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USA Pro Challenge: How to build a professional bicycle

Austin Colbert

A custom Wilier Zero.7 road bike, owned by Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare co-owner Mike Parra. This particular cycle is worth around $10,000 and is similar in make up to what many of the Pro Challenge athletes will be riding.

— So what is the difference between your $800 road bike and the pros $10,000 chariot? In short, modern technology and lots of carbon fiber.

FEATURED BIKE

A 2015 Wilier Zero.7, owned by Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare’s Mike Parra

Retail price for complete bike: $9,499, before customization

Weight: Approximately 14.1 pounds (the UCI minimum for competition is 14.9 pounds)

FRAME

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60-ton carbon fiber Wilier Zero.7 frame

Retail price: $4,999

WHEELS AND TIRES

Zipp 202 wheels with full carbon fiber rims

Clincher tire set up (many pros will use a tubular set up, which glues the tires to the rim)

Retail price: $2,400

DRIVE TRAIN

Shimano Dura-ace Di2 11-speed electronic shifter with battery pack

Forged aluminum crank

Retail price: $3,000

OTHER

Carbon fiber seat post ($100-$300)

Carbon fiber bottle holders ($30-$60)

Carbon fiber handlebar ($200-$300)