Triathlon and Time Trial (TT) bikes: what are they like to ride?
Triathlon bikes are highly specialised and developed specifically for the sport. They have aerodynamic frames, with a riding position designed to work your quad muscles on your thighs and save your hamstrings for the final run.
In return for a fast and efficient ride on the smooth, time trial (TT) bikes can be known to sacrifice comfort and possibly cornering. They have lightweight frames, very high gearing, deep rim or disk wheels and often have airfoil-shaped tubing as well as special triathlon handlebars, known as tri bars. With these type of bars, the bar curves forward so that your hands and forearms can be rested close together while providing good stability. In addition the cables are normally hidden away or at least tucked in to reduce air resistance as much as possible - for example, they can be integrated within the top-tube.
- The seat tube tends to be at a steeper angle for a more forward riding position which saves hamstring strength for the running part of the race
- 'Aero bars' which stretch forward from the handlebars are designed to give you a more aerodynamic profile when you're riding and often have brake levers on the side horns
- Wheels are lightweight, aerodynamic and often have fewer spokes than the standard 32
- Triathlon rules can be very strict - we can check your bike to make sure it qualifies
- Experienced racing cyclists
Confident cyclists/triathletes looking to compete seriously
Triathlons, time trials and other high speed races
- You're a novice cyclist
- You want to travel off-road (see mountain bikes)
- You want to commute to work (see hybrid bikes)
- You want to do long-distance cycle touring (see touring bikes)
- You want to ride in a group
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