TRIATHLON BIKES Di­mond Bril­liant

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

IT’S ALL ABOUT the bike, right? OK, maybe not, but it sure is nice to have a fast ride that pro­vides a bit of “free” speed. (That would be “ef­fort-free” speed, of course – shav­ing off those sec­onds typ­i­cally costs quite a bit.) Triathlon bikes are de­signed around the aero bars that have be­come a main­stay in our sport, and typ­i­cally fea­ture steeper seat­tubes to make rid­ing on the bars more com­fort­able. Triathlon bikes also don’t have to con­form to UCI rules, some­times es­chew­ing the 3:1 tube ra­tios re­quired in cy­cling for some ex­tra speed. The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber when it comes to pick­ing out your next tri ride is that up­wards of 75 per cent of your to­tal aero­dy­namic drag comes from you, the rider, so your po­si­tion is the most im­por­tant fac­tor when it comes to rid­ing fast. So, no mat­ter how fast the bike, make sure you can get your­self fit on it for op­ti­mal per­for­mance.

Fit has be­come an im­por­tant fea­ture for triathlon bike man­u­fac­tur­ers th­ese days, so chances are the bike that strikes your fancy from our list is likely to also ad­just to your needs, too.

$13,595

Di­mond founder TJ Tol­lak­sen has long been known as one of the sport’s premier cy­clists, and he’s us­ing his en­gi­neer­ing back­ground to rad­i­cally change the clas­sic per­cep­tions of what a bike should look like. Main­tain­ing the V-shape frame dy­nam­ics de­vel­oped by Softride over 20 years ago, the Bril­liant helped Maik Twelsiek claim the fastest bike split in Kona last year. Shimano Dura Ace Di2 com­po­nents can be com­bined with a va­ri­ety of aero bar or wheel op­tions (3T Aduro or Enve SES TT bars, Zipp NSW 808 or Enve SES 7.8 wheels) to cre­ate your ul­ti­mate speed ma­chine. Add in even more aero speed by in­clud­ing the Su­per­fork on your ride, which is only com­pat­i­ble with Tririg Omega and Omega X aero brakes, and the only thing slow­ing you down on race day will be your abil­ity to push the ped­als.

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