As well as proving you don’t have to spend loads of money to get a rapid, drag-dropping race weapon, this test shows that there are plenty of different ride characters to choose from when it comes to tri-specific bikes.
From the smooth rolling tubeless tyres through to the forgiving frame and the comfortable cockpit, Dolan’s Scala is designed to be a very comfortable speed cruiser. Add the ability to change different components before you buy and that makes it a great choice for kit-fastidious riders focused on reducing fatigue rather than ferocious power delivery. In contrast, Boardman’s ATT 9.0 is a low slung, high-efficiency predator that doesn’t shy away from the occasional slap or shimmy to take seconds off your PB.
But it was the Giant that impressed our testers most, with an obviously powerful yet surprisingly comfortable ride that’s literally geared to be inclusive rather than intimidating. Add serious upgrade suitability and the fact it’ll be set up, sold and serviced through your local shop to reduce novice/newcomer stress, and the Trinity is the top of our tri trio.