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::Appropiate Bike for Tri??::(4 posts)

::Appropiate Bike for Tri??::daironin
Oct 14, 2002 7:07 PM
I'm new to cycling, but I'm looking to buy a mt bike. I'm looking to start training for a triathalon and I have everything but the bike. My question is, given that I'm 6'4" 220lb male, what size, type, or make would be appropiate for me? Thanks in advance.
re: ::Appropiate Bike for Tri??::jtolleson
Oct 14, 2002 7:42 PM
Do you want a mountain bike or are you shopping specific for your triathlon? Your post is a bit ambiguous that way.

For those just looking to combine a few recreational triathlons for kicks while having only one road (yes, road bikes for tris, realistically) bike, I can't really justify something "tri specific." A good quality road bike that suits your other needs will do the job just fine.

If you feel strongly about it, you can add aerobars or tweak the geometry.

But if you are a multi-bike kind of rider with some $$ to spend, you can get some very "tri specific" suggestions.
re: ::Appropiate Bike for Tri??::daironin
Oct 14, 2002 7:51 PM
Thanks for the quick response, and yes, I'm looking for a Mt Bike that I would use for a few rec tris (like you said). Refining my question, I'm interested in a mt bike (that I can use for a few tris) that would be suitable for a tall, heavy guy like myself. Really, I'm just curious about the sizes that would be suitable. There's the XTerra Half Moon Bay tri that has a 30k Mt Bike course.

Thanks again!
re: ::Appropiate Bike for Tri??::Akirasho
Oct 15, 2002 12:03 AM
... you'll have a ton of options... but I might suggest an aluminium hardtail (I like Cannondales) for XTerra events.

While it'll cost ya, you can get a relatively lightweigt XC rig that'll remain stiff under your weight and power. Cannondale's XL just might fit you (I have two XL 'Dale MTB's that fit well (6'2")).

You might want to cross reference this post over at MTBR. XTerra Tris are still a relatively new sport...

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