Only months removed from his teenage years, Magnus Sheffield is already a force to be reckoned with. The American has stormed to wins at the spring classic Brabantse Pijl and a TT stage win at the Tour of Denmark for his Ineos Grenadiers squad.
Sheffield looked on track for another career result last weekend at the UCI Road World Championships elite time trial. The 20-year-old had a a top-five finish within reach late in his go-around the course in Wollongong, Australia. However, fate had other plans.
Sheffield took a late corner wide and crashed over the barriers, forcing him to settle for a still respectable 17th place.
We got a closer look at the Pinarello Bolide F time trial rig that has been by his side this season as he has made a name for himself in the race of truth.
The Bolide F is the top time trial bike from Ineos Grenadiers team bike sponsor Pinarello. Sheffield’s features a Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Princeton CarbonWorks wheels.
Sheffield pushed giant 58/46T chainrings from an older 11-speed group.
The rear derailleur has one of the few exposed cables on this bike, but the mechanics have fastened it to the derailleur hanger for the cleanest airflow possible.
Even the fastest time trial bike in the world would be pointless without a proper fit and comfortable position for the rider. The goal is an optimal balance of power output and comfort.
The Ineos Grenadiers team turns to a company called WattShop for its TT cockpits.
There’s not an exposed cable in sight here. Note the GPS mount near the arm rests.
The Fizik Transiro Mistica is a noseless time trial saddle, helping Sheffield sit in his ideal position.
Sheffield is running Continental Grand Prix 5000 S tires set up on a Princeton CarbonWorks disc wheel and tri-spoke front wheel.
Taking no chances on dropped chains, Sheffield was running a chain catcher.