How to Choose Between the Triathlon Bikes

When you shop for triathlon bikes at, it’s important that you choose the perfect bike for you and for where you race. Choosing a bike that is comfortable, durable and sized appropriately can buy you precious time in a race. Other elements, such as being lightweight and aerodynamic can save you even more time. Above all, your bike should be designed with you, the triathlete in mind—it could mean the difference between winning and placing second.
There are five essential qualities to compare triathlon bikes on when you choose the right one for you. Each of these qualities will enable you to shave much needed seconds off your race. Not all bikes rank the same in all these qualities, so short of customization, there is usually a trade-off between brands.

  • Tri bikes have to be as lightweight as possible without sacrificing durability. For the lightest cycles, Scott bikes, especially the new Plasma 3 and the Quintana Roo CD 0.1 are the hands-down favorite according to many of our customers.
  • Durability is important to balance with comfort, and in some cases, weight. Most bikes at are carbon fiber. If you are a larger rider looking for a road bike and durability wins out for you, you can’t beat the Bianchi Oltre or the Colnago CX1 EVO.
  • Comfort is a major consideration, especially if you have a bad back. In Ironman’s selection, carbon fiber tri bikes win on comfort. The Scott Plasma 3 and theQuintana Roo CD 0.1 Dura-Ace are the top of the line for comfort.
  • Aerodynamic design can greatly decrease wind resistance and shave some time off your run. The best in class is the Quintana Roo CD 0.1 Dura-Ace.
  • The geometry of the frame is also extremely important, especially in how upright and forward the seat tube is. On a tri bike, you will want to be seated farther over the cranks to maximize muscle efficiency and your personal aerodynamics. Look for a more aggressive style with the Scott Plasma 3.

Shop for Customizing Your Triathlon Bike

The Store is based in Tampa Bay, Florida, but don’t let that discourage you if you don’t live anywhere near this location. The benefits when you shop is their Fly N’ Tri program.

Now for the benefit—if you shop at the physical location, you can have your bike customized especially for you with the Retul Fit System. This is a proprietary 3D imaging custom fitting system that customizes your bike to your body and biomechanics with exquisite precision. If you let handle shipping your triathlon bike outside of Florida, you get this service absolutely free and you save on sales tax!! The Ironman Store will even pay for your hotel stay.

If you have any questions left over after reading this article, never fear. The staff at are well-seasoned triathletes, and they can help you with any questions you may have.


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