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Old 09-27-05, 02:04 PM   #1
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New tri-bike help

I just got into doing triathlons and I'm looking to purchase a tri-bike. i need help on which one i should buy. I'm looking in the 1500-2000 range. i've been looking at the Cervelo Dual 10, the Trek Equinox 7, and the Felt S25. Can anyone give me suggestions to which would be the better of the 3. Thanks for your help
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Sorry, but the answer is going to be..."the one that fits you the best"

All that aside, I'll give you my opinion...

Frame Rank - Dual, Equinox, S25
Component Rank - S25, Dual, Equinox
Wheel Rank - Dual, Equinox, S25
Bang for your buck - Dual, S25, Equinox

The fact of the matter is that all of them are good bikes. If it were me (and I just bought a tri bike within the last few weeks)...I would consider upping my price range a bit and go for the Cervelo P2 SL. The frame is awesome, the components are great, etc. I'm one of those guys that typically wants something new and better the minute I buy something...this is not the case with the P2 SL. I can't imagine wanting another tri bike. It may not be the top of the line like the P3 but it is more bike than I will ever need.

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Old 09-27-05, 10:36 PM   #3
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I agree with CJ Bruin, save a bit more $$ and spend about $2500. At that price range you can start looking at the Kestrel Talon, Cervelo P2, Cannondale Ironman 2000, Specialized Transition Elite, etc. You'll probably be happier in the long run with one of those.
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Ditto, get the better bike, so if you stay in the sport(hopefully) you wont have to upgrade in like a year.
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i was thinking about the p2k, i like the p2sl but i don't see the need to spend the extra 200 for a bike that is 100grams lighter, but i do like the p2k, i'll have to consider this. I am also waiting until after interbike because i heard that the cervelo dual is going to get better components for the 2006 line, so i want to wait and see. thanks for your feedback
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If you can find the P2K, that's a good way to go. From what I heard, Cervelo isn't shipping them anymore...they're out of the frames.

My P2SL is a 2006, you may be able to find out about the 2006 Dual by e-mailing customer service. They usually respond within a few days.
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Bike Debate around 1600

Check out this thread, I think I covered most of the tri bikes in the 1500-2000 range. What are your dimensions like, what is your goal in triathlon? Ironman? Sprints? This would facilitate a different bike. The Dual is definately designed differently than the Trek.
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Try them out, esp cornering and fine tune handling. I have heard from several suggesting that the Cervelos, while excellent bikes, are on the squirlly side and may not be the best for a new rider with undeveloped handling skills. This becomes really important in the wind and in sprints when you redline the entire race while maneuvering around beginners.

Now that I am on to my 4th bike, I'll agree with the responses about dropping the cash up front. I can't imagine upgrading ANYTHING on my bike other than the speedplay pedals I obtained for free (I have Campy Chorus 10spd, solid training wheels, Zipps for racing). That and proper fit to your frame will save a fair amount of money in the long run.

Get fitted IN AERO POSITION because that is how you will race.
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Iím 5í8-5í9 and weigh anywhere from 150-160 depending on the season, and I ride a 56 size road bike. Iím looking to do some sprints next year; my main goal is the NYC Tri. Iím not looking to do anything longer than sprints maybe in two years, Iíll try Ĺ IM or Olympic. Iím in good shape, Iíve been riding and running all summer, and in about a month Iím going to join the local rec. center to start training on my swimming, so I figure in 6 months Iíll be in excellent shape for triís, Once all the info is in from Inter-bike, Iím going to go back to my bike shop and get fitted there. Can you give me any info based on my dimensions, thanks your feedback is much appreciated.
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I'm in the process if getting my old road bike (Trek Y-Foil) turned into a tri bike. One of my decisions was to swap the Ultegra parts for 105, that way I can use the Ultegra on my new road bike.

Honestly, I'm not seeing much of a difference at all by going down to 105 components on the bike. So if I had to buy a tri bike pre-built, I think I'd save my money and get one with 105 components. That should cut your price range down a good amount I think.
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Old 09-29-05, 10:59 AM   #11
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personally i'd look at a guru cron'alu with 105 shimano www.gurubikes.com

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I guess, my suggestion would be to get a 2006 Felt S32(which will have Ultegra 10 soeed rear der, and 105 10 speed front) which is going to be about $1350 and then spend 450 on a RENN disc. Thats about as fast as a steup as you'll get for the money.

http://www.feltbicycles.com/felt2006...ATHLON/s32.php

Sounds like you have a good idea of what you're looking for so far. I would say the Cervelo is a true racer. The Felt is a little more laid back with a 76 degree seat tube angle but it may not be a bad thing if you want to get into longer tris someday. Guru has similar geometry to Felt, but they're craftmanship is just a little higher and a little more personal.

Or you could just get the new P2Carbon....
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I like the Felt design, Iím not to sure what the specs mean, in terms of seat angle and the difference between the geometry from one bike to the next, I know the specs on components and how they relate, but Iím ignorant in terms of geometry, if anyone can give me a quick heads up so when I work into a bike shop, I won't be completely side swiped
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Don't get too bogged down into the geometry thing. To put it simply...when you're riding in the aero position, you have more weight forward than you would in a typical road bike position. More weight up front means that handling gets more twitchy. Tri bikes have different geometry to bring the center of gravity forward. The guys at the tri shop should be able to give you the info you need.

I'm actually surprised that you are on a 56 cm roadie at 5'8"-5'9". It seems that you would be pretty stretched out. I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam and I ride a 54cm roadie that has a virtual top tube of 55cm. My tri bike is a 51 with a top tube of 53.5cm. I have a pretty long torso for my height.

In any case, you have gotten a wide range of suggestions here and if I were you, I might be more confused than I was when I started.

Just remember that my recommedation was the best one
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Iím 5í8-5í9 and weigh anywhere from 150-160 depending on the season, and I ride a 56 size road bike. Iím looking to do some sprints next year; my main goal is the NYC Tri. Iím not looking to do anything longer than sprints maybe in two years, Iíll try Ĺ IM or Olympic. Iím in good shape, Iíve been riding and running all summer, and in about a month Iím going to join the local rec. center to start training on my swimming, so I figure in 6 months Iíll be in excellent shape for triís, Once all the info is in from Inter-bike, Iím going to go back to my bike shop and get fitted there. Can you give me any info based on my dimensions, thanks your feedback is much appreciated.
The owner of my LBS is very experienced at tri bike fitting. He says that generally you should get a tri bike one size down from your road bike. I ride a 56 road bike and am getting a 54 tri bike. Once again, this is "in general." You should be fitted.
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Iím going next week to get fitted properly, when I got fitted for my road bike, the guys simply said ok stand over the bike and there was some space between the bar and my cash and prizes, so he said it fits. But after doing some research I discovered this wasnít the best method, so now Iím going to another bike shop where they actually fit you properly. But Iíve read that I need to be at least a size smaller on a tri-bike. Thanks for the info, you guys have been very helpful in my selection process, as soon as I make my finally decision, Iíll post it here
//I just found some info, and the Cervelo Dual is going to have some dura-ace components, so Iím more thank likely am going to go with that one, next week Iím going to go to the bike shop and make sure, thank maybe Iíll get a new bike then, oh yea! The anticipation
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thanks for the links, the articles were very informative
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