Is time trial bike faster than road bike?

The BikeRadar website claims the advantage a TT bike gives you is 60-70 watts at 40 km/h, that is, it takes 270-280 watts to ride a road bike at that speed and 220 watts to ride a TT bike. Translated into seconds, a TT bike gives you 9 seconds per kilometre advantage. This is six minutes in a 40 km time trial.

Are trail bikes good for road?

They are good for jumps, cross country, and road riding. They are usually lighter and more efficient for pedaling which means that they are better on roads than some other kinds of mountain bikes.

Why is a tri bike faster than a road bike?

The seat tube is closer to vertical than a road bike’s. This steeper geometry places the rider’s hips over the crankset which engages their quadriceps more for increased power.” Tri bikes are more aerodynamic and are “faster” than road bikes.

Is triathlon bike faster than road bike?

It’s generally known that triathlon bikes have aerodynamic and geometric advantages that make them faster than road bikes. With all variables remaining equal over the bike leg of a triathlon, the tri bike wins in speed.

Will a TT bike make me faster?

Once we fitted me in an identical position on the TTE time trial bike, the CdA saving was 2.3 per cent, equating to only 4 watts – or 26s over 40km….Watch: how much faster is a time trial bike, really?

Bike/position Watt saving vs baseline
AIR road bike, clip on bars, optimised*, at 40kph 83
TTE time trial bike, to travel 40kph, at 40kph 86

Is it harder to ride a mountain bike on the road?

Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on pavement. But they have a cushy ride, an upright riding position, and can travel easily on a wide variety of surfaces. Hybrid or cross bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as a road bike, while being almost as comfortable and versatile as a mountain bike.

Can I do an Ironman with a road bike?

If your goal is to complete the race and you’re not worried about competing in age group or overall awards, a road bike will work fine, in my opinion. If your goal is to be more competitive, perhaps a tri bike should be your choice. Next, terrain makes a difference in the bike portion of your Ironman.