What makes a good bike for a triathlon?
- The bike component of a triathlon makes up a considerable part of every event, approximately 60% of the race regardless of the chosen distance. As a result, triathlon specific bikes with different cockpit set-ups, different geometry, advanced aerodynamics and innovative storage solutions are highly sought-after.
- 1 What bike should I get for my first triathlon?
- 2 What makes a good triathlon bike?
- 3 Is it worth buying a triathlon bike?
- 4 Why are tri bikes so expensive?
- 5 How much faster will a tri bike make me?
- 6 What size tri bike do I need?
- 7 Should tri bike be smaller than road bike?
- 8 Should I size down for TT bike?
- 9 Why are tri bikes heavier?
- 10 Is a tri bike faster?
- 11 Are tri bikes comfortable?
- 12 Why do tri bikes look different?
- 13 Can you ride a triathlon bike on the road?
What bike should I get for my first triathlon?
Another way to get into a triathlon-ready bike is by going with a road bike that has an aggressive, race position. These aggressive bikes will not be the endurance bikes that end to be more upright, but rather that flatter-geometry bikes that put you in the drop bars at an angle that is nearly that of the tri bikes.
What makes a good triathlon bike?
The most notable difference is the design, or geometry of the frame of each bike. Triathlon bikes have a steeper angle of the seat. These design features are intended to minimize drag and increase speed which is important in triathlon racing.
Is it worth buying a triathlon bike?
Triathlon bikes are almost worthless outside of triathlon and time trialing. They’re not as safe, as comfortable, or as easy to handle as a road bike. In fact, you can still be pretty competitive on a road bike with some solid training and coaching.
Why are tri bikes so expensive?
However, why triathlon bikes seem more expensive is because there is no viable low-end market for triathlon bikes. The thing is, there is no such thing as a casual triathlete rider. If they are casual, they use a road bike. Road bikes are more versatile and comfortable.
How much faster will a tri bike make me?
In general you will see a 1.5 mph – 2 mph boost in speed between a TT and a road bike assuming the rider is using regular shorts, jersey and helmet along with no aero wheels. Most of that is due to the differing rider position (i.e. more aero).
What size tri bike do I need?
As a general guideline, use the following size chart if you are purchasing a triathlon-specific or time-trial bike. If you are 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall, seek a 49- to 50-cm bike. If you are 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6, buy a 51- to 52-cm bike. For 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, look for a 53- to 54-cm bike.
Should tri bike be smaller than road bike?
For a good starting point, we’d recommend looking at a TT frame that has a reach roughly 2cm shorter than your road bike, which typically means going down a size. Typically road bikes are dolled out based on top tube length, which serves as a pretty reliable indicator of whether a frame will fit someone.
Should I size down for TT bike?
I would consider that only 1/2 to 1 size down for my height. If you think a size 56cm is “normal”. Yes the 52cm top tube bike is a little small.
Why are tri bikes heavier?
A triathlon bike is heavier than a road bike by 2- 4 lbs or 1 to 2 kg. The reason is that the aim is to make a triathlon bike more aerodynamic rather than lightweight as it is in road bikes. The triathlon bikes come with bigger aerofoils and bigger frames than the road bike.
Is a tri bike faster?
Triathlon bikes are designed to make riders faster. The seat tube is closer to vertical than a road bike’s. This steeper geometry places the rider’s hips over the crankset which engages their quadriceps more for increased power.” Tri bikes are more aerodynamic and are “faster” than road bikes.
Are tri bikes comfortable?
Triathlon bikes are not designed to be comfortable, they are designed to be aerodynamic, light, and to allow the rider to exert maximum effort against the pedals to get the most speed out of the ride.
Why do tri bikes look different?
It’s the frame geometry that makes a triathlon bike different to a road bike as the aim is to get your upper body lower and further forwards. Manufacturers give tri bikes a steeper seat angle (angle between seat tube and an imaginary straight line where the top tube meets the seat tube) than a road bike.
Can you ride a triathlon bike on the road?
Registered. Tri/time trial bikes aren’t allowed In road races and are shunned by anyone with a clue in charity rides/ organized road ride.