5 Road Bike Reviews For Triathletes

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Nov 18, 2013
  • Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 12:53 AM UTC
Specialized Amira Compact Photo: John David Becker

Specialized Amira Compact


Road performance
The majority of this bike’s cost goes toward maximizing its most important pieces: the frame and wheels. Robust DT Swiss wheel components are designed to have a long lifespan, and the all-carbon frame is intended to ride smoothly yet maintain stiffness. The individual components are decidedly mid- to low-end, meaning a few of the small bits might need to be upgraded or swapped within a few years, but spending for a frame and wheels is the best way to maximize ride quality in an affordable bike.

Tri convertibility
Specialized’s definition of women’s-specific road geometry suits aero positions exceptionally well. Like the Felt Z Series frame, the Amira has a relatively short reach to the aerobars, an advantage when trying to support the upper body in the aero position. In addition to that benefit, the Amira has a steeper seat tube angle than most road bikes. Slap a forward-set seat post on this bike, and it becomes perfectly suited to a comfortable and fast aero position.

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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

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