Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Tt/Tri specific as first road bike?

    I have been riding an old mountain(1990's) which would be the equivalent of a hybrid by today's standards on the streets around my town (20-30 miles per ride since that's all my legs can take on that bike). I'm looking to make the jump to a road bike but am interested in competing in tri/duathlons, as well as competing with my friends on the rode. I've been looking at the Specialized Tarmac/Roubaix/Allez Elite as well as the Trek 2.1. I loved the feel of the Tarmac as a road bike but am second guessing myself on purchasing a road bike to ride tri/duathlons with. Most people I've seen race tri/duals have TT specific bikes. Ive narrowed it down to these couple Q's.
    1) Is it crazy to get a TT specific bike as my first road bike?
    2) Should I just get clip on aero-bars and attach them to the conventional road bike?
    3) Is there a model/line of bikes that can be converted between the two styles?

    Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    PS. I also have a budget as I am in my second year of college. I'm looking for something at most 2000, which would be the 2009 tarmac elite.
    Last edited by gazelle5333; 01-26-09 at 04:59 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    No Va but ride also in So Md
    My Bikes
    Cervelo SLC-SL, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX
    Posts
    8,486
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get a road bike. It's much more versatile. You can add clip-on aero bars for tri's later.

    It's very difficult to ride tri/tt specific bikes all the time.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

  3. #3
    Arsehole PlatyPius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    2,278
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree. Go with a road bike. Buy one that takes a standard seatpost (not proprietary) and have a forward tri-style post for triathlons and the normal one for road riding. Profile makes an aerobar that has flip-up arm rests so that you can reach the top of your handlebar when you're not using the aerobars.

    Alternately, see if you can find a 2008 Cervelo Soloist on closeout. They have a seatpost with a removeable clamp. All you have to do is buy a second clamp and saddle and swap those out. That way, you don't have to adjust your seat height each time.

  4. #4
    Senior Member thehammerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NJ
    My Bikes
    Road bike is a Bianchi C2C, Gary Fisher Mt Bike, Trek Tandem & 1980's Grandis
    Posts
    1,887
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    buy rhe best road bike you can buy. Enjoy it and if you want to try a tri/biathlon do so. Once you get the bug you will be better able to decide what it is you need

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You'll have a heavy bias toward the road bike on a road bike forum, and you'll see similar bias if you ask on a triforum.

    I'm a triguy, so I'd say the TT bike is fine, and could even be recommended, but having just recently got only one TT bike myself to ride (and a fine one - the Cervelo P2C!), I feel that you should answer these questions first:

    1) How often do you group ride? If you group ride regularly, the road bike is better. More welcome, and much easier to use in the group due to the integrating shifter/brakes ("brifters"). True TT bikes can be annoying for you to shift in groups, especially in traffic, as the gearshifters are on the barends and brakes on the horns (drops), so you're constantly moving your hands. That said, I've ridden with several groups recently, and have had zero problems with the tri-bike aspect, and can fit into the group ride with no complaints/comments from others.

    2) Hills - I didn't expect to be training as much as I am in mountain territory, but I find myself regularly doing weekend climb rides of avg 6-8% inclines, with 10-15% sections. Tribikes are harder to climb with, for sure. If you're going to be doing significant regular climbing, I'd strongly recommend at the least, compact cranks. Even the Cat3 riders in our group ride don't ride the race gearing 53-39/12-25 up those hills, and use either compacts or easier gearing. I'd say the tribike is totally fine for anything 6% or under; it's the long sustained 8%+ sections that will hurt on the tribike due to the geometry and aggressive gearing.

    If you're riding mostly moderate hills (not long big mountain climbs 8%+), the TT bike will work fine and will likely be faster in aero. Most of the trifolks I know, both in person and online, mainly race bikes in tris (no crits, cyclocross, etc.) so they absolutely recommended just going with the TT bike, period. Racer roadies tend to do a wider variety of races (crits, etc.) and for those, you absolutely need a road bike, so I understand how they absolutely recommend going road bike. In my opinion, the road bike is definitely more flexible in terms of training options, especially with a compact crank gearing for hills. But then again, go to the triforums, and you'll hear tons of folks who have great road bikes, yet realize that since they're racing in tris, they should be training and racing on a tribike, despite its limitations.

    Eventually, you'll probably get both to have best of both worlds. But if you know you'll be primarily tri, go TT unless the two conditions above indicate that roadie would be better.
    Last edited by agarose2000; 01-18-09 at 06:09 PM.
    =======================================
    Cervelo P2C Dura-Ace 2008

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    so how much difference is riding on the bullhorns of a TT bike compared to riding the hoods of a road bike?

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Virginia Beach, VA
    My Bikes
    2006 Giant OCR Limited
    Posts
    479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On the hoods, you can shift & brake.
    On the bullhorns you can brake, but to shift, you must reach to the aerobars.
    You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. - Robin Williams

    Never be frightenend to walk out of step with others because you will walk on ground no one else touches

    Remember, hard work pays off later but procastination pays off now!

    My Rides: '06 Giant OCR Limited & '95 GT OUTPOST

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Oahu, HI
    My Bikes
    '94 DB Apex, '07 SBC Allez Elite
    Posts
    126
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another one for the road bike, and I work with triathletes.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    south florida
    My Bikes
    2008 specialized tarmac elite
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i made the decision of a roadie and im happy.. i have my first sprint tri coming up and ill let you know how it goes. I spent about two weeks on a quintana roo seduza(buddys bike) and it was WOW but still happy i went with a specialized tarmac elite with some aeros!

  10. #10
    moving target c0urt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    birmingham, al
    My Bikes
    a masi speciale, and a kuota k-factor.
    Posts
    2,831
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    good choice.
    how to tape your bars http://www.flickr.com/photos/89572419@N00/sets/72157629279270681/

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Does ne1 own a Specialized Transition Multisport? I've found a new 07 model in my size. It looks like it has the tri-geometry with clip on aero-bars, but it also has drops and is set up like a road bike(shifters on the drops.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •