American Matt Hanson has had a busy two years: Last year he raced at 11 long-course events—which included four iron-distance events and two top-15 finishes at both of last year’s Ironman World Championships. This year he’s already grabbed podiums at Challenge Puerto Varas and Ironman Lake Placid (fastest run split at both events) on his way to the men’s Ironman World Championships. This weekend in Nice, Hanson will hope to prop up his speedy run with a strong bike aboard a totally new Quintana Roo prototype that bears very few similarities to the previous flagship, the V-PR.
Take a close look at the fascinating new bike below, well before it’s available to the public, and see what specs Hanson will be running.
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Matt Hanson will be riding a brand-new, unnamed Quintana Roo prototype this weekend in Nice. Details are scant, but the new bike has a deeper top tube shape, a deeper fork, a slightly higher rear non-drive chain stay, and (most importantly) integrated in-frame hydration and nutrition—a first for QR.
Here we get a closer look at the deeper top tube shape behind the deep head tube; inside is the integrated hydration/nutrition, but details are still being worked out on the prototype.
This weekend Hanson has chosen a Shimano Dura-Ace 12-speed drivetrain with a Dura-Ace powermeter 170mm crankset and a 56-44T chainring.
Here we see a closer look at the slightly raised non-drive chainstay—a departure from the previous V-PR shape.
Here we see another first for QR: a front disc cowling to shield the disc brake system from the wind. This weekend Hanson will be using Ron Wheels’ 88mm Aeron V8 wheelset with Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TR, 700 x 25mm tires, run at 75 psi, unlike many pros who are running a rear disc wheel in Nice.
Up front, Hanson will mount his integrated hydration system straw on the very unique Drag2Zero Prototype carbon fiber extensions with Di2 shifter pods; he’ll mount his Garmin Edge 520 on a 76 Projects TT Modular computer mount.
Though much of the prototype frame is new, the seat tube storage on Hanson’s bike looks very familiar.
Hanson will use a ISM PN 3.0 seat with a Specialized Reserve Rack and Xlab Carbon Gorilla Cage.