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It's been awhile but here goes ROAD bike vs TRI bike(4 posts)

It's been awhile but here goes ROAD bike vs TRI bikeKudzu Kannibal
Aug 9, 2002 12:06 PM
First off, who is the last Ironman winner to ride a REAL TRI bike in the Hawaiin Ironman. It seems it's always a Road Frame with a few aero adjustments. Anyone want to comment?

Not making any notes here, but I switched to a Road Bike and noticed I have gained the power I lacked on the tri bike and my runs still feel the same. So why go back?

Basically I sacrificed what little Aero I was gaining for the big loss of Power I was missing. And yes, I was fitted on my Tri Bike years ago. But my back has thanked me for the move (maybe I should buy a Softride?)...

BTW, most of my races in GA/AL/TN are in hills and I am an amateur, so maybe some of the more elite can answer this.

Tim DeBoom?!sn69
Aug 11, 2002 5:50 PM
He rides a LS Blade, right? That's a tri bike. Lothar Leder rides a Cervello P3. Heather Furh rides a QRoo PicanTi. Steve Larson is a Cervelo guy. PNF rides a tri bike, as does Katja Schumaker (?), Troy Jacobson, Joanna Zieger....

But that doesn't matter. My humble opinion is all that matters is what feels good to you. I started my tri-ing on an old 2.8 'Dale R700. Gosh it was fast, light and stiff. Did I mention stiff? Riding that rocket was like attaching a jack hammer to my lower spine, regardless of the tires and/or position. I went from that to a Softride, which was aero, comfy and very nice indeed. I liked that bike a lot and raced quite sucessfully on it. But, I grew tired of it's twitchy handling and the weight penalty. Today I ride a normal road bike. I love it...but I'll own another tri bike soon.

The key is to ride whatever you like that enhances your enjoyment of the sport. All the aero gimmicks, true, false or otherwise, don't amount to squat if you don't like your ride.

As for Softride, people either love or hate them. I'd own one again, although they are a bit like exotic sports cars--they require a lot of tweaking to keep in tune.

Maybe what you need is a hybrid geometry like Aegis or the slacker angled QRoos, Cervelos or Yaquis. It's worth looking into at least.

Good luck,
Tim DeBoom?!Kudzu Kannibal
Aug 12, 2002 8:14 AM
Actually I beg to differ, the DeBoom boys as well as Peter Reid and Luc Van Lierde all ride road geometries. And three of the four of these are Ironman champs.

Go to as I started reading stuff here. I think the guy that hosts this was the founder of QR and he goes over a lot of points on the bike. Don't get me wrong, he favors the tribike, but he talks about things in a non-bias format and so you can see both sides.
Agreed about Slowtwitchsn69
Aug 12, 2002 2:43 PM
Dan site is a fountain of tri-related info, strait from one side of the QRoo dynamic duo. He's also great about answering questions posted to his forum, as are Gerard from Cervelo and Ves from Yaqui (the other half of the original QR team).

As for three of the guys, Tim is (was) on a LS Blade last year (albeit modified from the marketed Blade), Tony is on a Cyfac custom, and Peter has been playing around with various Trek designs, although he has a long standing history of riding modified road geometries from Specialized. I saw him at Wildflower a four years ago--long femurs.

I completely agree about thinking about both frame geometries. It's really all about what feels good/right when you're a typical age grouper.