Two-time top-10 Ironman World Championship finisher (fifth in 2018, seventh in 2019) Braden Currie is one of only a few pro triathletes riding the newly released Felt IA 2.0. Better yet, the Kiwi has a few impressive custom touches that make his bike one of the most advanced in transition.
Braden Currie (NZL) should be a familiar name in the long-course circuit with a recent win at the Port of Tauranga Half and Ironman New Zealand wins (2021 and 2017). Checking in at Sand Hollow outside of St. George for the Ironman world champs with his new Felt IA 2.0, he stands as a strong contender.
Currie’s newly released size 54 Felt IA 2.0 has an internal hydration system built into the frame, a deep seat tube cowling, and an extremely low seat stay in the aggressively styled tri-specific bike.
Currie is running a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12-speed drivetrain and a Dura-Ace FC-R9100-P power meter on his 165mm cranks.
Like many pros racing at St. George this weekend, Currie is opting to go with a a rear disc—like this rare model from Shimano that he says is only available to their pros.
Currie says he’s running 26C Schwalbe Pro One TT tires with 86 PSI in the front and 90 PSI in the rear for race day.
Currie’s Felt IA 2.0 will run a 60mm Shimano C60 front wheel.
One of the most unique features on Currie’s already-unique setup is his cockpit that combines Felt’s new base bar system with a custom 3D-printed aerobar from First Wheel.
The new Felt IA 2.0 is truly tri-specific with 6.75 ounces of “solid-nutrition” storage in the top tube. A hydration module is also built into the top tube to hold 30 ounces of fluids with a straw that runs to the aerobars.
A close up look of Currie’s 3D-printed aeroabars shows the deep arm cups that many pros are using right now. Between his armrests is a very unique compartment for an additional 500ml of nutrition.
Electronic bar-end shifters help Currie shift gears while in the aerobars.
Currie uses a Garmin Edge 830 for data, but more interestingly he uses two different hoses for his nutrition: one for gels from his custom 3D-printed nutrition compartment; the other from his in-frame hydration bladder.
A Gebiomized Stride TT saddle provides Currie with a platform to ride on.
Another look at Currie’s unique two-hosed nutrition/hydration system.
Currie takes in hydration from the right straw and gel nutrition from the left.
A front look at the new Felt IA 2.0 base bar system mated to Currie’s First Wheel custom cockpit. The aerobars are 3D-printed carbon with Ti risers.
Currie’s position follows the current trend among pros with an upward angle.
A Shimano Dura-Ace C60 front wheel for tomorrow’s potentially windy conditions.
Currie runs a freshly waxed Shimano Dura-Ace chain on his 55-42 crankset.
The new Felt IA 2.0 has a built-in storage compartment for tools and flat repair.
Currie’s custom First Wheel Ti spacers are mounted on the stock Felt basebars.