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Cam Wurf Vs Andi Boecherer | The Fastest Bikes In Ironman?

Cam Wurf Vs Andi Boecherer | The Fastest Bikes In Ironman?


– So, I’ve got something
a little bit different for a pro-bike today, because we are going to be comparing the bike’s and component’s
set up for two of arguably the biggest uber bikers,
riding in triathlon right now. And the first one is the Cube Aerium SLT, that you can see here, which belongs to Andi Bocherer from Germany. And the second bike that we
have is this Pinarello Bolide, which belongs to none other than Cameron Wurf from Australia, who is the Kona Ironman Hawaii
bike course record holder. (digital jingle) (upbeat music) Now let’s get stuck
into Andi’s frame here. And I’m quite excited to do this because I haven’t seen one of these Cubes up-close and personal before. So, I’m looking forward to taking a look. And furthermore, we haven’t
featured one of these on the channel either. Now, at first glance there’s
some rather striking features if you ask me on this Cube. Namely at the front, the fork. I think that’s really
striking set of forks that are attached to this frame set. The fairing that covers
the breaks is very aero, we’ll get onto that in a little bit. There’s also, moving
back behind the forks, a rather interesting cutaway
that you can see there, just back of the headset. So, moving into the
mid-section of the frame, I am quite drawn to this
bulk area of the frame here, which is quite unusual really. But in large part, because of the connection
between the seat tube and the down tube, which then
allows this design to bring the seat stays much further
down than they usually are on any other type of brand of bike. Very unusual to see the chain
stays and the seat stays really quite close together like this. So, I think that’s a really
striking feature of this Cube. One final point, Andi’s
riding a size medium. (upbeat music) So, moving onto the frame
set on Cameron’s bike. Now this Bolide is still
very new bike on the market. It was only launched in
Ironman Hawaii in 2018. And there’s some fairly key features that we’ll quickly rattle
through on this bike. Most notably, it’s a disc-ready TT bike. Now, we see that a lot
more with the brands now, releasing these versions
of their TT bikes. Another thing that we see
is an awful lot of care and attention paid to
integration and storage for hydration and whatnot,
and also nutrition. We can see that up here on the bento box, which is integrated into
the top of the frame. A set up stem, so that is
a very clean line up there. Again, we’ve got a very large storage unit that’s down here hidden
away out of the wind, which just helps for all sorts of tools and other things that
athletes might want to keep. And then, another aspect of this frame that I really noticed having a look at, which you see staring front on. It’s just how wide the
stance is on these forks. So it’s really interesting
to look at these bikes and see how technology’s changing in the Triathlon TT market. And one other note on
this bike of Cameron’s is he’s riding a 56CM frame. (upbeat music) Right, so let’s take a
look at Andi’s cockpit that he has running on this Cube. And we’ll start with the base bar because that’s a propitiatory base bar that comes fitted with this frame. But after that, everything
else is a little bit different. So we’ll move onto the ski
bar extensions, first of all. And they are Zipp Vuka Evo 70s. 70 standing for the degree of rise or sweep that they have. And talking of rise, on
top of his riser blocks, which look to be about 30MM if you ask me, but I’m not entirely certain. I can see 15 degrees written in here. They’re angled all the way
back on the riser block, so I assume he’s taken
off 15 degrees riser, to move everything up a little bit. See that on a lot of
the pro bikes just now. And then on top of all that, he’s got some arm cups that
I’ve not actually seen before. These are Profile Design arm cups, which look fairly snug
and comfy on my reckoning. While I’m looking at those armrests, I’m drawn to this very aero
and interesting hydration, or integrated hydration system that Cube have attached
to the frame set here. It sits between Andi’s armrests. And this whole front section,
actually is removable, can be taken off. And what that then reveals
is a little compartment that opens up in there, gives some space, which Andi has his
junction box for his gears tucked away in there. So totally hidden and out
of the way from the wind. So that’s really interesting. And then, one other point of interest that I noted on Andi’s front end is that there’s no bike computer here. So, possibly that gets
added on just for race days. And before we move on from the front end, we must talk about the gears. Now, Andy has his blips just
electrical taped on here, which is quite unusual. Usually they’re woven
underneath the bar tape, but he hasn’t opted for that. He’s got his clickers on here
on the end of the aero bars. And then one final thing to
talk about on the front end is Andi’s break levers. And they’re like the base
bar, propitiatory from Cube. And they’re for stopping via these breaks that are hidden under this faring. So, I think now it’s time that we take a look at
Cameron’s front end. (upbeat music) So, moving onto the
cockpit on Cameron’s bike. And, comparing to Andi’s, the first noticeable difference I see is this base bar set up, whereas Andi had a
completely flat base bar, that you see in a lot of time trial bikes. This most on-piece stem
and base bar set-up that Cameron is running curves down. So, that’s little bit different. You don’t see that on so
many base bar designs. So, I guess that’s an
aerodynamic advantage that they’ve worked out. But there’s quite a
different drop between here and the top of the base
bar I guess that I can see looking forward from the
front of the bike here. So, that’s interesting. But then moving up to the armrests and aero bars on Cam’s set-up. Notice all of these
riser blocks he has here. There’s quite a lot of them to bring him up into
his preferred position. I’m guessing there’s 35MM here, because I can see three blocks, plus a half size one, so that’s my hunch. And at the very top of that, we’ve got quite an angled
chin that Cameron has here. Just to bring him up into
that preferred position that he needs for his aerodynamics. So that’s the set-up there to
bring us up to his aero bars. He’s got a slight angle
to the ski bend here. Again, for the wrist flection that you see in a lot of these TT bikes with the pro’s. And on the arm rests here, there’s no branding on these arm rests, so I’m not really sure
what they are exactly. But Cameron does do a lot of training with the team sky set-up so maybe he’s got some
sort of prototype here. I’m not quite sure. There’s certainly a lot of holes drilled in the arm rests itself. I guess to save some weight. And then just a really simple bit of foam padding stuck in on top. Cut down to match the size of the armrest. So, moving between the aero bars, Cameron has the Carbon X-Lab set-up. A base plate here, which holds the X-Lab torpedo water bottle that he just has sitting
nicely between his arms for his refilling at the aid stations. And then sitting just
at the front of that, unlike Andi, I will note, he’s got a bike computer mount
to keep all his data there when he’s racing. (upbeat music) So moving on to Andi’s group set now, and we have got this very
aerodynamic sram one-by group set. Missing a front derailleur obviously, because we’re just running
that solitary single chain ring at the front, and in terms of numbers,
that is a 52 tooth chaining, which is pretty big on one-by standards, but I’ll get back to that in a moment. Moving back to his cassette, this is 12 speed of course,
because it’s sram one-by. So he’s got 10 through
to 33 on this set-up. So, that’s a very big range, but that 10 to 52 is something in the region of a 56 chain
ring on a regular two-by set-up. So that is a big gear, as I was saying. Or 56 11 should I say.
So, very big gear indeed. The cranks on here are a 170MM crank. And we can also see his
integrated Quarq Powermeter on that chain set. Finished off with the sram
E-tap rear derailleur of course. And a regular sram chain. (upbeat music) So now moving onto the
group set on Cameron’s bike. And I guess this is the
most noticeable difference between the two bikes, because quite clearly running
one-by on the sram group set. But this Shimano group
set has two chain rings and a front derailleur. And that large front
chain ring is a 56 tooth, and that inside smaller one on
Cameron’s bike is a 39 tooth, which is quite a large gap between those two chain ring sizes. Cameron’s got 170MM
length cranks on his bike. He’s got Shimano Dura Ace rear derailleur for that Di2 group
set to be completed. And he has an 11/28 cassette. (upbeat music) so moving onto the wheel
set on Andi’s bike now, and I think there’s a rather nice set. The Zipp wheels complement
Andi’s Cube frame really well. Just because of that
black carbon colour-way that he’s got going in this frame set. But in terms of that front wheel up there, that is a Zipp 858, so
very good looking wheel to have up there at the front of the bike. Zipp Super 9
disc here at the back. He is running Continental Grand Prix tires on both of these wheels. 23MM on the front and a 25MM on the back. But even more interestingly, because I haven’t seen this before on a pro triathletes bike, at least. He’s got a different tread pattern on the front to the back. So the front has a little bit more tread woven into that Grand Prix, and this one is, well
it’s pretty much slick. So all that being said, I’d be interested to see
what’s on Cam’s wheel set. (upbeat music) So moving onto the wheel
set on Cameron’s bike. And this is another
significant difference because, whereas Andi had the Super 9 Zipp and 858 front combo, this is a wheel brand I
haven’t actually come across or heard about before. But Cameron was explaining to me that this Princeton Carbonworks wheel set is quite a new forward-thinking
American brand, who as you’ll maybe notice, has front wheel design very
similar to that of the Zipp. And Cameron is really
excited to be riding these. Says that they’re extremely lightweight and very happy with this 65MM front wheel and the disc that he has there
on the rear to compliment it. So now, the tires that are
on these Princeton wheels on Cameron’s bike are Continentals. He’s got the Grand Prix
TT on the front, 23MM. This, also like Andi’s, has a tread pattern on that front tyre, just to make sure you’re safe
going around the corners. But unlike Andi’s bike, who had a completely slick
tread on his rear tire, we’ve got some treat
on that Grand Prix 4000 that Cameron has on the rear. And that, much like
Andi’s, is a 25MM as well. (upbeat music) So, moving on to the last few bits finishing off Andi’s bike. And I’m going to start with the saddle. And I think this is quite interesting because I’m pretty sure that saddle has seen more than one or two bikes. I think Andi’s been swapping
that over the years, because he’s just comfortable in it, and that’s something you see quite a lot that athletes do. That’s even just got aluminum rails, which is fairly unusual these days. Usually carbon rails on saddles. And whilst we’re up there
looking at the saddle, notice this little bracket that comes onto the propitiatory seat
post on this Cube bike. Just allows a aero water
bottle for rear hydration, to get attached onto there. Just got another Cube product
there, cube water bottle. Talking about water bottle cages, there’s none others on this bike, because he’s got that aero
hydration system at the front that he can drink from
when he’s in his aero tuck. Tucked in just behind that, we’ve got another little bento box for gels or whatnot that I presume Andi has in there on race day. And then finishing off the bike, Andi has got some Dura Ace pedals. So I wonder what Cam has
finishing off his bike. (upbeat music) So the last few bits and pieces to talk about on Cameron’s bike. First up is his saddle choice. Now, this is the fi’zi:k Arione which has got a grippy
surface at the top here, just to stop you sliding around when you’re on your aero position. Off to the rear of that saddle, he’s get an X-Lab aero pouch, which you don’t see very often. So I was asking Cameron the
reasons for this choice, and he was saying that what
he likes about this pouch that wraps around the bottle cage is it just gives him something to tee off of when he’s dumping his
water bottle into the cage. It means it stops him missing the cage, and he just finds that really useful. This little zipper at the back
of the pouch has some space, and in there he keeps his
spare tube for the rear tire. And his spare tube to the front tire, well he keeps down here in
this integrated storage set-up that comes with the frame set. Finishing off with this extra
bits and pieces on his bike, are his peddles which are
titanium spindled speed plates. Now, I’ve really enjoyed
looking at these two bikes that belong to arguably the best riders in our sport right now. And hopefully you’ve enjoyed
this different format of pro bike video too. So please let us know in the
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19 comments on “Cam Wurf Vs Andi Boecherer | The Fastest Bikes In Ironman?

  1. Very nice bikes! Which one did you like better? I think the cube is awesome, but why is there no storage department in the huge bottom bracket area? Huge miss! One complaint: Why did you not weigh the bikes? But anyways, thank you for the great video!

  2. OMG I’ll forgive you for the lack of weight and freehub check because that’s a GCN thing but mainly because you just gave so much detail of the too awesome bike….. #speedwepons 😃

  3. In this day and age of vocal fry it's refreshing to hear Fraser's singing voice as he gets through these nice pieces of tech! A lot of attention to detail on those bikes, that was very interesting!

  4. The front Grand Prix tt is a special pro tire. It has the gp4000 tread on it which is actually the most aerodynamic tread pattern, to make it a more aero tire.

  5. GTN: They don't side with the GP4000 pattern because of grip. It's because of aerodynamics https://youtu.be/ahcszyobF4U

  6. What no windtunnel comparisson…? 😉👍 Great stuff guys; love these Tri-bikes. Any chance you could do a cheap Chinese TT bike comparison?

  7. Princeton Carbonworks doesn’t have a disc wheel on their website. Does Cam have a prototype not available on the public?

  8. Interesting video, but gosh do I irritate the pronunciations whenever Fraser speaks in videos…. It's aero, not eeeeeeroo.

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