2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes Part Two

Kestrel Airfoil Pro SL $2,499

Kestrel has been producing a seat tube-less triathlon bike nearly as long as the sport has been around, but the classic design still has ride quality no other frame can match. It feels less laterally stiff than typical bikes when kicking over hills, but it really shines when sitting in the aero position. The frame eliminates all traces of road vibration through the saddle—it’s remarkably smooth. If you want a comfortable ride without sacrificing much lateral stiffness, the Airfoil Pro SL is the best option at any price. The component spec is good enough to get the job done and makes this one-of-a-kind frame surprisingly affordable. Kestrelbicycles.com