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Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red

Bikes: Best Road Bikes For Triathlon

“Listing down the best road bikes for Triathlon. Find out what they are below!”

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red

If race-day speed is your only concern, then a super-expensive, super-aerodynamic TT bike is probably going to get you across the finish line fastest at your next triathlon or Ironman race. But if you’ve got a limited budget, care about comfort and/or want a bike you can also use for training, commuting or the odd sportive event, then a road bike is the way to go. Bianchi Sempre Pro Veloce (2013) The latest Sempre Pro improves on what was already a great bike. It retains the great ride and has a fully featured up-to-date frame that’s also shaved a fair few grams. Pros + Smooth over coarse surfaces + Sharp race-bike like handling Cons – Not the best value for money spec – Frame deserves better than average wheels Performance 5/5 Value 3/5 Overall 4/5 Boardman SLR 9.2 (2012-2013) The Boardman SLR is a racer’s bike: seriously light, but stiff enough to put every watt where you want it and superbly stable to make sure you can concentrate all your effort on going forward. It’ll go toe-to-toe with bikes three times its price. Pros + Superbly stiff, power-proof, stable and surefooted frameset + Top componentry keeps weight low and responsiveness high Cons – Stiff frame feels sharp rather than forgiving at low speeds – Man-size performance means man-size gears, so pootlers need not apply Performance 4/5 Value 5/5 Overall 4/5 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red (2013) Our first ride on the Evo involved some deep breaths to ready ourselves for potential disappointment. Down-specced, mid-price carbon fibre copycats from other brands have a history of half-hearted performance. But Cannondale’s carbon guru, Peter Denk, has done an incredible job here. The ride sensation as you clip in and roll up the road is sublime. Pros + Fantastic ride quality + Super-light SRAM Red based build flatters the frame further Cons + Fantastic ride quality + Super-light SRAM Red based build flatters the frame further Performance 5/5 Value 5/5 Overall 5/5 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Red, Racing Edition (2013) Cannondale’s SuperSix isn’t a new bike, but the Evo Hi-Mod version introduced in 2012 dropped it into the competitive ultra-light frames fight. The builds available with this frame are cleverly-thought-through kit lists that create stunning performance at a relatively reasonable price. Pros + Stunning ultra-light, yet powerful and punchy frameset + Ride is really soft but it still corners and sprints very well Cons – Tubular tyres will scare some people off – Leaves you with absolutely no excuses Performance 5/5 Value 5/5 Overall 5/5 More at Best Road Bikes For Triathlon Review

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Buying Cheap Bikes

Discount Bikes: Tips for Buying Cheap Bikes

 “Looking for discount bikes? Let these tips on how to buy cheap bikes help you. Read them now!”

Buying Cheap Bikes

Cycling is fun, healthy and eco-friendly. It’s also one of the cheapest ways to travel. With so many places to buy second-hand bikes, it can now be even cheaper. Here’s ten excellent sources for second hand (or free) bikes.

SECOND HAND BIKES:

1. Ebay
A vast selection of used and reduced-cost bikes. It’s always worth checking for bargains. But beware of high packaging costs. There are also no guarantees about the bike’s condition. Often sellers will expect collection – so be sure to check the location of the bike before you buy.

2. Gumtree
Another great online marketplace. The condition of the bikes varies greatly and the really great deals go fast. Look how long an item has been listed – if it’s been a while, you might try offering less than the advertised price.

3. Local paper
Scour the back-ends of local papers and scrutinize community noticeboards. They often feature advertisements for used and second hand bikes.

4. Going Going Bike
A fantastic resource for road bikes, mountain bikes and Bromptons. They also guarantee to buy your Brompton if you wish to sell it. Unsure of what you want? Try their handy bike match tool.

5. Police auctions
There are great bargains at police auctions, including assets such as bikes, vehicles, jewellery and electronics. Most of these have been seized or found by police who are unable to identify their rightful owners. With starting prices as low as £1 it may be worth popping your head in the door. Try Bumblebee Auctions for online auctions.

6. Bike charities
The UK has many fantastic bike charities that put recycled and second hand bikes to creative and socially-empowering uses. They don’t just accept old bikes – you can buy refurbished bikes from them too.

Bike Back in Bristol is run by Life Cycle, and takes unwanted bikes to Bristol Prison where prisoners help to repair and refit them with the help of experienced mechanics. Read about upcoming Bike Back sales on their website.

Scotland’s The Bike Station is another inspiring social-cycling initiative. Volunteers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth work with schools and youth groups to increase cycling confidence, bike awareness and pass on training skills. You can buy fully refurbished bikes from any of the stations. Or, find out about their fix your own bike sessions. More at 10 tips for buying cheap bikes

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The Best Mountain Bike

Mountain Bike Sale: The Best Mountain Bikes

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The Best Mountain Bike

‘Tis the season to be tempted by a whole new model year of mountain bikes, and we’ve got some good news. Dialing in your own personal style of off-roading has never been easier — once you wade through the overwhelming amount of options, that is. There’s a different bike for just about every type of trail and rider, and even some that claim to do it all. You need a bike best suited to the kind of riding you enjoy, but that also won’t keep you from the occasional change of pace (or any surprises the trails throw at you).

Most bang for your buck mountain bike: Looking for a lightweight, durable and fast-rolling bike that leaves some dough in your bank account? The Scott Scale Comp 29er is a custom butted 6061 aluminum frame outfitted with Shimano brakes and drivetrain, and it touts the same geometry as a higher-end carbon race bike. For just under a grand, you can’t go wrong with this set up.

Sweetest mountain bike for single track: Combine a single speed belt drive with a titanium frame and you won’t make the noise of a rocker — even an unplugged one. Instead, you’ll fly through single track with the stealth and speed that comes from one of the most advanced drivetrains (the Gates CenterTrack) ever to hit the trail. If you want to hear the sweet sound of a chain banging against titanium and gears moving up and down the cassette, not to worry: the engineers at Spot have completely re-imagined how a vertical slider-style dropout should come together. The Rocker SS allows you to run both belt-driven and chain-driven single-speed configurations, and if you get tired of pushing a single gear, you also have the option to add a derailleur.

Best marathoner mountain bike: Ample travel in a lightweight package makes this bike perfect for long-distance racing, while CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) technology enables you to switch between three suspension setups from the handlebar based on conditions. In addition to a stunning frame, the Occam OMS 29 has some sweet design features, like the “Cable Downtube Highway”, which routes all cables through the main pivot point and limits movement as the suspension compresses, creating less cable rub. There’s also good news if just looking at this beauty is making your wallet hurt: the Occam comes in a number of different models for all budgets.

Hottest enduro mountain bike: This lightweight all-mountain ride is perfect for enduro racing. Point the 165mm of rear wheel travel downhill and let the custom Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock and Fox 34 TALAS CTD factory fork with Kashima stanchions do their thing. As they say, “all good downhills come must come to a end”, and during an enduro event you must eventually go back up. Simply adjust the seat height on the fly using the Specialized Command Post BlackLite right from the bars and start your spin back up to the next peak. Repeat. More at The Best Mountain Bikes for Every Rider

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