2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Guru CR.701
$4,000, (Tier 1 frameset) Gurucycles.com
The draw: Custom fit

Integrated front ends are appealing, but they’re also a pain. Instead of eking out a few grams of drag savings with an exotic nosecone, its custom geometry separates the Guru CR.701 from other premier bikes. This model’s geometry can be tailored to any fit, and the Canadian bike maker offers two lesser (and more affordable) levels of customization. External brakes and the traditional stem and steerer tube make the CR.701 mechanically reliable and simple, further helping an athlete get the most out of his or her body.