As the winner of this year’s Ironman Texas (and owner of the fastest bike split on the day), American Rudy Von Berg knows a thing or two about riding hard. On top of this year’s victory in Texas, Von Berg is a champion on one of the closest things we’ve got to a previous IMWC Nice with his win last year at Ironman France (where he also posted the fastest bike split of the day). It makes sense then, that Trek has outfitted Von Berg with a new, totally custom-painted Speed Concept for his second attempt in the French countryside. Check out more on his setup below, and don’t forget to hit up our Nice Central hub for news, analysis, gear, and more from the men’s 2023 Ironman World Championship.
Von Berg’s XL-sized Speed Concept has fully custom, Nice World Championship colors that involved the use of actual smoke and fire during the paint process.
On the hills around Nice, Von Berg will be using 175mm cranks on a 54-41 chainring.
For power measurement, he’s chosen a SRAM Quarq power meter.
Von Berg will use a Sram Red AXS full wireless 12-speed drivetrain.
For his race-day gearing, Von Berg has chosen a 10-28 cassette.
Though he’ said he’ll likely use a disc rear wheel on race day in Nice, here his setup has a Cadex Ultra 65 front.
Von Berg will likely use a Cadex 65 or shallower on race day for his front wheel choice.
Here we see a close up of Von Berg’s striking custom paint job.
Up front, Von Berg has outfitted his ride with a Speed Concept cockpit and 51 Speedshop Rev aerobar extensions.
Here is another view of the extremely tight Trek/51 Speedshop cockpit.
Shifting duties will rely on SRAM Blip wireless modules on his aerobar extensions.
Von Berg’s Speed Concept has nutrition storage built into the top tube.
Along with a custom paint job, Von Berg has a name decal in front of the unique Speed Concept’s Isospeed suspension system.
Von Berg has chosen a unique Wove V8 saddle for his race in Nice.
Additional hydration support sits behind Von Berg’s saddle with a Wove integrated rear saddle direct mount cage with integrated band to secure the bottle.