11 Triathlon Bikes You (Probably) Can’t Afford

Like most triathletes, we here at Trismarter love triathlon bikes! There’s something about these sleek, aerodynamic, human powered machines with shiny components that just makes us drool. The term ‘bike-porn’ is often heard throughout our office! We scour the internet, looking for a glimpse of a sexy looking ride. Sometimes, we even get to try out a few cool bikes at expos and bike shops.

Now more than at anytime in triathlon’s past, we have a huge selection of great bikes to choose from when we are shopping for a new ride. Many of the best bikes out there are becoming more affordable for those of us on a budget. This article, however, is not about those bikes at all. This is a list of our top-10 favorite bikes we’ll never afford.

Giant Trinity Advanced SLO

Giant Trinity Advanced SLO

Giant Trinity Advanced SLO

Advanced SL-Grade Aero Composite frame, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Drivetrain and Zipp wheels. This bike looks the part, no doubt. I remember seeing earlier versions of this design over the past couple of years in the Tour de France time trial stages, ridden by Rabobank. It’s interesting that they have chosen to name the bike “Trinity,” obviously giving a nod to us triathlon folk.
Yours, for $13,000

BMC Time Machine TT01

BMC Time Machine TT01

BMC Time Machine TT01

Swiss made frame using the 3-P system. That means its based on ergonomic data from over 3000 male and female athletes. If you remember as far back as 2006, when Floyd Landis was winning everything in site, you’ll remember that his team, Phonak, was crushing the TT’s in various Tours de Where-ever on the BMC Time Machine TT01 (Also, remember the “Praying-Landis” aero bar setup?). It looked awesome back then, and looks awesome right now! This is my person favorite, if we’re going by looks only.

Yours, for $12,999

Ceepo Viper 2011 Concept

Ceepo Viper 2011 Concept

Ceepo Viper 2011 Concept

Looking for a UCI compliant TT bike? This ain’t it! The folks at Ceepo are serious about making a triathlon bike that is 100% for triathlon. That means they ignore UCI rules about geometry (among others), so that you can ride a bike that will get you to T2 faster AND ready to crush it on the run! As a triathlete, I love that attitude!

Yours, for $12,750

Felt DA

Felt DA

The Felt DA is my second choice for coolest looking bike. It super sexy, and screams, “FAST!”

Yours, for $12,499

Trek Speed Concept 9.9

Trek Speed Concept 9.9

Trek Speed Concept 9.9

Trek has really stepped up in the past few years in the triathlon world, and the Speed Concept is the result. This is a really well thought out bike, complete with useful gadgets, nooks and crannies that keep drag low. And, you can get this bike painted up in anyway you like, making this a ride that says, “My bike split is faster than yours, and all I have to do is show up!”

Yours, for $12,100

Specialized S-Works Shiv 2011 Concept

Specialized S-Works Shiv 2011 Concept

Specialized S-Works Shiv 2011 Concept

The Shiv is another sweet looking ride. The design is similar to the Giant Trinity, and probably at one time or another, had the same people working on it. I’m sure that if the price tag was not so steep, the fact that Macca rides this bike would make the Shiv one of the most sought after bikes in triathlon, as it should be.

Yours, for $11,775

Wilier Cento1 Crono 2011 Concept

Wilier Cento1 Crono 2011 Concept

Wilier Cento1 Crono 2011 Concept

Another nice looking bike with aerodynamic curves. Check out how thick the seat tube is, and the shape of the down tube. Very attractive!

Yours, for $11,240

Look 596 Mondrian 2011

Look 596 Mondrian 2011

Look 596 Mondrian 2011

I can’t say I like the paint job on this bike, but I do like the angles and lines of the frame. Look seems to take a different approach to aerodynamics, using open spaces behind and in front of the wheels.

Yours, for $10,600.

Scott Plasma Premium

Scott Plasma Premium

This bike looks like a Transformer to me. How cool would it be to ride 112 miles on the Plasma Premium, jump off the bike while it “transforms” itself, runs itself over to the bike rack? All while you head out of T2!

Yours, for $9,999

Cervelo P4 9000

Cervelo P4 9000

Cervelo P4 9000

I think it’s safe to say that Cervelo was a huge part of the tri-bike boom in recent years. The P3 was (still is) a revelation for triathletes, and the P4 (if you can find one) is the next logical step.

Yours, for $9,000

Well, there you have it: 11 triathlon bike you (probably) can’t afford. I’m sure there are others out there (feel free to comment on your favorite out-of-reach bike). Of course, you could always mortgage your house, sell your car, or cash in on your kids’ college funds. Or maybe, you’re lucky enough to have this kind of bread laying around. If you do buy one of these bikes, drop me a line, and let me know what you think. Or better yet, send me your bike split results, and let’s analyze your ROI :-)

3 Comments on “11 Triathlon Bikes You (Probably) Can’t Afford”

  1. jared

    Hi

    Did anyone get back to you in regards to the BMC TT01?
    I have been looking everywhere for this frame and just cant find one.
    Would like to contact the person who may of got in touch with you to ask them if they are willing to sell theirs. Looking for a size large.

    Sorry i know its a long shot and had to give it a try.

    Thanks man!
    Jared

    1. Strongy

      Agree with Trismarter, TM01 might be the way to go. The TT01 are pretty hard to find and have somewhat become a collectors item. I was lucky to get one back in 2011 and would want more than the cost of a TM to sell it. If you are a collector I hope you find one, they are an amazing frame.

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