2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Cannondale Slice 5 105
$2,450, Cannondale.com
The draw: Efficient choice for speed and value

This bike is light on fancy upgrades, but stocked with the key ingredients for a fast bike split. The Shimano 105 component group is modest, but functional and durable. Cannondale’s Slice frame isn’t integrated, but feels incredibly balanced and responsive. The fit is perfect for athletes who ride true tri positions, yet aren’t flexible enough to lick the front tire. Cutting extraneous upgrades while hitting every important attribute puts the Slice 5 105 at the peak of value and performance.

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