Trek’s Seriously Speedy Concept
The new Speed Concept 9.9.
Trek has launched the new Speed Concept 9.9 which, thanks to the company’s extensive research in real-world aerodynamic design, has made one of the fastest bikes in the world even faster. Check back soon for a full review once our test bike is built up at the Trek Toronto Store. Here’s a sneak preview:
Speed Concept 9.9
$11,999.99 CAD MSRP
Drivetrain and Suspension: Gruppo: Dura Ace 9070 Di2
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Clincher
Handlebars: Bontrager Race XXX Lite Mono Extension
Saddle: Bontrager RXXXL Hilo, carbon rails
Strorage: Draft Box 2
The upgrades are extensive in this latest iteration of the Speed Concept. The frameset sheds one pound off the 2013 model. With a new aero bar system, integrated storage solutions, a new fork shape and the new SpeedFin brake cover (saving up to 10 grams of drag), there’s a lot to get excited about. The 9.9 has reduced the frontal area of the seat tube and down tube by 13 percent, but maintained the stiffness of the earlier model. The Kamm Tail Virtual Foil (KVF) airfoil design of the earlier models has been combined with real-world YAW testing to provide more aerodynamic advantage. The sleek frame features Trek’s premium 600 Series OCLV Carbon and carbon dropouts and is compatible with all electronic shifting (namely all current Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS drivetrains), the 9.9 is highly adaptable.
What do these improvements mean in real world time savings? Trek’s research states that triathletes could save as much as 99 seconds in Ironman Hawaii and 148 seconds in Ironman Arizona after upgrading from the 2013 Speed Concept to the newest model.
Although Trek uses proprietary handle bars, a steerer stub is available that will allow you to use any standard 1-1/8″ stem and handlebar combination. The 9.9 is available in Trek’s wide fit range: S-XL, as well as an XS model with 650c wheels and in Trek’s revolutionary Project One custom design options.
Stay tuned for our full review later this summer.