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Trek Equinox 9

Trek Equinox 9     Photo: Mark Weiss

TREK EQUINOX 9 / $2,200, 20.5 lbs
Why It's Cool: You get wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics, carbon-fiber add-ons, and a responsive aluminum frame—without busting your bike budget.
The Ride: Trek's top-of-the-line aluminum tri bike excels in handling and control, and comes outfitted with Bontrager's carbon fork and bars. A solid mix of Shimano components stretch your dollars even further. Unlike some similarly priced options, it's race-ready, so you won't be lured into spending more coin on accessory upgrades before you leave the shop. On the road, the Equinox provides powerful acceleration; credit the stiff frame, bladed tubing, and Bontrager Race Lite Aero wheels. Alongside other, more expensive rides tested, the Equinox held its own, thanks in part to its bladed tubes and a comfortable cockpit topped with Bontrager Bullhorn and Profile Design clip-on aero bars.
Right Bike If: Money is tight but you want a durable tri bike with lightweight carbon gadgetry. Sizes: 50, 52, 54 (tested), 56, 58, and 60 cm; www.trekbikes.com

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