Thibaut Pinot’s 2022 Bike Size


This page is about Thibaut Pinot’s 2022 Bike Size as he races the Tour de France.
The French cyclist races for the Groupama – FDJ team.
When the planets are well aligned Thibaut Pinot is one of the best climbers in the pro peloton.
Among his several top-of-the-mountain wins, Pinot won three legendary stages on the Tour de France.
Pinot’s three Tour de France stage wins are the Tourmalet in 2019, the Alpes d’Huez in 2015, and Porrentruy in 2012.
Don’t be fooled thinking Thibaut did win only these three races, and he is done.
Pinot won two mountain stages in 2022 before the Tour de France. One on the Tour des Alpes and one on the Tour de Suisse.

Pinot The Mountaineer

Thibaut Pinot’s entire career wins are on mountain stages.
Yes, Thibaut Pinot is a climber! And a great one when things goes well.

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Thibaut Pinot is 1m80 and rides a Lapierre Xelius SL3 Size M (55cm).

sketch of Thibaut Pinot's 2022 Bike Size
Thibaut Pinot’s 2022 Lapierre Xelius SL3 Bike Size M (54cm)

Lapierre recommends the 2022 Xelius SL size M to riders from 1m70 to 1m82 tall.

Thibaut’s Bike Fit

Pinot’s Prologo Nago CPC saddle is at 740mm from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the saddle. The saddle setback is 74.3mm with a 25mm setback seat post.
The distance between the tip of the saddle to the handlebar’s clamp is 585mm.
Pinot uses a 130mm Lapierre stem with 25mm spacers, and a 400mm width Lapierre aero handlebar.
The Prologo bar tape is white, matching Pinot’s Prologo saddle.

Marginal Gains

Shimano being an official sponsor of the team Groupama-FDJ (you can spot it by seeing the Shimao logo on the chainstays of the pro bikes), Pinot is rolling on stock Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12-speed groupset.
No ceramic bearings nor any “exotic” parts to be seen on any bikes sponsored by Shimano.

However, the bike features some nice marginal gains tricks.
The disc brakes of Thibaut Pinot’s bike are the Shimano XTR (RT-MT900) disc rotors instead of the new Shimano Dura-Ace (RT-CL900) ones.
The reason is the XTR disc is stiffer than the road version. The road version seems softer and bends easily ending up rubbing on the brake pads, creating a sense of potential power losses and annoyance to the climber.

Another optimization is the use of 140mm disc rotors instead of 160mm. Mainly for the reason stated above than for weight saving. Yet, that’s 95g Vs 108g weight difference per disc rotor according to the R2 website linked here. (It is not an affiliate or sponsored link)

Personal Preferences

Thibaut Pinot always races with the Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels. He seems to particularly prefer the Dura-Ace C50 instead of using the newer and lighter C38.
On mountain stages, Thibaut uses the Dura-Ace C50 with Continental Competition Pro LTD tubulars in 26mm diameter.

The crankset arms are 172.5mm in length, and the pedals are the Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL.

Thibaut Pinot wears a Giro helmet, 100% sunglasses, Ale Jersey, bib-shorts, gloves, and socks.
He wears the Giro Imperial cycling shoes, yes you guessed it, it is white!
About Pinot’s shoes, I spotted Pinot with a pair of Nimbl cycling shoes on stage 6 of the 2022 Tour de France (Binche-Longwy). Maybe they did not fit him as expected.
Like most pro climbers, Pinot uses the Yellow Shimano cleats (SM-SH11) with 5 degrees of float.

Thibaut Pinot’s Lapierre Xelius SL cost approximately US$ 9,200.

The Thibaut Pinot’s 2022 Bike Size post is a developing story, and I’ll update it as soon as more material information becomes available.

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