Triathlon Bikes

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Triathlon bikes are an interesting category, much different than say road or mountain. You can’t really ride gnarly singletrack on a road bike. But you can easily compete in a triathlon on a road bike or even a mountain bike with slick tires. Simply by adding aerobars to your road bike you can compete quite well actually. However, getting fit comfortably on a road bike with aerobars is a little more difficult than with a triathlon bike. The take away is this: if you want to try out triathlons or duathlons to see what the fuss is all about, use your road bike and put some aerobars on it. If you’re ready to up the ante and get a bit more serious, keep reading. The nice thing about used triathlon bikes is that triathletes are always upgrading to the “latest and greatest” equipment and they sell their three year old bike for less than half what they paid. Thus, you can get a great used triathlon at a steep discount.

Okay, so you’ve done a few tris and are hooked. The top guys and gals all had pretty cool looking machines and you want to be one of them? There are advantages of a triathlon bike over a converted road bike:

-more aerodyanmic (did you know over 70% of your energy goes to fighting wind resistance)
-easier to get into a better position in the aerobars (called aero position), which helps with #1
-steeper seat tube angle means you can run more easily after getting off the bike

What size should I get?

Sizing a triathlon bike is a lot like sizing a road bike. Therefore, a general rule is that if you ride a 56cm road bike you should be riding a 56cm triathlon bike. Generally, bike manufacturers change the dimensions of the tri bike (like the head tube height) so that the bike is better suited to put you in a faster and lower aero position. Some people opt to ride a size smaller triathlon bike so that they are even lower on the bike when in the aero position.

While triathlon bikes are generally more streamlined than road bikes (less cables showing, aero shaped tubing, etc.) the biggest effect of speed is rider position. Triathlon bikes allow you to get in a better triathlon position and thus you’re faster.

What frame material?

Most triathlon bike frames come in aluminum or carbon these days. Though steel and titanium tri bikes can be found, they are much less common.

So between aluminum and carbon which is the right type for you? Bikes bought used will not come with any type of warranty, so keep this in mind. Typically, carbon bikes experience a greater risk of cracking over time or due to a crash. Additionally, its more difficult to have a carbon frame repaired than an aluminum bike. Some will say that carbon bikes are much more comfortable than an aluminum frame, though after spending that much money on a bike, maybe its just in their heads? Bang for the buck, get an aluminum bike, it’ll last a long time.

What Brand to Buy?

Ever heard the phrase, “no one lost their job buying IBM?” the same holds true for Cervelo. One of the most recent bike makers, Cervelo has established a strong foothold in the cycling market and the backbone of their product line is their triathlon bikes. However, a number of other brands are also producing some great triathlon bikes such as Quintana Roo, Specialized, Kestrel and Felt. Hopefully, you have a bit more information about how to buy a used triathlon bike!

BMC TimeMachine TM01 SMALL Frameset Dura shimano ultegra Triathlon Bike Red 

$1,100.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 23:16:17 PDT
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Cervelo P4 Sram Red 22 58 cm / Zipp 404 3T Tri Time Trial TT Triathlon Bike Bike

$1,999.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-5-2020 21:15:36 PDT
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2007 Kuota K-Factor Triathlon TT Time Trial Road Bike Carbon Ultegra 10 Speed

$749.00
End Date: Sunday Aug-9-2020 6:19:19 PDT
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Cervelo P5 56cm TT Triathlon Bike

$2,450.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 20:23:46 PDT
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2016 Felt IA3 Triathlon Bike / 56cm / Shimano Dura Ace

$3,000.00
End Date: Sunday Aug-2-2020 7:27:49 PDT
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FUJI 3.0 D6 TT / Triathlon Bike Medium (54)

$1,699.99
End Date: Thursday Jul-23-2020 14:35:31 PDT
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2015 Specialized Shiv Elite Triathlon Bike Large Carbon Shimano 105 5800 11s

$1,833.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 16:14:29 PDT
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2018 Trek Speed Concept TT/Triathlon, XL, Project One, Frameset ONLY

$1,895.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 17:59:44 PDT
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2016 Cervelo P5 Triathlon Bike 51cm Carbon SRAM Red eTap 11 Speed Profile Design

$4,333.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 16:14:12 PDT
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Trek OCLV HC US POSTAL Carbon Triathlon TT ZIPP Shimano Bontrager Tri Bike

$2,500.00
End Date: Monday Jul-27-2020 14:04:56 PDT
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Specialized Shiv Pro Aero TT Triathlon Bike, Small. 51.

$2,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jul-11-2020 7:51:47 PDT
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2018 Specialized S-Works Shiv Triathlon TT Bike Small Carbon Shimano Di2 Power

$4,235.43
End Date: Saturday Jul-11-2020 6:40:45 PDT
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2018 Trek Speed Concept Carbon Triathlon/Time Trial Bike - NO WHEELS -

$2,999.99
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 19:50:55 PDT
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97 SoftRide PowerCurve Triathlon Bike 64cm XLarge Carbon Racing Shimano Charity

$1,160.06
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 19:06:53 PDT
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Trek Speed Concept 9.5 Time Trial/Triathlon Bike W/DuoTrap Cadence Sensor (Used)

$1,300.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jul-11-2020 4:57:57 PDT
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2017 Felt IA16 Triathlon Bike 58cm Carbon SRAM Red eTap 11 Speed FSA TTR4

$2,967.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 16:11:05 PDT
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2018 Cervelo P5x Triathlon Bike Medium Carbon Ultegra Di2 HED Jet 6/9 Disc Demo

$8,999.99
End Date: Friday Aug-7-2020 12:36:59 PDT
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2016 Cervelo P5 Medium 54cm Dura-Ace Di2 Carbon Wheels Power Triathlon TT Bike

$4,495.23
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 14:49:58 PDT
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Stradalli Carbon Fiber Triathlon Bike - Large - Ultegra

$1,140.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-13-2020 22:09:12 PDT
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2017 Cervelo P5X Disc Ultegra Di2 Carbon Fiber TT / Triathlon Bike HED Small

$6,929.99
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 13:29:21 PDT
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