What is a Triathlon Bike?
Triathlon bikes look similar and ride similar to road and time trial bikes. However, these bikes have several characteristics that set them apart from other types of bikes. The priority of a triathlon bike is to provide the best possible speed and aerodynamics when riding in triathlon competitions. Their speed and aerodynamics are crucial as competitors compete with other triathletes to achieve the fastest possible time to complete all three stages of the triathlon (swimming, cycling and running).
Unlike TT bikes, which focus solely on speed, thriathlon bikes put riders in a position that puts less pressure on the hips. This setting means that by the time riders reach the running stage, their hamstrings are not worn out and are able to set the best time for the run.
What is a triathlon bike for?
As the name suggests, a triathlon bike is made for triathlon racing. While road bikes are often used for triathlons, triathlon bikes are specially designed to achieve optimal performance in these demanding competitions. The cycling stage of the “Olympic Standard” triathlon race is 40 km, or approximately 25 miles.
Due to the intense nature of triathlon competitions, dedicated bikes are usually adequately equipped to store liquids and high-energy snacks.
Who should use a triathlon bike?
If you plan to start triathlon regularly and want to have the best chance in the competition, it is worth investing in a high-quality triathlon bike to achieve success.
Who shouldn’t use a triathlon bike?
If you do not plan to start a triathlon, or if you run a triathlon very rarely, you may not need to invest in a triathlon bike. Road bikes are an alternative that works well in triathlon, but also works well for other purposes such as recreational riding and commuting.
Also, if you are struggling with poor posture or back problems, a triathlon bike can worsen your condition. Instead, a road bike with a less aggressive riding position would be a better choice.
Trek is a manufacturer and distributor of bikes and dedicated bicycle products under brands such as Trek, Electra, Bontrager and Diamant Bikes. Previously, Trek also manufactured bikes under the Gary Fisher, LeMond, Klein and Villiger Bikes brands. Trek is based in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Their bikes are sold through 1,700 independent bike stores in North America, subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, and South Africa, and distributors in 90 countries around the world. The majority of Trek bicycles are now manufactured outside the United States, in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan and China.
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