Matt Russell recently went all-in with TriRig and for 2019 is going to ride basically everything we make. The super-meticulous pro has chosen our products to help ake him as fast as possible on the bike, while also keeping him comfortable and powerful for the run. We recently went with Matt to the San Diego Low-Speed Wind Tunnel to refine his position, quantify his gains, and find out exactly what the Omni could do for him that his previous rigs couldn't.
In short, we found Matt almost 10 Watts of free speed, while simultaneously making him more comfortable, and dramatically reducing the side force he experiences while riding in the wind. The ability to very quickly test different hand positions with our Alpha One aerobars allowed us to make extremeley efficient use of time, and also tease out the exact effect of very small changes in tilt angle. Check out the full article for lots more info!
Although they might not be so exciting at first glance, these graphs are the real treasure of our time at the tunnel. The two big takeaways are that, with the new equipment and position, Matt will save nearly 10 Watts compared to his previous rig, meaning that for the same power output, he could go approximately 3 MINUTES FASTER over the course of an Ironman bike leg. Second, we've significantly reduced the side force and handling torque he experiences in the wind, meaning he can spend more of his energy going forward, rather than fighting the wind's effects on bike handling.
Matt is a consummate professional. Not only does he have a very detail-oriented mind, but he can pedal in the tunnel with a stillness that makes the data very clean. Most athletes will move or fidget just a bit, causing the data readings to jump around somewhat. That's why you have to take very long data samples with a rider on board (the tunnel recommends 60 seconds per point). But with Matt, he's such a smooth pedaler that we were able to shorten the sample rate to 40 seconds per point, and still get very consistent data.
This test rig is set up exactly like Matt's rig back at his home in Florida. Because Omni and the Alpha One aerobar are so easy to adjust, it took us all of two minutes to set the bike to Matt's exact position. It was just a matter of setting the Monopost position, the tilt angle, and then the seatpost/saddle. Five bolts. Running through different hand positions was also a breeze, just two bolts to loosen, set tilt, and tighten again. The staff at the tunnel said we were perhaps the most efficient crew they had seen.
San Diego LSWT
Some shots of the facility and instruments at the San Diego Low-Speed Wind Tunnel, as well as a couple of those of Matt's prior bike that we used for comparison purposes.