2017 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes


$3,200, Cannondale.com

The draw: Comfort and value

Cannondale recognizes that long hours in the saddle are tough when you feel every bump in the road. Instead of going all out for speed, the company’s designers tuned the rear triangle to dampen road vibrations. The geometry is fairly upright, so finding a comfortable position won’t require hours of yoga. The front end uses a standard bar/stem combo, so it’s easy to adjust—or swap if you need to. The Ultegra Di2 shifting is an incredible spec at this price. Mavic Ksyrium rims keep the overall cost down and are great for training, but you’ll want to upgrade those for race day for better aerodynamics. For an athlete on a tight budget, the Slice Ultegra is a great value.