Sleek New Speedy Con­cept

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front Page -

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.

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