Aaron Hersh breaks down the Trek Speed Concept 9.9 that helped American Chris Lieto ride to a field-leading 4:23:17 bike split at the 2010 Ironman World Championship.
Chris Lieto isn’t new to the Trek Speed Concept; in fact, he was the first person to race one at Ironman 70.3 Boise back in 2009. He is currently riding the same Speed Concept 9.9 that he raced in Kona last year. It is spec’d with SRAM Red components and R2C Shifters, a Power Tap power meter, Fizik Arione road-style saddle, prior-generation Look KEO Carbon Ti pedals, and still has a sticker from his Retul fit earlier in the week. Rather than train on fancy, lightweight carbon wheels, Lieto opts for a simpler wheelset. He is riding on a pair of 28-spoke laced wheels with shallow aluminum rims. Not the flashiest, but certainly capable of withstanding the huge miles Lieto puts into the set.
Even though he is no stranger to the bike, part of Lieto’s week at training camp has been dedicated to refining his fit. We will have a full report of his fit adjustments at the end of the week.
Click on the photos to learn more about the bike. All photos by Aaron Hersh.