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 Dec 24, 2011 article & images by Nick Salazar

Craig Alexander signed to Specialized just before the Kona World Championships, and rode it to his third Kona title, and a Kona course record.
Craig Alexander signed to Specialized just before the Kona World Championships, and rode it to his third Kona title, and a Kona course record.

With so many so-called Superbikes coming to market, readers are asking me more and more to spill the beans on which one I think is the best. The answer isn't so simple, and depends on your fit, how good a mechanic you are, and what kinds of quirks you're willing to put up with. This shootout is basically meant to highlight the major ups and downs of each ride to better help you make that decision for yourself.


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  • Andreas Raelert riding his aggressive position on the BMC TM01.
  • The BMC TM01 I test rode in Las Vegas at the 70.3 World Championships.
  • Craig Alexander signed to Specialized just before the Kona World Championships, and rode it to his third Kona title, and a Kona course record.
  • The Specialized Shiv from the launch in Kona, Hawaii.
  • Dirk Bockel rode a custom-painted Blue Triad SL in Kona.
  • The Blue Triad SL is among my favorite of this batch. It's sleek, easy to wrench, and rides great.
  • With an aero brake, the Blue Triad SL has a frontal profile to rival anything in this test.
  • My position aboard the Blue Triad SL.
  • The bike with the sleekest stock profile has got to be the Trek Speed Concept.
  • Chris Lieto aboard his Kona edition Trek Speed Concept.
  • Here's my Speed Concept stripped down to the nude carbon.
  • Mirinda Carfrae aboard her Felt DA, which comes in a 650C version.
  • Rinny riding her Felt DA.
  • Andi Boecherer on the Felt DA.
  • The 2012 TriRig Superbike Shootout

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