Major bike brand Giant has launched its all-new Trinity triathlon bikes this week in Hawaii during the build-up to Saturday’s Ironman World Champs. The new range of composite triathlon bikes includes two series: Trinity Advanced Pro and Trinity Advanced.
A fully UCI-legal time trial version of the new bike, the Trinity Advanced Pro TT, is also being introduced as a frameset for road racers.
The flagship Trinity Advanced Pro model, which is being raced at Kona by top Ironman pro Tim Van Berkel, is engineered and designed with the aim to be the world’s fastest tri bike in real-world racing conditions. Key features include Giant’s AeroSystem Shaping Technology and a number of tri-specific features, including the AeroVault integrated hydration and storage system.
“One of the things I love most about this new Trinity Advanced Pro is that it’s a full-on race-ready machine right out of the box,” said Van Berkel, who won last month’s Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast race on a prototype model. “From the aerodynamic frame and fork shapes to the new geometry and positioning and integrated hydration and storage – it’s everything you need to go faster in training and racing.”
Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis and wind-tunnel testing, more than 250 frame configurations were developed and tested before the Trinity Advanced Pro design was finalised.
The final version of the Trinity Advanced Pro was tested alongside four key competitors at the wind-tunnel. Going against the Cervélo P5, Scott Plasma 5, Trek Speed Concept and Specialized Shiv, all outfitted with hydration and storage systems, the Trinity, say Giant, proved to be the most aerodynamic as a complete race-ready unit.
The 2016 Trinity triathlon range features two options: the Trinity Advanced Pro, which comes stock with the AeroVault System, AeroDrive Tri components and integrated rear brake fairing; and the Trinity Advanced, which features the same Advanced-grade composite frame but without the integrated AeroVault system, rear brake fairing and AeroDrive fork, stem and base bar.
For road racers, the Trinity Advanced Pro TT frameset features the same Advanced-grade composite frame along with a special AeroDrive TT Advanced-grade fork, stem and handlebar that’s UCI legal for time trial competition. The TT frameset was developed and tested with pro riders from Team Giant-Alpecin. Pre-production versions of the frame have already been ridden to victories at major pro races including Tom Dumoulin’s stage win at the Vuelta a España.