Ace cranks on Markus Fothen’s Tarmac
Markus Fothen and members of the Gerolsteiner
squad have been testing pre-production carbon Shimano Dura Ace cranks on their Tarmac SLs.
Whilst Campagnolo and SRAM have embraced carbon on their groupsets, Shimano
have firmly kept faith with an all aluminum approach. (Other than on their wheelsets)
In recent weeks riders in the pro peloton have been testing out Shimano carbon
cranks and at the Tour start in London we caught sight of them on Markus
Shimano are not entirely averse to carbon and the woven black stuff has made an appearance
on the XTR off-road group, but this is the first time that the company has earmarked
the road equipment for attention. The prototype cranks have been seen at other
races during the year and the Gerolsteiner
squad must feel pretty confident about them to be willing to use them on the Tour.