Store owner Kevin O'Connor at Gear West Bike & Triathlon in Long Lake, Minn., said the Felt Z85 is a popular pick at his shop for beginner triathletes. "On top of the list is the comfort of the bike," he says. "A taller head tube allows cyclists of all abilities to ride with comfort and confidence." A more upright position is the result, though riders can still tuck and pedal for speed. An aluminum frame and carbon fork come standard, and help weigh in at roughly respectable 19 pounds (in 56cm frame size).