Contador’s Vuelta Bikes

Contador’s Vuelta Bikes


Contador’s Vuelta Bikes


Simon Whiten


Contador’s Vuelta Bikes


SRAM are keen to promote the fact that Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) won the Vuelta a España using SRAM RED, whilst spending 11 stages in the leaders’s RED jersey and bagging a couple of stage wins along the way…


There’s no doubt that Alberto Contador’s victory in the Vuelta, his third Vuelta and sixth Grand Tour victory, was impressive after having to drop out of this year’s Tour de France because of a severe knee injury, especially as everyone assumed that the injury would prevent him from even starting. Even his doctor was apparently amazed at the speed of Contador’s recovery and return to race fitness.


Tinkoff Saxo use SRAM RED 22 componentry to take on the challenging terrain of the Vuelta, specifically the RED 22 WiFLi mid-cage rear derailleur (see the photo to see the extra length) and cassettes ranging from 11-25 for most stages, to 11-30 for the tougher days. WiFLi stands for Wider, Faster, Lighter technology and has been around since the stage 16 of the 2008 Giro d’Italia, which featured a 25% gradient, when SRAM custom built Contador a rear derailleur and matching cassette with a wider gear ratios.


Here’s an overview of Contador’s two main bikes:
Alberto Contador’s Specialized Tarmac SRAM RED 22
Alberto Contador - Specialized Tarmac

Frame: Specialized S-Works Tarmac
Groupset: SRAM RED 22

Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap – ErgoDynamic Shifter

Chainrings: SRAM RED 22 chainrings – (130BCD – 53*39)

Front Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter

Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 mid-cage

Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink (Front & Rear)

Cassette: SRAM XG-1190 (from 11-25 to 11-30 based on the profile of the stage)

Chain: SRAM RED 22

Bar: Zipp Service Course SL

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL

Seat Post: Zipp SL Speed

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Alberto Contador’s Specialized Shiv
Contador Shiv
Frame: Specialized Shiv (54cm)
Groupset: SRAM RED 22

Shift Levers: SRAM R2C Aero SL-1190 

Brake Levers: SRAM 990 Aero 

Chainrings: SRAM Aero chainrings – (130BCD – 55*42)

Front Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 with chain spotter

Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 – short cage 

Cassette: SRAM XG-1190 (11-26)

Chain: SRAM RED 22

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