TIME TRIAL Bike. How Much? Shopping, testing and buying.


The past two years I’ve been training and racing on my 2003 Specialized Allez. I bought it for $300 from Craigslist, while in Phoenix. It got me through a lot. 
People laugh at me and keep on saying that I should throw it away and get a normal bike. I believe that the only thing that will make you faster in the layer in between the seat and handlebars (yourself). The thought of investing in TT bike been circulating in my head for the past 3-4 months, but I’ve been resisting. I am cheap AF. I count every penny and I am fascinated my the cost of triathlon bikes. 
A long story short I have finally decided to purchase my first TT bike.

I have zero knowledge about bikes and seeking for advice. I am lost in variety of options and need assistance picking Reliable, USED TT bike. I figured that instead of guessing and talking to salespeople I would ask other triathletes for suggestions.


Success Criteria:
1. I would like to keep the price tag under $2,000 (most likely used), however I will also consider more expensive bikes if they worth it. 
2. I don’t care if it’s an older model, what the brand is etc. 
I choose the bike with the only goal in mind – to get faster and kick some ass on the bike course =)
3. It has to be reliable.
4. Ideally it will already have power meter built in.


Utilize social media.
I suggest that you use your local triathlon club Facebook groups, Strava or any social media to get advice from other triathletes. Just mention that you are in a market for a new TT bike, give your search criteria and wait. Even if nobody from your friends sell the bike, there are good chances that they know someone who does.


Option 1

2019 | AQUILA CRONO
Test Ride & Review


Option 2

2015 | Specialized Shiv Elite

It’s obviously hard to judge TT bike without riding it for a few hours, but just sitting on it stationary felt good. 54 cm size frame is definitely what I need.

Size Medium: 54 cm
Included:
Training Wheels: AXIS 2.0
Race Wheels: Zipp 808 10 spd adapted for 11 spd setup (no cassette)
$2200 for bike without Zipps


Option 3

ARGON 18 E-117 TRI – ULTEGRA Di2

By the weirdest circumstances I got connected with Dennis – the owner on Racer Sportif. I rented demo bike from him and returned it back scratched (more details here).

…I brought the bike back in and I didn’t wait until the owner discovered the damage on his own. I went ahead and showed all the scratches… I explained how it happened and said that I appreciate the opportunity to test ride the bike and will cover all the repair costs in full. It was a lot of money for me. Repair costs: $450.
I lost the money, BUT I saved my face and acted as a gentleman. More importantly I saved relationship with Dennis – the owner…

We had a great time chatting with him and he mentioned that he might have a used Argon 18 coming in later that week that might be a good fit for me… and it was.

Size Medium: 54 cm
Included Extra:
Brand new Shimano Ultegra with electronic shifters Di2
Carbon Wheels: RS Real Speed
Custom Racing Seat
*3-year warranty on both: bike and equipment

Did I like the bike? HELL YEAH
To be honest I fell in love with the way it not only looked, but mainly the way it felt sitting or I would say half-laying on it.

Now the main question: HOW MUCH?

Any guesses?

Just to give you and idea of what the price is on brand new Argon 18 E117 Tri:

Enduro Sport: CAD $6,215 ($5,500 + 13% Ontario Tax)
The Cyclery: CAD $6,780 ($6,000 + 13% Ontario Tax)
PRIMEAU: CAD $10,008.71 = USD $7,507 ($7,000 + 7.25% California Tax) *Not including shipping

Just to remind you that I am buying a used ~1-2 years old bike with brand new Di2 system installed and tuned at the shop, professional bike fitting ($200-300) AND 3-year warranty on both – bike and all the equipment.

Drumbeat….


$3,750
(tax included)


That’s the winner. I am a happy owner of Argon 18 TT bike and I pick it up early next week. The price is almost twice higher than $2,000 I set the original criteria on, but I believe it well worth it. Reviews I read online and people I talked to, all confirmed the reliability of Argon bikes, so plus here. It does not come with power meter, but it is still a great price even without it.

I will make another post, sharing my experience with new TT bike and give my honest feedback.
Let me know what you think!
Cheers


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