Latest posts by Robjmassey

22/10/2013 at 11:48

The million dollar question....

I'm looking at getting a new bike early next year and am after some advice. I'm a keen cyclist, and 'compete' in around 4/5 olympic distance tri's a year. Next year I'm looking at making the jump to a 70.3 with the ultimate aim being an Ironman in 2015. I think in the long run I'll be sticking with Olympic distance though.


So, onto the dilemma... Do I buy a tri specific bike or a road bike. My budget is around £2k. As far as I can see I have 3 options...


1) Keep current alloy road bike for the occasional jaunt into the hills, and buy a carbon Tri bike for specific training and event use

2) Sell current bike and buy a carbon road bike as an all rounder to be used in Tri's too - including the Ironman

3) Buy Tri bike, (attempt to) complete Ironman, then sell and swap for road bike


Are road bikes OK to complete an Iroman on? Along with the mountain of training?


I'd be grateful of any advice and experience... I don't fancy getting the decision wrong!

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27/07/2013 at 16:58
Thanks for info so far, I've looked into bike fitting but was going to do that after purchase to fit me into it. I didn't realise that should be done before! I hadn't looked at the planet x's, so will have a go on the bike builder tonight. Has anyone any other bike suggestions that I should be considering?? I'm 6'3 so I don't think ill need anything short of an XL. see conversation
27/07/2013 at 12:41
Hi all, I'm hoping for advice and experience on buying my first all out triathlon bike. I have been doing tri's for 2 years now and have been coping with my old alloy road bike with a pair of clip on tri bars. I now think the time has come to go for a carbon fibre tri specific bike, for around £1.5k. I've been looking at the jamis xenith t and t1 (although cant find the t1 in my size), the ribble ultra carbon, the Quintana Roo kilo and the felt b16.

I'm more interested in getting a great frame that I can upgrade over time. I've read reviews on all the above and still can't make my mind up! I'd love some advice and guidance from you guys and gals.... see conversation

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