Triathlon Bikes

TT & Triathlon Bikes

Tri or triathlon bikes are designed to provide a sleek and streamlined riding position for cyclists completing a triathlon or TT (time-trial). Designed so that your torso runs parallel with the road, tri bikes also feature a steeper seat angle between the seat tube and the top tube to give these bikes an aerodynamic design and riding position.

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Triathlon Bikes

Triathlon bikes are cleverly engineered to achieve optimum speed and performance. They create an aerodynamic ride that allows the rider to make the most of their strength and stamina when competing, and are an essential piece of equipment to any novice or professional triathlon athlete.

There are a number of benefits to opting for a triathlon bike over others. First, is the increase in the transfer of power from the cyclist to the bike. This means that the user can maximum their energy expenditure to get the most out of the bike. TT bikes encourage the cyclist to naturally sit in a much more aerodynamic position. This contributes to the speed they can achieve on the bike.

If used primarily on flat and straight terrain, they are the fastest type of bike. This is particularly important to those who want to cycle competitively and for speed. Finally, triathlon bikes are designed in a way that minimises strain on the glute and the hamstring muscles. This means that these muscles can be fully utilised when transitioning to a run in a triathlon.

Now that we have established why they are beneficial, it is important to consider the key features to help you find the right model for your needs. The first, and perhaps more important, are the features that add to the aerodynamics of the bike. These include oversized tube profiles, wheel profiles that are deeper, dropped seat stays, and cleverly hiding away brakes and other cables. Ensuring your bike has these features will add to the aerodynamics of it.

Next, is the addition of a steep seat tube angle. Triathlon bikes typically have seats that are position at an angle anywhere between 74 and 82 degrees. Having a seat this steep helps to get the rider in a more suitable position that will only add to the overall aerodynamics of the bike.

However, although steep seats are important for triathlon bikes, they are not always comfortable. With that in mind, it is worth testing out different models to find a seat that is comfy to you. This may prove difficult at first, but some important aspects to look out for are if it is possible to make different levels of adjustments to the cockpit, if the bike has been engineered with a seat specifically designed for triathlon use, and if when on the bike you feel that your upper body is also being supported.

After this, it is worth considering what your storage space needs are. If you are looking to use the bike to complete triathlons, then you will want to make sure that there is space on it to store any fuel or tools you may need, as well as personal items, food, and water.

Lastly, as triathlon bikes are a specialised piece of equipment, they can be quite expensive. However, if you are looking to purchase one on a budget, then opting for a particular body material may help to bring the costs down. Opting for aluminium over carbon fibre can help with this.