Bike

Different Triathlon Swim Differences

Super Sprint                                                                      2.5 km (6.2 miles)

Sprint                                                                                   20 km (12.5 miles)

Olympic / Standard / International                              40 km (25 miles)

Half Ironman (70.3) / Half / Middle Distance            90 km (56 miles)

Ironman (140.6) / Long / Full Distance                    180.2 km (112 miles)

Types of Bikes

Road

  • Road bikes are designed to provide great maneuverability and responsiveness and efficient transfer of energy from your working muscles to the pedals and the rest of the drivetrain. For most people, the riding position on a road bike is more comfortable than on a triathlon bike.
  • The seat tube angleof a road bike is around 72 degrees. Traditional handlebars with hoods (the upper parts of the handlebar) and drops (the lower parts) also set road bikes apart from triathlon bikes.
  • Road bikes are easier to ride than triathlon bikes and less expensive.

 

Triathlon

  • Triathlon-specific bikes have a different geometry and different handlebars to road bikes. The seat tube angle is 78 degrees or more and aerodynamic handlebars, or aerobars.
  • The triathlon bike geometry allows for a streamlined, flat-back position that minimizes aerodynamic drag. The increased seat tube angle makes it possible to achieve a similar hip operating range as on road bikes despite the flat-back position.
  • Finally, the frame itself of a triathlon bike is designed for aerodynamics. Road bike frames, on the other hand, are designed for maneuverability and responsiveness.

Components of a Bicycle

Road Bike

Triathlon Bike