(Although the 9.9 is sold with Di2 9070 (see review on p. 36) our test bike came specced with Campagnolo Super Record eps 11-speed componentry. The bar- end brake levers save triathletes time and energy, but more importantly, the shifting is seamless, smooth and unbelievably precise. In fact, on my test rides I repeatedly tried to mis-shift and couldn’t. The eps resets itself to correct over or undershifting – a confidence enhancer on hilly courses.
The wider crank of the Campagnolo setup transfers power efficiently. Ultra- light with an ultra-fast design, the crank set is also esthetically impressive. Its marbled carbon has an art deco look hearkening back to 1933 when Campagnolo started out.
Our test bike also came with Bontrager’s Aeolus 9s, but the bike is sold with the Aeolus 5s. This upgrade for race wheels is worth it for strong riders able to manage the deep wheels. The ultra light oclv Carbon rim is 90 mm deep, which makes them sleek and fast, but the stacked lacing in the spokes makes for a stiff wheel, allowing riders to stay in control on fast descents or windy conditions.
Although saddle fit is highly personal, I needed zero adjustment time on the Hilo rxl Speed Dial Saddle with hollow Ti rails that came on our tester (slightly different from the rxxxl which comes on the 9.9). The adjustable nose of the rxl made this rider happy. For riders who tend to sit forward, this saddle is worth trying whether on the 9.9 or not. Sold with the rxxxl saddle, however, riders will be treated to increased flex and comfort from the lighter carbon rails.