220 Triathlon Magazine - - £2K TRI BIKES -

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.

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