Kona Age-Grouper Rigs
article & images by Nick Salazar
Apr 7, 2012
Marie Protat's LOOK 596
Sadly, LOOK hasn't updated its aero bike line in a while. And that's a shame, because the 596 was a great step forward that deserves a successor. Nevertheless, elite age grouper Marie Protat has decked hers out in style. Up front she's rocking Easton's now-discontinued one-piece Attack TT aerobar (which has been replaced with a heavier but adjustable version). She's using the relatively-lesser-known Microshift system, previous-gen Zipp 404 Tubulars, and keeps her flat kit nice and simple - a single tube of Vittoria Pit Stop taped to her seat tube. Her primary hydration comes from a bottle between the arms, held in place by double-sided tape, of all things. It's hard to believe that tape has ANY advantages over just zip-tying a cage to the bars, which is sure to keep the bottle a bit more secure. Her Selle Italia saddle shows a ton of wear from what must have been an enormous amount of miles. Hey Marie, when the leather starts flaking off, maybe it's time to treat yourself to a new saddle! Moreover, the cable management here leaves a lot to be desired - viewed from the front, it's a veritable Medusa. A couple zip ties could tame them quite a bit, and probably save some real drag. And yes, I'd shamelessly recommend an Omega for this setup.
Finally, we're gonna look at maybe the most lovingly-decorated bike in the whole race. Hit the jump for the final rig in this article.