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Old 06-04-10, 12:58 AM
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Tri bike as a road bike?

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I do not plan on doing any tt or tri but I do like the look of the fuji d6, can I put on a pair of normal dropdown bars on the d6 and use it as my main road bike? This is because I love the look of the bike and want one, I do about 50 miles a week and willing to build my own setup with the d6 frame.

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Old 06-04-10, 07:31 AM
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I don't see any reason that you couldn't. I see people on the bike trail all the time riding Tri bikes. Who knows if they actually compete in tris?
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You could but there are three things to keep in mind. The first is that unless you have aero wheels, that frame is going to look really weird. The tubes are very fat and without really deep wheels it will seem out of place. The second is that it is heavy. The third is that riding it as a road bike negates the entire purpose of a tri bike. Tri bikes have steep seat tubes to help isolate using the quads rather than hamstrings, and the steeper seat tube helps staying down in an aero position for longer. Without actually needing to run when you finish riding, there is no reason to have such a steep head tube. Seems like a really expensive purchase based soley on appearance
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Hi guys Thanks for the replys

I know benajah is right what he says about expensive way to look good! I do have aero wheels on my carbon bike at the moment and will want a bike that is looking the part and not just a good frame.

I did not know that they are heavier than normal bike and will have to look into that as I want the lightest bike you can have!

In the uk it seams hard to view these expensive tri bikes as they can order them for you but not have them on display to test out!

I will be doing more resurch on this before I get one

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Half the sport is over-priced. Its what drives the innovation. I say go for it. Some of the modern day road frames put forth aero tubing and style anyways.
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Tri bikes, or more specifically time-trial bikes are specialty machines for a specific style of racing -- to go as fast as possible in pretty much a straight line.

Not something you'd want to take out on the local bike path or ride down to the coffe shop or grocery store with...
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Well, there are 2 problems as I see it:
1. Stack and Reach will most likely make it uncomfortable or ugly. Stack and Reach is the vertical and horizontal size of a frame. The Fuji D6 is a tri bike which means it has a longer reach and lower stack than most road bikes. To illustrate, the stack and reach on the medium is 51cm and 40cm respectively. Just to illustrate, a 56cm Cervelo road bike has a stack and reach of 56cm and 39.5cm respectively. So either you're going to have to ride a really aggresive position with the bars way down low OR you're going to have a hideous stack of spacers and an upturned stem.
2. Geometry will probably not handle ideally. Fuji actually uses a more "road bike" geometry than most tri bike makers, but still the weight is designed for a 77ish degree seat tube angle. Once you get the saddle back to a normal road position it will likely handle differently than designed.

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I would get any number of aero Road bikes like Felt AR, Cervelo S series, Ridley Noah, etc.
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Originally Posted by Pscyclepath
Tri bikes, or more specifically time-trial bikes are specialty machines for a specific style of racing -- to go as fast as possible in pretty much a straight line.

Not something you'd want to take out on the local bike path or ride down to the coffe shop or grocery store with...
I think you missed the point that he wants to have regular drops. Not aero bars, which is the single most important factor as to why people say they have poor handling.

Drops on a tri frame and the right stem don't make much of a difference when riding even on a hard training ride. I wouldn't race with one even if it was legal to use, but its not nearly as bad as you guys seem to think it will be.
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