Triathlon/Time Trial Bicycles are road bicycles with a special design that maximizes their aerodynamic properties. The ultimate speed machines built for short & usually flat time trial & triathlon races where every second count.
Their bicycles are designed as weapons against the wind. Equipped with aero handlebars that allow a very low streamlined riding position, to minimize the wind resistance against your body. Also fitted with aero seatposts & wheels to keep drag down. Usually built from composite materials for lightness and stiffness.
Because aerodynamic efficiency is paramount, the frame of a TT bicycle contorts the rider into a position that results in the smallest possible frontal area. This is done with unusual geometry that starts with a very steep seat angle to bring the rider forward from where they would usually sit on a road racing bicycle.
Because of this forward position, “aerobars” are employed for the rider to rest their forearms on, as opposed to normal drop handlebars that are held in the hand. These bicycles are more difficult to maneuver for general cycling, they don’t have drop handlebars, they can be uncomfortable for long rides and their braking is not as convenient.
- Fast and aerodynamic
- More difficult for general cycling
- Not suitable for long distance rides