These 4 Season tires have 'Duraskin', a polyamide layer to supposedly resist punctures and abrasion. I would rather sacrifice some tire weight for a more durable, flat resistance tire-cause I am slow anyway and have no immediate AG rank aspirations.
I have just changed to Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case with a Kevlar layer to hopefully reduce the frequency of flats on recommendation by the LBS. I was interested in the Continental Gatorskins but couldn't find any locally.
This is my first tri bike. Couldn't be happier.
A fantastically fast bike that has the looks and weight to go with it! I have not ridden anything that excels at speed as much as this bike and I have a lot of different manufacturers that I've owned or sold to compare it to. It is super "clean" in its design and the frontal area that is presented to the wind is very narrow. Highly recommenede to anyone trying to squeeze those last few mph out of their bike split.
Great bike under Two Grand.
Elbow pads on Profile-Designs aerobars are attached with a weak adhesive
Good shoe, though I would reather spend about $200 on something else!
Fits fine, well made and I got them via the DeSoto web site at close-out time, hence the incredible price.
Ultegra and 105 components on a sub-grand bike. Cheap wheelset (but I plan to upgrade to nicer race wheels eventually, these work fine for training). Clunky aerobars (again, a planned future upgrade). Wish it had a downtube bottle mount. I knew at the start of 2006 that I wanted this bike, so I saved for a year and found it in 2007 (2006 closeout).
I like it. Comfortable and very easy to get the bottle in and out.