2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes Part Two

Ridley Dean $3,795 (Frameset)

This frame is arrestingly beautiful in person. The swooping tubes, integrated seat post and muscular nosecone make the Dean stand out in any transition area. The integrated seat mast must be cut to length, and it has 20mm of height adjustment. The fixed post design prevents the Dean from fitting in some travel cases and makes resale tricky, but the bike performs on the road. The stiff front end helps the bike carve quickly through tight bends, and it accelerates without a hint of flex. Geometry prevents an extremely steep saddle position, but roughly 79 degrees is attainable. Ridley-bikes.com

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