What’s the differences in the setup of a track bike for team pursuits and bunch events? Denmark’s skilled mechanic, Mads Severinsen has taken us through Denmark’s two Argon 18 Electron Pro track bikes; Rasmus Lund’s bike for Team Pursuit and Lasse Norman’s for Omnium and Madison (Bunch Events).

The two bikes look very much a like. But there are differences between the two:

  • Wheels.
  • Gearing and
  • Handlebars.
“Basically, there are a number of technical regulations from UCI that prescribe exactly how the bikes must be set up for the respective disciplines. But basically, the team pursuit bike is set up to be as aerodynamic as possible. The bike for bunch events has to be very aerodynamic as well, but here the steering characteristics are weighted higher, as riders must be able to navigate in a peloton, and to make the madison shifts at very high speeds. That’s also why many riders chooses to have bar tape mounted all the way till the stem, like Lasse Norman likes it, “ explains Mads Severinsen.
Mads Severinsen is head mechanic on the Danish Track Cycling Team.

Rasmus Lund's Team Pursuit Bike

In the Team Pursuit final of the 2020 World Championships, where Denmark clocked a new WR in 3.44,672, Rasmus Lund rode with this setup.

  • Frame: Argon 18 Electron Pro (size M)
  • Wheels: Mavic Comete Rio Edt.
  • Handlebars: Argon 18 basebar + 3T Vola aero bars
  • Chain: UFO coated CeramicSpeed
  • Bearings (headset, cranck and wheels: Ceramicspeed
  • Chainring: Peekrings 58t
  • Cog: EAI 13t
  • Powermeter: SRM
  • Tires: Vittoria Pista Speed 23m
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
  • Pedals: Prologo Ergo TT saddle
Rasmus Lund's Argon 18 Electron Pro.
Mavic Comete Rio wheels
13T EAI cog in the back.
Argon 18 basebars
Peekrings 58t mounted with a SRM powermeter.

Lasse Norman's Bunch Event Bike

When Olympic medalist Lasse Norman participated in the Omnium at the 2020 World Championships in Berlin he raced with this setup.

  • Frame: Argon 18 Electron Pro (size L)
  • Wheels: Mavic IO Rio Edt.
  • Handlebars: 3T Aero Nova
  • Stem: Zipp SL Sprint
  • Chain: UFO coated CeramicSpeed
  • Bearings (headset, cranck and wheels: Ceramicspeed
  • Chainring: Sugino SuperZen 53t
  • Cog: EAI 14t
  • Powermeter: SRM
  • Tires: Vittoria Pista Speed 23m
  • Pedals:  Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Pedals: Prologo Ergo TT saddle

The bunch event track bike differs on a number of points from the bike to for the Team Pursuit. Below are the most important ones.

Lasse Norman's Argon 18 Electron Pro.
Mavic IO Rio Edt.
14T EAI cog in the back.
Zipp SL Sprint stem and 3T Aero Nova Handlebars.
Sugino SuperZen 53t chain ring.
Zipp SL Sprint stem and 3T Aero Nova Handlebars.

The Similarities

As you can see, there are a lot of similarities between the two bikes, as we review with the pictures below.

UFO coated Ceramicspeed chain.
Prologo Ergo TT saddle.
Ceramic Speed Bearing in wheels, crank and headset.
Vittoria Pista Speed 23mm tires.
The paintwork is designed by Jacob Ørholm leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Electron Pro is designed in Canada.

Developing the Electron Pro

Pictures: Peter Ebro / Argon 18 Nordic