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!

2018 Felt S32 Time Trial/Triathlon Tri Bike Shimano Ultegra 56cm

$1,050.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-30-2019 11:42:03 PDT
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2009 Cervelo P2 Ultegra SL Triathlon/TT Bike 54cm Retail $2700

$415.00 (28 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jun-21-2019 17:48:02 PDT
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2012 Cannondale Slice 54 Cm Tri Bike Triathlon Used

$1,224.99 (2 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jun-18-2019 7:49:24 PDT
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Triathlon Bike Kuota Kalibur

$750.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jun-23-2019 12:54:31 PDT
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Klein Quantum Road Bike With Triathlon Tri Bar Setup Ultegra Group Rolf Vector

$589.00
End Date: Monday Jul-15-2019 14:20:47 PDT
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Medium Look Aero 576 Carbon Fiber Triathlon TT Tri Time Trial Bike Sram Rival 10

$600.00
End Date: Friday Jul-12-2019 11:48:05 PDT
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2011 Felt B14 Triathlon Bike 54cm Medium Carbon Shimano Dura-Ace 7900

$1,448.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-13-2019 13:16:52 PDT
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2010 FELT B14 Triathlon Bike 54cm Ultegra + PROFILE DESIGN Aero Bars (upgraded)

$825.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-27-2019 10:38:00 PDT
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Specialized Transition Comp TT/Triathlon Bicycle Hed Carbon Wheels Size L

$1,699.99
End Date: Tuesday Jul-9-2019 15:41:51 PDT
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Scott Plasma Premium Triathlon TT Bike with Enve Wheels

$3,500.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-17-2019 8:20:32 PDT
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2012 Quintana Roo Kilo Triathlon Bicycle Cycle Bike Large

$461.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2019 17:28:59 PDT
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2011 argon 18 E-112 TT triathlon carbon size medium

$1,374.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-11-2019 10:21:34 PDT
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KESTREL 4000 Pro SL Aero Carbon Triathlon TT Bike Shimano SRAM Red 55

$1,400.00
End Date: Monday Jul-15-2019 13:12:21 PDT
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Specialized Road / Triathlon Bike Shiv Expert - 2015 (Size L) with pedals 

$1,550.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2019 20:08:36 PDT
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Cannondale Carbon Slice 58cm SRAM Red w/ HED CORSAIR bars! Time Trial Triathlon

$1,600.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-29-2019 19:15:07 PDT
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Planet X Stealth Pro Carbon Time Trial / triathlon Bike

$763.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jun-23-2019 15:15:05 PDT
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Felt Carbon Fiber Triathlon Bike - 54cm

$432.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Tuesday Jun-18-2019 15:24:09 PDT
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USED 2013 Jamis Xenith T1 Medium 54cm Carbon Time Trial Triathlon Bike 10 Speed

$1,099.99
End Date: Monday Jul-15-2019 17:26:25 PDT
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Orbea Ordu Triathlon Tri Bike, Carbon Fiber, Black, Blue 54cm, Dura-Ace

$1,199.00
End Date: Friday Jul-12-2019 3:15:41 PDT
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Specialized Transition Carbon Triathlon Bike

$500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jun-21-2019 3:33:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $900.00
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