The 70.3 world champion shows us his one-of-a-kind Giant Trinity Tri bike that he’s hoping to ride to victory this weekend at the Ironman World Championship. It features a number of custom graphics and touches that he said hold great sentimental and motivational value for him.
Iden rides a 54cm Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 2 Tri bike with a Cadex 4-Spoke TT Tubeless front wheel, a Cadex rear disc wheel, and rim brakes (!).
Iden said the flower on his headtube represents Taiwan, a country that has grown close to his heart since he won his first 70.3 world title back in 2019 wearing a cap featuring Taiwanese symbols on it. He innocently found the cap while training near Mount Fuji, Japan, and used it in T2 for the first time at 70.3 Worlds, primarily to help keep his gels in one place. It’s since led him to near-superstar status in Taiwan (more than 200,000 of the caps have now been sold), and he’s even been granted honorary citizenship of the country, he said.
Iden runs Shimano DuraAce Di2 12-speed with a 54-40 chainring and 11-30 rear cassette. Another custom touch here on the chain stay is his date of birth (May 1, 1996) written in Old Norse, an ancient Viking language. He rides Shimano DuraAce 9300 pedals with 170mm Shimano powermeter-enabled FC-R9100-P cranks.
Iden rides Drag2Zero bars with a Project 76 computer mount for his Garmin 830 Edge.
When Iden is riding in aero, his hands are wrapped around these D2Z bar end shifters.
The Norwegian team is meticulous about fueling—and Iden’s hydration will be stored in Giant’s proprietary hydration system between the D2Z bars.
Iden’s data will be coming at him in the race via his Garmin 830 Edge bike computer.
The Norwegians are incredibly proud of their roots, and Iden has his home town of Bergen as a custom graphic on the non-drivetrain chain stay of his bike.
Even when Iden is thousands of miles from home, he likes having visual reminders of where he’s from: Bergen, in southwest Norway, is the country’s second largest city.
Iden worked closely with the team at Giant on the custom graphics on this bike, and it includes “Giant” written in Norwegian: “Kjempe.”
“Winning is a choice”—a mantra that Iden and his compatriot Kristian Blummenfelt live by—is featured on his Cadex disc wheel.
Two Gorilla bottle cages sit neatly behind Iden’s saddle. They’re fixed in place with a custom-made (very DIY) attachment.
Iden rides a Giant prototype saddle which is not yet available for sale.