2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Parlee TTi
$6,200, Parleecycles.com
The draw: Tasteful craftsmanship with geometry options

This is a craftsman’s piece. Simple and elegant tube shapes set this bike apart from those rushing toward a flashier or more marketable solution to aerodynamic design. Parlee offers two different headtube lengths for each frame size, allowing each rider to pick a quasi-custom geometry by selecting a stack height to match their reach dimension. If you’re looking for an aesthetically clean and well-built machine, this American-made bike is hard to beat.