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dtaylor1988




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Triathlon Bike Advice Reply with quote

So I have done a few triathlons over the years and have just completed my first two half ironmans this year. I am currently just riding a normal road bike with aero wheels only, no extensions or anything. And having been overtaken by many TT bikes I thought now is the time to get one

The 2 bikes that I am currently considering are:

Canyon Speedmax CF9.0

https://www.canyon.com/en-gb/triathlon/speedmax/speedmax-cf-9-0.html

or the Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 2

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/trinity-advanced-pro-2

They are similar price and both run ultegra. I know the wheels on the Canyon are considerably better, but does that outweigh, what looks like a better frameset on the Giant?

Has anyone got either of these bikes? and what are they like? I have found it really hard to find any reviews on TT and triathlon bikes around this price point.

or does anyone know of any other options I should be considering?

I'm pretty open about what bike I ride, just want something fast and well spec'd

Thanks Dan


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Triathlon Bike Advice Reply with quote

dtaylor1988 wrote:
...just want something fast and well spec'd...

Clinchers or tubs? Rolling Eyes
Popcorn


(Sorry Dan, forum joke)


Other than that, fit = speed. If you just want to give it a shot, go spend 750-800 on eBay for something that roughly fits. Fitting is not the same as your road bike btw. Cheapest speed is some 40 clip-ons, and/or a turbo trainer.
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iwaters




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Chrace has said: bike fit!

I bought a Planet X Stealth. Couldn't get comfortable went for a bike fit and the fitter took one look and said the frame is too small. It was the biggest they do (I am v. tall).

Spent a couple of hundred quid on parts to get almost ok.

A pre-purchase bike fit will give you a report of which bikes fit you best, you can then take the bike back to fitter when you have it to have any final adjustments made.

They cost about 250 but thats only 10% of the cost of the bike and saves an expensive mistake.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: Triathlon Bike Advice Reply with quote

dtaylor1988 wrote:
And having been overtaken by many TT bikes I thought now is the time to get one


Getting a flash TT bike wont change this, but at least you'll look better. Wink

There comes an age (and I reached it years ago) when you realise you ain't ever going to get any faster, and instead the satisfaction comes more out of buying nicer and nicer gear.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:03 am    Post subject: Re: Triathlon Bike Advice Reply with quote

Gus wrote:
dtaylor1988 wrote:
And having been overtaken by many TT bikes I thought now is the time to get one


Getting a flash TT bike wont change this, but at least you'll look better. Wink

There comes an age (and I reached it years ago) when you realise you ain't ever going to get any faster, and instead the satisfaction comes more out of buying nicer and nicer gear.

Or the realisation that to decrease your overall triathlon time you need to a) simply train more, and b) focus on running rather than expensive bike gear.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help guys! I'll definitely go for a fit, and go from there.

Always nice to buy shiny new things Very Happy
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