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Gear Upgrades That Really Matter

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Oct 23, 2012
  • Updated 5 hours ago
Photo: Nils Nilsen


Whether you’re just getting started in the sport or looking to invest in your next aero enhancement, identify the gear that meets your unique goals before dipping into your bank account.

For the PR Pursuer

You’ll stop at nothing—price tag be damned—to realize that next time benchmark. This gear is as dedicated to speed as you are.

Helmet:
Rudy Project Wingspan
$305, E-rudy.com

Air flows through the Wingspan more freely than other aero lids, eliminating the only reason to race using a road helmet: cooling. Despite the short tail and broad vents, the Wingspan has performed admirably in multiple independent wind tunnel tests observed by Triathlete.

Kit:
Castelli Body Paint Tri suit
$270, Castelli-cycling.com

Created from one seamless piece of material, the snugly supportive Body Paint Tri contours to an athletic physique, reducing drag.

Power:
Look Keo Power
$2,200, Lookcycle.com

Still the only pedal-based power meter, Look’s Keo Power system offers the accuracy and data tracking features of crank- and hub-based systems with one big added benefit. Switching Keo Power pedals between bikes is quicker and easier than changing a crank and still leaves the option to use different wheels for training and racing.

Bike:
Cervélo P5 Dura-Ace
$6,000, Cervelo.com

The Canadians at Cervélo have been producing world-besting aerodynamic tri bikes for more than a decade, but some of the P5’s predecessors lacked ride quality or mechanical functionality. The newest edition of the company’s flagship frame reverses that trend. Sure it’s fast in a straight line, but the P5 also corners brilliantly and is easy to maintain. Geometry is also updated to fit positions ridden by real triathletes rather than European road racers.

Wheels:
Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Tubular
$2,300, Bontrager.com

These broad carbon tubular rims blend effectively with smooth-rolling wide tires to create outstanding aerodynamic performance and a gentle ride. The tubular construction saves nearly a pound over Bontrager’s clincher alternative, but be ready to spend more money and time to replace these higher-end tires.

Photos: Cervélo P5

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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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