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Loved my madone. It's likely I'll set up the amira with the same position. I can't really speak on the amira either as it currently has no wheels or components (I bought the frameset).
I'm not sure if the bike itself has anything to do with my riding speed or power, but it has allowed me to be more comfortable riding in group workouts. Riding in a group that is faster than me, trying to hang on for dear life, now THAT has made me a much stronger rider. The road bike is indeed more agile than the tri bike.
Another skill-set of handling skills and self-awareness comes with group riding, regardless of overall speed.
100% necessary? Maybe not, but it depends on where you are in your competitive life, and how you use the bike in it. Your coach may have a specific goal for you that the road bike, as a tool to accomplish that goal.
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I'd probably do about 50/50 training on road/tri bike
I have a Ruby and I love it. I particularly love taking it on long rides out in the country, up and down mountains, through valleys, along roads I've never been on to places I never knew existed. I love it because it puts memories in my head and grunt in my legs. I haven't ridden the Amira so can't comment on the geometry but I like having a road bike for long enjoyable days on the road doing non tri training riding.
I also do my fair share of hangin' with the boys in the bunch and it's pretty sweet for that as well.
Get one, regardless of what you get.
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I thought I wanted a Madone, but ended up with the Domane. it's not as agresive as the Madone. Just thought I'd throw that out because the differences are similar to the differences between ruby/amira, in case you want to stay with trek (I have a speed concept & Domane)
Second, I have to ask you what you mean when you say you want an "aggressive" bike. The term "aggressive" can mean many, many different things - from how the bike handles, to its geometry, to how a rider is fit/positioned on the bike. So if you could be more specific about what it is that you want from your bike, we might be able to help abit more with the selection. I will tell you that most people who come from a tri background, who ride tri bikes, would not be happy riding an aggressive road bike because it typically means a very quick handling bike that is very maneuverable and ideal for crit racing.
Having said that, I think the main reason why the Amira feels like part of me when I ride is that it fits perfectly. So regardless of what you get, make sure you get a bike fit.
That being said, I love my road bikes. My tri bike is my dedicated trainer bike--I only ride it outside for races. All my outdoor training is done on my road bike, cx, or MTBs. I get bored riding the same thing every day :D
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