For The Multisport Newbie On A Budget
You’re newly committed to triathlon and want a single set of gear that will be everything you need not only for races, but during training as well.
Quintana Roo Kilo C
Finding a bike you can comfortably ride in the tri position is the best investment you can make—and getting professionally fit before choosing a bike ensures you find the right one. The Kilo C offers a fast and comfortable ride at an attainable price tag. Its aerodynamically shaped carbon frame is designed to match realistic dimensions—not a pro-style aggressive fit—while still creating a true triathlon position. A mix of reliable Sram Rival components and adjustable Profile Design T2+ aerobars round out the functional, not flashy, build.
This adjustable and ventilated helmet isn’t as fast as an aero helmet, but the Array is more comfortable than many pricier options.
X-Lab Turbo Wing
This rear hydration system can carry two bottles and flat-repair supplies. And all without sacrificing speed: A recent third-party wind tunnel test showed this system to be more aerodynamic than mounting two bottles to the frame.
Gore Power 2.0 Lady and Power Lady Bibtights Short+
$80 (jersey), $110 (bib short), Goreapparel.com
Saving money by buying budget cycling clothing is appealing, but a kit that connects with your body and stays in place pays big returns in ride enjoyment. Gore’s suspender-style Power Lady Bibtights don’t bunch, and the bib portion unzips for quick pit stops.
Specialized Trivent Expert
The robust Velcro strap and anatomical cut make the Trivent worthy for both training rides and races. Get a pair of insulated shoe covers for winter, and these shoes can stay on your feet year-round.
$85 (top), $99 (bottom), Blueseventy.com
A two-piece triathlon race kit—like the TX2000—saves changing time and ensures comfort on race day. This kit tapers comfortably and provides just the right amount of pad support without chafing during the run, plus ample pocket storage.