2017 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes


$7,300 (as tested with SRAM Red eTap and HED Jet 9 wheels), Diamondback.com

The draw: Long-course speed

Diamondback’s radical design is meant to be a single airfoil from wheel to wheel for all-out aerodynamics in all wind conditions, even crosswinds. Disc brakes (mechanical now, hydraulics coming when available), proven to be more aero than rim brakes in several wind tunnel tests, add to the aero impact as do the HED Jet 9 wheels, which are a great match for cheating wind, and comfort. In gusty winds the Andean does require more rider attention to keep straight, but it’s not as bad as you might think. Integrated storage comes in the form of a well-designed internal compartment located in front of the bottom bracket and nicknamed the “frunk” (aka front trunk). Up front are two separate storage boxes and a water bottle cage. With so much storage, the Andean is a good choice for the 70.3 and up crowd, but a flat cover can be installed for shorter races. Diamondback offers several builds, and the company’s custom studio lets you decide on color, wheels, shifting and more—ranging from $4,040 to $10,000—to make it truly yours.