Trek Speed Concept 7.5 2016 Triathlon Super Bike reviewed and photographed at Wheelworx Dublin
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Trek are almost unique in the fact that they offer exactly the same aerodynamics on their entry level Speed Concept 7.0 bike as they do on their full professional €10,000+ Project One custom builds. The only difference is the grade of carbon fibre used and the build kit and components. The biggest benefit of this is you can start with the base model and add faster components like the integrated cockpit, deep aero wheels or upgraded drive train as your budget allows.
The Trek Speed Concept 7.5 2016 model is again proving to be one of the most popular of the “Super bikes” in our range. Trek’s use of Kammtail aerodynamic technology not only makes it one of the most aerodynamic bikes available but more importantly in my mind it’s exceptionally stable in windy conditions. This makes the speed accessible to riders of all sizes and abilities. The biggest problem in my mind with some of the very deep aero sections on other manufacturers bikes is the difficulty in riding them in windy conditions. It doesn’t matter if you have the best aero numbers in the wind tunnel if those numbers can never be achieved by a rider in real world conditions because they are fighting the bike and the wind. After all we don’t race in a wind tunnel.
Triathletes in general wouldn’t be known for their bike handling skills and this is another area that the Trek Speed Concept 7.5 excels in. It’s very stable and very easy to ride fast so you can maximise all of it’s aero potential in real world conditions.
Fit and fitting
We do a full custom fit with all bikes we sell and this is especially important in triathlon with the variation in racing distance from sprint to Ironman and the huge difference in athletes size and flexibility. Not to mention the importance in getting a comfortable fast set up particularly for longer races. With the Speed Concept 7.5 there is a range of stem options included allowing for either a very aggressive low set up or alternately a high and relaxed position depending on your requirements.
The 7.5 comes with a fully integrated bars & stem & fully internal cabling making for a very clean and aerodynamic front end. The bars can also accommodate Bontragers “between the arms” mounted bottle cage with integrated computed mount. It also features a deep bayonet fork with a fully integrated front brake.
Bontrager provide the seating in the form of the tri specific and adjustable Hilo RXL split nose saddle and transition racking is made easy with the hooks on the back of the Hilo saddle. It comes with a reversible aero seatpost allows setup from 73-80+ degrees.
Storage and Integration
Food and spares storage are also catered for with the provision of mounts for Bontragers rear draft box for carrying spares and their front top tube mounted storage box for carrying nutrition for training and racing.
They have added an aerodynamic “shark fin” below the bottom bracket improves airflow and helps protect the rear brake from Road spray and is definitely not UCI legal. Trek have allowed for integration of your speed and cadence sensor for a number of years but their latest sensor has been made both Bluetooth and Ant+ compatible for a greater range of connectivity. Deep chain stays to improve power delivery and aid aerodynamics. Also note in the gallery the inside of the opposite chainstay where the integrated cadence sensor ports out of the frame.
We have the 2016 Speed Concept 7.0 on our website here
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