I've been looking at bikes again, much to the chagrin of my wife. I want a bike to use in tris, so getting in a good aero position is key for me. I believe that I will fit comfortably on both bikes (based on numbers...we'll see about reality), so assuming that is true, which is a better setup? I'll go through my pros/cons of each. Let me know if you think I'm missing something.
-10sp double Centaur. (I like my campy mirage commuter bike shifting better than my road-bike DA-9 shifting-both triple. I can only assume that Centaur would be better than mirage, but certainly no worse.)
-Ergo shifters: Good on hills when not in aero
-drop bars: Good on downhills, more hand positions
-Frame designed to do both road/tri applications. Can buy add'l seatpost/saddle(maybe stem) and have easy transition between bike uses. Potential to have only 1 race/train/group ride bike.
-Color: Matte black looks wicked cool
-Ergo shifters: must get out of aero to shift when on flat courses
-Campy hubs: Cannot interchange wheels with my current bike (shimano hub), so need to buy both trainin(comes with bike) & race wheels.
-Cost: $400 more than the Dual
-Tri specific geometry
-bar ends: stay in aero to shift
-Cost: $400 less than Soloist
-Wheel sharing: can use krysriums from road-bike for training, meaning I can swap wheels for credit towards race wheels at purchase. (another cost benefit)
-Color: I like the soloist color better
-bar ends: how do you down-shift when grinding up a hill?
-Cow-horns: how well does this work on downhills? Only 1 hand position?
-Only a tri/TT/solo ride bike, cannot be ridden on group rides
Based primarily on color and the drop setup, I'm leaning towards the soloist (again, assuming they actually do fit well). Anyone have comments?