Some more images from the 2012 Tour of California. One thing I found interesting was the use of Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR tubular wheels on the Garmin-Barracuda bikes over the Cosmic Carbone Ultimate (used by Liquigas-Cannondale and every other Mavic sponsored team). The Ultimate is a much lighter wheelset so the use of the SLR is somewhat puzzling since wheels are not generally considered a good place to add weight, especially when you consider the depth on the Ultimate and the SLR is almost identical. I also found that the Pro saddles are in fact different than the ones available to consumers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Fizik “team” model Aliante saddles use a base made entirely from carbon fiber with out the Twin-Flex braided kevlar portion. That means those Aliante saddles literally have zero flex in the base. Great for power transfer, not so much for comfort. Another interesting site was the lack of Di2 on Garmin-Barracuda road bikes. We were beginning to think that Di2 was more popular than “old-fashioned” Dura Ace in the Pro Peloton, but if Garmin-Barracuda’s bikes are any indication, that is not the case. The TT bikes however used Di2 exclusively. To see large images, click through the image below twice. Enjoy.