2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Argon 18 E-112
$4,905, Argon18bike.com
The draw: Solid and stiff ride feel

Spending big for marginal gains to frame performance isn’t always the best way to stock your garage with fast gear. The E-112 has the same muscular frame shape as the Canadian company’s higher-end bikes, but utilizes a standard aerobar attachment system and brake instead of integrated options. Both of the supposed “downgrades” make a bike easier to travel with and maintain. The price for this complete bike is well beyond most with similar drivetrain components, largely due to the race-ready Shimano Dura-Ace C35 carbon wheels. The cost for functional and practical bike drops substantially when equipped with a basic wheelset.