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!

Felt IA 1, Triathlon Bike,11 Speed, NO Wheels, Quarq, Shimano Di2, Carbon

$3,250.00
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 20:46:30 PDT
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2010 Specialized Transition Pro Triathlon Bike Small Carbon Shimano Ultegra 6800

$1,154.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-26-2020 14:23:26 PDT
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Felt DA1 Full Carbon / SRAM Force / 51cm / Yoeleo Carb Wheelset 50mm / Triathlon

$999.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 14:27:55 PDT
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2016 Cervelo P2 54cm Triathlon TT Carbon Bike Shimano 105 White Demo Model

$1,709.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-26-2020 15:46:02 PDT
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Cervelo P3 Carbon Fiber TT Triathlon Bike Mavic Ksyrium Wheelset, USED !!

$1,100.00
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 8:11:19 PDT
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2009 Felt B12 Triathlon Bike 56cm Carbon Shimano Ultegra 6600 10s Mavic Cosmic

$1,219.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-9-2020 15:20:19 PDT
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2017 Ventum Z Triathlon Bike 54cm Carbon Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870

$2,756.99
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 15:37:23 PDT
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54cm 2009 Cervelo P3C Carbon Fiber TT Triathlon Bike Dura-Ace Di2 SRM Zipp 404

$1,249.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 11:28:53 PDT
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2012 Specialized Shiv Pro Shimano 11 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$1,550.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-15-2020 5:26:04 PDT
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2017 Trek Speed Concept 7.5 Triathlon Bike, Medium Carbon SRAM Force 22 11 Speed

$2,299.00
End Date: Sunday Apr-26-2020 12:42:13 PDT
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2010 Cervelo P2 Triathlon Bike 56cm Carbon Shimano 105 5700 10 Speed Vision

$1,212.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 7:46:23 PDT
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2013 Specialized Shiv Comp Rival Triathlon Bike Small Carbon SRAM DT Swiss

$1,347.99
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 15:33:44 PDT
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BMC Timemachine TM02 105 2016 Triathlon Bike Blue Size Medium Long

$1,399.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Apr-7-2020 3:51:12 PDT
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Small 2017 Orbea Ordu OMP Shimano Ultegra di2 11 speed carbon triathlon bike

$1,499.00
End Date: Saturday May-2-2020 11:55:15 PDT
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Orbea Ordu - Triathlon / Time Trial Bike

$950.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 16:52:05 PDT
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Diamondback Andean Triathlon Bike 54cm

$3,995.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-22-2020 14:36:51 PDT
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GIANT Trinity Advanced Carbon TT/Triathlon Bike Large (Shimano 105) 88mm Wheels

$2,245.99
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 9:18:18 PDT
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BMC Timemachine TM01 Triathlon Bike M/L w/ ENVE 7.8's, Pioneer Power Meter, Di2,

$5,999.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-8-2020 16:41:40 PDT
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USED 2019 Felt IA10 54cm Carbon Shimano Ultegra Di2 TT Tri Triathlon Bike

$3,299.99
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 17:47:33 PDT
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2018 Felt IA10 Triathlon Bike 56cm Carbon Shimano Ultegra Di2 Vision

$3,723.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-18-2020 10:16:33 PDT
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Large 2018 Trek Speed Concept Carbon TT Triathlon Bike Ultegra Di2 Aeolus XXX 4

$3,549.98
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 7:25:00 PDT
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USED 2011 Cervelo P3 Ultegra 51cm Carbon Fiber TT Triathlon Racing Bike

$1,649.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-23-2020 20:02:10 PDT
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