Team bikes of the 2022 Women’s WorldTour
We look at the bikes, groupsets, wheels, and equipment of the 2022 Women's World Tour peloton.
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The 2022 Women’s World Tour finally kicks off this weekend at the iconic Strade Bianche one day event. Following the cancellation of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race, the Women’s World Tour peloton will once again descend on the white roads of Tuscany for the opening round of this year’s racing season. As the riders prepare to tackle the dusty roads and steep climbs, it is time for our annual look at all the bikes in the Women’s World Tour peloton.
The World Tour has grown from nine teams in 2021 to 14 for 2022, which of course, means many more bikes to enjoy this year.
No prizes for guessing which bikes Canyon-Sram will ride in 2022. While Rapha jumped teams for 2022, Canyon-SRAM has emphatically answered any concerns it might lose its signature loud kit and bike design. If you can take your eyes off the paint job for a second, let’s run through the actual build. The team will race on the Canyon Aeroads equipped with SRAM Red Etap AXS groupsets. Keeping the build almost entirely under the SRAM umbrella, they will race on Zipp wheels and Time pedals. Unsurprisingly, Quarq is on Powermeter duty and the team uses Garmin head units, despite SRAM’s recent Hammerhead acquisition.
Canyon-SRAM opted for Schwalbe tyres wrapped around those Zipp wheels, with the Pro One tubeless on the Zipp 303s in the setup pictured. German brand Ergon supplies the saddles, while Tacx provides water bottles, bottle cages, and home trainers. Canyon will also supply the team’s new kit for 2022, building on its sponsorship and bike supply commitments to the team.
EF Education-Tibco-SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) is the first of the new teams in this year’s World Tour. They share several sponsors with the men’s team of a similar name but remain a stand-alone entity. Cannondale supported the previous Tibco-SVB iteration and will stick with the team as it makes the step into the World Tour for 2022. They will race on R9200 Dura-Ace Di2 equipped Cannondale SuperSix Evo as pictured. The team drops the new Dura-Ace cranks in favour of the 4iiii power meter equipped Cannondale Hologram crank, although we spotted a few riders are still running the R9100 cranks in the early season races. FSA provides the stem and handlebars, while sister company Vision provides its Metron wheels. EF Education-Tibco-SVB will race on Vittoria tyres and seemingly opt exclusively for tubeless setups based on the photos we have seen so far this season. Wahoo provides the team with its Elemnt Bolt head units, Kickr trainers, and Speedplay pedals. Arundel is on hand with bottle cages, while Prologo provides the saddles and bar tape.
Lapierre has once again outdone itself. After last year’s FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Futuroscope team bikes were some of Lapierre’s best-looking machines, the French brand has seemingly saved its best looking bikes for the French team once again. They made the switch to the new Lapierre Xelius SL3 announced just last year and will also have the Aircode DRS aero road bike to call upon for flatter, faster stages. Interestingly the bikes pictured on the team website show the new Xelius built with the new R9200 12 speed Dura-Ace Di2, while the Aircode builds gets the outgoing R9100 11 speed Dura-Ace Di2. Both bikes are pictured with R9100 Dura-Ace wheelsets wrapped in Continental Competition Pro LTD tubular tyres, although we have seen Grace Brown racing on the new R9200 Dura-Ace C50 tubeless wheels. Shimano also supplies the Dura-Ace pedals. Prologo saddles and Elite bottle cages complete the build.
Human Powered Health
Human Powered Health, formerly Rally Cycling, made the step up to the World Tour for 2022 and brought Felt bicycles with them. They will race on Felt’s AR aero road and FR road bikes. FSA and Vision are on hand again, supplying the team with wheels, bars, stems, and seat posts. Human Powered Health races on Goodyear tyres, seemingly tubulars based on the photos we found. Wahoo again provides its range of head units and Speedplay pedals.
Interestingly, they will race with SRAM Red Etap AXS components and Quarq power meters, but SRAM isn’t listed as a partner on the website and training bikes are seemingly equipped with Force Etap AXS.
LIV Racing Xstra
Liv Racing added Xstra to its team name for 2022 and will once again race on the Liv Langma Advanced SL Disc. Riders will likely also have the choice of the Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro Disc dedicated aero race bike. SRAM has for a long time been the most heavily invested manufacturer in the Women’s World Tour. While Shimano has drawn level in the number of teams racing on its components this year, Liv Racing Xstra is once again racing with SRAM’s Red Etap AXS groupsets and Quarq power meters.
Riders will have a range of Cadex wheels to choose from and while they don’t list an official tyre supplier, we have seen photos of riders racing on both Vittoria and what appeared to be Pirelli tyres this season. Interestingly, the Liv Racing team is seemingly sticking with tubulars so far this season. Giant and sister brand Cadex also supplies the team’s saddles and handlebars for 2022.
Team Movistar Women
It’s as you were for Team Movistar in 2022. Canyon is once again supplying the team with bikes, while SRAM equips the bikes with its Red Etap AXS drivetrain and Quarq power meters. Zipp provides the wheels, and although the Aeroad pictured is fitted with 303 Firecrest and Continental Competition Pro LTD tubulars, Annemiek van Vleuten opted for a tubeless setup with the new Continental GP 5000 S TR for her Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory.
The team rides identical bikes to that of the Movistar men’s team, and as such, provided one image of the new Aeroad for both teams. Look provided its Keo pedals, while the cockpit features Lizard Skins bar tape and Garmin head units. Italian brand Elite provides Team Movistar with its bottle cages, bottles and smart trainers.
Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
Little is known of the new Swiss-registered squad in the Women’s World Tour. Having seemingly raced only the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana so far this year and having opted out of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, very few photos exist of the team in action. The photos we have seen are taken from a distance and appear to show various different setups.
The team lists Look as a partner on its website and raced on Look bikes previously. Photos we have seen show riders racing on Look’s 785 Huez RS and 795 Blade RS rim-brake framesets. While Campagnolo previously supplied the team groupsets, these photos also appear to show the team racing with both SRAM and Campagnolo groupsets. The photos also show the team racing with both Cormia and Campagnolo wheelsets.
Hopefully, a clearer picture of the team’s exact setup will emerge this weekend as the riders line up at the first World Tour event of the season.
While there are many new teams in the Women’s World Tour this year, the only existing team changing bike supplier (UAE Team ADQ is technically a new team) is Team BikeExchange-Jayco. This year’s switch to Liv and the Langma Advanced SL Disc follows a one year stint on Bianchi bikes. Despite the change, the team sticks with Shimano groupsets for 2022, with team bikes pictured equipped with R9200 12 speed Dura-Ace Di2. Not only has the team, like many others, seemingly struggled to find R9200 cranks so far this season, but we also spotted some riders still racing on the R9100 11 speed Dura-Ace Di2 groupset on their new bikes. Expect that to change as the R9200 becomes more widely available.
Unsurprisingly, Cadex is on hand to provide wheels, tyres, bars, and saddles. The photo provided has the bike equipped with the Cadex 42 hookless tubeless wheelset and Cadex tyres. We have also seen the team race with the 42 tubulars wheelsets and Vittoria’s Corsa tubular tyres. The team lists Joe’s No Flats tubeless sealant manufacturer as a partner for those tubeless setups. Team BikeExchange is racing with Giant bottle cages and head units and uses Cema bearings and bottom brackets.
Team Jumbo Visma
We asked Team Jumbo-Visma for pictures of its 2022 bikes, unfortunately, we were provided with the same Cervelo S5 photo sent for last year’s World Tour bikes feature. We now know they will be racing on an as of yet unreleased new S5. Although that new bike is hiding in plain sight, understandably the team can’t supply us with pictures of an unreleased new bike. In the meantime what we are left with is this photo of the riders rolling to the start of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. Cervelo provides the team with the R5, S5, Caledonia 5, and P5. The four riders pictured are all racing with the Shimano 11 speedR9100 Dura-Ace Di2, a trend we have seen continue in recent races. Seemingly even one of the best team’s on the planet is suffering the same supply issues the rest of us face.
Jumbo-Visma races on Shimano Dura-Ace wheels wrapped in Vittoria tyres. Shimano also supplies the pedals, while Fizik is the team’s saddle sponsor. FSA provides its stems and handlebars. Garmin provides the team’s head units and sister company Tacx provides bottles, cages, and trainers.
Following a bike supplier change for last season, DSM remained with Scott for 2022 and no doubt had a slightly quieter build-up to this season. The team will race on the Addict RC, and should have the option of the Foil aero for flatter road stages and the Plasma TT for time trial days. As an official Shimano partner, the team races on a full Shimano package including the R9200 12 speed Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets, wheels, and pedals. Shimano’s sister company PRO supplies the saddles.
Vittoria is back for another season as tyre sponsor. Contrary to what we have seen with other teams, we have seen DSM’s tubeless setup pictured swapped out for tubular wheels and tyres on race day. Wahoo provides the team head units, while Elite provides the bottles, cages and home trainers. The only thing news riders will have to get used to for 2022 is the additional rear sprocket.
Team SD Worx
Team SD Worx are adopting the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to its 2022 team bike. Apart from a new paint job on its Tarmac SL7, the team will race with identical equipment options to last year. The S-Works frames are built with, you guessed it, SRAM’s Red Etap AXS groupsets and Quarq power meters. Zipp is again supplying the wheelsets, while it’s over to Specialized again for the tyres and saddles. Back under the SRAM umbrella again, Time provides the team with its pedals. Tacx supplies the team with bottles, cages, and trainers, while the team uses head units from Tacx’s parent company, Garmin.
Trek-Segafredo is another team sticking with largely the same setup for 2022. The team races on the Trek Madone and the Emonda, both equipped with SRAM Red Etap AXS groupsets and Quarq power meters. Bontrager provides the team’s components, saddles, and wheels. Pirelli is now a named sponsor on the TSF kit and supplies the team with its P-Zero tyres.
The riders will race and train with Wahoo head units again, and for the first time, Wahoo has provided home trainers as well. The team lists Kogel bearings as a partner, Stans No Tubes presumably for tubeless sealant and, interestingly, Notio aerometers, although don’t expect to see these in use on race day.
We couldn’t not include a photo of Elisa Balsamo’s new world champion edition Emonda. Enjoy.
UAE Team ADQ
UAE Team ADQ is one of the two newly formed WorldTeams on the scene, having acquired ALE’ BTC Ljubljana’s World Tour license the team took on many of the same riders but has an entirely new feel. In comes Colnago as a team bike supplier with Campagnolo on board to provide its Super Record EPS groupsets and Bora Ultra wheels. The team will race on the V3Rs, with Deda components and Prologo saddles. Elite bottle cages and Pirelli tyres keep the bike almost entirely Italian, with only French brand Look managing to break the Italian theme with its Keo pedals. Wahoo supplies the team’s head units and home trainers.
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team is another of the World Tour newbies in 2022 and the newly formed women’s team joins the already hugely successful men’s setup. Dare bikes have enjoyed a rapid rise to the World Tour in its brief ten-year existence. The Norweigan team races with Dare’s MA-AFO, VSRu aero bike, and the TSRf TT bikes. The bikes are equipped with Shimano’s R9200 12 speed Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, DT Swiss wheels, Schwalbe tyres, and CeramicSpeed bearings and OSPW (Oversize Pulley Wheels) The bikes are completed with Prologo saddles and the team also lists Garmin and Wattshop as partners.