2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

Photo: John David Becker

Fuji Norcom Straight 2.3

$2,800, Fujibikes.com
The draw: Everything you need, nothing you don’t

Even the engineers behind the most seamless integrated tri bikes will admit that blending the fork and brakes with the frame provides a modest performance improvement. Aesthetics are a big part of the appeal. Fuji elected to build its newest tri bike without eking out the final fractions of wind drag in favor of ultimate practicality and function. The front brake on this bike works exceptionally well; fit can be adjusted to suit a broad range of positions; upkeep on this bike isn’t a mammoth task. And a relatively low price is another reason to stick with a traditional front end. Fuji built a ton of value into this bike by nailing ride quality and the other most important factors of a tri bike without sacrificing for a flashy design.