bike buying decision - need a bike for duathlons/ triathlons

Milesy11 Posts: 2
edited May 2010 in Road beginners
Right I wonder if you lovely people on here could help.

I’m 6ft 2 – sub 3hr marathon runner looking to make a transition into duathlons and triathlons but unfortunately I know next to nothing about bikes - apart from having a Raleigh banana when I was a kid!

I want to make use of my works uptake of the cyclescheme, I’ve been into two LBS and in one I was recommended the Orbea Aqua T105 and the other the Trek 2.1, both of which I liked the look of.

Should I just buy the one I feel most comfortable with out of those two and get tri bars separately or should I really be looking for a specialist triathlon bike. One I have seen around the £1000 price point is the Bianchi D2 Chrono Triathlon Alu Tiagra Bike which comes in at £1080.

If anyone has any bike buying advice it would be greatly appreciated and I’m being really indecisive. Thanks in advance


  • nochekmate
    nochekmate Posts: 3,460
    If your budget can be stretched slightly, then the Cervelo S1 offers the flexibility to use as both a road bike and for time trials. Sizing looks right for you ... 230731de4f

    It's not my bike by the way!
  • asprilla
    asprilla Posts: 8,440
    I use an S1 as my tri bike as well. Excellent piece of kit and there are some second hand bargins because most folks want carbon.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • andy_wrx
    andy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Milesy11 wrote:
    Should I just buy the one I feel most comfortable with out of those two and get tri bars separately or should I really be looking for a specialist triathlon bike.

    I guess it depends what you want the bike for, in addition to du's & tri's.

    If you simply want it for racing or race-training, buy a full-on tri/TT bike.

    But with the gearshifters at the ends of the aerobars, it could be very awkward to ride around town/in traffic and is not good riding out with other riders, if you were to want chaingang training with your local tri or road club.
    And the position is not relaxed, it forces you into a full-on race position, so it'll not be good for easy social riding or recovery rides, or all-day rides.

    If you can have two bikes, it's fine to have a roadbike for all these things and also have a racebike simply for racing or race-training.

    But if you're only having one bike and want it to be more flexible, get a roadbike and stick some clip-on aerobars on it for tri's
    - that's what I'd advise a beginner into tri's to do, but maybe with a sub-3 mara time you're going to be more serious about it...
  • The Spiderman
    The Spiderman Posts: 5,625
    Did my first triathlon 2 weeks ago on a 4year old Trek 1200 that I bought secondhand for £300 a year back.

    With the excpetion of the guys in the top 20 who were on Tri/TT bikes most of the field was made up of people like myself on entry level road bikes such as Specialized Allez,Giant Defy or Trek 1.2s.

    As said above depends on how seriously you want to take it.

    For my next triathlon I might invest in some clip on tri bars.

    Over a 10 mile course,the top runners were 5 minutes faster than me,though how much of that was down to their superior fitness and how much down to the bike I`m not sure! :wink:
    2006 Giant XTC
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