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