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– The bike leg of an Ironman represents a large proportion of the day’s racing. More than 50%, really, of your day’s effort out there. So your setup and the bike equipment choices that athletes make really have a hugely influential role in how your day can unfold. – Yeah, so today, we’re gonna be reviewing the male and female bikes that were ridden to success through those lava fields at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Well, let’s start on the women’s side and for this first athlete, well, she was a rookie at the Ironman World Championships, racing there for the very first time and did superbly well, backing up a third place at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs, with another third place at the Ironman World Champs, and that athlete was Anne Haug. – [Fraser] And we’ve actually had to do quite a lot of research on Anne’s bike because it would appear that hers is very unique and was probably the only Scrane TT in Kona for the race on Saturday. – [Presenter] Yeah, and actually, it’s the first Scrane TT bike that I’ve seen– – [Fraser] Me too. – So yeah, really interesting. We’ve had to do a lot of research as Fraser has mentioned. So, we’ve got all the spec written out here on my laptop, so I’m gonna refer to my laptop now. Already mentioned the frame, it’s a Scrane TT. The cockpit is actually a TriRig Alpha One cockpit, which is a brand that is relatively uncommon, but do make some very nice stuff. – And they’re also providing the Omega X brake set for Anne’s bike, and you see the Omega X quite often on frame sets that aren’t integrated, and you have to have an additional braking calliper fitted to the frame. – Yeah, so it’s quite an aero sort of braking calliper, isn’t it? – Sure. – Chain ring wise, she’s got the Miche Crono, which is again, a very uncommon brand, one that I’ve never come across before so that’s really interesting. – And as for power metre, Anne’s using the Power2Max, and she’s got that coupled with a CeramicSpeed ceramic bottom bracket. – Yeah, and also she has a SRAM eTap groupset fully kitted out on the bike. And additionally, she has swapped out the jockey wheels for the OSPW CeramicSpeed jockey wheels, and all that is linked with a CeramicSpeed UFO chain. – And aero bottle wise, she’s got the Elite bottle on her down tube, possibly for gels and the like. And on the front of the bike, you’ve see the Profile Design Aeria Ultimate, is that right? – Yeah that’s right so, sort of integrated into the head tube of the frame so making it very nice and aerodynamic. – Almost creating a fairing, isn’t it really? – Yeah absolutely, very nice. And in terms of wheels, she was using the DT Swiss ERC 1100 DICUT and she had 80 width, nice and aerodynamic. – But on the front, she took it down to the 48 millimetre version which is a really good idea on the Kona cross winds because as I know from experience, it can get pretty windy out there. So makes sense for the smaller athletes, certainly some of them can too, to just have that shallower front. – Yeah and finally, she was using the Shimano Dura-Ace pedals. I do appreciate that is not everything, but we did try very hard of Anne Haug’s bike and that is all we’ve got. But hopefully a little bit more on the others ’cause second place finisher was Lucy Charles, and she had a fantastic debut race last year, placing second behind Daniela Ryf on the previous Specialised Shiv, which was released in 2011 I believe. But this year they released their brand new Specialised Shiv disc and well, it has quite a significant update to it with the front end and also the rear of the bike. – [Fraser] Yeah, I mean, it’s certainly a lot of interesting features there. – Yeah and she did very well, placing second again, so backing up a great performance again this year. And in terms of the specs of that bike, wheels wise, she had the Roval CLX 64 which are tubeless-ready, 64 mil depth. – And they were with Specialised S-Works Turbo Cotton, that was the tyre choice for her there. – Yeah and they’re a 24 mil clincher tyre. Groupset wise, she’s got Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150 and also the braking system to match that which is a hydraulic disc brake. – Saddle wise, that was the S-Works Power Saddle. – [Presenter] Yeah, and then crank link, she’s riding, actually, a 170 so relatively short. – But chain ring wise, I mean, I was pretty impressed with this. A 56-tooth big chain ring which, I personally think, is pretty impressive but she turned that well and she rode fast. – Yeah, that’s actually bigger than a lot of the male pros, so very impressive. But then she did have a cassette ratio of 11 to 28, so quite a nice range there which will allow her to, well, use that 56 ring without really over gearing. – [Fraser] Yeah that’s a good wide ratio, isn’t it? – [Presenter] Yeah and I guess essentially, she’s trying to sit middle of that cog so she’s not, well, stretching the chain line and yeah, so trying to make it really efficient. – Power metre wise, S-Works Power Cranks. – Yeah and bar brand is S-Works, and then she’s actually using the Revolver elbow cups. You’ll see on the images that she’s actually got a cup coming around the back of the elbow so she can sort of rest back into those as she goes into that ski bend on the aero bars. – Yeah, which is quite an interesting addition to the bike. Hydration wise, X-Lab Torpedo hydration. – Yep, and finally she’s using the Shimano Dura-Ace pedals. – [Fraser] So the defending women’s champion, Daniela Ryf, she was returning on her Felt IA, that she dominated the bike course on last year. But as with a lot of athletes in Kona this year, she was coming back on an updated version and that was the IA FRD Disc. And I personally think is a pretty slick and clean looking rig. – Yeah and to go on that bike, she was using DT Swiss wheels which were disc brake wheels. And actually, interestingly, she was using different models for both the front and the rear. So her front wheel was the DT Swiss ERC 1400 DICUT disc brake wheel which is an 80 mil depth. But then on the rear, she was using the DT Swiss ERC 1100– – And that allowed her to use a wider tyre choice, a 25 mil. – Potentially, I mean we are speculating this. See, I have found that she was running 23 mil on the front clincher but I am speculating as the 1100 has a slightly wider rim width to the 1400, I think she’s possibly riding a 25 mil clincher tyre on the back, which we do see a lot of the pro’s doing. So that would make a lot of sense but I can’t confirm that for sure. – It’s a fairly common practise to do that though but as you say. – Absolutely. In terms of a groupset, she was riding SRAM RED eTap, and then given that she was riding disc brakes, she then had the SRAM RED HRD disc brake set up for that. – With the Selle Italia Turbomatic Gel Flow saddle. – Yeah, which actually is not one that I’ve come across before. – No, it’s a bit of a mouthful. – Crank length wise, she’s riding 172.5. – 55 42 chain rings, which again, is a pretty big blade to be using but it works really well in the return section from Hardy. – Absolutely, and similarly to Lucy Charles, she’s also riding 11 28, so nice big range there and also helping that chain line efficiency. – And that’s all linked with a Quark power metre. – Yeah. Bar brand wise, she’s actually using just the proprietary bar brands which is the Felt aero bars. – [Fraser] And on there, the same as we’ve seen on Lucy Charles, the X-Lab Torpedo hydration system. – Yeah, which seems to be quite a popular option. And then to go with that, she’s also got a bottle off the rear of the saddle. And to avoid any of those bottle rocket, she’s got quite a tight holding cage, so she’s got the X-Lab Gorilla cage there. Well now, let’s move on to the men, and I’m actually gonna throw a bonus bike in here because the person that rode this bike set another Kona course record. It was Cameron Wurf, and he set a new course record of 409.06, beating his previous record. But this year he was riding the new Pinarello Bolide TR+. – [Fraser] It’s not hanging around, is it? – [Presenter] That is not hanging around, very impressive. Wheel wise, he was riding the Swiss Side Hadron wheels, and he was riding a slightly shallower wheel on the front as opposed to his rear. So on the front he had the 625’s which are 62.5 mil rim depth. And then on the back, he was riding the 800’s which are obviously an 80 mil rim depth. – And laced up with both those rims, he had Continental GP4000’s. Again, running a slightly different width front to rear, so we’ve got 23 mils front, 25 mils rear. Similar to what we saw with, well, what we think we saw with Daniela’s bike. – Yeah, and if you’re wondering why some of the pros are doing that, that is simply down to aerodynamics and, I mean, this is an arguable subject. I mean, weather the 23 mil is actually more aerodynamic, but a lot of people believe it is, having slightly narrower on the front as opposed to the rear. But yeah, that is what they’re doing anyway. In terms of the groupset, we’ve got the Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, and also for the braking, we’ve got the similar Shimano Dura-Ace disc brakes that we’ve seen before. – And with the saddle, Cam’s using the Fizik Arione Tri version. – Yeah, and interestingly, we have done a pro bike on this so you’ll be getting a close and more detailed look at this bike. But that also has a sort of gripper on top, sort of like a rubberized gripper to help hold him on that saddle– – Just stops shimmying forwards, you have to shimmy back, shimmy forward. – Yeah. – We’ve all been there. – Absolutely. Crank length wise, he’s actually stepped down this year to a slightly shorter crank length, so he’s using 170 mil cranks. – And another quite familiar crank size is 5539. – Yeah and interestingly, I mean, if you think about a 55 should normally go over 42, so you’ve gone for smaller inside small ring, 39. But I guess with triathlon, with the courses you’re often thrown at, having that 39 just gives us a little bit more option. – And also, with Cam, he’s only using, or was only using an 1125 cassette. So no quite as big of ratio at the back, so possibly allowing for dropping into a smaller chain ring there with the 39. – Absolutely, and power metre wise, he’s using the Pioneer power metre. – [Fraser] Bar brands, just standard rim created by Pinarello. – [Presenter] Yeah, and again, aero bottle, we’ve got the X-Lab Torpedo bottle between his aero bars. – [Fraser] And the Speedplay Titanium aero pedals. – Well, our next athlete placed second at the Ironman World Championships, and that was Bart Aernouts. And he’s actually had multiple top ten finishes on the big island. And interestingly, he is also a former ITU World Duathlon champion. – But also also interestingly, or I think so at least, Bart in the past, on more than one occasion, has run the fastest marathon split in Kona which has allowed him to get back into the race and get those top ten finishes that we’re talking about. But this year, he rode his BMC right up to the lead chase group on the road, which allowed him to be in prime position to strike for that podium place that he finally got. – I mean, he is a really strong athlete, I mean, I also know him for his cycling. But the two together, very impressive athlete. Swimming, he’s never been quite so strong but we’ve seen him improving on that over the years as we go. But he was riding the BMC Timemachine 01 and then his wheel choice, he had, actually, the DT Swiss ERC 1100 DICUT wheels, which again, another athlete with those wheels– – Popular. – Popular option. He was also riding slightly bigger on the back as compared to the front. So he was riding 80 mil rim depth on the back then the 62 on the front. – And that was using the Vittoria Corsa Speed tyres, wasn’t it? – Yeah, and also in tubeless option, going 23 on the front and 25 on the back, another athlete going for that option. – And another person going for Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and also the Shimano braking options. – And now, interestingly, for his saddle, he’s actually come back to a previous preffered saddle, the Fizik Ares, having tried out other models, other brands, and just decided, you know what, I prefer that old option. So now he is back with it for the world championships. – And for his crank length, standard 172.5 mils which we’ve seen a reasonable number of the athletes using. Chain rings, he’s running large big chain ring, 55 coupled with a 42, and a fairly standard ratio, 1125 cassette. – Yep, and power metre wise, he’s got the Pioneer power metre which his team that the EMC fit, triathlon team are all using. Bars, he’s got actually the flat cockpit so the BMC Timemachine has a few options. They’ve got a V-shape cockpit and also a flat bar cockpit. So he’s gone for the flat cockpit so quite a low base bar on that, and then he’s got the Profile T4 extensions coming out, which he’s got a relatively shallow ski bend on those. – But aero bottle wise, he’s actually just using normal bottles on the bike so it’s not aero bottles at all. – Yeah, so he’s doing something similar to Dave McNamee in terms of he quite likes the option of being able to just grab bottles on the go and shove them in, he finds that more important than, maybe, gaining a couple of watts of– – Well it’s definitely one less thing to worry about for an athlete, isn’t it? – Yeah, and finally he’s using the Shimano Dura-Ace pedals. – Well, our final athlete needs very little introduction because he is both the 2017 and the 2018 Ironman World Champion. It is Patrick Lange, and he did quite an astonishing performance this year by breaking the course record by a considerable margin and going sub 8 hours. – [Fraser] Which is not really something that we truly thought was gonna happen. Maybe, but– – Not at all by that margin either. – Yeah, surely not by that size, no. – No, well, he was riding the Canyon Speedmax CF SLX time trial bike. And wheel choice wise, he was riding the Swiss Side Hadron Classic 800 wheel, so 80 mil both front and rear. And then also riding the Schwalbe Pro One tyres on those. – And a common theme that we’ve seen so far already, 23 mil front, 25 mil rear. – But also another athlete who was riding tubeless, so again, not something we’ve seen so much in the past but is becoming increasingly popular. – [Fraser] Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, Shimano brakes. – [Presenter] Yeah, and that was a Di2 electronic groupset. Crank length wise, he’s actually running a relatively short crank length of 170. – And chain rings, yet another big chain ring. Again, we’re seeing this a lot, especially with the pro athletes. 55 chain ring, and a 39 which is a little bit smaller. – So a similar set up to Cam Wurf having that slightly smaller inner chain ring. Power metre, he’s running an SRM power metre. – [Fraser] Can’t forget about the Cobb saddle that he was running. – Ah yes, he was using the Cobb JOF 55 which was actually a saddle I used to like. So yeah, again, it’s very similar to those ISM saddles and it’s got that kind of split nose to it. But a little bit narrower in the nose, so a little bit more of kind of your traditional road saddle shape. – And there is a particularly special aspect to his bike, wasn’t there? – Yeah, he had the Project 101 aero bars. – [Fraser] And what was that standing for? – Well, 101 was because previously, at the 2017 Ironman World Championships, he was 101 seconds away from going sub 8 hours. So Project 101 was to help him go sub 8 hours and they did it quite convincingly. – It was a good job, yeah. – Yeah, so the idea of these aero bars, they were custom-designed and made for him, for his aero bar. So designed around his forearms so he could fit into, literally, slot into these aero bars. – [Fraser] Like a glove. – Yeah amazing, and it did a very good job of that. Aero bottle wise, he was actually riding with a rear bottle cage behind the saddle, so that was just a standard Canyon bottle cage. Then actually on the down tube, he had one of the Elite aero bottles. – And finishing that off with Look Keo carbon pedals. – Well, if you’re like Fraser and myself, we love looking at the pro bikes and really researching it to find out what the pros are using, try and take the tips from them so that we could use them ourselves. So if you’re like us and you like this video, hit that thumbs up button. And if you’d like to see more videos from GTN, just click on the globe and subscribe. – And if you want to see a more in depth pro bike review, like the one that was done about Lionel Sanders, then hit that here. – And if you’d like to see our custom tech from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, just click here.Hidden content