2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes Part Two

Trek Speed Concept 7.0 $2,630

Take the Speed Concept frame shape ridden by Julie Dibens and Chris Lieto, remove the integrated fork and replace it with a standard version and you have the Speed Concept 7 Series. Everything from the head tube back—frame tube shapes, geometry, rear brake, cable routing and other features—is identical except for the carbon itself. The simple front-end design makes this version easier to travel with and repair than the pros’ bike. Built with Sram Apex components and a Bontrager cockpit, the 7.0 delivers high-end performance and ride quality at a moderate price point. It combines impressive bottom bracket stiffness with a versatile handling feel. Trekbikes.com