Triathlon Bikes

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!

Felt B2 52cm Triathlon Bike with Shimano Di2

$1,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-1-2017 14:00:01 PDT
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Felt Black, 56 CM, B2 Dura Ace Triathlon Bike 2007

$700.00
End Date: Monday Oct-16-2017 17:15:14 PDT
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Trek Speed Concept 7.5 / 2014 TT / Triathlon / Time Trial Bike

$1,499.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Sep-25-2017 7:00:01 PDT
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Felt s32 TT triathlon time trial road bike frame 50 cm aero fork

$199.00
End Date: Monday Oct-23-2017 16:33:54 PDT
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BMC TM02 Time Machine Triathlon Bike Tri Bike Carbon Ultegra 11 speed

$1,500.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Sep-28-2017 15:19:23 PDT
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2015 Argon 18 E116 Triathlon Bike Large Carbon Fiber TT - Ultegra drivetrain

$2,350.00
End Date: Friday Oct-6-2017 20:23:21 PDT
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Cervelo P2 Triathlon Bike Tri Bike Ultegra 10 speed Power Meter Magura Hydro

$1,000.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Sep-27-2017 13:38:57 PDT
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56cm Carbon Trek Equinox TTX 9.0 Ultegra Time Trial Triathlon Bike

$799.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-17-2017 17:45:13 PDT
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Felt Bicycles B16 TT/Triathlon Bike 58 Upgraded 3T Ultegra

$900.00
End Date: Friday Oct-20-2017 6:47:09 PDT
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2009 Planet X Stealth Pro Carbon Triathlon Bike 54cm Large Shimano Ultegra 10s

$1,314.00
End Date: Monday Sep-25-2017 15:10:51 PDT
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Cervelo P2 Shimano 10 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$1,275.00
End Date: Monday Oct-9-2017 20:53:17 PDT
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SALE! Softride Roadwing Road Triathlon Carbon Beam Bike Frame and Fork

$220.00
End Date: Sunday Oct-1-2017 12:03:17 PDT
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Cervelo P2C Carbon Time Trial Triathlon TT Bike 2008 48cm 650c

$600.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-1-2017 17:00:01 PDT
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2011 Trek Speed Concept 2.5 Triathlon Bike Size MEDIUM

$520.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Sep-30-2017 11:23:15 PDT
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Trek Equinox TTX 9.5 triathlon bike large

$899.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Sep-27-2017 7:45:11 PDT
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BENOTTO TRIATHLON TRIAL RACING BIKE R700C

$480.00 (39 Bids)
End Date: Friday Sep-29-2017 13:38:06 PDT
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USED Cervelo P2C Carbon Triathlon Bike 2009 Ultegra 10-speed 54cm

$1,200.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-11-2017 10:28:07 PDT
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2015 Specialized Shiv Pro Race Triathlon TT Bike Di2 without wheels

$3,500.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-18-2017 14:22:28 PDT
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Full Carbon Time Trial TT Triathlon Bike w/ SRAM Red 52cm

$1,300.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Sep-25-2017 19:09:37 PDT
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Cervelo P3-SL Triathlon Bike 53cm with Zipp Wheels and Trico Sports Iron Case

$1,575.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Sep-27-2017 15:05:49 PDT
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BMC TM02 Time Machine Triathlon Bike Tri Bike Carbon Ultegra 11 speed

$2,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Sep-27-2017 11:01:15 PDT
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2009 Specialized Transition S-Works TT Time Trial Tri Triathlon Bike Size L

$1,300.00
End Date: Monday Oct-9-2017 21:30:10 PDT
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Felt IA FRD Triathlon Bike - 11 speed, Di2 (no wheels)

$4,700.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Sep-28-2017 12:02:58 PDT
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FELT B12 TT BIKE road bicycle time trial triathlon

$1,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Sep-26-2017 18:47:25 PDT
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Zipp 2001 Bicycle and extra Zipp rear wheel - Great Triathlon Bike

$1,700.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Sep-29-2017 21:01:13 PDT
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