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Understanding The Basic Differences Between A Road Bike And A Tri-Specific Bike

Road Bike

Scott CR1 Elite Road Bike 2011 - If you want to go biking for exercise, do occasional races only and save money in the process, then this is the bike for you.

Scott CR1 Elite Road Bike 2011 If you want to go biking for exercise, do occasional races only and save money in the process, then this is the bike for you.

SEATS: The seat angle is usually less than 75%, which puts the rider in more positions like climbing, sprinting, cornering and group riding.

SHIFTS: Usually offers STI-shifting, which integrates the breaks and shifts on the handlebars. This is more comfortable for exercise and touring but can be problematic for serious triathletes.

FRONT-END: Since it is designed for many possible positions, it weighs more.

Tri-specific Bike

Scott Plasma Premium Triathlon Bike 2011 - Also known as the Time-Trial (TT) bike, if you intend to join triathlons more often and serious compete, this bike is your bet.

Scott Plasma Premium Triathlon Bike 2011 Also known as the Time-Trial (TT) bike, if you intend to join triathlons more often and serious compete, this bike is your bet.

SEATS: The steeper seat tube angle (usually at 80%) allows the hamstrings to work less, giving you an advantage in the run leg.

SHIFTS: The bar-end shifts make it easier for riders to shift right into aero position.

FRONT-END: It has a ‘Cleaner’ front-end, which includes the tops, drops, hoods, shifts and brakes, making it lighter and more aerodynamic.

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