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2006-07-22 1:19 PM

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Subject: Tri-bikes vs Road bike
I was recently at a bike shop in my home town and I was checking out the different bikes when a sales person asked me if there was something she could help me with. I mentioned I was looking at upgrading my bike for triathlons, she took over to a different section where the "TRIATHLETE BIKES" were....

Now, outside of having the Aerobars already installed, and a different look to the frame, what's the difference between an Equinox TRI-Bike and a regualr Equinox???



2006-07-22 5:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri-bikes vs Road bike
Check out the "Gear" forum. Many people have asked about this topic!
2006-07-22 6:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri-bikes vs Road bike
In general, a tri-oriented bike will have a steeper seat tube angle (76-78 degrees) vs a road bike, a shorter top tube, and a lower front end. The idea is that you essentially take a road position, and rotate it forward about the bottom bracket, then rest on your elbows. It also allows you to come off the bike more able to run comfortably. But also, it SHOULD put less of your weight on the front wheel (as opposed to getting forward on a road bike) so that the handling stays fairly neutral (something that most bike companies are still trying to get down).

Hope that helps.
2006-07-24 12:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Tri-bikes vs Road bike
Here is what you need:

An excellent article written by an excellent shop:

http://bikesportmichigan.com/bikes/difference.shtml
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