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#1 FIT, A good fit for the "specific type of triathlon distance" you will do is the most important.
You want an efficient position, with comfort and power in mind and "aero" last. This may mean changing your seat post, seat and stem to get it right - this is where i would put my money first. If you put your $$ in the fit, and quality components of seat post, seat and stem - they can end up on your yet to be named new tri-bike somewhere down the road).
ie. I have 2 tri bikes (see hot tri bike thread) and several road bikes, but my tri-bikes are set-up for specific event distances. My Trek is specific for Ironman and my Cannondale is specific for shorter events like bike TT's, olympic distance up to 1/2 Ironman distance. The improtant thing to remember is that IF your set-up if too aggressive it can effect your ability to run strong out of T2. You don't want to access too much of the running muscles on the bike so that you come up short in the run. Unless you are a top racer and have the experience, talent and skills to just let all hang out there on that edge of crash and burn - which I'm not. I do however run several marathons a year as well as a ton of other running events so my run tends to hold it's own - but I can really tell the difference of running off of each of my bikes.
#2 A good aero bar
This will improve/tweek your position, allowing you to be more areo which can in turn save several positions in a race - but it does effect your bike fit. You can't just slap it on and call it good. Again position - position - position makes all the difference. Just because you see some guy way forward and doing well in a race DOESN'T meat it's right for you.
Pedels?? Come on guys that's personal as to how much float you like and how "hot spots" effect each person differntly. I have seen guys jump to the speed play and back to Dura Ace because of the hot spots - it's a personal comfort call. I use Dura Ace on all my bikes and like them fine. Getting more power from body to bike is a combination of athletic ability - shoes, peddles and crank stiffness.
Last edited by MHR; 01-17-05 at 06:09 PM.