Trek Speed Concept 9 Series Triathlon Bike

3/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $7349.99

Product Description

  • Frame: OCLV2 Red Carbon
  • Fork: Bontrager SC, OCLV2 Carbon
  • Shifters: SRAM 900 TT, bar end control, 10 speed
  • Crank: SRAM Force, 53/39 (XS: Rival, 53/39)

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by steve

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2013

Strengths:    the frame and carbon on the bike are second to none. the finished product is fantastic when properly set up.

Weaknesses:    astonishingly over-engineered which complicates the heck out of an otherwise simple design. the brakes >:(

Bottom Line:   
i think this bike is great. this review is being written from a mechanic standpoint, i am not a triathlete, nor will i ever be. like i said, the end result with this bike is earth-shattering, but getting there requires the patience of a saint, and the willpower not to grab a hammer and smash the frame to pieces out of frustration. this bike is so overly complicated, i actually couldn't do a whole lot but shake my head in disbelief at the absurdity. the brakes: setting them up is a royal pain in the a**, they are extremely finicky, and there are an insane amount of parts to keep track of. no bicycle braking system should be that difficult. while the design looks good on paper, once you start messing with them, they are complete crap. getting them set up is frustrating enough, but once you finally get them set to your wheelset, the feel lasts for about 3 pulls before it feels like garbage. (better not use more than one wheelset, and if you do, make sure the rims have the same profile and width because bontrager uses a really stupid spacer system which requires disassembly to switch them). simply the worst designed brakes i have ever seen before. setting them up and running the cables for the shifting through the equally ridiculous proprietary handlebars was a task i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. no bicycle should be as complicated as this. if you can't go as fast as someone who needs to spend $8,000 on a one trick pony of a bicycle, then you suck at riding bikes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by The Sonic Son a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2011

Strengths:    Extremely smooth and predictable. Responsive to steering movements

Weaknesses:    Fine tuning set-up requires a lot of time

Bottom Line:   
Note: This review is based off a frameset built with existing components from a previous bike.

The first thing I noticed is how the bike feels as compared to the 7 series. Everyone in the media has simply put that the 7 series is identical to the 9 series from the stem back, and in terms as geometry and component locations they are correct. But they miss out on one very important factor; the quality and the construction of the carbon lay in the 9 series vs the 7 series. The 7 series bikes are made in China while the 9 series is still hand-laid in here in the US, and man you can tell a difference. The 9 series just feels solid, I immediately felt why this frame cost twice as much as an entire 7 series complete bike. While riding in some traffic in the rural parts of our area with cars blowing by 55+ mph, I had never felt as comfortable as I am with this bike. The handling is impeccable, from taking 90 degree turns in the aero position to riding through rougher pavement this bike just seems to take over and lets you just worry about pushing the cranks.

The BB doesn't seem as stiff as some other bikes I have ridden, mainly the P3, but it is still up in the upper echelon in those terms. It is quite responsive when out of the saddle, but that is something that I am rarely doing during training rides.

Finally, this bike just looks amazing clean. There is so very little exposed cabling, the front brakes are hidden in the fork, and the rear brakes are enclosed in a fairing. The integrated speed/cadence sensor (for an add'l $60) in the chainstay is genius.

I bought this bike with only a test ride on a 7 series and the salesman's word that the 9 series was a worlds away better, plus the fact that there were (2) 9 series in the shop getting tuned, this bike is well worth the additional money.

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Favorite Ride:   Lake Jordan loop

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Trek Store of Raleig

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Transition, Cervelo P3, Speed Concept 7

Bike Setup:   Sram Force derailleurs, Sram Red cockpit

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