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!

Cannondale 58 cm Triathlon Tri TT Bike 

$520.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-15-2018 14:52:11 PDT
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Cervelo P1 Triathlon/TT Bike/bicycle Ultegra with extras - 54cm

$600.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-16-2018 12:50:14 PDT
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2001 Quattro Assi Team 2000 Ultegra/Dura Ace Triathlon/TT Bike HED Disc 54cm

$187.85 (34 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-15-2018 15:13:31 PDT
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2013 Cannondale Slice 105 Time Trial Triathlon TT Bike 51cm Small Carbon Shimano

$899.00
End Date: Saturday Aug-11-2018 21:07:43 PDT
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Specialized Transition Expert Carbon TT/Triathlon Bike, Large

$1,350.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-17-2018 9:09:28 PDT
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QUINTANA ROO KILO C TRIATHLON BIKE SIZE M

$550.00
End Date: Saturday Aug-11-2018 13:43:49 PDT
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FELT S22 - 5 times used  - Triathlon Bike  52 small , cervelo, bmc

$1,049.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-28-2018 19:29:14 PDT
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58cm 2014 Cervelo p3 Ultegra Triathlon Bike

$1,325.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-15-2018 18:04:33 PDT
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specialized transition pro TT/triathlon bike

$950.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-19-2018 19:30:33 PDT
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Fuji Roubaix Pro vintage mens racing triathlon race bike Reynolds white bicycle

$202.50 (17 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-15-2018 18:43:44 PDT
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Cervelo P2C 58cm (Large) Carbon Aero Time Trial Triathlon Bike, Bontrager Wheels

$1,295.00
End Date: Monday Aug-6-2018 17:19:59 PDT
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Fuji Roubaix aluminum mens road racing triathlon race bike white bicycle

$115.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-17-2018 18:30:46 PDT
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Scott Plasma 3 Premium Large triathlon bike

$1,150.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-9-2018 14:30:59 PDT
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Cervelo P5 Three 54cm Ultegra DI2 11 Speed Carbon Aero Triathlon Bike(NO WHEELS)

$3,800.00
End Date: Tuesday Aug-7-2018 16:45:51 PDT
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2016 Quintana Roo CD0.1 Time Trial Triathlon TT Bike Med/Large Carbon FSA

$1,874.99
End Date: Friday Aug-10-2018 14:30:10 PDT
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Giant TCR Aero bike. TT / Tri / Time Trial / Triathlon bicycle. Spinergy wheels!

$515.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-20-2018 11:45:03 PDT
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2017 Quintana Roo PR Five Time Trial Triathlon Bike 54cm Medium Carbon Shimano

$2,611.99
End Date: Wednesday Aug-1-2018 17:09:59 PDT
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Cervelo P2C Time Trial Triathlon Bike 61cm(XL) Carbon. Shimano Dura Ace, Carbon

$1,105.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Jul-16-2018 18:43:10 PDT
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2009 Look 596 Triathlon Time Trial TT Bike X-Small Carbon Rotor Quarq

$2,499.99
End Date: Friday Aug-10-2018 14:25:51 PDT
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Road/Triathlon Bike 2016 Trek Speed Concept 9.9 Project One Size Small

$4,300.00
End Date: Monday Aug-13-2018 15:33:30 PDT
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Planet X Stealth Pro Carbon Time Trial / triathlon Bike

$1,950.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-21-2018 7:37:45 PDT
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2017 Cervelo P5X Ultegra Di2 Triathlon Bike Medium Carbon Shimano HED

$9,999.99
End Date: Saturday Aug-4-2018 12:41:43 PDT
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2010 Giant Trinity 1 TT Racing Triathlon Bike 700c Aero bars cage pedals FAST

$1,950.00
End Date: Sunday Aug-5-2018 19:15:58 PDT
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TREK TRIATHLON BIKE

$2,000.00
End Date: Friday Aug-10-2018 6:23:02 PDT
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Small Argon 18 E-118 Time Trial Triathlon Bike - Di2, ENVE, Pioneer, Chris King

$5,295.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-21-2018 9:15:14 PDT
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