly be the eye-catcher for 2021. With fully integrated cabling and a host of technical wonders, it represents a substantial update from the brand's stalwart racer the Cento10Pro. We're yet to get a glimpse of the Filante in 2021 team colours, though, with the team thus-far just riding a plain black Filante (above). So for now we'll have to satisfy our team bike lust with this Wilier 0 SLR.

We look forward to seeing the Wilier Filante in similar team colours to the 0 SLR (pictured) soon

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Corima

Bahrain Victorious

Merida Reacto, Merida Scultura, Merida Warp TT

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Merida might have been bumped as title sponsor of the vaingloriously-named Bahrain squad but it continues to supply the bicycles. The blade-like Merida Reacto will do for most stages, while the Scultura might get the occasional outing during lumpy or bumpy stages. Time-trial duties will be dealt with by the Warp TT.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Vision Metron

EF Education-Nippo 

Cannondale SuperSix Evo, SystemSix, SuperSlice 

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Jonathan Vaughters and Charly Wegelius’s outfit sticks with Cannondale bikes, no doubt planning to commit further atrocities upon them using neon pink paint and randomly aligned skateboard stickers. Out of the American brand’s bikes, the SystemSix is the most aero, so will get the most use. The Supersix might come out occasionally on bumpy days, while the vicious-looking SuperSlice will aim to cut down the competition in any time-trials. 

Groupset: Shimano

Wheels: Vision

Alé BTC Ljubljana

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Cipollini NK1K, Cipollini NKTT

Alé BTC Ljubljana may have dropped Cipollini from the name, but the bikes that bear the sprinting legend's namesake are still the stalwart of the team. 

With the likes of World Champion Marta Bastianelli powering Cipollini's NK1K to the sharp end of the women's peloton, Alé BTC Ljubljana is giving the Italian brand its best airing in the professional cycling world for years. The NK1K is the do-it-all bike of choice, with aero curves, loud looks, and (we've ridden it, so confirm) a wild character that demands you sprint as fast as you can, all the time. The team's time-trial option, the NKTT does all of that in an even louder, and faster, way.

Decked out in Campagnolo groupsets and wheels, the bikes showcase a long-lost purity to Italian racing brands. 

Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Wheels: Campagnolo, Bora

Team BikeExchange

Bianchi Oltre XR4, Bianchi Specialissima, Bianchi Aquila

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Like a divorcee that’s ready to mingle, the team formerly known as Mitchelton–Scott makes a decisive break by ditching the brand that formerly provided the second half of its name.

Nicking the celeste coloured machines previously employed by Jumbo-Visma, their choice ensures one of the most celebrated bike makers in cycling history remains in the peloton. With Bianchi’s aerodynamic Oltre XR4 likely to do most of the heavy lifting, the Specialissima might come out in the mountains with the Aquila TT saved for going against the clock. 

With a colourway that will likely prove as popular with would-be Bianchi-buyers as the team sponsors, we're big fans of Bianchi's work in the 2021 peloton so far. 

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Shimano, Vision

Israel Start-Up Nation

Factor Ostro VAM, Factor Slick 

Chris Froome not riding a Pinarello? Despite what you might hear from fellow golfers on the links, his success was not actually entirely down to the Italian firm’s pricey bicycles. However, if he does win another Grand Tour, Factor will no doubt suggest its designs had something to do with it. Teasingly this recent shot of him in his new kit doesn’t show much of the bike, but it’s probably the Ostro Vam, which has superseded both the O2 and the Vista as Factor's flagship bike.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc 

Wheels: Black Inc

Jumbo–Visma

Cervelo R5, Cervelo S5, Cervelo P5

Getting its bicycle beneath the most exciting bottom in cycling is something of a coup for Cervelo. Assuming he doesn’t ruin it by hightailing off to Ineos, Wout van Aert should help the Canadian firm shift bikes year-round with his broad-spectrum dominance in the Spring Classics, Grand Tours, and cyclo-cross. Even if he does head elsewhere, the firm which dislodged Bianchi will still have plenty of photo ops courtesy of the most exciting team in the ProTour.

Catching up with rival’s like Movistar, this year Jumbo–Visma has also launched a women’s squad headed up by Marianne Vos. The women's team will also be riding Cervélo bikes and will enjoying Shimano shifting as component sponsor.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Wheels: Shimano

Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized S-Works Shiv

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When the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 was unveiled last summer, it stunned longtime fans of the brand. Partly because of its impressive curves, but also because it killed off the Specialized Venge. The longtime weapon-of-choice of Cavendish, Sagan and a multitude of Grand Tour and World Champions.

The SL7 seemed well equipped to fill its shoes, with all the lightweight and stiffness benefits of the previous Tarmac, and nearly matching the Venge in aerodynamic terms too. While for time-trials, the S-Works Shiv will no doubt continue to ferry WorldTour riders to world titles and Grand Tour stage victories.

We're yet to see a fresh 2021 colourway for Deceuninck–Quick-Step or Bora-Hansgohe, but we'll keep our eyes peeled. 

Movistar Team

Canyon Ultimate, Canyon Aeroad, Canyon Speedmax

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Movistar sticks with long-term sponsor Canyon. Teased by the men’s and women’s squads last year, the recently redesigned Aeroad road bike will be both outfits’ default choice. Less aggressively slippery, the Ultimate might also get occasional use, while the Speedmax will serve for solo racing and team time trials. 

Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS

Wheels: Zipp

Team DSM

Scott Addict RC, Scott Foil, Scott Plasma 

Formerly known as Team Sunweb, the rebranded DSM will take to the road in new kit and on new bikes. American bicycle behemoth Scott goes from title sponsor of its own outfit to simply providing the machines to support the male and female DSM squads. With the pointy looking Foil for sprint races, the Addict RC will come out in the mountains leaving the brand’s Plasma for time-trials.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Shimano

Ineos Grenadiers

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OK, so we're yet to see any fancy new 2021 bikes from Ineos Grenadiers, but it would be criminal to omit from any list about pro team bikes the cycling royalty that is the Pinarello Dogma. Pinarello is unrivalled in terms of overall Tour de France wins, and the Dogma itself has bagged at least a dozen Grand Tour wins over the past decade.

Early shots of Richie Porte's training suggest that the team will begin riding 2021 on the Pinarello Dogma F12 in the same colourway that was unveiled ahead of the 2020 Tour de France. The bikes come kitted with Shimano, in a spec choice that has changed the DNA of the once Campagnolo-exclusive Pinarello range. The team has also stuck with rim brakes, with no riders using disc-equipped Dogma bikes at the 2020 Tour de France.

There's no division in lightweight and aero in Pinarello's line, with the Dogma covering both bases. So the only other bike you're likely to see the Ineos Grenadiers pedalling will be the Pinarello Bolide TT bike.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 

Wheels: Shimano and Lightweight