Ironman Boulder: Digging Deeper
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Aug 5, 2014  hits 59,601

Overall, Justin has some good choices on the bike:  solid aero position, a good set of wheels, has a BTA bottle hidden between his arms, and is rocking Dura-Ace Di2 (my favorite drivetrain). But beyond that, things get a little messy ...
Overall, Justin has some good choices on the bike: solid aero position, a good set of wheels, has a BTA bottle hidden between his arms, and is rocking Dura-Ace Di2 (my favorite drivetrain). But beyond that, things get a little messy ...

Justin Daerr's Javelin Lugano » Race winner Justin Daerr came into the race as a dark horse, beating out the better-known Richie Cunningham to take the win. Just as surprising was the fact that he won aboard a rather dated rig, featuring none of the latest-generation aero design or integration features.

After the exciting race day at Ironman Boulder, we wanted to take a step closer and detail a couple of the rigs that won the day. On the men's side, new champ Justin Daerr won aboard a rather uninspiring bike where there is probably LOTS of room for improvement. On the women's side, we weren't able to snap a picture of winner Danielle Kehoe, but it happens that the runner up, Laura Bennett, happens to be on the exact same bike: a New Trek Speed Concept. Here are the ins and outs of both bikes.



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Justin Daerr's Javelin Lugano 

Race winner Justin Daerr came into the race as a dark horse, beating out the better-known Richie Cunningham to take the win. Just as surprising was the fact that he won aboard a rather dated rig, featuring none of the latest-generation aero design or integration features.

  • Overall, Justin has some good choices on the bike:  solid aero position, a good set of wheels, has a BTA bottle hidden between his arms, and is rocking Dura-Ace Di2 (my favorite drivetrain). But beyond that, things get a little messy ...
  • Starting up front, there's quite a bit of mess. Cables going everywhere, wires TAPED to the down tube, standard brake caliper hanging in the air. All of it exposed to the wind.
  • Down at the bottom bracket, we can see where the Di2 battery wire comes from the down tube (where it was taped in place), around to the battery just sitting on the down tube. There are lots of ways to clean this up.
  • Just a little lower, we see the decade-old Blackwell Time Bandit fork. This thing made some waves a long time ago, but fork design has significantly improved since then. And then there's the frame ... I'd go elsewhere if I were him - that frame is not doing him any favors in the aero department.
  • Rear brake: standard caliper, lots of exposure.
  • Justin clearly showed he has the legs to win, but in a more competitive field, that bike could be costing him some very real podium spots.
  • Justin looks great on the bike -- but the bike itself could be significantly cleaned up.

Laura Bennett's Trek Speed Concept 

Laura Bennett was perhaps the most decorated athlete to toe the line at Ironman Boulder, and came in an impressive second place at her Ironman debut. However, she faded on the run and was edged out by first-time champ Danielle Kehoe. Both athletes, interestingly, were on Trek Speed Concept bikes, an excellent bike we reviewed earlier this year. Here's a breakdown of Bennett's rig.

  • In contrast to Daerr, Bennett's Speed Concept is the picture of cleanliness. No wires, cables, or calipers exposed to the wind.
  • Here's a complete side-on shot: Bennett keeps her nutrition stored in the top tube box which is neatly integrated into the shape of the Speed Concept.
  • Trek's front end is as clean as they come. Nothing is exposed, everything thin and tidy. Laura uses my favorite BTA bottle, the <a href='2013_04_Profile_Design_HC_Bottle_Review' >Profile Design HC Bottle</a>.
  • Trek's front end is as clean as they come. Nothing is exposed, everything thin and tidy. Laura uses my favorite BTA bottle, the <a href='2013_04_Profile_Design_HC_Bottle_Review' >Profile Design HC Bottle</a>. Her Campy EPS front junction is affixed to the Speed Concept stem cover. Not a terrible place, although it might be made a smidge cleaner with a little effort.
  • Trek's Speed Box is an excellent top tube storage solution specific to this bike.
  • Two down tube bottles store course hydration. I would have moved one of these to a BTS (behind-the-saddle) position.
  • Aside from the front junction, the other exposed bit on this bike is the Campy EPS battery. Campy now makes its V2 Power Unit, which is designed to run internally, but I'm not sure if it's small enough to fit into skinny seat tubes on aero bikes like the Speed Concept. In any event, Bennett still has the external version.
  • The disc says Bontrager, but the layup screams that it's actually a Carbonsports Lightweight disc.

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