Every now and again a bike company bursts onto the scene that can mix it up with the big brands. Cervelo was one of these companies. Now we have Kuota. This Italian bike maker has gone from unknown to winning on the world stage in both road and triathlon in less than 10 years. While they have a great line of road bikes, they first made their name on the triathlon scene. When you get the record on the bike course of Ironman Hawaii you get noticed.
Kuota understands that the sport of triathlon encompasses everyone from rank beginners to pros so their line up of triathlon bikes reflect this not only in price but in fit. They have three models for triathlon starting with the K Factor. As you move up the line you get a more aggressive geometry, lighter weight and a more aggressive fit.
While they don't have a truly entry level model the Kuota K Factor is one of the best deals in a carbon fiber triathlon bike. The frame sport an aerodynamic profile, airfoil shaped seat tube and a cut out to tuck the rear wheel in close to the frame. While not as radically shaped as the higher end models the profile is still plenty fast. The head tube is on the longer side to allow for a higher handle bar position. For those looking to get their first specialty triathlon bike, the K Factor will serve you well for many years. This is a favorite of age group racers as it is a more comfortable fit for those who are less flexible.
Next is the line up is the Kuota Kalibur. This used to be their flagship tri bike and has won many races. The frame has a wind tunnel optimized profile to further reduce wind drag. Up front the head set uses a larger 1 1/4" bearing to increase stiffness and improve steering. The seat post head can be flipped to give either a 76 or 78 degree seat tube angle. This is an aggressive bike that is just a small step below the top pro bikes in the world but at a much lower price.
Now we get to the Kuota Kueen. This bike has been designed from the ground up to cut through the wind and leave you fresh for your run. When you look this frame all you see is speed. All of the tube shapes sit at the limit of aerodynamic shape. The seat tube is integrated so the frame extends up almost to the saddle. This increases stiffness and improves aerodynamics. The brakes are tucked behind the fork and underneath the chainstays so even more wind is cheated. Every detail about this frame is meant to slice through the wind.
If you are looking for a triathlon bike, Kuota is one of the smartest brands to check out as the different geometries and price points mean you be able to find a bike that fits your body and your budget.