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!

Orbea Ora Triathlon TT Bike. Carbon Excellent Condition!

$305.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Dec-18-2019 17:00:15 PST
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Boardman TTE 9.8 TT Tri Triathlon Bike Complete with Carbon Clincher Wheelset

$1,400.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 7:31:17 PST
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BMC Time Machine TM02 Ultegra- Medium 54cm Triathlon TT Bike

$1,400.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-9-2020 13:16:54 PST
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FELT B14 TRIATHLON BICYCLE - 54

$1,400.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-22-2019 14:24:39 PST
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2017 Felt B14 56cm Road Triathlon Bike 11-Speed Ultegra Carbon Clincher Wheelset

$2,150.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-4-2020 17:30:04 PST
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Orbea Ordu TT Triathlon Bike size M 54cm Dura Ace blue and black no wheels

$950.00
End Date: Monday Dec-30-2019 14:57:59 PST
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2012 Cervelo P3 54cm Carbon Triathlon/TT Bike Dura Ace Zipp 808 tubulars

$1,550.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 11:57:57 PST
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2018 FELT IA16 54 CM CARBON FIBER TRIATHLON BIKE + EXTRAS GARMIN EDGE 1000

$3,290.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 8:23:53 PST
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Specialized Transition Pro Medium 2011 Triathlon TT Bike

$1,250.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-13-2019 16:05:07 PST
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Felt DA Dura Ace Triathlon Bike 54cm Full Carbon Zipp Vuka Handlebars Bayonet

$2,250.00
End Date: Friday Dec-20-2019 12:30:24 PST
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2015 Felt Ai FRD Time Trial TT Tri Triathlon Bike Enve - 56cm - Upgraded

$4,199.99
End Date: Monday Jan-6-2020 17:31:40 PST
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2012 Specialized Transition Comp Carbon Triathlon/TT Bike - Size Large

$1,099.95
End Date: Sunday Dec-22-2019 12:33:04 PST
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Softride Rocket SM/MED 650c Triathlon Bike 10 speed(no wheels)Carbon Beam

$950.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-9-2020 18:25:19 PST
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2012 Specialized Shiv Pro Shimano 11 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$1,550.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-15-2019 4:26:04 PST
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2012 scott plasma 20 Carbon triathlon TT bike size XS

$1,999.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-7-2020 8:53:15 PST
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2012 Carbon Scott Plasma 20 Triathlon Bike Size Medium 54" Less Than 300 Miles

$1,495.00
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 9:41:21 PST
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USED 2010 Cervelo P2 54cm Carbon TT Triathlon Bike Shimano Ultegra 2x10 Speed

$1,319.99
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 13:54:49 PST
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Giant Triathlon/ TT Bicycle Bike Trinity CO, Carbon, , Small, Used

$1,850.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 7:46:35 PST
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2013 Quintana Roo CD0.1 Full Carbon Triathlon Bike (size 49cm) time trial

$1,100.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-13-2019 16:24:05 PST
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Planet X Carbon Fiber Triathlon and Time Trial Bike 60cm

$2,500.00
End Date: Friday Dec-27-2019 10:47:08 PST
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BH Global Concept Triathlon Bike Medium Size

$1,700.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-8-2020 6:04:36 PST
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2012 Giant Trinity Composite 1 Triathlon Bike Small Carbon Shimano Rotor

$1,385.99
End Date: Sunday Dec-22-2019 15:33:40 PST
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USED 2011 Felt B16 52cm Carbon TT Triathlon Bike Shimano Ultegra 2x10 Speed

$1,319.99
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 20:09:38 PST
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2015 Blue Triad EX Triathlon/TT Bike Ultegra

$1,750.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-2-2020 14:07:28 PST
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54cm Guru Crono Carbon tri triathlon time trial

$950.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-29-2019 15:54:26 PST
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