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Tim Reed’s Kona Edition Trek Speed Concept!


(gentle chiming bells) (gentle music) – The 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion was non other than Tim Reed. And this Trek Factory Racing Speed Concept is his Kona edition bike. (drum beats) So, starting off with none
other than the frame set and above all I am always
a fan of the Speed Concept mostly because of the
Project One paint jobs that athletes are able to have. And coming to Kona is
an excuse for athletes to have an even more special paint job than you would usually see. 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 when racing. So moving on to the front end and the cockpit of this Speed Concept. Going to start with the stem head here because this highlight the, in my opinion, very user friendly adjustability that the Speed Concept
is really well known for. Now, what I mean by that
is how you can adjust both the length of the stem
and the height of the stem depending on your own personal fit. Now, Tim here is running what they call The Low Long Stem. So you can see that that setting
is low as it is available on these Speed Concepts. And as long a stem as they have. As well as that stem you have got this very functional and what is
standard on the Speed Concept Bontrager base bar handle bar. Above that base bar you
have got a riser block. Now, there are various
heights of riser blocks that come when you buy a Speed Concept. Tim has, at the moment, the highest block that you can have, that’s 45 mils that is in there, Tim tells me. He’s got a slight shim in there so that you can see that
his extensions are pointing ever so slightly up on
top of that riser block, just so he gets the perfect
position for his fit. Those extensions are zip
extensions, he tells me. He’s changed them from the custom or regular should I say, Trek extensions that come
when you buy a Speed Concept. A lot of athletes doing that these days, changing the extensions
on their front ends. He has standard Bontrager
arm cups and pads in there. And between those you have
got the Trek (mumbles). That allows any type of
water bottle to be added in there if you wish. And Tim, you can see, is just running a standard water bottle cage there, so he can put in his own
water bottle in there and refill crucially on
the go from aid stations. So, the next crucial part of
Tim’s bike is his groupset. And this is a groupset that
we’re seeng more and more of on the pro bikes this year. This SRAM Access 1 by Groupset so crucially no front
reeler there on Tim’s bike but looking at the front of
that groupset is his chainring. Now that chainring is
a 52 tooth chainring. Which, Tim tells me, it’s
not actually commercially available, you can’t buy
that chainring quite yet. It’s 50 tooth that most of these bikes are coming fitted with. Moving on to the gear
ratio on the cassette. It is a 10 33 that Tim is using there. And that ratio basically
allows him to cover pretty much any hill
that he needs to get up without having a front reeler to change into small chainrings. Moving back to those cranks
on the front of this groupset. He is running 165 mil cranks. Which is actually a change for Tim. He was telling me that he
had been running even shorter 160 cranks last year but
decided to move back up to 165. Which is quite unusual, most
pros are always moving down in distance in their crank lengths. At the end of those cranks he has got the Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals. And integrated into that crank set he has got the standard Quarq Power Meter. So moving on to the wheel
set now on Tim’s bike. Now these are standard
Bontrager 80 mil carbon rims that an awful lot of
pros that ride Treks use. But these aren’t actually the wheels that Tim’s going to be
riding when he races Kona. Because as many of you are aware, the winds in Kona are very famed
for being strong and gusty. So Tim is actually going to
decide to run a shallower set of wheels come race day. And also that means
that he can opt to ride tubeless ready tires
on those shallow wheels that he has here on the island with him. Whereas these here that
you can see on the bike actually are tubular tires. So, that is quite
interesting that he has opted to go tubeless and slightly
shallower than you can see here on what is his actually
standard race bike. Now when talking about
a Trek Speed Concept, integration is never far
from the topic of discussion. And that is because Trek
have just made this bike so so very well integrated. You can see it in all aspects of the bike. In that front end there’s
absolutely no cables, everything is tucked away. What else is also tucked
away are the brakes. You can’t see the brakes on this bike. They are tucked in down there. You can just see it sticking out there, behind the crank set. And then into that front fork you have got the brake integrated there. So completely hidden from the wind. But another really good aspect, the integration of the Trek have always had on this frame set, is this speed box here
which allows athletes to carry all sorts of
things with them on the go. And most use that for a set of spares. And Tim was telling me that
he’s got some spares in there. We can have a look in there later to see what he actually has. I asked him if he will be
racing with that speed box but he has opted not to go
for any extra on the bike because he will be running tubeless and hopefully if he has a nick out there that sealant will reseal
and he won’t be relying on any extra spares like a tube. So, next topic for discussion
on Tim’s bike is hydration. And I find this quite
interesting on Tims bike, because as you might notice, he has actually got four set (mumbles) locations for carrying
nutrition and hydration with him on this bike. He has got that front area
bottle that I talked about between the arms up there, which he can have
refilled whenever he wants with a standard water bottle. But then moving on to the frame itself, he has got Trek’s Sport
Custom Era bottle there that sits on the down tube. And that, for Tim, is where he keeps his concentrated gel mix. So he can sip away at those
gels throughout the duration of whatever race he’s in. He has also replaced
the standard bento box that you see in a lot of Treks, which people use for gels and nutrition, and other bars and things, he has actually taken that away and fashioned his own
custom aeromite up there. And that bottle is what he carries for concentrated electrolytes, so that when he is on
the go and picking up water from aid stations he can then top up from that concentrated electrolyte mix into the water bottle
that he has picked up from the aid stations,
which is quite interesting. He then has an extra rear bottle. Simply zip tied onto the
back of his carbon rails on his Bontrager Heal Pro Saddle. Right, so as promised, we
will have a look inside this speedbox Tim has here. So, pop that open. So, what’ve we got. We have got some sealant, we have got a multi tool, always useful. We have got a spare CO2 canister with the required head
unit for making sure you can actually pump up on the go. And then also, he has got a spare tube and tar leavers and crucially
for these deep rimmed carbon wheels, extra length belt. So that’s been a very interesting look around Tim Reed’s custom Kona edition Trek Factory
Racing Speed Concept. You guys know I’m always
a fan of these bikes and in particular one
that has got different Project One twists on their paint job, which this one definitely does. Hopefully you guys enjoyed
looking at this stealth bike as much as I have, please hit that thumb up like
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