Beginner Triathlon Bike Guide
Choosing your first entry-level triathlon bike can be quite confusing for many people. No matter how many investments you make in this sport, the cost of a tri-bike will be higher than all those. Usually, in most of the races, people use high-end cycles with higher prices of $3,000 and $ 4,000. However, if you are a beginner then you do not have to buy a very expensive bike. But, it is also true that the price of entry-level Triathlon bike has gone up in the recent years. You can easily spend $900 to $2000 on a good starter bike and it will surely bring you a good ride. Here are some important factors to consider while buying an entry-level bike with some recommendations.
Top-Rated Entry Level Triathlon Bikes
There is a huge variety of Triathlon bikes available in the market and it is quite difficult for a beginner to choose the best one. The fact is that the same bike can provide a good level of comfort to a person but do not fit well for the other one. Here, we are recommending some of the best entry level bikes that we use personally.
The Felt S32 has been considered as the best entry level bike from many years. It is a quite light aluminum bike that also contains some components in the carbon fiber form such as the fork blades. This bike has Shimano 105 components that are usually available on entry-level bikes. The price of this bike has increased to $1,399 from the past few years but you can easily get it at a lesser price through sale or discount offer.
Quintana Roo Kilo
QR brand is a great brand because, since its beginning, it has been consistently focused on tri bikes. The Kilo is the main bike of this brand that has good selling rate but it is not their lowest-priced bike. The price range of this bike is quite confusing as they vary the componentry. It is usually available in the range of $1,100 to $1,400. It comes with a carbon fiber frame and Shimano 105 drivetrain. This is the best combination of good riding for long years.
We were hesitating to put the Felt on this list but the company has really made a great decision by keeping bikes at the entry-level price range. Felt B16 offers the best value for their carbon fiber bikes. It contains the high-quality UHC carbon fiber frame and 105 drivetrain which are usually used in high-end bikes only. The Aero time trail base bars are perfect for aerobats and offer 3 positions they can be set on. Its price is $1,800 but you can easily get it under $1,500 at a good deal offer.
Orbea Ordu M30
Orbea is a well-renowned Spanish bike maker which has been making tri bikes since the 1930s. They entered into the triathlon bike market with the other brands, and have been providing great bikes ever since. Many world champions of this sport have ridden Orcas.
It is made of high-quality M30 triathlon frame with good carbon fiber components, 105 components, and a full carbon frame. It contains the features of a high-end bike such as aero forks and a wider bottom bracket. It comes with a price tag of $2,300 that is quite high for entry level. If you want to save your money then you can go for Orbea M30 which is a good quality road bike under $2,000.
Giant Trinity Advanced
Giant is a big brand that makes bikes at a very large scale unlike Felt, Orbea, and Quintana Roo which are more focused on specific things. Their bikes are always the best quality bikes but they are not for the gear-junkie crowd. Their Trinity Advanced model is also very good. Their full-fledged bike comes with Shimano 105 components, frame and fork, high-quality rims and tires. This is the best option for those who want a good bike within the range of $1,900 to $2,000.
Other brands, such as Cervelo and Cannondale, have been making solid tri bikes for years, but their price point is a little higher than what we wanted to recommend for entry-level bikes. However, if you have the budget for it, definitely include these two brands in your search. Trek is another mainstay that could be considered if you have more to spend, although in recent years they have focused their energy on road bikes, and much less on the tri market.
There are some other brands as well such as Cervelo and Cannondale which have made their solid entry in the market. But all those are selling bikes at a quite higher price for entry-level bikes. If you have a good budget then you can go for them. Another great option is Trek that is mainly focused on road bikes than tri bikes.
Another best option is to use a road bike that offers aggressive race position. These road bikes are basically flatter-geometry bikes rather than endurance bikes. They enable you to ride in the right angle position which you usually get with tri bikes. These road bikes will help you to get aerodynamics of the tri bike but not offer the forward geometry which is necessary for an optimal transition. The Cannondale CAAD12 series is best which comes with disc brakes and carbon frame at the price point of below $2,000.