- 1 Do I need a road bike for a sprint triathlon?
- 2 What bike is best for triathlon?
- 3 Can you do a triathlon on a hybrid bike?
- 4 Can you do a triathlon on a mountain bike?
- 5 What’s the difference between road and triathlon bike?
- 6 Does a tri bike really make a difference?
- 7 Is a tri bike faster than a road bike?
- 8 How much should I spend on a triathlon bike?
- 9 What is the difference between time trial bike and triathlon bike?
- 10 Can you use a gravel bike for a triathlon?
- 11 What is a good average speed on a hybrid bike?
- 12 Can I convert a triathlon bike to a road bike?
- 13 Can you use any bike for a triathlon?
- 14 Do triathlon bikes have gears?
- 15 How do you fit a triathlon bike?
Do I need a road bike for a sprint triathlon?
One of the more common questions we get from beginner triathletes is if they can use their mountain bike, commuter bike, or hybrid bike in the triathlon. The answer is yes, absolutely – especially if you are doing a sprint or perhaps even an Olympic distance.
What bike is best for triathlon?
The best triathlon bikes
- Canyon Speedmax CF 8.0. A super light speedster coupled with a great groupset.
- Ribble Ultra Tri Shimano 105. Pro-grade frame in its full carbon glory.
- Cervelo 105 Disc. Affordable tt bike from an Ironman favourite brand.
- Felt IA | Advanced, Rim Brake | 105 | 2020.
- BMC Timemachine 02 Two 2020.
Can you do a triathlon on a hybrid bike?
The advantage of a hybrid bike is that you can use it for so many things, so if you only plan on doing one triathlon, then this may be a good option for you (although if your one and only triathlon is longer than an olympic distance, I would consider moving up in the bike World, and try a road bike instead).
Can you do a triathlon on a mountain bike?
Can I use a mountain bike in a triathlon/duathlon? You can use a mountain bike but it may be worth considering changing your tyres to road tyres. These will give you a smoother ride meaning that you will go quicker on the road.
What’s the difference between road and triathlon bike?
One main difference is simply the way the seat is positioned. On a triathlon bike, the seat tube is steeper than a road bike. Road bikes typically have around a 72 degree seat tube angle, where a triathlon bike will have an angle closer to 78+ degrees.
Does a tri bike really make a difference?
The most notable difference is the design, or geometry of the frame of each bike. Triathlon bikes have a steeper angle of the seat. The steeper angle allows the user to travel at a faster rate because you can bend your body down lower which reduces wind resistance.
Is a tri bike faster than a road bike?
Triathlon bikes are designed to make riders faster. The seat tube is closer to vertical than a road bike’s. This steeper geometry places the rider’s hips over the crankset which engages their quadriceps more for increased power.” Tri bikes are more aerodynamic and are “faster” than road bikes.
How much should I spend on a triathlon bike?
Still, it is pretty easy to spend $1,500 to $2,000 on a quality starter triathlon bike and end up with a very good ride. Here are a few things to look for in your entry-level tri bike, along with a few recommendations.
What is the difference between time trial bike and triathlon bike?
By design, triathlon bikes are made to go the distance. In contrast, time trial riders get off the bike completely spent. Their bikes are designed for only one thing—speed. As such, triathlon bikes favor a more relaxed position and a lighter frame than time trial bikes.
Can you use a gravel bike for a triathlon?
The 700c gravel wheelset is the same dimension as to what you usually ride on your tri bike. Triathletes can use gravel riding as a great opportunity to grab some friends and go exploring without worrying about your pace or power- just enjoy the ride!
What is a good average speed on a hybrid bike?
You can expect to ride hybrid bikes at an average commuting speed of 11-17 mph or (18-27 km/h). There are other bike types too which are good commuters, such as cyclocross, gravel bikes just to name two. In terms of average speed they are usually between hybrids and road bikes.
Can I convert a triathlon bike to a road bike?
The geometry is different on most tri frames but there are some bikes that are double-duty (Kestrels come to mind). Fit is key to making it work and due to your position on a tri bike, you may need a setback seatpost to get anywhere near a road bike fit.
Can you use any bike for a triathlon?
For your first triathlon, any bicycle that you have access to will work fine. If a bicycle fits correctly, you’re more likely to enjoy cycling and find it easy to spend time riding. A good fit also reduces the likelihood of cycling-related injuries.
Do triathlon bikes have gears?
Your standard racing bike (triathlon or road) has 10 gears attached to the rear wheel, collectively known as the cassette. Each one of those gears is a cog. Up front, attached to your cranks, are the gears we call the chain rings.
How do you fit a triathlon bike?
Sit on your bike with your weight central on the saddle and arms on the bars in your race position. Position one leg at the bottom of the pedal stroke and straighten your knee. If your saddle is the right height, the sole of your shoe should tilt downwards with the heel 1-3cm lower than the toe.