Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday brought about the official start of Trek World and everyones favorite, demo day. The crew loaded up the short bus and we set out to pick up the two big guys at the airport and proceeded out to Waterloo.
We were greeted with a serve yourself Qdoba lunch and full racks of every high-end Trek & GF collection bikes you could ever dream of. Most of the balloners were out on the trail so we all grabbed Madone 6 series SSL's and hit out on Wisconsin dairyland chip seal county roads.
Before I get too deep into things here I must say that last year, I wasn't too impressed with the 6 series Madones. Hence my choice in 2010 of a GF Cronus. I found the Cronus much stiffer and more responsive, and the fender mounts were a nice added feature. The 2010 6 series felt so sluggish I actually stopped to make sure my brakes weren't rubbing and my tire pressure was okay. That was then, this is now.
I've never ridden a full blown TT bike. One word, amazing. You cannot ride slow on this bike. It begs you to ride faster and faster and that's what we did. Scott, Jay, Bryan and I all grabbed a bike and headed out. By the time we were out of town, Jay, Scott and I had fallen into a full steam ahead team time trial. The Speed Concept has such little frontal surface area the bike literally disappears underneath you. In a paceline, all you see is body, no bike, and that equates to pure speed. I don't need one, but I sure as hell want one. In addition to easy speed, I couldn't believe how well the bike handled in cross winds, very stable, no doubt thanks to the Kammtail airfoil design of the tubes. Round three.