2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Scott Plasma 30
$3,150, Scott-sports.com
The draw: Top-end frame built with affordable parts

The triathlete all other pro men fear on the bike is Sebastian Kienle, and the Scott Plasma is his bike of choice. The German rode this machine to the 70.3 world title in 2012, and it’s perfectly suited for an athlete who travels frequently because it’s easy to assemble. Handling feels stable—it steadily sweeps through corners without requiring much course correction from the rider. Its component spec doesn’t quite compare with some other similarly priced tri bikes, but the frame is a winner.

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