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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
Felt Z3 Photo: John David Becker

Felt Z3

$3,100, Feltbicycles.com

Road performance
Instead of tailoring the fit of this bike for professional road racers, the Z Series is shaped for more comfortable positions. As a result, this bike is perfectly suited as a change of pace from spending hours tucked in the aero position. Its ride feel is consistent with the fit. The Z3 is stiff when punching up a climb, yet mutes road vibration better than most. Shimano Ultegra parts are interspersed with cheaper bits to keep the cost down. Rear shifting is tight and sharp, and a wide gear span keeps the crank spinning up most steep inclines.

Tri convertibility
A geometric hallmark of the more conservative fit schemes used on bikes such as the Z3 is a shorter reach distance from the saddle to the handlebar. Trimming this distance makes riding in the aerobars more attainable because this change to the shape of a frame helps scoot the aerobar elbow cups beneath the arms in a way that truly supports the upper body. As a result, shoulder strain goes way down.

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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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