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!

Quintana Roo Lucero Triathlon bike, size Medium

$775.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jun-23-2018 11:24:30 PDT
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Argon 18 E-116 58cm Size Large Triathlon TT bike, Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain

$1,200.00 (0 Bids)
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QUINTANA ROO Typhoon, Titanium,SHIMANO Ultegra, Triathlon time trial BIKE small

$500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jun-20-2018 8:13:06 PDT
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Men's 2011 Trek Speed Concept 7.0 Triathlon Bike Size Large

$1,350.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-21-2018 11:02:10 PDT
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2017 Specialized Shiv Sport Triathlon Bike, Size L

$920.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jun-24-2018 16:00:01 PDT
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2016 Cannondale Slice 105 Carbon Time Trial / Triathlon Bike - 54cm

$1,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-17-2018 19:10:02 PDT
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specialized transition pro TT/triathlon bike

$950.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Jun-25-2018 10:06:08 PDT
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Trek Equinox TTX 9.5, Carbon TT/Triathlon Bike, XL

$1,066.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-14-2018 14:58:29 PDT
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2014 Giant Trinity Triathlon/TT Bike W/ Zipp 303/404 Carbon Wheels Medium (54cm)

$1,850.00
End Date: Monday Jul-9-2018 19:38:48 PDT
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2012 Cannondale Slice 5 - Triathlon bike, 51cm, Shimano 105

$535.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jun-23-2018 17:00:01 PDT
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Cervelo P2K Triathlon TT Bike 56cm- Dura Ace

$950.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-24-2018 18:30:01 PDT
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Giant TCR Aero bike. TT / Tri / Time Trial / Triathlon bicycle. Spinergy wheels!

$535.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Wednesday Jun-20-2018 15:42:42 PDT
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2012 Trek Speed Concept 2.5 Triathlon Road Bike

$989.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-17-2018 7:08:21 PDT
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2010 Cervelo P2 Triathlon Bike Size 54 (race and training wheels). Zipp 808 rear

$1,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jun-19-2018 10:09:27 PDT
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Trek Y Foil triathlon race road bike bicycle

$700.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-18-2018 14:00:11 PDT
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Cervelo P2 58cm Triathlon Bike

$999.00
End Date: Monday Jul-16-2018 12:44:51 PDT
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Felt B2 Shimano Dura Ace DI2 Size 54 cm Triathlon Tri/TT Bike/Bicycle w/ extras!

$1,999.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jun-24-2018 14:46:17 PDT
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Specialized Transition Elite 56cm Triathlon Bike/Bicycle

$829.95
End Date: Friday Jun-22-2018 12:55:34 PDT
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Focus Izalco Chrono Time Trial/ Triathlon bike

$1,950.00
End Date: Wednesday Jun-20-2018 9:49:30 PDT
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2012 Scott Plasma 3 Time Trial Triathlon TT Bike 54cm Medium Carbon SRM SRAM Red

$2,699.99
End Date: Thursday Jul-12-2018 16:52:26 PDT
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Ceepo Viper Triathlon Ironman Bike Large WITHOUT Wheels

$1,895.00
End Date: Wednesday Jun-27-2018 19:00:59 PDT
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Trek Speed Concept 7.5 Triathlon Bike Small/51cm Time Trial Aero Wheels MINT

$2,999.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jun-24-2018 18:15:19 PDT
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2015 Trek Speed Concept 9.9 Carbon Tri Triathlon Road Bike 54cm Medium 18.8 lbs!

$5,498.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-24-2018 9:07:29 PDT
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Road/Triathlon Bike 2016 Trek Speed Concept 9.9 Project One Size Small

$4,500.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-14-2018 15:33:30 PDT
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Felt Da TT / Triathlon Bike Carbon Fiber Shimano Dura-Ace $7,250 Cat Eye Aero 21

$1,895.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-24-2018 16:45:59 PDT
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