I'm in my 50's and do about 3 triathlons a year. I bike with a group, swim often, and will run again, but am recovering from leg surgery. I'm looking for a new ROAD bike, that I can use for riding all terrain, I live in colorado, and race a few triathlons a year. I have about 2800 to spend. Any suggestions. I'm very tall for a woman, about 5'11''. but narrow.
I'm looking at the specialized almira tomorrow. what else is out there....thanks in advance!
I would suggest a Specialized Roubaix SL4 with Shimanlo 105 group set for a good all around road bike. I've got the Roubaix elite when they were still offering the Shimano 105 Triple set up. It's a very smooth, comfortable and relatively lite road bike. When I started doing triathlons, I added shorty triathlon bars to the bike and it performed very well.
I now have a dedicated triathlon bike. It's definately faster but not nearly as comfortable or stable as the Specialized Roubaix. When I want to to for a long fun ride and don't want to get beat up, I always take the Roubaix! Like riding a Cadillac!
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I've been looking myself for a great road bike in the $2500 range (or less). I used to be 5'11", now 5' 10 1/2". I will gladly give up 5-10 seconds over 25 miles to have more comfort, especially my back. The machines that look most promising to me are: Specialized Roubaix Elite, Giant Defy Composite 1, Cannondale Synapse, Velovie Vittese 300, Colnago ACE, and Pinnerala Rahza, Trek Dommane. There are others, but these look promising to me for overall ride quality and performance.