Best triathlon bikes 2014

Twelve of the best triathlon bikes of 2014 tested and rated by our expert reviewers

Best triathlon bikes 2014

Best triathlon bikes 2014

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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 shoesbest wetsuitsbest lightweight run shoesbest trail shoesbest energy barsbest bike helmetsbest TT helmetsbest recovery drinks and best tri-suits.

Trek Speed Concept 2.5

Price: 1,500 from www.trekbikes.com

Trek Speed Concept 2.5

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

Moda Sharp Carbon

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

Specialized Shiv

Price: £2,500 from www.specialized.com

Specialized Shiv

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)

Sublime CA1

Price: £2,550 from www.sublimecycles.co.uk

Sublime CA1

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)

Best triathlon bikes 2014

Best triathlon bikes 2014

We continue our rounding up of 2014’s best triathlon bikes, and start getting near the £3k mark…

Neil Pryde Bayamo

Price: £2,999 from www.2pure.co.uk

Neil Pryde Bayamo

Suitable for triathlons but built as a time-trial bike for road teams, the Bayamo is named after a squally wind in Cuba and has won awards for its design. It’s lovely to ride once up to clip, but it can take a little while to get there – you may want to upgrade the wheels before long.

Score: 87% (read the full review here

Boardman AiR TT/9.4 Di2

Price: £3,499 from www.boardmanbikes.com

Boardman AiR TT/9.4 Di2

A little overlooked after all the excitement around bigger brother the AiR/TTE, but this totally blew us away – it rides above its price, and has excellent spec for the spend. Plus it’s up there with the comfiest TT bikes we’ve ever ridden.

Score: 91% (read the full review here)

Quintana Roo CD0.1

Price: £3,645 from www.mytriathlon.co.uk

Quintana Roo CD0.1

A superlative bike from people who really know what triathletes need – a very enjoyable bike to ride with a great frame, great wheels (Reynolds Strikes) and a great ride. First class.

Score: 93% (read the full review here)

Beacon BF_55

Price: £4,499 from www.beaconfell.com

Beacon BF_55

Another new British brand that already has impressive pedigree thanks to golds in the national team TT champs, Beacon’s BF_55 is an outstanding tri bike that offers full Campagnolo Super Record, almost entirely great handling (though the front wheel needs taming) and a stiff, solid ride.

Score: 91% (read the full review here)

Best triathlon bikes 2014

Best triathlon bikes 2014

We conclude our round-up of 2014’s best tri bikes with the three most expensive…

Ridley Dean RS Ultegra

Price: £4,656 from www.ridley-bikes.com

Ridley Dean RS Ultegra

The Ridley offers a wonderfully smooth ride that’s perfect for almost all courses, and superb spec with great wheels, an excellent groupset (11-speed Ultegra) and top finishing kit. Comfort levels are up there with the best, and the handling is sharp enough to all roads on confidence.

Score: 88% (read the full review here)

Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 Pro

Price: £5,099 from www.canyon.com

Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 Pro

Offering razor-sharp handling, a tunnel-tested frame and genuine aesthetic appeal (for a tri bike), this isn’t one for gentle spins – the position is low and aggressive and you just can’t help but go for it. Cornering is reminiscent of a fellow German that comes in at twice the price tag – the Storck Aero2 IS.

Score: 93% (read the full review here)

Ceepo Katana

Price: £5,450 from www.velotechservices.co.uk

Ceepo Katana

Ceepo makes bikes born purely out of triathlon, for triathlon, and delivered top Kiwi Gina Crawford to the Challenge Wanaka podium earlier this year. The Katana feels right from the first pedal strokes and hammers along wonderfully on long flats, but remains nimble through bends. Leaves you noticeably fresh and ready for the run. 

Score: 91% (read the full review here)

Factor Vis Vires

Price: £9,999 from www.factorbikes.com

Factor Vis Vires

An evolution of the near-legendary Factor 001 concept bike, the amount of passion, R&D hours and attention to detail that has gone into this bike is truly staggering. There’s no escaping that £10k is a hell of a lot for a bike, but no compromises are made on spec. The Vis Vires offers jaw dropping accuracy, responsiveness and precision in the handling, but what’s really amazing is the combination of race readiness and comfort.

Score: 91% (read the full review here

… don’t forget to check out our other 2014 round-ups: best aerobarsbest tri bike shoesbest wetsuitsbest lightweight run shoesbest trail shoesbest energy barsbest bike helmetsbest TT helmetsbest recovery drinks and best tri-suits.

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