Triathlon Bikes You (Probably) Can’t Afford – 2014 Edition

Back in 2011, we posted about 11 Triathlon Bikes You (Probably) Can’t Afford. Almost 3 years later, it’s a whole new world of triathlon super bikes, so we thought it was time to update the list. These bikes are the latest and greatest in triathlon cycling, and the price tags show it. Yes, for these prices you could be driving a new car (or at least hand over a substantial down payment on one), but if you’re anything like us, you’ll have one of these babies sitting on the roof rack of your beat up car, you paid $2500 for 15 years ago. But then we digress…

One of the coolest thing about most of these bikes is that the manufacturers have set a new standard: that of a making bikes specific to triathlon. Gone are the days when triathletes have to adapt bikes made for pure cyclists to suit the needs of our sport. In many cases, these bikes are no longer UCI legal. Bike builders are taking advantage of the lack of UCI restrictions placed on triathlon bikes, allowing for increased aerodynamic tubing in the frames and steeper seat tube angles. Many of these bikes come with built in storage for hydration and nutrition (also not allowed in UCI regulations). All of these bikes come with race wheels, and most come with electronic shifting which also reflects in the pricing.

So, without further ado, we give you Triathlon Bikes You (Probably) Can’t Afford – 2014 Edition:

Scott Plasma 3 HMX

Yours for only $14,300

The Plasma 3, made with HMX Carbon Fiber, incorporates SCOTT Aerodynamic Science to create a no compromise triathlon machine. It was the frame of choice in setting a new Ironman World Record in 2011. In the 2013 addition of the Ironman World Championship, this bike was ridden by Luke McKenzie and Sebastian Kienle, 2nd & 3rd place respectively.


Felt IA

Yours for only $14,000

The Felt IA FRD includes everything to make you faster. Lighter weight. More Stiffness. Better comfort, fit and position. Even nutrition and tool storage. In particular I like the way the seat post is designed. It’s unique, and seems very functional. This bike was ridden to victory (ans overall course record) by Mirinda Carfrae in the 2013 Ironman World Championship.

felt_iaBMC TM01

Yours for only $14,000

According to the BMC website: “After swimming fast and before giving your best run. You need the best possible tool to cut the wind during the long hours spent on your bike, whether training or at an Ironman. You enjoy the challenge but you want to be perfectly prepared. You live for triathlon.” Yep, that about sums it up. The best part of integrated stem and steer tube is 1. it’s great for finding the perfect position, and 2. putting one together reminds me of when I was a kid, building Lego castles!


Broadman Elite Air 9.8

Yours for only $12,999

Everything about this bike is about speed, from the TTE frameset module, a product of Boardman’s cutting edge R&D process to the Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset to the Zipp 404/808 wheelset. Ridden by 2012 Ironman World Champion, Pete Jacobs, this is another great example of how the front end of these new super bikes is integrated to be clean, aero, and super fast.



Trek Speed Concept 9.9

Yours for only $11,550

The Trek Speed Concept 9 Series has opened up its lead. It features cleaner, more complete integration, even better performance at low yaw angles, and it’s nearly a pound lighter. Ironman Champions, Tim O’Donnell, 5th in Kona for 2013 (1st American!) and Linsey Corbin, 11th in Kona for 2013 both rocked it on this bike, as did Michi Weiss at Ironman Cozumel (aboard a special Trek/SRM/Xentis collaboration bike). This is a very fast bike!



Specialized S-Works Shiv Di2

Yours for only $11,000

The Shiv is the ultimate Tri weapon, delivering the perfect blend of stealthy power, drag-defying aerodynamics, and tailored fit options. With its FACT carbon frame, and optimized rear wheel airflow (especially in crosswinds), the Shiv ensures you’re cutting through the wind while cranking out huge watts of race-crushing power. The integrated Fuelselage™ hydration system gives easy access to on-the-bike fuel, plus riders of all sizes will be able to dial their fit perfectly thanks to a huge range of available adjustments. The Shiv was one of the first fully committed triathlon specific bikes on the market in 2011, in 2013, component updates keep it very new, with hydrolic brakes and the Sitero TT/Triathlon specific saddle coming stock. With high performance athletes like 3-time Ironman World Champ Craig Alexander, Ironman Champ Jordan Rapp, and 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champ Melissa Hauschildt all rocking this bike, you know it’s a hot bike!


Cannondale Slice RS

Yours for only $10,830

Slice RS is pure unadulterated FAST. Based on the concept that Narrow is Aero, everything on the bike, from the radical steerer-less fork to the Windshadow brakes to that crazy looking seat post, is designed to minimize the surface area presented to the wind. It works. Tests show the Slice RS can save up to 20 seconds in 40k compared to our competition.


Ceepo CP Viper

Yours for only $10,500

The VIPER geometry is designed for long distance triathlon races where athletes need to run comfortably after the 180km bike ride with special consideration for Ironman Hawaii. Saving the rider’s energy for the run while maximizing pedal power is key in long distance triathlon, and the VIPER does just that.


Cervelo P5 Six (Di2)

Yours for only $10,000

The P5 brings to the world the most advanced and the most aerodynamic triathlon/TT bike possible. Designed using Formula 1-level Computational Fluid Dynamics software (CFD) and proven in the wind tunnel, the P5 is six to 11 watts faster than other so-called “superbikes”. When compiling this list of bikes, we were surprised to see that the P5 was at the bottom in terms of price. A great value for a really fast bike! The Cervelo P5 was the choice of several of the top athletes at Kona in 2013, including Ironman World Champion Frederik Van Lierde, James Cunnama, Tyler Butterfield, and amongst the women’s field, Rachel Joyce, and Caroline Steffen.


So there you have it. Our 2014 list of Triathlon Bike You (Probably) Can’t Afford. That, of course, does not imply that you still won’t buy one. 😉

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