2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes Part One

  • By Aaron Hersh and Geoff Nenninger
  • Published May 22, 2012
  • Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM UTC

Triathletes have fantasized about bikes built specifically for triathlon, not road time trialing, for years and several are finally available. In addition to the Shiv’s age-group-friendly geometry, Specialized’s first true triathlon bike has two fast and functional features that are banned in road cycling. Its stunningly deep tubes are more aerodynamic than Specialized’s UCI-legal designs, and it boasts a refillable hydration bladder concealed in the frame. These tri-specific designs combined with other practical features make the Shiv a leader in the drive into the new era of fast and functional tri bikes.

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