Paul Matthews with his newly-tricked-out Blue Triad SL. I have to say I just love the look of this bike with the Alpha, Gamma, Omega, and Sigma all playing together so nicely.
Paul Matthews with his newly-tricked-out Blue Triad SL. I have to say I just love the look of this bike with the Alpha, Gamma, Omega, and Sigma all playing together so nicely.

Paul Matthews' Blue Triad SL » Here are some before-and-after shots of our Service Course treatment on Paul's Blue Triad SL. His previous setup was a bit schiczophernic in the fit department, with some components aimed at adding stack, others at reducing it. The resulting up-and-down nature of his cockpit cost some frontal area, so with the right choices of components and some careful customization, we achieved the same fit with a dramatic savings of frontal area and a cleaner cable situation.

Paul 'Barney' Matthews may be one of the most overlooked guys in the sport of triathlon. You might say he 'flies under the radar.' But with multiple 70.3 wins, a wicked run, and multiple Ironman finishes at 8 hours and single-digit minutes, he's undeniably a force to be reckoned with. And after being disappointed with his luck at Kona this year, he's back in action to tackle Ironman Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 16th. Just ahead of the race, Paul brought his bike to TriRig Headquarters for a full TriRig Service Course treatment. Check the article for more info on this snazzy Blue Triad SL. Go Barney!


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Paul Matthews' Blue Triad SL 

Here are some before-and-after shots of our Service Course treatment on Paul's Blue Triad SL. His previous setup was a bit schiczophernic in the fit department, with some components aimed at adding stack, others at reducing it. The resulting up-and-down nature of his cockpit cost some frontal area, so with the right choices of components and some careful customization, we achieved the same fit with a dramatic savings of frontal area and a cleaner cable situation.

  • Paul Matthews with his newly-tricked-out Blue Triad SL. I have to say I just love the look of this bike with the Alpha, Gamma, Omega, and Sigma all playing together so nicely.
  • Paul Matthews with his newly-tricked-out Blue Triad SL. I have to say I just love the look of this bike with the Alpha, Gamma, Omega, and Sigma all playing together so nicely.
  • Paul's Blue Triad SL, with the full TriRig Service Course treatment.
  • The front end of Barney's Blue Triad SL.
  • The front end of Barney's Blue Triad SL.
  • TriRig Omega Standard up front. There is an Omega SV in the rear.
  • The front end of Barney's Blue Triad SL.
  • The front end of Barney's Blue Triad SL. The TorHans Aerobento behind the stem acts as an aerodynamic fairing, and also hides the cables and Di2 equipment.
  • Paul's Dura Ace 9070 Di2 drivetrain is as good as they come. I'm a huge fan of Di2.
  • Paul's Dura Ace 9070 Di2 drivetrain is as good as they come. I'm a huge fan of Di2.
  • Paul's Dura Ace 9070 Di2 drivetrain is as good as they come. I'm a huge fan of Di2.
  • Paul's Dura Ace 9070 Di2 drivetrain is as good as they come. I'm a huge fan of Di2.
  • TriRig Omega Standard up front. There is an Omega SV in the rear.
  • Paul's TriRig cockpit includes the Alpha/Gamma/Sigma combo, as well as the Alpha's integrated BTA mount to keep things as clean as possible.
  • A single bottle cage in the rear hides a SECOND junction box to make it super easy to charge the bike.
  • Di2 components, ENVE wheels - nice!
  • There's the Omega SV tucked under the BB30 bottom bracket.
  • Sigma XF, Alpha, Gamma, and still room for Barney's Salt Stick.
  • Bontrager Hilo saddle.
  • SES Enve wheels.
  • The front end of Barney's Blue Triad SL. The TorHans Aerobento behind the stem acts as an aerodynamic fairing, and also hides the cables and Di2 equipment.
  • Paul Matthews' Blue Triad SL

Comparison Shots 

Here are some before-and-after shots of our Service Course treatment on Paul's Blue Triad SL. His previous setup was a bit schiczophernic in the fit department, with some components aimed at adding stack, others at reducing it. The resulting up-and-down nature of his cockpit cost some frontal area, so with the right choices of components and some careful customization, we achieved the same fit with a dramatic savings of frontal area and a cleaner cable situation.

  • The side-on shot shows what's going on here: the Blue Triad stem adds about 30mm of rise. Paul couldn't run his extensions over the bar because that would have made his stack TOO high, so he had to sling them under. But the pads couldn't be directly on top of the bar, because that would be too low. So he had a 20mm spacer beneath them. To cap it all off, he then needed to use the entirety of his super tall-stack ENVE extensions to get his hands in the right spot. To make matters worse, that put his BTA bottle well BELOW the level of his arms, a big aero no-no. And that Di2 junction box hanging out in the wind isn't helping things either.
  • Our post-customization shot solves all the problems mentioned in the previous image: We hacked up the front of his Blue Triad SL bayonet fork, so that it could accept the TriRig Sigma XF stem. Onto that we bolted our TriRig Alpha aerobar, Alpha's integrated BTA mount and Gamma Carbon extensions. This allowed the exact same position, without any of the unnecessary frontal area caused by the up-and-down components of the previous setup. A TorHans Aerobento tucked right up against the Sigma acts as a lovely fairing, as well as hidden storage for the brake cable and Di2 wiring/box, and has plenty of room left over for gels, keys, etc.
  • The situation behind the stem certainly wasn't bad, but there was room for improvement.
  • Post-customization, everything is clean as a whistle. And we even added a little storage capacity with the TorHans Aerobento.
  • The frontal shot, pre-treatment - there's just way too much wasted frontal area woith those cockpit components.
  • And of course, my favorite view of the finished bike, with precious little to see.

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