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GTN’s Best Pro Triathlon Bikes Of 2019!

GTN’s Best Pro Triathlon Bikes Of 2019!


(upbeat music) – Now, there have been quite
a lot of notable advances in bike tech this year and
GTN has been lucky enough to get a first-hand glimpse at much of it. So I thought, what would
be a fun thing to do would be to have a round up of
a lot of those top pro bikes and what in particular caught my eye. (high-tech music) Now, we’re going to get
things started with a bike that isn’t actually a triathlon bike, but bare with me a second because you see, at the end of October, British Cycling launched
their brand new collaboration between Lotus and Hope, and it is a track bike that
they are going to launch ahead of the Tokyo Olympics next year. And, this bike turned
an awful lot of heads, in particular because of
its cutting edge designs. Mostly with the shapes
regarding the seat stays and of course the fork. Now for those of you who follow triathlon, this perhaps wouldn’t have been such a
surprise. Because at the end of last year, Specialized launched their S-works Shiv Disc, which had some incredibly different designs. Especially with the shape of it’s fork, it was a complete game changer. We had a first look at this bike at the
beginning of the season when Tim Don kindly talked us through his steed, and he explained
that once the move had been made away from traditional rim brakes over to disc brakes
that obviously there was no need for that traditional brake caliper that you see on forks. So, what that allowed
Specialized to do with the design of the fork
was extend that all the way up to the bottom of
the base bar, and that in Tim’s opinion gives a much more stable and responsive handling
sensation of the bike. – [Tim] When they took away the need for a caliper, then they can re-design the fork so they’ve just gone straight up. It’s obviously a lot
wider but the way it’s designed it’s more
stable in the crosswinds which at the front end is very important. – And the biggest thing I can see as well sitting right here in
front of it is it comes all the way up to the base bar. – [Tim] And that’s it, it doesn’t taper in and it can just go straight
up so it’s a massive advantage there. – And how does that affect the handling? – You know what, in the
arrow bars, not at all. You know, it took a while
to get used to when I was on the base bar,
but for me I think it was going from a rim
brake to a disc brake. They’re just so responsive
and sharp and you don’t expect that on a time trial bike. So, on the whole, I’ve
ridden in Kona, I’ve ridden in Lanzarote
two of the windiest places around, and touch
word haven’t fallen off. – So since we’re at the
front end of the bike I thought we should
look at the cockpit now. And what actually caught
my eye here, well, I’ve got a couple examples for you. Now, when the athletes
are looking to improve their aerodynamics there’s
all sorts of extras that they will go to, and the next level in terms of customization,
usually involves their aerobars these days. And what David has got here is called the speed bar, and this is essentially custom molded to fit his
specific position and his forearms in particular. Now these things
certainly don’t come cheap but when athletes at
this level are looking to find those extra percentages
and gains this is the sort of tech that they’re willing to invest in. Now moving things on to
another level yet again is what we saw on Cameron
Wurf’s bike in Hawaii back in October. Now where as the speed
bar that David has is molded in a cast, similar
to what you might have had if you’ve broken a bone, in a hospital perhaps. Well these bars on Cameron’s
bike are 3D printed by a company called
MOST, and quite how to do that I’m not entirely
sure to fit the exact position of the arms. But, either way it looks
incredibly sleek and it certainly should with
the rumored cost of these being somewhere in the region of $12,000. Now one final extreme
version of the cockpit is what we saw at the
Norseman Xtri event this summer where Mark was racing. And we had a chat to
multiple winner of that event, Allan Hovda, and about his rather bizarre Morph Tech aerobars. – Yeah the Morph Tech aerobars they’re quite unique. – Yeah – In so that you don’t have a base bar the aero bars are both, aero bars, and base bars. – And you literally,
what you’ve done there is just pulled them out and there’s no mechanism or locking that just action with you just moving your
hands down, wasn’t it? – Yes and then they lock in this position. So, to get them back
as aerobars you have to press both the levers. – So you press both of those levers at the same time? – Yes, yes – And hey presto we’ve got
a really really aero system again. – Yes. – Now sticking with the aerodynamcis theme but now moving on to group sets, because at Challenge Roth
I was really interested to look at the particular
group set that German powerhouse, Andy Boecherer was using on his Cube TT. Because, at that time,
it was the first time I had come across 12 speed SRAM Axs on a race bike. Now, fast forward to
Hawaii in October and yet again I saw this setup
on Tim Reed’s Trek speed concept, highlighting that more and more athletes are willing to
put this type of race setup on their bikes. Now we saw some impressive wheel sets at the races on our travels this summer. But, I’m not actually going
to just talk about one wheel set here, I’m going to be a little bit greedy and talk about
three different sets of rims that stood out for me. And first up is the wheel
set that Cameron Wurf had on his bike in
Challenge Roth this Summer. Now these Princeton
Carbon works wheels were largely unfamiliar to
us here on the Channel and in Roth he had a shallow front rim coupled with a rear disc wheel. But later in the season at Ironman Hawaii he’d swapped his rear
disc out for a similar depth rear rim to match that front. And Mark actually talked
about these rims in quite a bit more detail here. – And down from that we’ve got the Princeton Carbon Works wheels which I’m going to be totally honest,
it’s not a brand I’m all that familiar with.
We’ve seen teams riding on them for the past year,
in fact Cameron’s been riding on them for the past season. Fraser actually featured
them upon Cameron’s bike earlier this year at Challenge Roth. Now quite excitedly,
it was actually set up by two rows, which is a nice length there between cam and and the brand. But you’ve probably
noticed they’ve got quite a unique shape to them in profile. And the idea behind this is that they’re continually offloading pressure that can build up on wheels. What we ordinarily see
on a normal set of wheels is that air passing over can build up in pressure and then when
that finally offloads it can really jolt the rider. So the idea is that it’s
continually offloading that, which is absolutely
perfect for a race like this at the Ironman World Champions where we can sometimes get really strong crosswinds. – And secondly it was
the DT Swiss rear disc choice of American rider Rudy Von Berg that caught my eye. And, truth be told it was actually the recognizable design of a lightweight wheel with the DT Swiss decals added on top that I really noticed,
because as Mark explains, there isn’t actually a rear disc made by DT Swiss so we assumed
that this must be some sort of collaboration
between these two brands. – Now moving on to the wheels and Rudy is a DT Swiss ambassador,
so on the front we’ve got the DT Swiss arc, 1100 di cut wheel and then on the rear
we have a DT Swiss disc but I’m sure many of
you know that DT Swiss don’t actually do they’re own disc wheel. You may also recognize the fairly obvious design is a Lightweight
disc only vinyled up with DT Swiss on it. Now, DT Swiss do supply
a lot of bearings to other wheel manufacturers,
so I can only imagine they’ve sourced it from
Lightweight and put their own decals on. – And finally another
sleek looking disc wheel that I hadn’t actually
come across until we were in Oceanside in April, is the Roval disc that is on (brand
name’s) shiv disc tri bike Now Roval are the subsidiary brand to Specialized. And until the season I
hadn’t seen any of their athletes riding on these
particular disc wheels. And certainly coupled with the turbo cotton tires
Specialized has on these I would say it’s a very head turning set of wheels for their top athletes to be racing on. Now it’s taken me awhile
but I’m finally getting on to one of my favorite aspects of any bike and that is the frame sets. Now the top pros often get the perks of getting their frames jazzed up for the very biggest events. And Ironman Hawaii
generally throws up some very unique paint jobs indeed. And the Trek Project 1 option that Trek offer anyone who’s buying one of their frame sets was particularly
well highlighted by Tim Reed’s bike in Kona. And you can see me struggling to find the correct description rather of the chrome decals here. – So the Trek factory racing athletes here in Kona are all going
to be running this very very swish black with,
I guess I’m going to call it metallic, shiny silver decals which I just think look really poppy and stand out. So this one is going to
be something that turns some heads on race day. – Now Argon took this
too a whole other level on the big island with
their offering for their rider Heather Jackson,
because not only did they provide thermal chromic paint job that changed color with the temperature, but it was also inlaid
with some motivational quotes that meant something to her that became visible as
that paintwork changed. And I’d say that was pretty damn cool if you ask me. Now, this has been lots
of fun getting to go back through all of our videos to find out what it was that really stood out for me, and it’s almost
as if I was able to create my own GTN super bike amalgamation. So, hopefully you’ve
enjoyed this as much as I have so please hit that “thumb up” like button, find the globe
on screen to make sure you get all the other
videos on our channel. And if you wana see
that bike I talked about that was camware vs. bockware well you can find that here. And the Tim Don pro
bike that I mentioned in this video too can be found here.

10 comments on “GTN’s Best Pro Triathlon Bikes Of 2019!

  1. Just one thing, I think you missed out the incredible aerobar-system on Jan Frodenos Bike which Canyon developed in less than two weeks and which costs more than 25.000$.
    Keep on that good Work!

  2. I always thought, what if recumbents and fairing were allowed, because these stupidly pricey bikes may be slower than cheaper recumbents and even velomobiles

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