Superbikes, dream bikes and our picks for realistic entry- and mid-level rides make our list of most anticipated rides for the upcoming year. And while some bikes are completely new, others are refinements of proven race machines.
Cervélo PX Series, $5,500-$12,000
Cervélo appears to be converging multiple lines of triathlon bikes, taking elements of the P5x and P3x, and merging the best designs and features from each. Fully integrated storage, disc brakes and top-tier wheel and component packages from SRAM or Shimano make this a must-have bike for any serious triathlete.
Cervélo P Series, $2,500-$7,000
Offering a traditional frame shape, the Cervélo P Series also includes disc brakes, a one-by option and integrated hydration and storage for long course training and racing needs. The P Series is a great value and a top-level performer at half the cost of many premier bikes.
Specialized Shiv TT Disc, $13,000
If you caught a glimpse of Lucy Charles-Barclay riding at the front of the women's pack at the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, you might have noticed her on a Specialized Shiv TT Disc. The hard-to-miss, rear-mounted Fuelcell hydration storage smooths airflow coming off of the rider to reduce speed-sapping drag. The innovative shape of the fork with a wide profile under an easy-to-adjust cockpit adds further speed and comfort benefits.
Canyon Speedmax CF SLX 9.0 LTD, $9,999
The German-made Canyon Speedmax CF SLX 9.0 LTD is a tri bike without compromise: Shimano Dura-Ace components and Zipp 858NSW wheels check all the boxes on a triathlete's wish list on this all-aero bike. Canyon eschews disc brakes for the tried and true rim-brake technology.
Trek Speed Concept, $3,799-$4,299
The Trek SpeedConcept makes the "we want it" list due to its aerodynamic superiority—it was way ahead of its time when it launched several years ago—range of sizes, nearly infinite adjustability and multitude of customizable configuration options available through the Trek ProjectOne program.
Pinarello Bolide TR+, $16,099
Sparing no expense, the Pinarello Bolide TR+ leads the field, quite literally: The Pinarello Bolide has several times come within just a few minutes of the 4-hour mark for the bike split in the 140.6 distance. Features include a 3D-printed cockpit and bento box, asymmetrical aerodynamic frame shapes and SRAM or Shimano component groups featuring hydraulic disc brakes. The Pinarello Bolide TR+ is available in four sizes, starting at 48.5 cm and has been engineered with a lower bottom bracket and lower standover height.
Felt IA FRD Disc, $15,999
Years ago, before integration was standard on triathlon superbikes, Felt was hiding brakes and bento boxes out of the wind. The Felt IA FRD refines previous designs and continues to be the bike of choice of some of the fastest women in the pro field. The TexTreme carbon not only gives this bike the unique checkerboard appearance, it also affords additional stiffness without extra material or weight.
Liv Avow Advanced, $2,400
The Liv Avow Advanced is a women's specific tri bike that sacrifices nothing. Frame geometries are scaled appropriately—not just made smaller—to offer comfort and precise handling. The Shimano 105 drivetrain is reliable and offers precision shifting while the Tektro brakes offer confidence-inspiring braking.
Giant Trinity Advanced, $3,600
Taking cues and inheriting trickle-down tech from bikes with premium price tags, the Giant Trinity Advanced is an excellent option for beginners and seasoned triathletes alike. Now available for the masses: hidden rim-brakes, hydration and storage options that work seamlessly with the bike frame, as well as a lightweight and high-performing component group from Shimano.
Ventum Z Mechanical, $3,500
You won't go unnoticed on this unusually shaped frame—sans downtube—from Ventum. The design of the Ventum Z offers comfort through compliance, as well as the aerodynamic benefits of no downtube. Mechanical shifting offered by the Shimano component group is precise and offers a pleasing feel when shifting. The integrated hydration container is available in a variety of color options and stores 1.4L of liquid.
Quintana Roo PR4 Disc, $2,677-$4,335
The Quinata Roo PR4 Disc offers more bike for a moderate price tag compared with other boutique brands. The asymmetrical chainstays provide positive power transfer and efficient aerodynamics. Mechanical disc brakes mean there's no need to maintain a hydraulic oil system, yet they still provide superior stopping power in all conditions. A behind-the-saddle storage container, as well as a top-tube bento box, make this a bike suitable for any distance race or training session.
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