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!

Cervelo P5 Six Triathlon Bike 54cm Dura Ace Di2

$900.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Tuesday Feb-26-2019 7:56:06 PST
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Orbea Ordu Time Trial Triathlon TT Bike 54 Med Dura Ace Ultegra No Reserve

$1,025.00 (34 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-23-2019 9:32:38 PST
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Argon 18 E-80 Triathlon Bike

$550.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-23-2019 12:14:26 PST
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USED 2011 Felt B16 56cm Carbon TT Triathlon Bike2x10 Speed Shimano Ultegra

$879.99
End Date: Wednesday Mar-20-2019 10:35:48 PDT
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Planet X Exocet II TT/Triathlon Bike 56cm

$780.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-23-2019 11:13:07 PST
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2016 Cervelo P3 TT Triathlon Bike 54cm Carbon Ultegra Di2 White Industries Rotor

$2,834.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 8:36:41 PDT
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2015 TREK SPEED CONCEPT 9.9 TT Tri Triathlon Bike - Large 56 -white/Black

$3,000.00
End Date: Monday Mar-18-2019 14:24:13 PDT
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2016 Felt IA 16 TT/Triathlon carbon road bike - size 56

$1,995.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-19-2019 15:24:29 PDT
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Felt IA 10 56 cm Triathlon Bike - Excellent Condition, Never Been Laid Down 

$2,600.00
End Date: Sunday Mar-10-2019 14:06:22 PDT
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2015 Felt S32 TT/Triathlon 51cm Bike-Slightly Used

$700.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-28-2019 22:26:00 PST
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triathlon bike 51 cm Cervello, Di shifters, excellent condition, new wheels

$1,700.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-25-2019 5:39:57 PST
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2012 Cervelo P2 Ultegra Triathlon Carbon Bike Blue 54cm

$900.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-23-2019 12:36:21 PST
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Scott Plasma 2 30 Carbon Triathlon Bike Medium Frameset

$1,750.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-22-2019 10:30:27 PST
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BMC time machine TM01 triathlon bike Dura-ace Di2 Zipp 808

$4,900.00
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 6:14:26 PDT
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Kestrel Airfoil Triathlon BIKE WITH UPGRADES SIZE 52cm Carbon Fiber

$499.00
End Date: Thursday Mar-14-2019 12:11:39 PDT
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Trek Speed Concept 7.5 Medium Carbon Triathlon/Time Trial Bike

$1,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-24-2019 17:20:37 PST
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Guru Magis 55cm/56cm Triathlon Bike Carbon Fiber(NO ZIPP WHEELS)

$790.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-5-2019 18:49:10 PST
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2007 Felt B2 Pro TT Triathlon Bike 58cm Carbon Shimano Ultegra SRAM Red Zipp Bar

$681.99
End Date: Saturday Mar-16-2019 18:18:14 PDT
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Cervelo P3-SL 54cm Triathlon Road Bike Campagnolo Record

$900.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-21-2019 14:43:23 PST
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2012 Specialized Shiv Pro Shimano 11 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$1,750.00
End Date: Saturday Mar-16-2019 5:26:04 PDT
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Triathlon Road Bike Felt S32 (2015), Bike size 51cm-white, lightly used

$800.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-20-2019 20:08:25 PST
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2013 Specialized S-Works Shiv Triathlon Bike Small

$2,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-5-2019 13:09:02 PST
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Cervelo Triathlon Bike Smaller Frame Carbon Fiber Spinergy Wheels

$825.99
End Date: Tuesday Mar-12-2019 13:00:56 PDT
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Cervelo P3 with Shimano Ultegra Di2 size 54 Triathlon / Time Trial Bike -

$3,500.00
End Date: Monday Mar-18-2019 17:40:04 PDT
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