New Bikes of the 2012 Tour de France

This year's Tour de France has been anemic, at best. I mean, the most fascinating story line was the rivalry between Sky's leader Bradley Wiggins and his first lieutenant—and likely the stronger rider—Chris Froome, and in the end it was a drama that never materialized. That and yet another big-name doping positive, this time due to "poisoning"—surprise, surprise.

But if the race has failed to give viewers many thrills, it has left us with a more tangible and lasting reward: lots of cool new bikes and gear. Many manufacturers use the Tour, the biggest race on the planet, as a launching pad for their latest, greatest product, and this year didn't disappoint, with a handful of strikingly fast new frames on display. Here are some of the coolest we've seen. As always, if you have the budget, you can purchase (or will be able to soon) these bikes. And even if you can't afford the pro spec, the technology and design will soon be trickling down to models you can afford.

Vive le Tour—or at least its bikes.

Radioshack-Nissan-Trek Madone 7.9

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