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!

Specialized Transition Pro Triathlon / TT Bike XXL, White/Red/Black (2011)

$877.00 (0 Bids)
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Argon 18 e117 Tri Triathlon Bike Many Extras

$1,800.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-20-2018 20:30:21 PST
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2015 Trek Speed Concept 9.9 Di2 Dura Ace Small Carbon Triathlon TT Bike Stages

$620.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-26-2018 12:00:01 PST
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Felt IA3 54 cm Triathlon bike (Excellent condition)

$3,200.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-18-2018 15:40:16 PST
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2008 Specialized S-Works Transition Time Trial/Triathlon Bike 54cm

$810.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-25-2018 10:45:24 PST
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Cervelo P2 Triathlon/TT Bike

$1,999.00
End Date: Friday Dec-14-2018 11:49:26 PST
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Softride Rocket 700 Triathlon Bike with Bontrager 10 speed wheelset

$1,500.00
End Date: Monday Dec-10-2018 16:40:48 PST
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2014 Cannondale Slice TT/Triathlon Bike (54cm)

$750.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-25-2018 13:32:12 PST
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Scott Plasma 10 (size 54) Triathlon TT Bike

$1,100.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-20-2018 10:00:21 PST
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2013 Trek Speed Concept 7.5 series TRIATHLON/TT BIKE Size large NO WHEELS

$1,400.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-16-2018 20:48:25 PST
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Specialized Shiv Compact Rival Triathlon Bike - M - 2013 - Great Condition

$1,500.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-9-2018 5:16:43 PST
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Zipp 2001 Road Bike - Rare Vintage 700c Time Trial / Triathlon

$932.56 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 18:19:04 PST
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2008 Cervelo P2C TT or Triathlon Dura Ace 54cm Bike

$550.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 10:54:43 PST
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Reynolds Aero 90 Carbon Clincher Triathlon Bike Wheelset Shimano / SRAM 11 Spd

$500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Nov-22-2018 17:00:01 PST
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Planet X Exocet 2 Guru Triathlon Race TT Bike

$799.00
End Date: Monday Nov-26-2018 10:01:00 PST
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Triathlon Bike Scott CR1 Plasma Ltd Size S 52

$850.00 (0 Bids)
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Kestrel Talon 105 Carbon Fiber Aero Road Triathlon Bike 53cm

$505.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 16:38:42 PST
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Liv Avow Women's Triathlon Bike Medium

$1,499.00
End Date: Friday Dec-7-2018 7:57:34 PST
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SPECIALIZED TRANSITION Time Trial Bike Triathlon Small S Easton EC90TT Wheelset

$1,800.00
End Date: Thursday Nov-22-2018 6:16:57 PST
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Colnago K.Zero carbon aero time trial triathlon bike black/white Ultegra FAST!

$2,299.99
End Date: Tuesday Dec-11-2018 11:31:14 PST
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Cervelo P3 51cm Shimano 11 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$2,250.00
End Date: Monday Dec-17-2018 0:00:20 PST
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Kestrel Talon 105 Carbon Fiber Aero Road Triathlon Bike 55cm

$1,000.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-18-2018 7:30:08 PST
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BH Aero light 51cm/Small Sram Red 10 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$2,200.00
End Date: Friday Dec-14-2018 19:47:41 PST
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Canyon Speedmax CF Sz SM Triathlon/TT Bike Bicycle

$2,180.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-16-2018 13:41:50 PST
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Cervelo P-3 triathlon bike

$2,000.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-20-2018 9:52:47 PST
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