Review: Trek Speed Concept
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Oct 21, 2010  hits 269,550

Trek has integrated more parts on the Speed Concept than any bike before it.
Trek has integrated more parts on the Speed Concept than any bike before it.

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  • The Trek Speed Concept 9.9
  • Without a doubt, the Speed Concept is quite alluring from the front.
  • Trek has integrated more parts on the Speed Concept than any bike before it.
  • We think there are a few too many bolts up front, but that's the price of the incredible adjustability in the extensions.
  • This is the minimum stack the pads can have over the base bar.  We wish they could go a little lower to accomodate athletes in need of very low positions.
  • Again, the key word is 'Integrated.' Trek's custom stem hides all the cables going into the bike, and provides a more aero solution than standard round stems.
  • The stem consists of an alloy underside responsible for all clamping duties, and a plastic cover that just hides everything going on beneath it.
  • These are the low-far and mid-far stem options.  It'd be nice to see an option between these two, or a way to stack the pads lower relative to the base bar.
  • The front brake is both beautiful and highly functional.
  • The rear brake originally came with some very small, easily-rusted bolts which we replaced with sturdier socket-head stainless ones.  Definitely do this if you get the bike.
  • Trek has made a very simple, functional seatpost clamp.  It looks like a very durable piece of kit.
  • Trek's four-position seatpost allows triathletes to dial in almost any preferred position.
  • The Kammtail Virtual Foil, or KVF, is Trek's new claim to aerodynamic superiority.
  • Trek is quite proud of their new shape, claiming it's more aerodynamic and stiffer to boot.
  • We don't have equipment to test the bike's aerodynamics, but we can confirm that this machine is stiff in a very good way.
  • One thing's for sure about that bottom bracket: it's beefy, and stiff.
  • BB90 has strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately works very well, as long as you don't plan on changing out your stock cranks.
  • Trek's integration philosophy extends to the bike's accessories; the black Speed Box mates beautifully with the back of the seat tube, and the Bontrager Aero Bottle fits nicely in the main triangle.
  • The Speed Box provides a more aero storage alternative than the standard saddle bag.
  • The box basically extends the airfoil of the seat tube, taking advantage of the bike's existing aerodynamics.
  • When bolted to the seat tube, Bontrager's aero bottle tucks down nicely into the bottom of the main triangle.
  • The Bontrager aero bottle just barely peeks out beyond the width of the frame tubes.
  • It looks good, and it's pretty easy to access too.

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