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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


Felt S22
$1,700, Feltbicycles.com

Fit

Price is this frame’s only “entry-level” characteristic. If you’re comfortable leaning far into a textbook aerodynamic triathlon position, the S22 is your bike. Its geometry is perfectly suited for an aggressive aerodynamic position, and the bars offer a wide range of fore-aft adjustment.

Kit

Although braking performance isn’t exceptional, the Sram Apex drivetrain flicks through gears with rapid precision, like the Specialized. A brief soft-pedal stroke is all the assistance it needs for a sharp front shift. The shape of the aerobar extensions creates just the right amount of tension through the wrists to lock you in place without strain.

Ride

Stability and agility are in perfect balance. The S22 precisely carves through corners when you lean in the aerobars, yet never twitches or flinches in a straight line. Road vibration is moderately harsh, however.

Verdict: If you prefer an aggressive position, the Felt is your clear choice. For calm, predictable handling and a conservative position, the Blue wins out, but the Shiv blends superior componentry and a more agile ride feel with an equally comfortable fit.

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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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