I am Ironman
There are triathlon bikes and then there’s the triathlon bike engineered to be the world’s fastest. More than 250 frame variations were tested with lab tech and human expertise (from Ironman Tim van Berkel) before the Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 0 was born.
Carbon may be lighter, but the shock-absorbing characteristics of titanium make for a smoother ride. Few bike manufacturers use this alloy so skillfully as Moots, as is demonstrated by the 35th Anniversary Vamoots RSL-LE, precision- built from premium Pi Tech 3/2.5 titanium tubing. It’s durable, too, which is why Skynet chose it for its Terminator endoskeletons.
With a 200-watt motor powering the rear wheel, the Specialized Turbo can achieve distances your puny leg muscles can only dream of. The battery, integrated into the down tube, is near invisible and a low center of gravity ensures safer handling. The rest of the features are an embarrassment of riches – aluminium frame, 10-speed gears, Rock Shox suspension forks for rough terrain, super-stable wheels, large disc brakes and an illuminated thumb button on the handlebars for controlling the level of pedal-assist you need on the go.
As off-roaders go, trail bikes are the ones with the greatest range of uses. Their low weight (about 30 pounds, depending on gear) is a delight on long tours, while fat springs (6 inches, give or take) and robust parts allow you the odd trip to the bike park. The Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus is a prime example of this all-around capability— the carbon frame with integrated cable routing, hydraulically retractable seat post and 11 gears (with additional front chain guide) are all state of the art, while 27.5-inch wheels deliver that Goldilocks sweet spot of traction and nimbleness.