$3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike The BMC TM02, retailing for exactly $3,000, is built with Shimano 105 components and Profile Design T2+ aerobars. It gets a new paint scheme for 2014 and the bike is otherwise unchanged. $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike Some $3,000 tri bikes are built on a high-end frame and others feature top class components. The 2014 Quintana Roo Lucero Lite, $2,800, is built with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 derailluers. The rest of the components are lower level and comprable to many of the parts used on bikes at this cost level. $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike Quintana Roo is making two different options at the $3,000 price points. The second is the CD.01 Rival, $2,800. It’s built on a higher-end frame than the Lucero Lite with more aggressive geometry. The component spec is a bit lower to keep the price down. Most of the kit is SRAM’s more-than-raceable Rival parts and it still includes an ISM Adamo saddle. (The wheels in the picture are not included.) $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike QR also offers a women’s version of the CD.01 for $2,900 that is very similar to the men’s. $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike Cervelo doesn’t do strict model years anymore and instead they gradually phase products in and out. The P2 Ultegra, $2,600, is still built on the same frame Chrissie Wellington rode to two Ironman world titles and is spec’d with a characteristic mix of components to keep the price down. $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike The Fuji Norcom Straight 2.5 is built with a mix of bargain components. It totals $2,600. We have tested this bike and found the components to be adequate, although not exceptional. The bike itself handles quite responsively from the aero position. $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike While not on display at Interbike, Kestrel makes a $2,800 built around this frame called the 4000 Shimano Ultegra. $3,000 Triathlon Bikes of Interbike The Felt B12 is their $2,900 offering in 2014. It gets an upgrade to the DA frame from the headtube back and uses a standard fork and steerer tube system.
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Three thousand dollars is a sweet spot for triathlon bikes. There are plenty of excellent bikes for less money and a few better ones at higher price points, but $3,000 is the figure that often includes all of the most important features and few of the superfluous ones, making many bikes at this price a good value. These are the tri bikes on display at Interbike at this important price point. Many tri bikes, however, are not on display at the show and as a result this is not a definitive list.
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