How much should a timetrial bike weigh? Ribble Aero content.

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How much should a timetrial bike weigh? Ribble Aero content.

Postby DanEvs » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:00 pm

I'm currently involved in dialogue with Ribble regarding the purchase of one of their Aero TT bikes. One of the things to come from our conversation is the weight of the bike which they say is roughly 20lbs. Does this seem a bit heavy or is that the norm for TT bikes?

Has anyone dealt with Ribble and does anyone own one of their TT bikes? I'd love to hear from an owner. :)

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Postby NapoleonD » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:01 pm

That's fine. Weight is not really an issue on a flat TT course.

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Postby DanEvs » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:07 pm

What if your local TT course incorporated two massive hills into it's 22 and undulating terrain in it's 10? I am in north Wales after all. :)

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Postby NapoleonD » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:08 pm

Then I wouldn't bother with a TT bike.

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Postby DanEvs » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:14 pm

NapoleonD wrote:Then I wouldn't bother with a TT bike.


You're no help are you. :D


I need a TT bike as it's going to improve my times without question but I'm unsure as to the weight of a typical example.

Has anyone seen a review of the Ribble Aero anywhere?

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Postby NapoleonD » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:16 pm

Heh heh!

20lbs is about average for a TT bike as the aero aspect is more important. On a course with steep long climbs then those aero benefits will diminish somewhat.

On an undulating course the weight shouldn't be an issue as you can power over the climbs carrying speed from the descent before.

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Postby DanEvs » Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:21 pm

NapoleonD wrote:20lbs is about average for a TT bike as the aero aspect is more important. On a course with steep long climbs then those aero benefits will diminish somewhat.


I've probably over-egged the hills a little anyway, as long as weight's no big deal I'm probably going to get one. Going to try some on for size Friday I hope. :D

Cheers for the replies dude.

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Postby NapoleonD » Tue Jun 30, 2009 18:09 pm

No worries, reap the benefits!


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