Time Trial Bike.

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Time Trial Bike.

Postby NITR8s » Fri Jun 21, 2013 09:14 am

I have recently got into TTing and have made the decision that I would like to get a TT bike, instead of using my current Road bike with clip on aero bars.

I have looked around and have seen a couple of options available.

Planet X Stealth - entry level TT bike.
Quintana Roo Kilo 2013 from evans
Ribble Aluminium TT frames.

However I am still not sold on any of these.

The Planet X just looks like road bike with an aeroseat tube and clip on aero bars, the Quintana Roo says its a Triathlon bike and is shod with entry level Shimanos R500 and I can find any wheels in the ribble built that are in my price range and I feel could be justified being used on a TT bike (Plus their frames are aluminium).

Does any one have any advice on this matter or indeed recomendations.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby nferrar » Fri Jun 21, 2013 09:20 am

You haven't mentioned your budget, I'm guessing fairly low given the bikes you've listed - in which case I'd go the second-hand route.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby meesterbond » Fri Jun 21, 2013 09:26 am

The Canyon Speedmax Al is a bit of a bargain if you can stretch that far.

The key difference with a TT bike isn't the fact it's more aerodynamic than a road bike, it's that the geometry puts you, the lump on top of it, in a more aerodynamic position, yet one you can still develop sufficient power in.
If you imagine your position on a road bike rotated slightly around the hip it'll increase the seat tube angle and flatten the back and gets you lower at the front.

Fit is, if anything, even more important on a TT bike as it'll feel pretty odd to begin with.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby danowat » Fri Jun 21, 2013 09:55 am

Go secondhand, something like this > http://www.timetriallingforum.co.uk/ind ... opic=80190

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby Grill » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:07 am

As Dan says, go secondhand. If you're going new on a budget the Stealth is a solid frame.
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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby NITR8s » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:28 am

danowat wrote:Go secondhand, something like this > http://www.timetriallingforum.co.uk/ind ... opic=80190


That would be perfect if it was a size small. I would ideally like to pay just over £1000 or under if 2nd hand.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby NITR8s » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:02 pm

http://www.tigerfrog.co.uk/tf100.htm
I have found the above company and they seem to be quite good vaule. Has anyone ever heard of these bikes before.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby Grill » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:06 pm

I see no reason to buy that over a Stealth.
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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby meesterbond » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:17 pm

There was a review of one Tigerfrog's previous offering in one of the Tri magazines a while ago - I can't see the frame they reviewed on their site anymore so there's not much point dwelling on how well it did. One point they did make though, was the customer service. Their USP was that they were much more open to tailoring the bike to you - std frames etc, but all the components etc were swappable, they'd even deliver the bike and fit you to it if you were close enough.

Don't know if that's still the case but the review was very complimentary about both them and the bike.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby NITR8s » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:42 pm


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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby Imposter » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:45 pm



What - are you serious?? That's just a BSO road bike with clip ons - which is what you said you didn't want. Bonkers.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby NITR8s » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:52 pm

I was obviously joking, I just wanted to share with you guys the laughter I just had.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby meesterbond » Fri Jun 21, 2013 13:18 pm

Everlast... The name of the bike, or the results of the rider?

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby NITR8s » Fri Jun 21, 2013 13:47 pm

The best part is the bell. I bet its aerodynamic.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby plumpy » Fri Jun 21, 2013 14:10 pm

You seem to have got confused about the Stealth, it is a pukka TT frame not a road frame, ie (most importantly) TT geometry, some aero elements, horizontal dropouts with adjusters, and proper TT bars with bar-end shifters and brake levers (not clip-ons).

Yes it is fairly basic in its cheapest spec, but there have been several P-X's at every TT I have been to, both the Stealth and the Exocet. Have to say I've never seen (or heard of) a Tigerfrog, which IS an alloy road frame with clip-ons.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby cougie » Fri Jun 21, 2013 14:35 pm

You do know that FdJ rode the Stealth frame in the TT's in the Tour de France ? Badged under another name - but its the same frame.

Its a nice bike - and well proven at events all over the country and worldwide. Turn up at any Triathlon and you'll see lots of them. Front on - its profile is tiny. Get that and a bike fit at the same time. I'd not bother second hand unless you know precisely what will fit you and what won't.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby antonyfromoz » Fri Jun 21, 2013 17:48 pm

there is also the Kestrel Talon from CRC - with the drawback that you can't try it, of course. I have no personal knowledge but Kestrel is a respected brand and I found a lot of good rider feedback on the web: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=82204

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby meesterbond » Fri Jun 21, 2013 18:41 pm

cougie wrote:You do know that FdJ rode the Stealth frame in the TT's in the Tour de France ? Badged under another name - but its the same frame.



Did they? In recent years they've been on Lappieres which look nothing like the Stealth.

Cadel Evans did use something very similar 5 or 6 years ago though when Ridley didn't have a TT bike he could use. Thing is, they're generic moulded frames which a number of companies have had access to.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby cougie » Fri Jun 21, 2013 18:49 pm

Yeah it was a few years back but it's still a decent frame.

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Re: Time Trial Bike.

Postby meesterbond » Fri Jun 21, 2013 20:22 pm

cougie wrote:Yeah it was a few years back but it's still a decent frame.



You certainly see plenty of them about... Take any T1 and Stealth's and P2s / P3s will make up a good proportion of the bikes on show!


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