Sleek New Speedy Concept
Justlooking at the Speed Concept 9.9 will make you feel faster, but riding this performance bike will make you feel like a Formula One driver. Trek’s extensive research in real-world aerodynamic design has made one of the fastest bikes in the world even faster.
Maintaining everything that was excellent about the 2013 model, including stiffness, the upgrades shed weight and improve aerodynamics as well as user friendliness. The frameset is one pound lighter than the 2013 model. Trek’s Kamm Tail Virtual Foil ( kvf) airfoil design, 13 per cent slim- down on the seat tube and down tube, integrated brakes and cockpit, as well as new storage options, push the limits of aerodynamic advantage. The 9 Series is already being ridden by some of triathlon’s biggest talent, but we predict a substantial jump in the Kona count with this one. In addition to wind tunnel testing, Trek designed and built a mobile sensor system to conduct elaborate yaw testing on actual Ironman courses with varying topography and wind effects. The result is a bike with maximum aerodynamic advantage. The original Speed Concept already established itself as a one of the fastest TT bikes on the market, so it’s remarkable that Trek has been able to squeeze any more speed out of the design. What are the savings in real time? Trek states that triathletes could save as much as 99 seconds in Ironman Hawaii and 148 seconds in Ironman Arizona after upgrading from the 2013 Speed Concept to the newest model.