Compton was intimately involved in the development of the Trek Boone, testing the different geometries of aluminium prototypes in an area of forest owned by Trek near its HQ in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Legg praised Trek for hiring a woman to develop an elite product, rather than a women’s specific product, and said the company made significant changes based on Compton’s feedback, even scrapping plans to take an early version to market. Legg compared the effect of the ISO decoupler (a pivot that replaces the traditional fixed junction of top-tube and seat-tube) to a switch from 23c to 28c tyres – a ‘tweak’ rather than a ‘game changer’. Compton’s machine is equipped with cantilever brakes (more of which below), although a disc-equipped machine was among the three bikes she brought to Milton Keynes.
Pro bike: Katie Compton's Trek Boone