2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Kestrel 4000 Pro SL Shimano Ultegra
$3,100, Kestrelbicycles.com
The draw: Agile demeanor

Handling feels lightning fast and reactive—this bike is not a steady cruiser, and controlling it requires attention, but it can corner with rapid agility. This is an extremely high-performance frame at the price point, and the component spec is solid, although far from a complete Ultegra build, as the name would imply. The aerobars offer a broad range of reach adjustment, helping the 4000 Pro SL suit many different riding styles and positions.

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