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Duct tape aero transponder hack spotted on Ineos bikes at Vuelta a España

Duct tape aero transponder hack spotted on Ineos bikes at Vuelta a España

The pro peloton is in many respects a rolling bicycle showroom, and a high end one at that. A perspiring, chaotic Mayfair Lamborghini dealership fuelled by carbohydrates rather than caviar. More often than not the pro’s bikes, as well as being ultra-desirable in themselves, also feature some ultra-premium, super-limited accessories. Ineos Grenadiers, formerly Team Sky, pioneered the idea of marginal gains, and have been at the vanguard of niche accessories for years. Lately, we’ve seen them using bespoke 3D-printed titanium computer mounts at the Tour de France, but that doesn’t mean all of their innovations are polished and expensive. 

At the Vuelta a España we’ve spotted the Ineos team mechanics bodging the race timing transponders at the very bottom of the fork with black duct tape. The juxtaposition of this clearly homemade solution directly next to a £1,000 Tactic hub on a Princeton Carbonworks Alta wheel is nothing short of jarring.

transponder mount made of duct tape

It’s a little janky, but it’s presumably a more aerodynamic solution than having it on the side of the fork leg. Someone needs to tell the mechanic to stick that loose flap down though… (Image credit: Chris Auld: CAuldPhoto)

Why the bodge then? So often we see mechanics affixing the transponders – simply a small box containing a timing chip unique to each rider to time them across the finish line of each stage or race – to the fork leg, somewhere around the midpoint, either using heat shrink tape or a section of butyl or latex inner tube. Undoubtedly, given the team’s marginal gains reputation, the reason will be some aerodynamic benefit, despite the rough and ready appearance.

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