These aluminum tri bikes—priced as affordably as any—have all the essential features you need to ride fast and comfortably. We road-tested them to help you find the best match for your riding style.
Specialized Shiv Elite A1 Apex
Any bike fitter will confirm that comfort, not a low position, is the key to a fast ride. If you’re most comfortable in an upright position, the Shiv is a perfect match. This frame is optimized for a high bar position, and the tall and adjustable bars further complement that riding style.
Thanks to the omnidirectional adjustment offered by the aerobar and reversible seat post, the Shiv can span an incredibly broad range of positions. Both front and rear shifting is crisp. Wide gearing options (52/36 chainrings with an 11-28 cassette) help you stay connected at high speeds while still offering spin-able gears for steep hills.
Road vibration is more subdued when riding the Shiv. It corners with incredible precision and stability, and turns a little more deliberately and quickly when riding in an upright position than the Blue.
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