- 1 What makes a triathlon bike different?
- 2 What’s special about triathlon bikes?
- 3 What kind of bike do I need for a triathlon?
- 4 Can I use a triathlon bike on the road?
- 5 Why do triathletes use time trial bikes?
- 6 How much faster is a tri bike than a road bike?
- 7 Why are tri bikes so expensive?
- 8 Can triathlon bikes climb hills?
- 9 What is the difference between an Ironman and a triathlon?
- 10 How much should I spend on a triathlon bike?
- 11 Is it hard to ride a triathlon bike?
- 12 Are tri bikes really faster?
What makes a triathlon bike different?
SEAT POSITION One main difference is simply the way the seat is positioned. On a triathlon bike, the seat tube is steeper than a road bike. The angle of the seat tube on a triathlon bike forces the hips to sit forward which gives the rider less tension on their quadriceps and hamstrings.
What’s special about triathlon bikes?
Tri bikes are designed to help you become streamlined by positioning your torso level with the ground. Manufacturers give tri bikes a steeper seat angle (angle between seat tube and an imaginary straight line where the top tube meets the seat tube) than a road bike.
What kind of bike do I need for a triathlon?
Yes, you will need a bike. No, it does not need to be expensive. We see people do triathlons on their old mountain bikes, hybrids, or other slower bikes — and especially with a couple simple modifications these bikes can do very well. If you can, try to use a road bike, even if you simply borrow one from a friend.
Can I use a triathlon bike on the road?
While both road bikes and tri bikes are both used in a road cycling competition, the specialized triathlon bikes will give you an edge in shorter distances. Road bikes are designed with comfort from the ground up and are ideal for longer distances. They’re also lighter, making them suitably adapted for hill climbing.
Why do triathletes use time trial bikes?
By design, triathlon bikes are made to go the distance. Triathletes often ride through hilly terrain, cover distances up to 112 miles during races and must transition to running quickly and efficiently. In contrast, time trial riders get off the bike completely spent. Their bikes are designed for only one thing—speed.
How much faster is a tri bike than a road bike?
Speed difference came out to almost exactly one mph in favor of the tri bike. Comparing the speed profiles, I was slower climbing on the tri bike, but several miles per hour faster on any sort of descent.
Why are tri bikes so expensive?
However, why triathlon bikes seem more expensive is because there is no viable low-end market for triathlon bikes. The thing is, there is no such thing as a casual triathlete rider. If they are casual, they use a road bike. Road bikes are more versatile and comfortable.
Can triathlon bikes climb hills?
The aerodynamic advantages of a tri bike are negligible when climbing and you may be forced to utilise the quadriceps more, which can hinder your run performance. If you struggle on the hills and don’t have solid descending skills then I’d almost always recommend a road bike.
What is the difference between an Ironman and a triathlon?
An Olympic distance Triathlon is 1500m swim, 40km bike then a 10km run. Half Ironman is 1800m swim, 90km bike then a 21.2 km run. Ironman is a 3.6km swim, 180km bike and then a 42.4km run. In miles this equals 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on the bike then a 26.2 mile run (a marathon).
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.
Is it hard to ride a triathlon bike?
Triathlon bikes are squirrelly aerodynamic beasts. They are great for speed, but frame geometry, riding down on aerobars and weight distribution (especially with bento boxes and bar-mounted hydration systems) can make tri bikes especially difficult to handle as compared to road bikes.
Are tri bikes really faster?
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.