As road bikes become more versatile, there still remains something special about a bike that has been designed with one pure goal in mind. In the case of Trek’s high-tech Speed Concept, that purpose is all about going as fast as possible in a straight line. Built for time trial and triathlon racing, the Speed Concept represents the pinnacle of Trek’s carbon fibre engineering and aerodynamic technologies. Ridden by the Trek Segafredo road team in various time trial stages of the Tour de France, the Speed Concept offers its pilot a low and aggressive riding position that tucks them out of the wind for maximum drag efficiency. Along with clever integrated storage solutions and a number of wind-cheating technologies, the Speed Concept is the ideal companion for triathletes looking to step up their game, or for riders who simply want to go as fast as humanly possible.
When the Speed Concept was initially introduced, it revolutionised road bike aerodynamics across the market with its unique KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) tube profiles. Rather than a full teardrop shape for the downtube, seat tube and fork blades, Trek’s engineers cut off the end of the teardrop to create a stubbier truncated tube. The reason? The KVF tubes behaved almost identically to a full teardrop shape in frontal headwinds, but offered much lower drag when the wind was coming at the bike from an angle. As a result, the average wind drag on the Speed Concept frame is significantly lower than the competition, making it a faster bike in real world conditions. Further enhancing the Speed Concept’s aerodynamics is a fully integrated brake system that hides the callipers into the fork blades and underneath the bottom bracket shell. Not only does it make the Speed Concept look super clean, it also reduces wind drag, so you can go faster with less effort. Despite the focus on performance, Trek hasn’t lost sight of rider comfort, using a fully adjustable seat post and modular handlebar setup that allows you to dial your position in perfectly. Because if you’re going to be pumping the pedals for a 180km bike leg during an Ironman, you want to be comfortable.
The Speed Concept is equipt with a Shimano Ultegra 11-speed drivetrain and tubeless compatible Bontrager wheels.