What is a good triathlon bike for beginners that won’t break the bank?

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  • 7 months ago

    "break the bank" is a subjective term that has no meaning to anyone but you. Could be $200, could be $2000. What is the dollar amount that breaks your bank?

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  • 7 months ago

    First of all, it would help (a lot) to know what price range you're looking at. What's "break the bank" to you? $500? $1,000? $2,000? Secondly, a Triathlon bike for everyday use is highly impractical, plus not the most comfortable of bikes to ride.

    Third, none of the major companies (Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc.) make a "beginners triathlon bike". They're all gonna come with carbon fiber frames & forks. They're all gonna come with Shimano 105 components - or higher. And they're all gonna start in the $2,300 price range or higher. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/trinity-advanced

    Fourth; what many people do is simply add aero bars to an 'entry level' road bike. These bikes naturally will be heavier & slower. Plus the components won't be top-of-the-line. But it'll get you started. Now...you can go online & get something like this one from Bikes Direct. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/mir... BUT I WOULDN'T! Why? Because you wouldn't have a local 'Service Warranty' as with a REAL bike shop. If a wheel gets out of true or the derailleurs need adjustment, you're on your own. Also, read the factory warranty. In order to get it, the bike MUST be assembled by a certified bike mechanic. That'll cost ya at least another $125 to $150. In reality, buying over the internet doesn't save you a dime. In fact...it might end up costing more in the long run.

    If your heart is truly set on this, start slowly - just in case you should change your mind. Seek out all the local bike shops in your area. Ask to look at & TEST RIDE a few 'entry level' road bikes. Oh...you can't do that with an internet sale. Once you sign for that box, chances are - IT'S YOURS! Later on, simply add a set of aero bars.

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