Trek Equinox TTX 9.9

    Photo: Mark Wiens

WIN A TRIATHLON

Lance-like speed, La-Z-Boy comfort. Well, almost: The 9.9 features the same basic design of Trek's Armstrong-era time-trial bikes—the TTX foil shape, bottom bracket, wheel cutout, and fork. But thanks to longer head tubes and a slightly steeper, 76-degree seat-tube angle (a flip-flop head allows 74.5 to 79 degrees), it's a significantly more comfy ride. In other words, you get the technology of Team Lance with the comfort that amateur triathletes crave. Which is not to say it isn't blazing fast: The current Discovery Team likes the TTX so much they'll sit atop this exact bike for time trials this summer. As you'd expect for the price, it comes with a full Shimano Dura-Ace 10 drivetrain and Bontrager fork and wheels. 18.4 lbs, 56 cm; trekbikes.com

Bonus: Also available as the 9.5 ($4,400), with the same badass frame but less expensive components.

Bummer: The Race X Lite Aero wheels are fine for training, but contenders will want more aerodynamic rims.

Brand: Trek $5500

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