Chris Lieto’s custom creation from Trek

Is this Chris Lieto's Iroman winning rig? Photo A. Johnson

Following up with Tyler’s post about this bike, I spotted it at the Ironman World Championship bike check in on Friday. Since athlete’s must check in their bike the day before presumably this was left for Chris to pedal back to his condo. It is so crazy around town that bikes are a much faster mode of transportation. Tthis belt driven machine looks amazing in person. Everyone that walked by it stopped to check it out.

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Nate
Nate
11 years ago

Can anyone comment further on this bike? Is it common for elite triathletes to use single speed hubs? I know the Hawaii course is pretty flat, and these guys know cadence/power better than anyone, but given the ups and downs of an Ironman tri, it seems like a single speed bike would be a disadvantage, doesn’t it?

Also, are they not required to have the pedals and aerobars that they’ll be using for the race on the bike when they check in?

introp
introp
11 years ago

What you see is a “swap bike.” You check in your main bike at the pad, it goes under lock and key, and you ride your swap bike back to your evening parties, hotel room etc.

seriously?
seriously?
11 years ago

Tri riders knowing power and cadence the best. I dont think so, these guys might be good at biking but lets be honest that is 1/3 of the event. Just because you post a good bike split doesn’t mean you will even come close to winning.

one more over riding issue, the bike has two brakes and a belt drive with a free- wheel. Really? You could have trek make any bike for you to play on and you got a custom single speed with a belt drive? Couldn’t you have at least done an internally geared hub or some thing to make this bike a little more than a custom paint fad of the bike industry?

Brandon
Brandon
11 years ago

Calm down guys, this thing isn’t even custom other than the paint. It’s not like Lieto was given free reign to have Trek make him any custom creation under the sun here. He got a Trek District carbon and got it painted to match his tri bike.

AJ
AJ
11 years ago

This is not Chris’ race bike, just a fun bike Trek did custom for him. Since riders have to check their bike in the day before the race many pros either have a scooter or bike dropped off for them to ride back to their condo after dropping off the race bike. Chris is riding a sweet custom Speed Concept 9.0 with custom paint and wheel decals.
Also, the bike course in Hawaii is not really flat. I’ve raced it on 3 occasions and can tell you first hand that it rolls and has a nasty false flat, steady climb that kills the spirit. This is in addition to the trade winds that can blow you off the road.