Six Of The Best Tour de France Bikes Reviewed
We review six production versions of Tour de France pro bikes to see if they’re any use for multi-sport athletes.
The latest of our triathlon bike reviews focuses on the bikes you’ll see on the telly during the Tour de France.
They don’t swim or run, but it’s hard to argue that the Tour de France isn’t the ultimate bike race. That means a lot of brands back up their support of team bikes with ‘team replica’ versions to cash in on the massive worldwide audience. But what relevance are these replica rides to multi-sport athletes like us or should we just be looking at the special aero machines for the time trial stages? Aero road bikes that bridge the gap between clock-beating solo efforts and more versatile rides are certainly a tempting option. This test proves that fitting aero wheels to a conventional frame can net you a drag reducing advantage without the weight and handling penalties. Responsive lightweight non-aero bikes can also be good for morale on climbs or any time the pack accelerates. Friendly handling will always reduce psychological fatigue and riding stress. But which one of our six bikes on test is the right one for you?
on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 5:30 am under Bikes & Cycling Gear, Gear, Triathlon Bike Reviews.
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