Triathlon - Uhh, real basic question
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01-05-06, 06:03 PM
Some LBS guy is telling me that a tri bike is not a good buy because they can't handle curves and downhills.
Does this sound right to you all?
01-05-06, 11:25 PM
Broad sweeping generalizations like this one always set off alarms for me.
I've encountered downhills and downhill turns where I have briefly moved my hands from the aerobars to the brakes, but it's quite a stretch from this to an exaggeration like `can't handle downhills and turns.'
01-06-06, 02:04 AM
Ask Michael Rasmussen - he'd probably agree. :) But seriously, I don't understand why a salesperson would tell you that. Like Chris said, it's a broad generalization that may or may not apply to a particular rider. If a tri-bike were being purchased for a novice rider to be used on a highly technical course, then perhaps it's not the best bike choice. But my tri-bike (as well as several that I've owned or used extensively) can handle curves and downhills just fine.
01-06-06, 02:07 AM
I personally think that my Cervelo handles curves very well...almost as well as my roadie. With reference to downhills, I think that's pretty ridiculous. I've gone 45+ mph and felt rock solid.
I would say the biggest reason not to buy a tri bike is if you are planning to ride with people most of the time. The only time I ride my tri bike is when I am by myself because it can be unsafe to ride with others when you are in the aero position.
01-06-06, 06:38 AM
Thanks, that's what I thought. I'm not likely to do group rides, or at least close drafting rides.
I think the saleman was disturbed because I asked if there was such a thing as a tri bike with disc brakes. I don't know of any, so it looks like I'll have to give up on either disc brakes or a tri bike.
Years ago it might have been a little more true then it is today because of rule changes allows better geometry today. It is still a broad generalization as others have pointed out.
My 2005 tri bike takes turns and downhills great. I can take 90 degree turns at 30 mph and no problems holding a line doing 49 down the mountain at IMLP.
01-06-06, 10:08 AM
i wonder if the salesperson was referring to using areo bars? even if he was, he should have explained it a lot better.
01-06-06, 02:06 PM
I presume so. All the bikes I mentioned were like the P3 or Blade which either have or accept something like the HED aerobar. I don't see how one unit aero bar or clamp on aero bar would make any difference. You're still sticking way out front.
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