Trek Equinox 9.5 TTX Review

by Ian

I bought the Trek Equinox 9.5 TTX last spring in preparation for last year’s racing season where I did Ironman Switzerland amongst other races. I have the carbon frame version, but there are cheaper models with alloy frames.

Stats are as follows:
• Sizes available: 54, 56, 58, 60cm
• Weight: 19.5 lb. (54cm)
• Frame: Trek OCLV Black carbon fiber
• Fork: Bontrager Race Lite TT carbon
• Main components: Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end shifters, Ultegra derailleurs, cassette (11-25), brakeset; Bontrager Race Lite crankset (53/39), Race Lite Aero wheels, brake levers, Race X Lite Pro TT tires, Race Bullhorn bar, Race X Lite Carbon clip-ons, Race Lite TT saddle

The Trek Equinox TTX was developed by the group that created Lance Armstrong’s bikes. This bike is however designed specifically for triathletes.

I found the bike to be extremely comfortable, due probably to the fact that it is easily adjusted to fit. The seat angle can be varied - 73 or 79 degrees depending on how you place the reversible seatpost (which is really easy to adjust and looks great). Also the head tube is short and there are spacers so you can adjust the height of the bars.

The only thing that I could see being a potential problem for some people is that the top tube is quite boxy, and if you ride with your knees close together you would probably come in contact with it.

With regards the components I’m pretty happy with them. The brakes are excellent – I wasn’t expecting that with aero brake levers and internal cabling but if you want it to stop it stops!
I changed the cassette to a 12:25 (original was 11:23), and am considering upgrading the wheels, but other than that everything is spot on. The wheels are OK but they’re not the lightest, nor are they the most aerodynamic of wheels. The cost of the bike obviously reflects the quality of the frame first and foremost.

The saddle is a specially designed ‘triathlon’ one, with an ultra-padded nose making it way more comfortable than any previous saddles I’ve had.

In terms of riding it, I love it. It is very smooth. And fast – I have been consistently riding a gear higher than normal on my regular rides. The aerodynamics are fantastic – as you’d expect from a bike that was extensively wind-tunnel tested in development. The short head tube and steep seat angle really lets you get into an efficient yet comfortable riding position. It feels like a real racing bike. It’s also very stable which means you can concentrate on riding without any need for corrections.

I would highly recommend this bike for anyone looking to seriously improve their time-trialling. The frame is excellent, with obvious thought and research gone into making it so stiff and fast.

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