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5 Road Bike Reviews For Triathletes

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Nov 18, 2013
  • Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 12:53 AM UTC
Trek Madone 6.2 Photo: John David Becker

Trek Madone 6.2

$4,620, Trekbikes.com

Road performance
Not all Shimano Ultegra component groups are the same. The rear derailleur often gets the majority of the attention, but shifters, crankset and brakes each influence bike function more significantly than the derailleurs, and many bikes are made cheaper by down-spec’ing these key parts. The Madone 6.2 does not—every piece is top-notch. While stiffness isn’t this bike’s greatest attribute, smooth ride feel helps make up for it.

Tri convertibility
Like the Parlee, Trek offers this same frame in two different geometry schemes—one tuned for all-out race positions and another suited to less aggressive fits. The race-oriented version called H1 has a longer reach to the bars, meaning most riders will have to rely on an adjustable clip-on to get comfy in the aero position. The H2 frame, with its shorter horizontal reach distance and taller front end, is naturally suited to be converted to a tri position. And the rear-offset seat mast cap can be flipped frontward, positioning the saddle in a way that is closer to ideal for triathlon.

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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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