TRIATHLON BIKES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -

When it comes to a fast bike split, po­si­tion is ev­ery­thing. That doesn’t mean that any bike will do – you need to get your­self on a bike that will al­low you to stay in the aero po­si­tion for as long as pos­si­ble. As you can see in this year’s buyer’s guide, the sky’s the limit when it comes to buy­ing a triathlon-spe­cific bike. Re­mem­ber, though, that you’re go­ing to be the most im­por­tant fac­tor when it comes to go­ing fast – get your­self fit prop­erly and then get the best frame and com­po­nents your bud­get al­lows.

Garneau Gen­nix TR1 Elite

$4,500 Lionel San­ders has been rip­ping up the world scene on his TR1. The Gen­nix TR1 Elite of­fers lots of high-end per­for­mance for the money. It starts with the Gen­nix TR1 frame, the same one that San­ders used to set a new Iron­man world record last year. That’s com­bined with Shi­mano’s Ul­te­gra com­po­nents which pro­vide crisp shift­ing. The TR1 Elite comes with No­vatec 30 wheels – to re­ally take this bike to the high­est level all you’ll re­ally need to do is add a high-end wheelset.

Spe­cial­ized S-works Amira ETAP

$11,070 Now that the ITU has made the sprint event at the world cham­pi­onships draft le­gal, triath­letes have sud­denly found them­selves in the hunt for road bikes as tri-bars are pro­hib­ited in draft-le­gal rac­ing. This women’s-spe­cific bike of­fers a ton of features on a ride that is built with women’s di­men­sions in mind. The FACT 11r car­bon frame and FACT car­bon full mono­coque fork pro­vide lots of per­for­mance while also en­sur­ing a smooth, com­fort­able ride. Specced with SRAM’S elec­tronic ETAP com­po­nents you’ll get su­per-sharp shift­ing. The pack­age is rounded out with Ro­val CLX 40 car­bon wheels, which will do a great job for both train­ing and draft-le­gal rac­ing.

Scott Plasma 10

$5,199 The Plasma 10, with its Plasma 4 frame, has many of the same features as Scott’s top of the line Plasma Team Is­sue. You get that great frame with lots of ad­justa­bil­ity and in­te­gra­tion, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to mount a stor­age box on the top tube (stor­age is in style on tri bikes these days). You get Ul­te­gra com­po­nents and a Syn­cros Race 22 Aero Pro­file wheelset, pro­vid­ing a race-ready pack­age. This is a bike that will take you a long way – it’s easy to up­grade down the road to some su­per-fast wheels or up­scal­ing the com­po­nents.

Can­non­dale Slice Ul­te­gra Di2

$6,070 The Bal­lis­tec car­bon frame and fork used in the lat­est it­er­a­tion of the aptly named Slice is very aero while still pro­vid­ing lots of great per­for­mance and a smooth ride. This ver­sion comes with Shi­mano’s elec­tronic Ul­te­gra Di2 com­po­nents to en­sure you’ll get ex­cel­lent, pre­cise shift­ing. The Vi­sion T30 rims make this a race-ready ma­chine that can be up-specced to a pro-level ride with some faster wheels. You get a nice cock­pit in the form of Can­non­dale’s C3 base bar and an FSA Tri Max clip on.

Squad Hor­nett

$2,900 FRAME AND FORK Avail­able in five dif­fer­ent sizes and more than 25 build con­fig­u­ra­tions, Mon­treal-based Squad is sure they can put to­gether a cus­tombuilt Hor­nett to meet your needs. You start with the aero­dy­namic pro­file Hor­nett frame with its in­te­grated front brake, then pick your com­po­nents and wheels. Quarq Zero power me­ters are avail­able, too. A de­tailed mea­sure­ment guide and a phone call with a Squad spe­cial­ist comes next to en­sure they’ll build up a cus­tom­ized bike.

Trek Speed Con­cept 7.5

$5,300 The Speed Con­cept 500 Se­ries OCLV frame with its Kamm­tail Vir­tual Foil tube shape of­fers out­stand­ing aero­dy­namic per­for­mance – you’ll see the pros rid­ing the same frame through­out the sea­son. In­te­grated stor­age en­sures that you’ll cheat the wind even with food and drinks on board. A large size range means you’ll be able to dial in the per­fect fit. On this race-ready pack­age you get Bon­trager Race Tube­less Ready wheels along with SRAM’S re­li­able Force com­po­nents and Quarq power-ready crank.

Liv Avow Ad­vanced

$2,599 This women’s bike of­fers a high-per­for­mance ad­vanced-grade composite frame and fork along with Gi­ant PA-2 aero rims. A com­bi­na­tion of Shi­mano’s 105 and Ul­te­gra com­po­nents of­fer pre­cise 11-speed shift­ing, while Gi­ant’s Speed­con­trol brakes have ti­ta­nium hard­ware to lighten things up. You get a Liv Aero­drive composite bar and ex­ten­sions with bar end shifters in this pack­age so you’ll be all set to be at your aero­dy­namic best.

Cervélo P5X ETAP

$16,000 Cervélo de­signed the new P5X with triath­letes in mind – the en­tire bike is built around the needs of mul­tisport. De­signed to carry up to three round wa­ter bot­tles, lots of bars and gels, not to men­tion a spare tire or tube, ev­ery­thing about the P5X is de­signed to go fast in real-world con­di­tions. The sys­tems-de­sign ap­proach promises to her­ald a new era in bike de­sign – the en­gi­neers at Cervélo thought of ev­ery­thing, to the point of mak­ing the P5X ex­tremely travel friendly. (The bars come apart re­ally eas­ily and the bike fits into a spe­cially de­signed Biknd case.) The SRAM Red ETAP equipped ver­sion comes with disc brakes and su­per-speedy Enve 7.8 wheels.

Felt IA2

$9,200 The UHC Ad­vanced car­bon fi­bre frame­set and Felt Dag­ger mono­coque fork of­fer the same out­stand­ing aero­dy­namic per­for­mance and ride com­fort Daniela Ryf used to dom­i­nate the world cham­pi­onship last year. Aero­dy­namic per­for­mance is en­hanced thanks to the in­te­grated stor­age. Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 com­po­nents pro­vide pre­cise and con­ve­nient shift­ing. You can dial in your aero po­si­tion on the Felt Dag­ger base bar with f-bend ex­ten­sions. Felt’s own TTR1 (front) and TTR0 (rear) wheelset round out this speedy pack­age.—km

Spe­cial­ized S-works Amira ETAP

Garneau Gen­nix TR1 Elite

Scott Plazma 10 Can­non­dale Slice Ul­te­gra Di2 Squad Hor­nett

Trek Speed Con­cept 7.5 Liv Avow Ad­vanced

Cervélo PX5 ETAP Felt IA2

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