Best Item We Can’t Get
Simplon Nexio Tri-Specific Road Bike
Eurobike is full of companies that don’t sell bikes in the U.S., and several have aero bikes. The fact that these race machines aren’t available to us typically isn’t a big loss. Most are time trial bikes. They’re not designed to be fast, comfortable and practical for most triathletes. Base bars sunken into the top tube are en vogue, and the result is geometry similar to tri bikes from 10 years ago. The Simplon Nexio is a rare example of a bike that is useful for triathlon that has no directly parallel option here in the U.S. It’s a road bike with a forward-set seatpost, frame tubes shaped to be aerodynamically efficient (I have no idea if the frame actually is or isn’t) and comes with clip-on aerobars. Basically, it’s an out-of-the-box bike suited to both triathlon and road riding. Many road bikes sold in America can be set up in this way, but none come pre-set.