We test three distinctively different dream machines designed to blow your bike PB to pieces
THE INCREASING popularity of triathlon has made it more worthwhile than ever for manufacturers to invest in purpose built multi-sport bikes. That certainly doesn’t mean they’re all cookie cutter designs focused on the same balance of performance principles though.
The first and most visually radical breed is the fully loaded, hyper aero machines. On these wind tunnel honed machines not just the bike but the wheels and rider are factored into the overall, minimal drag design. Everything you need to carry to hit your run fuelled and fresh is built into the aero sculpting too, often actually reducing overall drag compared to naked bikes.
The second segment is a new breed of bikes where designers have taken a step back from solely wind tunnel derived development. While they’re still wind efficient, aerodynamic gains aren’t achieved at the expense of friendly handling and a forgiving ride quality that’ll get you to T2 fast, but most importantly mentally and physically fresh.
Finally there’s the bleeding edge innovators who live by their own set of rules and test results rather than following the herd. Done right, it doesn’t just make these rigs easy to find in the transition rack, it also gives you a real edge on the road.