Neilson Powless is preparing for a big year ahead. The 20 year-old Californian spent the last year as a super domestique for U23 development team Axeon Hagens Berman, ferrying bottles from the team car to his teammates and shielding them from the wind while periodically attacking off the front in spectacular fashion. His abilities were highlighted most notably in the 2016 Amgen Tour of California where he finished 9th and earned the SRAM Best Young Rider jersey. This year, Powless will be one of the team’s protected riders to be delivered fresh to the final kilometers of the race.
This is the bike that he’ll ride to get there. His 2017 Specialized S-Works Tarmac is appointed with SRAM RED eTap; the world’s only fully wireless electronic groupset. Like the rest of Team Axeon, Neilson has chosen a WiFLi rear derailleur to give him the option to use an 11-30 or 11-32t cassette when the pavement points skyward. Neilson’s race machine is also fitted with a Quarq power meter and a full compliment of Zipp Service Course SL cockpit components and carbon tubular wheels. See below for a complete listing of Neilson’s components picks.
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Frame: Specialized S-Works, 56cm
Shift-brake levers: SRAM RED eTap
Crank: SRAM RED DZERO 172.5mm
Chainrings: SRAM RED 53/39T
Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap WiFLi
Front Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170 11-28T
Chain: SRAM RED 22
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL, 110mm
Bar: Zipp Service Course SL-80, 42cm
Computer mount: Zipp Quickview Road Low Mount
Seatpost: Zipp Service Course SL, 20mm setback
Wheels: Zipp 404 Firestrike