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Best Tubular Tires for Triathlon

Best Tubular Tires for TriathlonIf you are all about shaving extra time and weight off your ride then you should really consider a set of tubular tires for your triathlon bike.

Traditionally, I would have said that using tubular’s wasn’t worth the hassle but with the updates in wheel tape and adhesives it is now just as quick to change a tubular tire as it is a clincher.

In fact, once you get used to it is quicker to repair a tubular puncture than a normal tyre.

The Best Tubular Tires for Triathlon Racing

Our Top Choice

Our favourite tubular tires have to be the Continental Competition Tubular Tires. When it comes to weight, ride and overall quality you can’t really compare them to anything else.

They are really fast rolling tires and smooth as anything on the road. They will serve you very well on fast rides and when you are launching yourself into corners during a triathlon.

One of the most widely used tires in competitions and endurance races around the world.

I have raced on Gatorskin clinchers for some time and have to say that these tires are awesome.

One thing to note about tubular tires though is that if you get a puncture during a race you may be able to get to the finish line. Try doing that on a normal road bike tire and you will end up on the rims very quickly

Try doing that on a normal road bike tire and you will end up on the rim very quickly.

Pro’s & Con’s of Tubular Tires

We get asked all the time about the difference between tubular tires and clinchers and the advantages of one over the other.

Let me start by stating that tubular’s are definitely not for beginners or daily commuting – although because of the latest puncture resistance in the tires you could probably get away with it.

I wouldn’t use my race bike or 404’s for that matter on a daily commute, but each to their own I suppose.

If I could sum it up in one quick statement I would say Tubular tires for racing days and clinchers for training days and weekend workouts.

Changing a puncture

When you get a puncture with a tubular tire it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to change it, but with the advancements in rim tape and adhesives, this is quick enough once you get used to it. Plus when running a tubular tire setup you may be able to get to the finish line once the tire stays stuck to the rim.

With a clincher when you get a puncture your race is pretty much over – especially if you are doing something like a sprint or Olympic distance triathlon. You just don’t have enough race time to absorb the losses from a puncture.

Believe me, I have tried to change a tire under pressure as my fellow competitors are whizzing by me but it’s not easy. Rush a clincher change out and you may end up pinching the tube and then it’s definitely racing over.


As mentioned above, installation is very straightforward – once you get used to it and some of the seasoned professionals swear it’s actually easier to change a tubular setup than a standard road bike tire. I’ll let you be the judge of that…

Pricing Differences

Yes, they are more expensive than standard road bike tires but if you are serious about your racing and keep them for ‘good use’ then they are worth the additional cost.

Final Thoughts

We have always been big fans of this type of setup on our road and Triathlon bikes. For obvious reasons we only ride tubular’s on race days and in competitions. Cost aside you still get enough advantages over clinchers to justify the cost but it really depends on you – the rider – on which way you go.

Make sure you get a tire that has good puncture resistance like the Conti and you will be good to go.

Finally, one thing we noticed when we switched over was that we didn’t have to keep pumping up the tires before each race as they help their pressure very well. Only a small thing but a soft tire on race day is going to slow you down…

Happy cycling.

anti blister socks for running

Best Running Socks to prevent Blisters

It’s happened to us all at some stage when racing and can do untold damage to your feet and to your finish times.

The dreaded blister…

When I started out running and competing in triathlon races I didn’t have any sort of a budget to spend on top of the line equipment and used an old pair of runners and some basic socks on race day. This is not uncommon and we always tell people starting out not to invest too much of their hard earned money on new equipment in case they don’t stick to the sport.

When I got to the finish line after my first race you could have boiled a pot of water with my feet they were that hot and blistered. This was caused by a combination of ill-fitting runners and some very cheap socks.

Skip forward to today and I have solved the issue of blisters on my feet when out running because I invested in a decent pair of runners that actually fit and some anti-blister socks.

I had no idea these even existed until I started researching but once I found them, ran a few races and binned all my old cheap socks I was a very happy man with very happy feet… Here are our top nine options for anti blister socks.

The best anti Blister Socks for running short and long distance

What causes blisters on your feet when running

There are several ways you can get blisters on your feet and for this section, we are going to look at your running socks.

Most cheap socks have a seam around the toe section of the sock which causes rubbing when you run. You get blisters on the tops of your toes and at the front of your toes just below the nails because the sock is moving about when you run and grinding off the top of the inside of your runners.

It doesn’t take too long for this rubbing action to cause blisters and once you get them there is nothing you can do when racing to fix this problem.

All good anti-blister socks have seamless toe sections so this is never going to be a problem.

Another cause of blisters is lack of padding in the heel section of your socks. Again cheap socks do nothing to prevent this but if you invest in a good pair of purpose made socks you will notice straight away they all have some sort of padding around the heels.

This helps in two ways: a) more blisters on your heels and b) additional comfort while running that helps with fatigued feet.

Looking after your feet on race day

One thing that can cause blisters when you are out racing is runners that don’t fit. A loose pair of runners that wiggle about when you run are a sure fire way to carve the heels off yourself and cause serious damage to your feet. If you are serious about the sport of triathlon or competitive running you should definitely invest some time in getting your feet measured properly before you buy a new pair of runners.

Another common cause of sore feet is not drying them properly after you finish your race. If you pick any of the running socks mentioned above this won’t be so much of a problem because they have good wicking properties and draw the moisture away from your feet.

It may seem like a small thing to worry about but after all your training and preparation for race day why would you let something as small as a pair of socks upset and hamper your running form.

You will feel much better at the end of the race, your feet will still be in tip-top condition and you will be all set for your next race…

Our Top Choice – Pure Athlete Ultra-Comfortable Running Socks

If we were to pick just one pair of socks we couldn’t live without then they would be the Ultra Comfortable socks by Pure Athlete.

These socks are super comfortable and well made. They have just enough padding in the toes and heel section to provide you with plenty of comfort, without feeling too heavy or bulky. They fit very well and don’t move about when you are running.

They wick away moisture when you run and keep your feet as dry as possible.

I used to suffer from blisters and sort of hated the run section of every race because my feet would end up in bits after it. Not anymore though with these little beauties. I haven’t had a single blister since I started wearing them and have run various distances to test them out fully.

They also have a non-slip cuff at the tops and this helps your socks sliding down into your runners or hiking shoes.

I wear these socks for running, hiking and hill walking and even if I’m just out for a long walk.

Trust me – your feet will love you if you get a pair…






Best Men’s & Women’s Triathlon Cycling Shoes

Your body takes a hammering on race day and so does your kit.

Today we are going to try and look after both…

Having a decent pair of triathlon cycling shoes on race day can give you that extra edge to beat your personal best. Personally, we think the Giro Inciter Tri Shoes are one of the best pairs of shoes out there right now and well priced for such high quality.

I remember my first couple of races with borrowed gear and a pair of old runners. Great memories but things have moved on since then.

I also remember the first time I bought myself a shiny new pair of triathlon racing shoes.

They were pure white Specialized bike shoes but boy, did they look cool… Brough them home and realized the cleats didn’t match the pedals…

That was a fun day but after some research and a quick trip to the local triathlon store and I was back in action with a new set of pedals. At this point, the new pedals and the shoes were worth more than the bike.

So what should you look for in a new pair of tri racing shoes?

First up let’s take a quick look at our top choices for both men’s and women’s triathlon bike shoes.

Men’s Triathlon Racing Shoes

Women’s Triathlon Racing Shoes

In this review, we are going to highlight some of the things you need to look out for when choosing new cycling shoes for your next triathlon. These are tips we have picked up along our triathlon journey and by talking to some of the more seasoned professionals out there.

Triathlon Shoes Buying Guide

First up let’s look at why you should even bother getting yourself tri specific shoes.

It comes does to three main things really – speed, weight, and comfort. We will examine each of these in a bit of detail now.

Let’s take a look at speed to start with. You will notice that almost all triathlon-specific cycling shoes have velcro straps to hold them in place instead of laces. This is very deliberate and can help you shave valuable seconds off your transition times if you can master the art of putting them on quickly.

As an example here – my tri shoes never leave the pedals on y bike unless I am cleaning them after a race. They stay firmly clipped into the cleats all the time.

Before I start any race and during setup in transition I clip my shoes into the pedals and tie an elastic band into one of the loops at the back of the shoe. The other end gets wrapped around the back axle of the wheel to hold everything in place.

This setup allows me to run with my bike straight out of T1 and up to the start line of the bike course without slipping about in my shoes on the road. Also because I have the shoes locked in place up out of the way with the elastic band they don’t drag along the ground.

When I get to the start line I am already sprinting with the bike so hop up onto the saddle, dive a foot into one of the shoes and tighten the velcro strap. Then in goes the other foot and once I have the velcro strap tight I start cycling. This breaks the elastic band and off I go.

Picking The Best Triathlon Shoes

Lets have a quick look at the main points to consider when hunting for the perfect pair of racing shoes for your next triathlon

Weight – The shoes need to be lightweight. Some of the more expensive shoes are made from composite and carbon fibre so are extremely light.

Comfort and Fit – You won’t be wearing any socks so the insoles should be soft enough and be a snug fit.

Breathable – You want to feet to be able to breath. Any decent brand of tri shoe will have a series of vents to help with this.

Makeup – Nearly all shoes are made from composite materials but the insoles and inner sock material should be the best quality you can afford. Not just for race day but when you take them off they should not poison everybody with the smell.

Heel Handle – This is hugely important. Especially when you start with your shoes already clipped into the pedals. The last thing you want to be doing is fumbling around trying to get your shoes on, when you should be racing.

Speed is everything in Triathlon

So let’s look at the previous setup for a second and see where we shaved off those valuable seconds.

Firstly I didn’t have to stop in transition and put on my shoes. I had my wetsuit half off before I even got to the bike.

All I have to do is remove my wetsuit, clip on my helmet and start running out of transition up to the start line for the bike race. No worrying about wet feet, shoelaces or even socks, which brings me to my next point…

Triathlon shoes need to be comfortable because more than likely you are going to be wearing them without socks.This seriously reduces time in transition because you are not trying to drag socks onto wet feet. Try doing this after a shower and you will know what I mean.

The fact that the pedals were already clipped into the pedals and held in place with the rubber band saved me a huge amount of time because I could run with the bike – try running on the road at any speed with a pair of bike shoes on your feet and see how long it takes for you to end up flat on your back.

Lastly, the velcro straps mean you can get fixed into your shoes in seconds and start racing.

Make sure the shoe fits

Most people don’t wear any socks when competing in a triathlon so make sure the shoes you buy fit properly. They should be snug but not tight. All good tri cycling shoes have vents to let your feet breathe so a snug fit doesn’t cause any discomfort.

Think of it this way. Because of the cleats on the bottom of your shoes, you are basically connected to the pedals.

This should feel solid but controllable and if your feet are sliding all over the place in your shoes then you are not going to be able to perform at your best. Plus you risk causing injury or blisters when out on the road.remember you still have to run a minimum of 5k after the

Remember you still have to run a minimum of 5k after the bike race is finished so look after your feet.

Getting setup properly

Once you pick out a new pair of cycling shoes you need to make sure they fit your pedals. Don’t make the same mistake I did when I started out and get the wrong ones…

There are two main types of pedals on triathlon bikes and each has their own style of cleats – these are the yellow clips on the underside of your shoes.

New bike shoes don’t come supplied with cleats so make sure you pick some up.

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SPD-SL pedals.

These are the three hole cleats as I call them. There are three holes in the cleat to fix it to your shoes and are pretty much the standard when it comes to road bike shoes. They have a great surface area which gives you solid contact with the pedals.

You push the front of the clip in first and then press your foot down on the pedal to lock it in place.

Using clips on pedals can be a bit scary at first but once you get used to them you will never look back. The feeling of being connected to the pedals gives you superb control and extra power all the way through pedaling motion.

To unclick you twist your foot sideways and the cleat pops out of the pedal.

How Much Should You Spend

Like everything, you get what you pay for, but you do not have to spend a fortune on a decent pair of tri shoes. Just make sure you go for a reputable brand and something with a Velcro strap and lightweight if possible.

Anything by Giro, Luis Garneau, Shimano or Pearl Izumi will do you well.

Whatever you choose, make sure they fit you, your pedals and get out there and start racing…

Here is a quick video from Michael Fox of Fox Endurance Racing showing you how to use the rubber band technique to hold you tri shoes in place during transition.

Try it out – worked wonders for me and my transition times.


Best Entry Level Triathlon Wetsuit

I have been racing Triathlon for many years now and when I first started out I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of gear I needed – well I thought I needed anyway. One of the more expensive items on my list was a wetsuit and today we look at the best entry level triathlon wetsuit money can buy.

There are a lot of races that won’t even let you into the water without a wetsuit  – due to the low temperatures so it’s a bit of kit you can’t do without. Plus if you aren’t the best swimmer out there you will be glad of the extra buoyancy you get from a wetsuit.

I started searching online and found a lot of rubbish to be honest so set about creating a review for beginner triathlon wetsuits so you don’t have to go through the same pain that I did.

Firstly, when you are starting out, don’t spend a fortune on a wetsuit because you never know if you are going to stick with the sport and a decent tri suit is not really suitable for much else bar triathlons…

Here is a quick summary of our top triathlon wetsuits for beginners. We will go into detail on each one further down the page.

Best Entry Level Triathlon Wetsuit Comparison

High Quality Wetsuits at bargain prices

One thing that you will notice immediately is that even at this lower end of the price range all the top brands are in there. This just shows how things have moved on since I started.

My first wetsuit was great but not ideal for triathlon – at the time it was all I could afford. If you are interested it’s this one here. It is still in great condition and I use it for practising all of the time.

What to look for?

The are a few fundamentals with a good tri wetsuit that you should look out for:

Fit and Build Quality

Most important of the lot is the fit of the wetsuit. The wetsuit should be a snug fit with no gaps or looseness at the small of your back but not so tight that you can’t stand up fully without is tearing into your shoulders or crotch area.

The zipper should be flat on your back and easy to open and close by yourself. It should feel very strong and be made of heavy duty materials. The seams around the zipper should be sealed and flush to your back as well. All good tri wetsuits will sport a good zipper and the ones above are no exception.

The seams of the wetsuit should be smooth and flat with some wetsuits providing an additional layer of protection in the way of seam tape to cover everything up nicely. The first thing to go on any wetsuit will be one of the seams so make sure your suit is a reputable brand and you have nothing to worry about.

All good suits have some additional buoyancy panels built into the design. These are great for helping you stay afloat but just make sure they do not hamper your swim stroke in any way. Budget Wetsuits may have all the features but they aren’t necessarily in the right places – not with the brands we have covered though…


Flexibility is crucial for a couple of reasons. Firstly these wetsuits can be a nightmare to get on before a race. Use a bit of body glide if you are having trouble. You also need to be able to get the thing off after the swim.

You also need to be able to get the thing off after the swim. This becomes even more challenging because you are trying to remove it while you are running into the transition area to start your bike leg. I have seen more people struggle at this stage of the race than anywhere else.

Top Tip: Practice getting in and out of it a few times before you head out on your first race and get used to it. Triathletes, in general, are very friendly people but don’t get stuck in transition half out of your wetsuit and nowhere to go…


I have to admit I’m not the best swimmer in the world so can use all the help I can get. Having a nice buoyant wetsuit on during the swim is a great help. There are times in the past where I had to stop swimming and just float around for a bit to catch my breath – did I mention I’m not the best swimmer…

All modern wetsuits have additional buoyancy panels built in so happy days. My original suit didn;t have these luxuries but was that thick it was like a dry suit and I would have needed a weight belt to get it to sink. Believe me, I relied on it a few times.

What you are looking for is a wetsuit with buoyancy panels included that do not hamper your swim stroke in any way. Any of the wetsuits in the comparison table above will cover this for you so nothing to worry about.

Build Quality

Let’s face it. Your wetsuit is most likely going to be the second most expensive purchase you make, number 1 being your bike, so you want to make sure it last you for a long time.

With the brands listed above, you are getting premium quality at very affordable prices and the features are designed into their top wetsuits that can run well over $1000 a piece. There is no spurious knock off suits listed that you may find elsewhere. These are premium wetsuits from top flight Triathlon Gear companies.

Looking after your wetsuit

There are a few things you can do to extend the life of your wetsuit and keep it in tip-top condition for the next race.

Always wash your suit after every race. This is just as important for fresh water swims as it is for saltwater racing. In freshwater, you will pick up all sorts of grime and much getting in and ut of the water and if the water level is low you are probably going to be swimming trough some weed beds at some stage of the race.

It is very important after a Sea swim to wash the wetsuit thoroughly and remove all traces of salt from both the inside and outside.

I usually hang mine in the shower and give it a good scrub down with a soft cloth after each race. Just make sure the wetsuit is fully dry before you pack it away.

Another thing you can do after the suit ages a bit is to lubricate the zipper lightly. This might seem trivial but you will be glad you did when you are trying to get the darned thing off you in the transition area.

Blueseventy Men’s Sprint FullSleeve Wetsuit – Our Top Choice

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While this may be classed as an entry level wetsuit the Blueseventy Sprint has all the features you would expect in a high-end tri wetsuit. Tri Wetsuits have really advanced over the past number of years and this suit is loaded with the latest technology.

This suit has additional buoyancy pads on the upper leg and hip areas to lift you higher in the water column to help you swim faster.

Built with 38 cell Yamamoto neoprene you have a very flexible suit that is buoyant and super durable.

The suits legs and arms are coated with SCS – a friction reducing coating that supposedly helps you glide through the water better. You will have to try it to find out…

The arm and ankle cuffs are made from a silicone compound that helps you get the suit on and off. You will appreciate this feature alone if you struggle with your wetsuit.

A final nice feature is the back of the neck. Blueseventy have lowered this a bit to stop you rubbing the neck off yourself when you are swimming. It also has the added advantage of keeping the zipper top clear.

We have used Blueseventy gear for some time and are big fans of their triathlon bags so have no hesitation in recommending them as a brand or indeed their wetsuit. Just look around the next time you are lining up for your swim at the start line and you will see plenty of athletes – both beginner and pro wearing them.

XTERRA Men’s Volt Triathlon Wetsuit – Best Budget Tri Wetsuit

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XTERRA Men's Volt Triathlon Wetsuit Full Suit (Large) XTERRA Men's Volt Triathlon Wetsuit Full Suit (Large) 69 Reviews $129.00

The Xterra Volt comes with 3/2 mm neoprene making it super slick and flexible in and out of the water. This is a top quality wetsuit from a strong brand that will not let you down.  It is made of an eco-friendly limestone based neoprene that provides a very buoyant and flexible skin when you swim. The liner of the suit is called the X-Flex and because it stretches in ever direction this suit is very easy to get on and off before the race and more importantly in the transition area.

The suit uses a triple layer of glue which provides immense grip and combined with the double-blind stitching you end up with long-lasting waterproof seams that will not let you down.

The additional panel in and around the arms give you a full range of motion with your swim stroke. The double-bind stitching on these panels keeps them in place and waterproof.

Overall this is a super entry level triathlon wetsuit and at this price point is just about as good as you will get.

That’s it for now. We will be adding to this review as more triathlon wetsuits come down in price and offer the same quality and features as the ones we have listed. Whatever suit you choose make sure the fit is right, you look after it and enjoy your swimming.

Now get out there and start racing…


Best Clip On Aero Bars for Triathlon

best clip on aero barsA great modification to your standard road bike is to install a set of clip on aero bars. These bars will allow you to get into the aero position while on the ride section of the race.

There are many benefits to this riding position – number one is being more aerodynamic.

When you ride normally you sit upright and act sort of like an air brake.

Getting aero pulls you down below the wind and significantly reduces you resistance mass allowing you to cut through the wind.  In this post, we are going to review the best clip on aero bars and provide details on some of the features of each set.

Best Clip On Aero Bars of 2017

You can spend anything from a few dollars up over hundreds of dollars for professional clip-on aero bars. They basically do the same thing but when you spend more money you start to get a lot of additional features.

Primarily the bars will be carbon fibre – massive weight reduction compared to the cheap aero bars.

A lot will also depend on your budget and how serious you are about racing. Because of the variety, we have put together this selection to get you started in your decision process. We may not cover all of the best clip on aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you. These are the most popular on the market at the moment.

We may not cover all of the best clip on aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you. These are the most popular on the market at the moment.


This question always comes up and has many answers.

How much do you want to spend?

What are the aero bars for? – A practice bike for training in the park or for your primary tri bike.

The beauty of clip on aero bars is you can swap them out fairly easily. A couple of hex head bolts are usually all that holds them on to the normal handlebars of your bike.

What are they made of? The cheaper sets tend to be made of some sort of alloy and as you go up in price you start to see carbon fibre introduced into the range.

Carbon fibre is much lighter so if you have the budget then go for these instead.

As stated earlier the beauty of clip on aero bars is you can take them off the bike without much effort if they do not suit your riding style or you prefer the standard set-up. You will find though over time that you will adapt to the aero position while racing and you bike times will reflect this.

Best Budget Clip-On Aero Bars


If you are serious about triathlon and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than the intro sets above.

Carbon clip on aero triathlon bars will definitely be on your shopping list for their massive weight reduction.

Using these carbon aero bars does change a few things though. You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a set of tri bars you can work with, to keep the weight down and to get down and in the full aero position.

Comfort plays a bit part in this too. Getting set up with a good comfortable set of tri bars is critical on longer rides. We suggest you try out a few different sets first if you can to make sure they suit. Watch out as well if you buy a second-hand pair.

Sometimes the previous user will cut down the stems a bit and they may be too short for you.


I have seen quite a few people start out with clip on aero bars on normal handlebars and then step up a level by purchasing a new Carbon Base Bar. Go to any Triathlon event and they are everywhere.

This gives you the ability to reuse your existing clip on aero bars but builds up a full aero set of handlebars without the expense of a pro set. However, as you progress in the sport you will most likely get yourself a full TT bike with integrated Aero Bars.


Addition items you may need when you install clip on aero bars is some new bar end shifters. These gear shifters are designed to sit at the end of each aero bar – making it easy to change gear while you are in the aero position. We have more information on those throughout the site


There are many benefits to using aero bars on a bike during a race but the primary one comes down to aerodynamics.

When you are down in the aero position you remove quite a bit of body mass out of the wind. Because we are not the most aerodynamic of creatures getting down low you are giving yourself a huge advantage over the opposition who will sit upright and act as an air brake into the wind.

The price of entry for a basic set of clip on aero bars is very low. You can get something from as little as a few dollars. A couple of things to check out first though is the diameter of your handlebars. Make sure the bars will fit.

Also as stated at the start of this post you can always remove the bars if you are not comfortable or happy with the riding style.

The final thing we want to discuss today is how you can quickly modify your road bike and turn it into a triathlon style bike with two quick changes.

First, you will need an angled seat post. This pushes the rider forward in the frame.

Couple this with a nice set of clip on aero bars for a road bike and you are set.

The video below shows you how to do this and the benefits of getting aero in the ride.

We hope you found this post informative and as always let us know with a comment if there is anything else you would like to know or any other products you are currently using that you think we should add to the list.

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2015 kestrel talon

2015 Kestrel Talon

 Review of the Kestrel Talon 2015

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We are always on the look out for top value products and the 2015 Kestrel Talon Tri bike is no exception.  Built from quality components and a brand you can trust, you would be mad to pass up the opportunity to own one of these awesome machines.

The 2015 Kestrel Talon Tri-Shimano 105 Carbon Fiber Bike is a new offering from Kestrel Bikes.  This is a dual position road and triathlon bike designed for both the road warrior and avid triathlete.

What this means is you can transition from triathlon back to normal road use if you decide that the sport of Triathlon is not for you in the long run.

This will also save you quite a bit of money because some of the dedicated tri bikes cost substantially more than a normal road going bike.

The beauty of this bike is because of some of the superb features its like buying two bikes for the price of one.

Features of the 2015 Kestrel Talon

First up we will look at the frame.  This is a full carbon frame made up of a blend of both 700k and 800k High Modulus Carbon Fiber.  Have a look around and see if you can get a full carbon bike of this quality for the same sort of money and you will see the value of this bike straight away.

Design wise Kestrel followed on from the proven designs of previous models without swaying too much from the original A2 Wind Tunnel designed bike.  This slick aero frame is designed with speed in mind.  Another feature that you only see on high end bikes.

kestrel talon 2015Next, we will take a look at the seat post and saddle setup.  It comes with the awesome Kestrel tri post with adjustable rails and sliders.

This means you can move the saddle about to suit both normal road use and then adjust into a more aggressive angle for full aero triathlon use.  This in itself is awesome.  The saddle is by Oval concepts – the 300 Tri with Satin Rails –  Oval Concepts are a brand that you will see all the time in Triathlon circles and a brand you can rely on.

This saddle is designed for triathlon racing and aero setups but suits perfectly if you want to just switch back to normal road use because of the adjustable slider on the seatpost.

2015 Talon Aerobar Setup

2015 kestrel talonNext, we are going to look at the aero bar and handlebar setup.  The new 2015 Tri bike from Kestrel comes complete with dedicated Oval Concepts clip on aero bars and a tri specific base bar.

This is perfect for both triathlon and road use.

The 11 speed FSA Metron bar end shifters coupled with the Shimano 105 gear setup provide a very smooth gear change.

Because of the quality of these components, they should remain hassle free and require very limited maintenance for quite a while.  This is great when you are getting in triathlon because you might not yet have the skills to perform your own bike repairs.

Kestrel Talon Wheel setup

2015 kestrel talon wheelsThe 2015 Talon sports the Oval Concept 327’s.

These wheels make for a very comfortable ride quality with super-smooth sealed bearings.  They are designed for both road and triathlon use with a 27mm deep rim and a 22mm wide setting, all tied into an Oval sealed cartridge.

The tires are the Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700 x 23c Folding tires which will give you maximum grip and stability on the road.

This particular wheel setup is exactly what you need for both speed and safety on either triathlon race day or just out for a nice long ride on the road.

Main Features Recap

  • The 2015 Kestrel Talon was designed in the A2 Wind Tunnel with aerodynamic tubing that gives the Kestrel Talon extraordinary speed on race day.
  • The frame is made from a blend of 800K and 700K carbon fiber for the frame and fork which gives the bike the perfect combination of lightweight and stiffness.
  • This is an awesome feature of the Kestrel – Dual-platform geometry for a stable ride with both road and triathlon configuration.
  • Kestrel EMS Pro seatpost adjusts from 80 to 72 degree giving you the perfect set up for both road and triathlon use.

Here is an overview from Kestrel themselves on some of the features of the 2015 Talon range.


Kestrel Talon Details
Color(s) Satin Black and Charcoal w/ Charcoal and Red  
Sizes 48cm, 52cm, 55cm, 57cm, 60cm  
Main frame Blend of 700K & 800K High Modulus Carbon Fiber  
Rear triangle 700K Carbon Fiber With Replaceable Derailleur Hanger  
Fork EMS Pro SL Aero, Full Carbon, 1 1/8″ – 1 1/4″
Tapered Alloy Steerer
Wheelset Oval Concepts 327 wheelset, 700c, 20/24H, cartridge bearing
Tires Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700 x 23c Folding  
Crankset Oval Concepts 520 Alloy Compact 50/34T  
Bottom bracket Oval Concepts Integrated, External Bearings  
Front derailleur Shimano 105, Braze-on  
Rear derailleur Shimano 105, 11-sp  
Shifters FSA Metron bar end, 11 sp  
Cassette SunRace, 11-28T  
Chain KMC X11, 11-sp  
Brake set Tektro Dual Pivot  
Brake levers Oval Concepts 701  
Headset FSA Integrated, 1 1/8″ Top, 1 1/4″ Bottom with 15mm
Top Cover
Handlebar Oval Concepts 350 6061
Alloy Base Bar, Oval Concepts 750 Clip On Ergo Bend Extensions
Stem Oval Concepts 313 6061 3D-forged Alloy, 31.8mm +/- 6 degrees  
Saddle Oval Concepts 300 Tri w Satin Steel Rails  
Seat post Kestrel EMS Pro w/ Ritchey Clamp System  
Accessories  Kestrel Suede Tape


Kestrel Talon Frame Sizes

FRAME SIZE 48cm 52cm 55cm 57cm 60cm
Seat Tube, Center to Center 50.5 54.5 57.5 59.5 62.5
Top Tube, Center to Center 51 53.3 55.6 57 59.5
Head Tube 9 10.2 12.9 14.9 17.6
Seat Tube Angle 75.5° 74.5° 73.5° 73° 72.5°
Forward Seatpost Effective Angle 78.5° 77.5° 76.5° 76° 75.5°
Head Tube Angle 72.7° 73° 73.5° 73.5° 74°
Chain Stay 41 41 41 41 41
Wheel Base 96.3 97.4 98.6 99.4 100.8
Bottom Bracket Height 26.4 26.4 26.4 26.6 26.6
Bottom Bracket Drop 71 71 71 68 68
Stand Over Height, at Top Tube Center 74.2 76.5 79.1 81.2 83.9
Fork Rake 43 43 43 43 43
Trail 58.4 57.1 55.3 54.1 51
Front Center 56.4 57.5 58.6 59.3 60.8
Reach 37.4 38.8 39.3 39.7 40.9
Stack 50.8 52.2 54.8 56.5 59.3

Thanks for taking the time to read this review.  We had great success with the 2014 model of the Talon and are expecting similar if not better results with the 2015 model.  If you have invested in one of these bikes then let us know.  Feedback from our readers is critical to the success of this review.

If you are on the market for a new entry-level triathlon bike or looking for a dual-purpose road and triathlon bike then you can’t go wrong with the new Talon from Kestrel bikes.

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