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Time Trial Vs Road Bike: What’s The Best Triathlon Bike For A Technical Course?

What is the best bike for triathlon? GTN’s Mark Threlfall puts his road bike and TT bike to the test on both a flat and technical course.

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On flat terrain, the TT bike is superior over a road bike. However, what about more technical courses, or navigating in and out of the town the triathlon is held in?

Mark tests his Cervelo P5X against his S5 on both a flat and technical course to see which will bike come out on top!

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I’d like to see similar tests done on an mid range road bike, set up to put the rider in a more aero TT type position, and the pure TT bike. Similar to what the guys guys did oven on GCN, but comparing direct entry level bike to ‘super bike’.

Particularly important for newcomers, to help them get into the sport, who don’t want to, can’t justify, can’t afford the price tag of the all out Aero Carbon TT Bike.

What about road bike with clip on bars.

how about try road bike with aerobars vs tt bike 🙂

I’m looking at getting my first TT bike, because I’m stepping up in distance. I thinking of trading in my road bike to be able to afford a better TT bike. Will I be missing out on anything training wise by getting rid of my road bike?

My two favourite, although I do like the Andean a tit but better.

This isn’t a TT bike. P5X is not a UCI legal frame, so it cannot be used to ride in time trials. It can only be used for triathlons. It is a Triathlon bike. For those who want to race in triathlons AND time trials, you must buy a UCI legal frame.

I wave used both road bike with clip on aerobars and a tri-bike at distances ranging from Olympic to Ironman. The big difference for me is that the TT/tri bike is designed to be comfortable to ride while in the aerobars, meaning I can spend more time the most aero optimum position (if the course permits). On the other hand, for me the road bike is clearly superior for climbing or technical sections so prefer it for any courses with real climbs. I have not noticed any difference at all in terms of freshness for the run that so many people talk about.

someone used cervelo P5X on the road but i am faster than he is while im using my alloy cheap road bike 🙁 so sad, such a waste……

How tall is Mark and what size of his Cervelo S ?

What if faster in crosswind

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