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Tri vs. standard road(5 posts)

Tri vs. standard roadjptaylorsg
May 13, 2003 6:23 PM
This might seem like a dumb question, but I'm kinda new to this. I understand why time trials bikes look so different because of aerodynamics and such, but why are tri bikes more like trials bikes than standard road bikes? It seems like, especially on the Iron Man level, the regular road style would make more sense for the length of the rides. I've never ridden an aero trials or tri bike. Am I missing something?
re: Tri vs. standard roadcarpe_podium
May 13, 2003 6:56 PM
Tri bikes are aero, etc., because they aren't allowed to draft. The geometry of the TT\Tri bike allows the rider to get into the aero "tuck" and still make good power.
... food for thought...Akirasho
May 13, 2003 7:27 PM

Be the bike.
May 14, 2003 3:32 AM
the bike leg of a tri is essentially a TT.

BTW - about half the field of the Ironman rides road geometry.
road geometry misnomercurtybirdychopper
May 14, 2003 1:28 PM
I here stats like this too. I bet it is a misnomer because it is likely the road geometry bikes at the iron distance races are probably set up with reversed seat posts or other forward seat arrangements to increase seat tube angle.

Half the bikes are prolly tri bikes and the other half prolly have road front ends + bolt-on aero bars and forward seats. But who knows...