Clearly Rinnie is one of the best triathletes the sport has ever seen. But versus the other top women she is giving up 5-20 minutes on the bike in Kona. If she could gain 10 minutes of free speed it would be devastating to the rest of the field. We think she can gain that […]
Finally got around to finishing my review of Kona Pro bikes – so let’s dive right in. (click on pics for full size images) The Commerz Bank crew were very prominent with their new matching Scott Plasma 3’s done in in matte gray with yellow highlights. These are the same frames used by Pro Tour […]
Continuing with my look at the rigs the pros ran in Kona (click on pics for full size): Faris Al-Sultan: I ran across Faris’ bike at the Powerbar breakfast. The Abu-Dhabi team all had these interesting matching Storcks with Di2 shifting. You can see the battery mounted behind the seatpost. The rear brake on these […]
The bike check-in in Kona is bike geek heaven. It is worth standing out 5-6 hours in the blasting sun to see if anything new, unusual, or innovative pops up among the world’s best Ironman athletes, pro and amateur. Sure it is cool to look at the bikes as whole, but I really enjoy seeing […]
My annual installment of high-speed video from the Queen K is ready for your bike-geek enjoyment! First up, the Men, shot from the intersection of Hina-Ami and the Queen K, about 4 miles out of town. So we are at mile about mile 12 on the way out and mile 108 on the way back. […]
The bike expo in Kona this year was kind of a letdown. Last year, the thing was lousy with new bikes: P4, Fuji D6, Scott Plasma II, Ridley Dean, QR cd0.1, Look 596… This year? Nada but for the Kestrel 4000 and the Specialized Shiv. The Shiv is far from a mainstream design and will […]
It was Lis’ bike split that put her out of reach of the other competitors in her age group (which is typical for her – at IM FL she went sub 5hrs WITHOUT drafting), and out of reach of all but 7 other amateurs (all under 35). This while forcing herself to be conservative and […]
Fuji’s new D-6 slaps you in face with its bold, organic lines. It just doesn’t look like anything else out there, which is refreshing in today’s ever more convergent aero bike market. So right away you have to give Fuji credit for breaking some new ground.