Triathlon Bike vs Road Bike

Triathlon Bike vs Road Bike


Triathlon bikes and road bikes have some serious differences that triathletes should know about before they purchase their first tri bike or bike for road cycling. Triathlon Taren heads into his local bike shop to show the differences between the Cervelo P3 triathlon bike and the Cervelo S3 with disc brakes road bike, then he shows his morning group ride in the rain, and finally talks about how triathletes should support their local bike shop.

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41 Comments on "Triathlon Bike vs Road Bike"


  1. Hey TAren, what aero bars for a road bike would you recommend? I am deciding between the short profile design T2 Dl and the long profile design T2.

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  2. okay – now I want a Tri bike.  Taren when are you going to start selling all things related to Triathlon so we can just buy directly from you?!  also – are you familiar with redshift?  I recently got a new bike (BMC Granfondo) and tossed on a set of aerobars and the redshift seat post to help make my road bike a bit more TT like.  just curious if you had any opinion on the product.  thanks!

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  3. Local bike shop of our shut down. 🙁 We have a few shops, but it was sad to see that one shop shut down. They did the best repair work of all the shops in town!

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  4. Can you make more videos on running please . Hills, treadmill, sprints to improve speed please. Lots of tips on swimming and cycling. 😇

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  5. Support your LBS but buy that first tri bike used. Let somebody else depreciate the value down!

    Also, don't forget to #battlethebonk Taren. Those early videos are gold

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  6. I live next door to a bike shop. I buy most stuff there, but it kills me everytime I see all the new bikes they have. New bikes are always way faster than your current bike, right?

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  7. Great video! Since you do a lot of commuting by bike, maybe do an episode on what makes a good commuter bike?

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  8. I live and workout in the city. I've been thinking about a tri bike but now I'm realizing that with all the frequent stopping I have to do and the congestion on the trails I should stick with my road bike.

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  9. After I put aerobars on my road bike, my most comfortable saddle in the world became "the crusher" while in the aero position. After measurements and looking at specs I decided to get a Fizit Tritone saddle 6.5. It took awhile to adjust and get used to a "perch". So call me weird, I put a split nose saddle on my road bike, and its just as comfortable for long pace rides in both positions.

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  10. Get a touring patch kit (with actual glue, not pre-glued patches) and never buy new inner tubes ever again! Unless of course the puncture is unpatchable, but that rarely happens.

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  11. Interesting analysis, but I'm not sure I buy into the hip angle part. Making the same measurement for both bikes doesn't account for the fact that a triathlete leans all the way down to his elbows whereas a road biker grips the bars with his hands.

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  12. Is better a cheap Tri Bike like Trek speed concept (cheap model) or a High End Road bike like Trek Madone? For Triathlon.

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  13. Would you recommend, or have you tested, road bikes that are also designed for triathlon (like Ceepo, for example)? These sorts of bikes have a geometry specific to triathlon… Just wondering. And good luck for IM70.3Austin!

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  14. I just did my first Tri on a mountain bike (with the tires exchanged for the road) and would like to get either a Tri or road bike for doing Tris next year. I can't afford both.

    I've never tried out a road or Tri bike. But I'm extremely flexible and have a strong core and am finding myself preferring to lean forward on my mountain bike and when I'm cycling at the gym when I want to go faster, which is practically all the time.

    I also prefer to practice mostly at the gym and then outdoors on my own.

    And I have fast-twitch, as opposed to slow-twitch muscles. I plan to concentrate on the Sprints.

    My question is this: do I need to learn how to ride a road bike before moving on to a Tri bike?

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  15. 2:45 Unless, of course, you got electronic shifting like Shimano's Di2, SRAM's eTap, or Campagnolo's EPS, where you can have eight shift buttons with four on the brake levers and another four on the aero bars(SRAM's eTap will only give you four buttons called blips.(two on the brake levers and another two on the aero bars). You push either one of the left buttons to downshift and either one of the right ones two upshift on the rear derailleur. To shift the front derailleur, you press both the left and right buttons simultaneously.)

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  16. lets say i already have a canyon roadlite roadbike. i ve got 4000 dollars that i can spend on a new bike. now. im thinking about buying a canyon aeroad or s canyon speedmax cf. both for about 4000. which one should i get? for me both are high end bikes and my roadlite is not so much a high end bike! help me!

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  17. This was so helpful – I'm on the verge of choosing a bike and this gave me some great info.

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  18. Here's my issues: I like tri.bikes so much more in terms of design but I want it as a road bike. In other words: I want a tri.bike setup as a road bike. Is that feasable?

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  19. Grr, why not compare same equiped? It's Always same, as GTN also do, comparing two bikes, but not same Equipment. IF you wanna do real comparison, both bikes should have Disc or regular Brakes (Cantilever), both also Needs e-shift or wire.. but not one this way, other one different!

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  20. opinion question- got the entry level road bike…thinking about an upgrade finally. Going to make the 70.3 jump next fall… Used tri bike or a higher level road bike?

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  21. Awesome video I learned a lot with your explanation of differences between the Road and Tri Bike it made my decision easier to stick with purchasing and riding a Road Bike first.!

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  22. So I've just serviced my road bike, which I bought 2nd hand to get into triathlons a little while back and have loved riding and have had so much joy from. And they've told me(and I agree) that she prob wont make another service. But she has got me to this point. My first 70.3 next weekend! Whoop Whoop! My question is I'm going to step it up now the full distance next year. I can only afford to buy one bike at the moment. Should it be a triathlon bike? I do most of my rides alone anyway. At that distance it's the only option really, hey? P.S. Thanks for the content Taren

    That LBS tip at the end is gold. I love online, and almost felt(past tense) charitable giving the LBS my business, until I needed a few things immediately and used them and developed a relationship. The knowledge you get for free is re-donk-u-less!!

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