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Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Specialized Transition Pro ($3,600)

Although Specialized’s next-gen tri bike, the Shiv, has stolen some of the Transition’s spotlight, the latter remains a staple in the world of triathlon for good reason.

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Although Specialized’s next-gen tri bike, the Shiv, has stolen some of the Transition’s spotlight, the latter remains a staple in the world of triathlon for good reason. The Transition does not offer as stiff a bottom bracket as some of the other latest-generation tri bikes—including the Shiv—but it garners exceptional marks for comfort, handling, aerodynamics and looks. The Transition is offered with two different seat posts that allow riders to select their ideal seat tube angle—from 74 degrees all the way up to 82 degrees—and its short reach dimension is ideal for riders who have a short torso.

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