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Matthew Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advanced Pro
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Friday 11th March 2016


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The new Giant Trinity Advanced Pro of Matthew Bottrill

As well as the launch of Team Bottrill last week, our trip to Giant Bikes HQ in Leicestershire also gave us the first chance to take a close up look at Giant's brand new triathlon-specific bike, the Trinity Advanced Pro. Matt will be riding the range topping Pro 0 model, while the Pro 2 (Shimano Ultegra, mechanical) edition is also part of the range.

David Ward, Product Manager for Giant, told me this bike has been seven years in the making and throughout the development process 257 different frame configurations had been tested, resulting in "the world's fastest triathlon bike in real-world race conditions". The timescale for the bike's development was, "when its ready. It had to be the best".

Let's take a look at Matt's setup.


A fast bike in stationary pose. Matt is rolling on the ENVE Composites SES 7.8 wheelset, which provides a wheel depth of 80mm (rear) and 71mm (front). The tyres were Continental Grand Prix TT in 23mm width (clincher).

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

Clean lines around the (hidden) seat post binder - and a reminder of who owns this bike.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

Matt uses carbon fibre extensions and arm rests from Drag2Zero, a deviation from the standard ones supplied. The pads in particular are a nice feature as their shape - a more pronounced curve than most off-the-shelf options - is very useful in supporting the arms in the aero position, almost holding them in place. It's electronic shifting for Matt this year, with Shimano's top of the range Dura Ace Di2 on the extensions and base bar, for ease of gear changing in either position.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

Matt's Shimano Dura Ace 11-speed Di2 rear derailleur has been upgraded with the Ceramic Speed OSPW System. Larger (17-tooth) alloy pulley wheels combined with CeramicSpeed Bearings are claimed to reduce friction in the pulleys by 60%. Pictured right, if you are trying to make your chain go faster, you may as well fit a chain catcher to make sure it stays on!

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

Below is pictured the front brake from both the non-driveside (left) and driveside (right). The new Trinity Advanced Pro frame is UCI legal, but the triathlon edition here features deeper fork legs than the TT version (5:1 ratio, above the UCI's 3:1 limit). This should make it a touch faster - and also means that the brake caliper is integrated very nicely with the lines of the AeroDrive fork. As you'll notice (or rather, not), the brake cables are hidden within the frame for additional marginal gain wind savings.

A fully UCI legal module is also available, priced at £2,249.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

The top tube storage box integrates nicely with the stem, providing an ideal place for hiding your gels during longer events. This also houses the junction box for Shimano Di2 groupset models providing access for charging and adjustment. The soft cover is a rubber-type material in order to provide easy access and keep sweat out.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

Adding to the integration concept of this bike is the AeroVault front hydration unit. This can be refilled on the fly and, depending on frame size, holds 700ml or 450ml volume of fluid. Pictured to the right, the front end mounting bracket without the bottle attached.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

'SpeedControl' is Giant's proprietry name for their braking system. As we've seen above, the front brake is designed to match the profile of the AeroDrive fork. The rear brake pictured here include a fairing to save further watts. Once again, all cables are hidden.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

No Dura Ace crank here, as Matt uses a SRAM crankest (with Quarq powermeter). He is running a 55 tooth large chainring. The downtube of the Trinity has been designed in conjunction with the AeroVault water bottle to provide an additional 440ml of fluid capacity in the most aerodynamic manner possible.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

A regular sight on many TT and triathlon machines, an ISM Adamo Time Trial saddle. The production model is supplied with a Fi'zi:k TriTone saddle rather than ISM.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

Matt is pushing his significant power through the Speedplay Zero Aero Pedal System. This is the same pedal as Bradley Wiggins used while setting the UCI World Hour Record.

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0

A happy owner with his new ride

Matt Bottrill's Giant Trinity Advancec Pro 0


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