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Lionel Sanders’ Custom Garneau Gennix TR1 Triathlon Bike & Kit

Lionel Sanders’ Custom Garneau Gennix TR1 Triathlon Bike & Kit


(hip hop music) – Now I’m quite excited
about this pro bike, because it’s one that we’ve been trying to get our hands on for quite some time. It is the Garneau Gennix
TR1 triathlon bike, and it belongs to none
other than Lionel Sanders. Well, Lionel’s moved from a small frame up to a medium size, but I can’t go any further
talking about this bike before I address this striking paint work. It’s actually been a custom paint job by Garneau’s Dream Factory, and while it’s obviously in
the colors of his sponsors, you’re not gonna miss Lionel on this. He’s got Freshii here, but
this is the bit I like, on top. It’s actually written, No Limits, but I looked at it, and I thought
something looked familiar. He’s actually managed to
get in another sponsor with the Gatorade lightning strike. Right, we’re gonna start
at the front of the bike, and other than changing the frame size, Lionel’s also changed his aero bars. He’s gone to the Enve Smart
System for the base bars, and the aero bars here. And on the end of those, he’s
got the Shimano Di2 shifters on the end of his poles, and also on his base bars. Then he’s got the Dura-Ace brake levers. And Lionel spent quite a lot of time looking at his aerodynamics. You can see evidence of that here when he’s using the tape
just to hold the wires in to reduce any drag. Well, once we’re on the
topic of aerodynamics, you can’t ignore the shape
of these front forks. Now, they’re very wide, but they’ve got this
interesting shape at the bottom, which I’m not exactly sure
about the science behind it, but I’m sure it’s designed
to improve the air flow, just as these rim brakes,
these TRP rim brakes, which are hidden here, and this piece’s cover is
very flush with the forks. And then if you actually, once we’re on the topic of brakes, go to the back, you can see that the rear rim brake is hidden just behind the bottom bracket. Which again, we see on a lot of bikes, and it’s designed purely
for aerodynamic advantage. As I’ve already mentioned, Lionel’s using Shimano Di2
Dura-Ace throughout this bike. He’s got the Dura-Ace front and rear mech and the Dura-Ace 55/42 chain rings. And then, on that, he’s using the dual-sided Stages power meter with the Ultegra 165-length cranks. And on the end of those, he’s
actually got Speedplay pedals, which is a recent change
that Lionel’s just made. Well, moving further back, Lionel’s using an 11/25 cassette. And you can’t help but notice the Ceramicspeed oversized pulley system. And he’s also using Ceramicspeed bearings. And we are lucky enough to
get our hands on this bike a week before the Ironman
World Championships. And just like any other race, Lionel will be giving
his cassette and chain some treatment beforehand,
giving it a clean, and also putting on the Ceramicspeed lube, just to reduce any unnecessary drag. It’s time to look at the wheels, and I have to start with
Lionel’s matching vinyl. Pretty cool that the colorway is suited to the bike on these wheels, but I think we need to
look more seriously here. ‘Cause he’s actually
using the Hed 90-mil wheel on the back. And on the front, he’s
made a significant change. So he did have 90 on the front previously. He’s now changed it a 60-mil to help with the crosswinds that you get on the Kona Bike Course. Just give him that little
bit more stability. And on these wheels, he’s mounted the continental
Grand Prix 4000 tires, and he’s gonna be running a
pressure of 90 psi on race day. Let’s take a look at the saddle, and it’s another change
that Lionel’s made. Previously, he was using the Cobb saddle, but now he’s gone to a tri-specific. The ISM PR 2.0, which just helps him get into a better position. And then behind the saddle, he’s using the XLab
Delta Sonic bottle cage, and attached to that is
the XLab Aero Pouch 300. And this pouch he’ll
use to carry his spares, so just making sure he’s
reducing any aerodynamic drag. And talking of which, there’s
a unique little feature here. The zip actually Velcros down so it doesn’t flap in the wind. So he’s got an inner
tube in this bit here, and he’s gonna be using a
bottle in behind the saddle. He’s gonna have his nutrition, so he’s using liquid
nutrition for the race day. And he’ll take this from here to then fill up the Aero Bottle, which isn’t on the bike yet. But for race day, he’s
gonna have the Aero Bottle between his bars, where he’ll
get all of his nutrition. But he does also have the pouch here if he wants to carry any
gels on the top tube. Lionel’s very kindly
given us some of his kits to take a closer look at. So I’m gonna start by
looking at his tri suit. And obviously, it is in the
colors to match his bike. But, importantly, it’s
quite a lot of white going on at the top,
which will really help him to just reflect that heat, especially competing
somewhere like here in Kona. And there’s different
panels that are gonna help with aerodynamics as
well as breathability. And let’s take a closer look, It’s pretty cool print work. Getting in his sponsors, as well as the Canadian maple leaf. And I just actually noticed, if you flip it round, on the back, Lionel’s got pockets in his tri suit, which isn’t that common,
and interestingly, they’ve even got a
little aerodynamic cover. And now we’ve got Lionel’s shoes. These are custom prototype
Garneau tri cycling shoes. Has a few interesting features. They’ve just got the one strap here, and then some elastic in the middle, just for comfort and to
help him get them on easily. And talking of getting them on easily, we’ve got these big loops at the back, which are a nice shiny patent black. And the final piece of
kit we’ve got to look at is the Garneau P-09 Aero Helmet. Now apparently, this has got
new, improved aerodynamics, ventilation, and a new, improved lens. Talking of ventilation,
you can see this gap here. Well, there’s also a gap
on the side of the helmet. It’s almost like gills. Just to help improve the
air flow through the helmet. And the improved lens
actually has a flip-up system, so it can easily be done with one hand, just to flip up through transition, or taken off entirely to make it, that bit easier and faster. And again, we can’t ignore the paint work. It is matching custom
paint work for Lionel. And it’s pretty cool. Well, I’ve certainly enjoyed
actually getting my hands on Lionel’s bike at last. And to even get a closer look at his kit. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. If you have, hit the thumb up button. And if you want to catch
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actually catch Lionel earlier in the year, and he gave us some of his
indoor training secrets. You can find that video just here. And if you want to see our
full list of pro bikes, then that can be found just here.

25 comments on “Lionel Sanders’ Custom Garneau Gennix TR1 Triathlon Bike & Kit

  1. Very cool bike. Thanks for the presentation.
    Triathlon Taren also had Lionel on explaining some things about the bike and setup for him, just if you're interested:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf9UCWL31sU

  2. 2:15 Holy moly Heather! Your right arm looks like you’re about to go beast mode in the open water after this review! 😜

  3. Lionel needs to get a Canyon, Pinarello, or another better integrated bike.  Or Garneau needs to make a new bike from the ground up, they have such a raw piece of coal with Lionel he just needs some refining to become a diamond.  AND HE NEEDS TO GET A COACH, CALL DAVE SCOTT!!!!

  4. @gtn i was just wondering which race Heather did before this review (the shoulder number gave it away ;)), is there a different race just before Kona?

  5. Your arms are way more impressive than this bike.
    Idk but the bike does not get me excited one bit and I am really into TT bikes.
    It just looks so ordinary.
    Could it be that I just don't like the paint job?

  6. why 90psi when he weighs 165 pnds? I am 170 and was told to run 120 in clincher or 135 in tubular… unless its wet or real windy… I feel that he put way to much energy into thinking about gear, social media, what his competitors were doing and forgot about the key training days and what works for him… 7 hour training days…at steady state.. not enough Why change what was working… would love to hear about his above race efforts and 10-30 min efforts for run/ bike, in the past he would do big efforts for 5-30 mins repeat x 3-10.. then hard run off bike, traning vids this year suggest much more steady state, which was not a good ingredient, ashame where he has gone as a pro, expect this from someone who won kona or had a bad injury, but he has had nothing holding him back.

  7. Among pros Hes 9th fastest on the bike at 4:16:58, while is Lange is 8th at 4.16.04. The fastest is 4:09:06 by Cameron Wurf. His split is 00:53:59 04:16:58 03:15:26 08:30:34. His 2nd place in 2017 with the following split 53:41 4:14:18 2:51:53 08:04:07

  8. I see a lot of criticism from many Sanders fans towards this bike. I can see this bike not being the fastest bike in the market, but it would be interesting to see a unbiased wind tunnel/cfd comparison analysis of this frame against Trek, Felt, Giant, Specialized, Canyon, BMC or Cervelo. My money is on that the result is not that much slower.

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