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TT Bike Set-up??(4 posts)

TT Bike Set-up??JBergland
Feb 4, 2002 8:34 AM
I have a Softride Power V that I have been trying to get dialed in for what seems like years. I plan to ride the bike mostly for TTs. For those that have a TT specific bike or ride TTs often...

* Do you have the front axle line up with you handle bars (line of vision)? My current set up has the bars 30-40 mm BEHIND the bars. Provides some 'different' handling characters while out of the saddle, but is comfortable while going aero.
* Knee over spindle? A little in front? A little behind? I currently have my knee a little in front of the spindle, but it doesn't 'feel' right.
* Saddle Position... Comfortable while aero? Comfortable while hands are on the cow horns? Should be comfortable in both?

Thanks for the feedback!!
re: TT Bike Set-up??str8dum1
Feb 4, 2002 9:23 AM
TT position is really dependent on the fit of the bike and your flexability. set your bike up so you have the flattest back, dont hit your knees on your chest, and can still breathe openly

1. in the aerobars the axle should be well behind your line of vision

2.mine is a little in front b/c angle of seat etc. you should ride what's comfortable.

3. saddle should be rideable when in the aerobars. its a TT, sacrifice comfy for aero. who cares if about comfy in the cowhorns, thats not where you ride.
re: TT Bike Set-up??RACERX09
Feb 4, 2002 10:05 AM
Good advice. However, I find that the beam bikes are a little tricky when time trialing. When riding a bigger gear, I seem to take some weight off of the beam, thus increasing the effective seat tube height.

I would add that I compensate for this by tilting my aerobar a bit more upwards than I would on my standard frame. That way I don't feel like I am about to do an endo when riding a big gear.
re: TT Bike Set-up??JBergland
Feb 5, 2002 12:00 PM
Over lunch today I spoke with a local Softride dealer. He seemed to know a lot about bikes and specifically Softrides. Here is a summary of what he told me.
* Softrides are very different that any other bikes. Traditional set-up approaches do not work very well.
* He suggested to NOT use the handle bar/front hub and the knee over spindle approach. He said that was kind of like using those approaches on a recumbent... they just doesn't work!!
* Weight should be 50/50 or 55/45 between the front and rear wheel.
* Saddle should be very far forward... the nose shouldn't be very much farther back than the BB??

Some of his suggestions sound like they might be more for a Tri vs. TT??

Thoughts??