Best triathlon bikes 2014
Once bitten by the triathlon bug, your thoughts will inevitably turn to “how can I go faster?” – and one surefire way to achieve this is with a tri bike built for speed. Especially when racing Ironman and flat, fast courses, they can shave significant seconds off your splits.
We’ve rounded up the 12 tri bikes we’ve rated highest in 2014, starting with the cheapest, with each of them getting at least 75% from our reviewers. You can find lots more bike reviews in our Gear section...
... and don't forget to check out our other 2014 round-ups: best aerobars, best tri bike shoes, best wetsuits, best lightweight run shoes, best trail shoes, best energy bars, best bike helmets, best TT helmets, best recovery drinks and best tri-suits.
Trek Speed Concept 2.5
Price: 1,500 from www.trekbikes.com
Trek’s entry-level speedster has plenty of drip-down aero features on a tunnel-proven frame, and it’s sharp and nimble with stiff acceleration out of the bends. Only the wheels let it down.
Score: 79% (read the full review here)
Moda Sharp Carbon
Price: £1,999 from www.moorelarge.co.uk
A ‘UK-born’ and good-looking tri bike with a solid Shimano 105 groupset topped off with Dura-Ace bar-end shifters. It has a decent frame with basic aero trickery, and purrs along efficiently with an extremely comfortable ride, but is let down by a sub-par cockpit.
Score: 77% (read the full review here)
Price: £2,500 from www.specialized.com
A ‘pure’ triathlon bike (i.e. non-UCI legal) that offers superbike performance at a reasonable price, the Shiv offers competent and reliable handling on climbs and corners, a decent enough spec (though the gears and wheels are obvious areas to improve), and a smooth and fast ride.
Score: 91% (read the full review here)
Price: £2,550 from www.sublimecycles.co.uk
Established in Bristol last year, Sublime is a new brand that aims to sell carbon-framed road and tri bikes specced to the customer’s wishes at knock-down prices. This particular bike is great in a straight line and has full Ultegra, plus it’s easy to find and hold a comfortable position. Handling lacks a little precision through the bends though.
Score: 83% (read the full review here)
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