The Time Alpe d’Huez 01 is super light, super stiff, and super expensive

First ride video on Ulteam halo model

Find out how I got on with Time's new lightweight Alpe d'Huez

Last week I popped over to France for a spin on Time's new Alpe d'Huez 01 climber's bike. Naturally, the brand wanted to show of its new design in the best possible light so it sent me off on the range-topping Ulteam model, a spec with an impressive £12,000 price tag. 

The Alpe d'Huez is relatively unusual among bikes from Euro brands in that it's actually manufactured in-house, in Europe. You may or may not care where your bike is made, but Time's approach to building frames is certainly intriguing. 

A first look at both versions of the new bike is here, and you can read my detailed first ride review here. Watch the video above to see me gesticulate a lot as I lay out my impressions of the bike. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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