Triathlon Bike Head-to-Head Comparison

Tri Bike Head-to-Head Comparison

Have you wondered how the SP stacks up against other triathlon bikes in the industry? Wonder no more and read on!

We know what it’s like as a beginner triathlete or even a cost-sensitive triathlete. We want the best bike that our money can buy but aren’t able or willing to buy a $15,000 bike.

That’s understandable – and that’s exactly why A2 Bikes was founded. Our mission is to design the best triathlon bikes for the best price in the hopes of breaking down the price barriers preventing people from joining our sport, and our bikes are designed to get you aerodynamic and deliver you from T1 to T2 in the fastest time possible.

Tri Bike Comparison

The SP1.1 is a great entry level triathlon bike and tempered with out and out performance and aero gains. Our base level setup starts with Shimano 105, with upgrade options like Shimano Ultegra. We use Vision TriMax alloy base bars with an upgrade option to Vision's Si013 carbon aero bars. All of the triathlon bikes discussed here come equipped with disc brakes, as most modern triathlon bikes do.

All modern triathlon bikes also require the utmost in storage capacity on frame. The SP and QR PRFOUR both have rear tool storage capabilities while the Canyon Speedmax has rubber tool storage by the water bottles on the frame.

Ultimately, the biggest differences between these bikes come down to price. The Canyon Speedmax CF7 Disc comes in at a base price of $3,799. The QR PRFOUR Disc base price is $3,429. The SP1.1's base price is only $2,800 – almost a full $1,000 less than the Speedmax, and these savings add up even more with our high end builds. See the full spec comparison below:


Frame Quintana Roo PRFOUR Canyon Speedmax CF 7.0 A-Squared SP1.1
Brakes TRP Spyre (DISC) SRAM Paceline HRD TRP Spyre
Crank Shimano 105 Shimano 105 FSA Omega EXO
Derailleurs Shimano 105 Shimano 105 Shimano 105
Cassette Shimano 105 Shimano 105 Shimano 105
Aero Bars Profile Design Wing 10A with 35A Extensions Profile Design Subsonic Race Vision TriMax
Wheel Shimano RS170 Reynolds AR58 Vision Team 30
Saddle ISM PR 2.0 Fizik Mistica Velo
PRICE $3,249 $3,799 $2,800


So what’s the big distinguishing factor between these 3 entry-level triathlon bikes?

Best Tri Bike Price

Triathlon is already an expensive sport. Our race entries cost hundreds of dollars with the added expense of traveling. Our gear can rack up thousands (bike, shoes, helmet, wetsuit, race kit, etc.). Along with the required training, triathlon can be a tough sport to get started in. We understand that and work with athletes to discover what bike is best for their lifestyle, budget and desires.

At A2, we want to help athletes enter and grow within the sport of triathlon; we do this by introducing an entry level bike that has true value - the highest quality at an affordable price.

But our relationship with our athletes (we like to call them the A-Team) doesn’t stop with the bike sale. We pride ourselves on our industry leading customer support, and we’ve included upgrade options so that we can grow alongside you in your triathlon journey –  from your first race to your first podium to your World Championship qualification!