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Old 05-17-11, 01:03 PM
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Help buying first tri bike

I've been doing Triathlons for about a year now and have been using a bike I borrowed from a family member. I'm ready to step into my own triathlon bike and wanted to invest about $2000. We have 2 bike shops within an hour and I've visited both, but they aren't megastores and don't keep any tri bikes in my size in stock.

If I can't try a bike out I figured I might as well buy it online. It's difficult for me to drive 4 hours to purchase a bike from one of the larger stores, but obviously I want a good fit as well. I've tried to find used options as well, but since I don't live in a large city that has been limited.

A friend has a 2009 QR Seduza I'm very impressed with. I was considering getting a 2011 Seduza, but noticed the geometry has changed. Is there a good way to measure what size I'd need and is this a fairly safe choice to buy a bike or is it too risky without having ridden it first?

I'm 5'3.5" so I know I'd either use the XS or S, but wanted some advice on what others in this situation might do. I can provide more information if needed.
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I would stick with buying a bike from a shop that can fit you. 4 hours of driving is a drop in the bucket compared to the hopefully thousands of hours you'll spend on this bike. The good news is that there a lot of great $2000(or close to) triathlon bikes:
Kesterl Talon
Cannondale Slice 5
Quintana Roo Seduza
Felt B16
Trek Speed Concept 2.5

Maybe more.

Part of the reason you'll probably really want to throw a leg over the bike you buy is that a 650c bike may be a better fit for you.
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Originally Posted by Triguy
I would stick with buying a bike from a shop that can fit you. 4 hours of driving is a drop in the bucket compared to the hopefully thousands of hours you'll spend on this bike. The good news is that there a lot of great $2000(or close to) triathlon bikes:
Kesterl Talon
Cannondale Slice 5
Quintana Roo Seduza
Felt B16
Trek Speed Concept 2.5

Maybe more.

Part of the reason you'll probably really want to throw a leg over the bike you buy is that a 650c bike may be a better fit for you.
I think I agree. Call the larger stores and see what they have in stock that will fit you and that you can ride. For your first bike, you've got to have the right fit. The best way to do that is to actually ride it. Make a weekend of the trip and try out several. :-) Good luck!
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$2K is a great price point....go to a shop get fit....FIT is the Key at that price most bikes will be vey similar......FIT is the most important thing.......
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Echo "FIT".

2nd point--buying from a shop means that perfecting this bike as you grow into it will be much easier. You'll always have a friendly wrench to call and they'll be more than happy to hunt & dig for parts/equipment/setup for you. Also, if you're ever in the area, a little mechanic's touchup is usually free and well worth it.

And finally, they'll help you fit it just right. Now and as your fitness changes (for better or worse).
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