I have been looking at tri bikes for a few months and with the Steelhead registration being complete; it was time to get serious about getting one. I’m going to need all the time I can to get used to riding on tires thinner than my thumb! I had been chatting online with a gentleman at my local bike shop for a few weeks about bikes, fittings, pedals, etc. “Mac” has been great and I finally arranged a time to go meet with him and take a look at the bikes.
I had three bikes on my list, the Cannondale Slice, The Specialized Shiv and the Trek Speed Concept. MK has the Trek and really likes it. My only issue with Trek is a negative previous experience. I have a Trek 7.2 hybrid bike now. I had an issue within the first 100 miles I put on the bike and Trek refused to cover it. I hadn’t written the Trek off, but that was certainly in the back of my mind.
My first road bike was a Cannondale that I still have to this day. It has been a fantastic bike and I wouldn’t hesitate to get another one. I also still have my Specialized mountain bike that I got while I was in college, another fantastic bike.
After meeting with Mac and discussing my biking experience, future goals, general sizing considerations, injuries, issues, range of motion and flexibility he felt that I could go with any of the three, but he was really leaning towards the Shiv. Once we looked up this year’s Cannondale Slice I ruled it out. I’m sorry, but I’m not riding a pea-green bike.
I was down to the Trek and the Specialized. We took a look at the reviews and the specs and discussed the pros and cons of both bikes. In the end I went with the Specialized Shiv Elite! This is the bike that Craig Alexander rides. If you don’t know who that is, he’s won the Ironman World Championship a couple of times and he’s smoking hot!
The bike is beautiful! Black and smoke grey, I’ll accent it with bright blue. She’ll come in at the end of January and I’ll have a 3+ hour initial fitting where Mac will adjust everything and get her all setup for me. We’ll add some accessories like clipless pedals (which scare the hell out of me) water bottle cages, etc. And then it’ll be time to put some miles on her…in the winter…in Ohio…which means I’ll be on a trainer!
The biggest question now is what to name her. My mom immediately referred to her as “The Beast” and for now that seems to be sticking. I might simply call her the “Shiv”. Several of my non-triathlete friends are a little shocked that I need yet another bike or they simply go into sticker shock (tri-bikes are not cheap) but I can honestly say I think MK is more excited than I am! Somehow making the major purchase makes it all real, now that I’ve spent a small fortune on this thing there is no turning back! I’m sure there will be more post about the Beast in the future!