Australia’s Sam Appleton has four 70.3 World Championship top 10 finishes to his name and looks to be in great form after a strong Collins Cup performance in August. We take a close look at the Giant Trinity Advanced Pro with a few interesting bits that he’ll be using this weekend in St. George.
This weekend, Sam Appleton will be racing on a Giant Trinity Advanced Pro in size small.
Appleton has swapped out the stock aerobars on his Trinity for the rarely-seen-in-the-U.S. Sync Project 0.2 EVO bars. The unique bars match up with a number of super bike front ends for optimal aero integration.
Appleton has chosen to go with a high-and-tight hand position and bar-mounted hydration for his race in St. George.
Appleton’s computer is the tried-and-true (and basic) Garmin Edge 520.
The Trinity uses a top-tube storage box built onto the frame and integrated into the front end’s aerodynamics.
In addition to Appleton’s front-end hydration, he’ll also use a downtube bottle for additional fluids.
Appleton is using a fairly standard Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed setup with Dura-Ace pedals and power meter.
Custom touches like an “Appo” graphic on the top of the seat tube make his ride stand out.
A popular choice amongst triathletes, Appleton will park his rear on the Specialized Sitero Pro.
While most of his competition will likely be using a disc brake setup, Appleton’s Trinity Advanced Pro uses rim brakes with a shrouded caliper tucked behind his front fork.
Standard Shimano Di2 base bar shifters/levers will be crucial for shifting during the climbs in St. George.
Rather than use a super-deep set of rims or the combination four-spoke/disc wheel setup Appleton has used in the pass, he’s electing to use a set of Cadex 65 Tubeless wheels for the hilly St. George course.
Appleton looks to have a brand-new set of Schwalbe PRO ONE 700c Road tires (size TK) installed.
Appleton’s super super tight aerobar setup is set up to punch a tiny hole through the air as he attacks the St. George course this weekend.