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11 super-fast time trial/triathlon bikes

The most aero bikes from Canyon, Bianchi, Scott, Look, Argon 18 and more

Forget your aero road bikes, the fastest models from most manufacturers are the time trial/triathlon bikes. Here are some of the most interesting that we spotted at Eurobike last week.

Canyon Speedmax CF SLX

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This is the Canyon Speedmax CF SLX that Germany's Jan Frodeno rode (or one made up to look like it; you can never be sure!) to set a new long distance triathlon world record at Challenge Roth earlier this summer.

If you know anything about triathlon, you’ll know that his time of 7:35:39hrs is absolutely ridiculous. If you don’t know much about tri, the event involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike leg, and a full 26.22-mile marathon – so you can work out for yourself that it's absolutely ridiculous. 

He did the bike leg in 4:08:07hrs, which is an average speed of 27mph. Then got off and ran a 2:38:52hrs marathon.



Bianchi Aquila CV

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The Aquila is one of the bikes that features Bianchi’s Countervail technology, along with the Specialissima, the Oltre XR4 and the Infinito. 

Countervail – or CV – is a “patented carbon fibre architecture and viscoelastic material” embedded within the carbon lay-up. It is designed to cancel vibration and so reduce muscle fatigue and discomfort while increasing the stiffness and strength of the frame. 

This bike is fitted with 80mm-deep Fulcrum Red Wind XLR wheels.

Basso Konos

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The Konos is one of many TT bikes with the brakes positioned to minimise drag. That’s a Fouriers V-type brake behind the legs of the fork while the rear brake is hidden behind the bottom bracket.  

The fork crown is integrated into the head tube, as is the stem. That head tube is just 100mm long on the 55cm frame.

Kuota KT 05

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The KT05 looks super clean with a fork crown and stem that are integrated into the frame, a front brake that’s integrated into the fork, and seatstays that join the seat tube very low to reduce the size of the bike’s frontal area.

This model is fitted with a SRAM Red eTap wireless groupset and the brake cables are completely hidden.

Lapierre Aerostorm DRS

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This is the bike that the FDJ pro team have been riding in time trials during 2016, the DRS standing for Drag Reduction System. 

The Aerostorm DRS features a new custom central-pull brake that is aligned with the frame. The brake's narrow profile means that a smaller cover can go over the top to reduce drag. The Di2 junction box is hidden away inside the frame so as not to disrupt the airflow.

Sarto Ferox

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The Sarto Ferox is handmade in Italy and it’s available in custom geometries. As you can see, the front brake is integrated into the fork and the rear one is tucked away behind the bottom bracket. 

This bike is built up with Campagnolo Chorus EPS, although you can spec whatever you like.

Does that paint job do it for you? The consensus around here is that it's a pretty neat finish.

Scott Plasma RC

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This Scott Plasma RC is specced in long-distance triathlon clobber with hydration and nutrition storage, although the shallow section rims don’t go with the character of the rest of the bike. The usual reason for speccing wheels of this kind on an aero tri bike is that people will have their own preferences and possibly already own a pair of race wheels.
A Di2 electronic system allows you to change gear from both the aero extensions and the base bar.

Ridley Dean

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This is the Ridley Dean as opposed to the Ridley Dean Fast, so it doesn’t have features like an integrated stem or a F-Split fork with a gap running vertically down each leg, designed to reduce drag. It still has many aero features  such as wind-cheating tube profiles, seatstays that are widely spaced away from the rear wheel and a hidden rear brake.

Look 796

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Look’s 796 is unusual in that many of the components are Look’s own. This applies to the fork, handlebar, seatpost, stem and chainset. 

Look is big on integration. The Aerobrakes are integrated into the fork crown/legs, the stem flows directly into the top tube, and the Di2 junction box is hidden inside the frame. 

The Zed 3 aero chainset is length adjustable.

Dedacciai Flash 2

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Dedacciai and Deda Elementi have worked hard to integrate the head tube, stem, handlebar and aerobars here in order to keep turbulence to a minimum at the front end. 

A cantilever brake is integrated into the front of the fork while the rear one is positioned behind the bottom bracket. 

That’s a Campagnolo Record EPS groupset on there, by the way, if you can’t quite make it out.


Argon 18 E-117 Tri+

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Argon 18 has a whole bunch of time trial and triathlon bikes in the range. The ‘Tri’ in the name means you get integrated storage for your hydration and nutrition, and the ‘+’ means that it’s lighter than the E-117 Tri thanks to the layup of the carbon-fibre.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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AndyCS | 7 years ago

That Dedacciai Flash 2 is clearly the same frame as Rose's Aero Flyer... what's the story there?

And I can probably guess which one is less expensive to buy.

barbarus | 7 years ago

The Kuota. It's clearly the only one that makes sense.

The _Kaner | 7 years ago

Sex Toy Jousting anyone.....????

(Basso/Look/Scott appear to have rampant rabbits attached at the front)


and the Canyon looks like an origami master went on a bender and drank 3 weeks worth of sake in one night

tritecommentbot | 7 years ago

The Argon 18 looks like a fully decked mobile douche cleaning service. Just needs panniers now and a photo of it stopped at traffic lights to make my month laugh


Aquila looks best to my eye, (followed by Sarto) but wouldn't buy it if I was in the market for a TT bike - looks suspiciously like an aero road bike, which makes me think it's the least aero of them all. Love to see them all tested. Black Canyon, or Look for me.

Tjuice | 7 years ago
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I rather like the Kuota.

And the shape of the Ridley, although the colour scheme is awful.

For the most part, the rest don't do it for me - typically far too many big logos / distracting patterns.  Seems like creating deeper carbon sections makes manufacturer desperate to fill that space with branding/logos - bleaugh.

sergius | 7 years ago
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I think tri-bikes look awesome, I love that Sarto.  I'd look a right muppet riding one around Surrey though  4

waynej | 7 years ago
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Drop bars and panniers and they'd be gorgeous.

waynej | 7 years ago

I know they're fast but good god they're hideous.

Altimis replied to waynej | 7 years ago

I wonder who ride TT bike in the town? just curious . . . must looking dumb as hell lol "Whoa, look that alien and his space ship!" ha ha

waynej wrote:

I know they're fast but good god they're hideous.

I know what you mean  10

Just put on drop bar instead and vivola, beautiful bike!

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