2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Quintana Roo Dulce
$2,100, Quintanarootri.com
The draw: Smooth ride

Carbon tri bikes don’t get much more affordable or functional than the Dulce. The fit profile of this women’s-specific model is geared toward moderate to conservative positions, preserving the frame’s intended ride characteristics by eliminating the need for most riders to use a tall stack of flimsy spacers. The frame creates a smooth ride experience by absorbing most road roughness, although it isn’t the stiffest. The components are barebones but up to the task and, as an added bonus, Quintana Roo is one of just two bike makers to include the popular ISM Adamo saddle. Small gearing and small frame sizes are the two primary women’s-specific features.

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