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Fast For Less: Three Affordable Tri Bikes

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Sep 27, 2012
  • Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Blue Triad AL
$1,800, Rideblue.com

Fit

Like the Shiv, the Triad AL is tuned to fit conservative (read: realistic) positions. The reach distance from saddle to bars is fairly short, and the frame provides a tall platform to elevate the bars. The Profile Design T2+ clip-ons create a wide range of adjustability to hone your individual position.

Kit

Front and rear shift performance lags behind the other two bikes. The Micro Shift levers lack the crisp precision of the Sram and Shimano alternatives. The Triad AL is the only bike in the lineup boasting a hidden rear brake, which functions acceptably well. Trustworthy Shimano R500 wheels can stand up to years of training and racing.

Ride

Steering feels controlled and stable at all times. Diving through tight corners isn’t its specialty, but the Triad AL holds a straight line almost by itself. Road vibration is minimized, and the frame feels stiff during quick sprints.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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