Trek Speed Concept 2012 Bike Review
The Trek Speed Concept range is a group of 18 triathlon bikes divided into three distinct families in order to accommodate various budgets. They are designed for triathlon riders and thus have aerodynamically ordered frames and components, complete with integrated brakes and cables to minimise drag. The 2012 range also features high end electronics to give you the best possible experience whether you are attempting to beat a personal best or come out on top in a competition.
Trek Speed Concept 2.5
At the bottom end of this series is the Trek Speed Concept 2.5, which is the only bike in the range to use an aluminium frame. The frame has undergone all sorts of processes, including hydroforming and cold extrusion, in order to make it the lightest, strongest and thus fastest alloy frame on the market. SRAM Apex components provide the drivetrain while Bontrager is responsible for the seatpost, which is carbon, as well as the handlebars, stem, rims and tyres. The Trek Speed Concept 2.5 has both male and female models to accommodate all riders, regardless of body size and shape.
Trek Speed Concept 7 series
The Speed Concept 7 series is touted as having 80 per cent of the high end components found on the range-topping Series 9, with the omissions allowing Trek to price it in a far more manageable bracket. The frame is a step up from the entry level offering because it uses OCLV carbon and is compatible with electronic DuoTrap equipment, although this will have to be added as an optional extra and is not a basic inclusion. The Bontrager Race Lite E2 Tri Speed fork is also carbon and is fully tailored to this model. If you opt for the Speed Concept 7.8 then you get the SRAM Force drivetrain components and the special Bontrager Aura 5 Wheels with the R3 tyres for even less drag from side winds. The range consists of the Trek Speed Concept 7.0, 7.2, 7.5 and 7.8 bikes.
Trek Speed Concept 9 series
The Trek Speed Concept 9 series is the pinnacle of this particular product range, used by professional triathletes and forged in wind tunnels to make sure that it deserves its title of the fastest bike on the planet. For the very best this range has to offer you should pick the Speed Concept 9.9 although this is really reserved for world class competitors. It uses the 600 Series OCLV Carbon frame with the bespoke Kammtail Virtual Foil tube design, has Bontrager Aeolus 6.5 carbon wheels and also R4 Aero tyres. SRAM Red components, integrated rear brake and storage along with sealed bearings help to justify the cost of this particular model. The range consists of the Trek Speed Concept 9.5, 9.8 and 9.9 bikes.
As part of Trek’s Project One initiative you can actually fully customise your Speed Concept 9 series model before you buy, choosing from a wealth of colours and setups to suit your specific requirements. Of course you can also just buy the off the shelf designs if this is not something on which you want to spend your time, but it is nice to see such a deep degree of customisation being afforded to riders who are admittedly spending a lot of money for the privilege of owning such a bike.