MAILBAG QUESTION:  I have been racing for a few years and really “need” to do a tri bike upgrade.  Am looking for a new bike in the $3,000 range with Shimano Di2 components and setup for climbing.  Help!

MAILBAG ANSWER:  This was a fun exercise looking at all the usual suspects and narrowing it down to one or two choices in the $3,000 range.  The 2018 Kestrel 5000 SL Shimano Ultegra Di2 was the best choice beating out the 2017 CANNONDALE SLICE ULTEGRA DI2.  The surprises were that Felt only had one bike choice in their B series and Fuji has positioned Di2 as a “Superbike” feature along with so many other companies.

KESTREL 5000 SL SHIMANO ULTEGRA DI2.  In 1987 Kestrel introduced the world’s first ever, all-carbon frame Kestrel 4000.  In June 2017 the 5000 SL was launched and California Triathlon was in San Francisco for an unveiling that didn’t disappoint. “The specifications include a 800K high-modulus carbon fiber frame, Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed components, an Oval Concepts 950 F 700c wheelset with 18/24H aero carbon-alloy rims, plus a drivetrain featuring a 52/36 crankset and 11-28 cassette.  For the weight weenies, the bike is 20.11 pounds.”

Cost:  $4,799 MSRP.  However, only about $3,000 with the 30% California Triathlon Performance Bike discount combined with the 10% Performance Bike Team Performance Membership.

For complete disclosure, Advanced Sports Enterprises owns Fuji, Kestrel and Performance Bike and Performance Bike is a California Triathlon sponsor.  We have no relationship with Cannondale.  The goal is to find the best deals for our community so if you find something more or equally appealing then please share.