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Which bike for time trials(8 posts)

Which bike for time trialsJohnIV
Aug 7, 2002 10:10 AM
I'm thinking about building up a bike specifically for time trials. Is it a better idea to get a road bike and change out handlebars and put bar shifters, or will the triathlon geometry help me out? The time trials I do are very flat, and I'm about 175 lbs. and probably more of a gear masher. What is the setup ya'll are running? Thanks.
re: Which bike for time trialsbrider
Aug 7, 2002 10:14 AM
Even when I was doing a lot of triathlons, I used a road set-up (with clip-ons). The steeper bikes just weren't around. I've fiddled around with it a lot over the years, and I still ride a fairly slack angled bike, even for TTs.

But here's the thing -- many people find that they are faster on the steeper geometry, even though it was originally intended to facilitate the transition from cycling to running. Most of the pro cyclists don't vary their position much from road to TT set-up (as fas as seat tube angle). Best advice? Try both out and see which you're more comfortable on.
Aug 7, 2002 10:31 AM
buy a cervelo--when pro riders like Jalabert choose a non-sponsored frame over a Look time trial frame (an exotic beauty in itself) that speaks volumes. They are pretty reasonable--supergo sells them.
perhaps that means he should buy a litespeedSteve_0
Aug 7, 2002 10:57 AM
since lances original timetrial was a litespeed TT geo with a trek badge.

I think personal fit is the primary consideration here, not brand.
It was Tyler Hamilton that was given the Cervelo...Dave Hickey
Aug 7, 2002 11:20 AM
and Tyler didn't like it. Jalabert tried it and ended up using it. Fit is much more important than name brand
I don't believe that's accurate,TJeanloz
Aug 8, 2002 5:32 AM
While you may be the consummate Look-o-phile, I don't think that Tyler was "given" a P-3 that he didn't like. From a pretty reliable source, I understand that Tyler paid for his P3, which arrived the day before the Tour, rode it and couldn't get comfortable enough with it to ride it in the prologue. Tyler is renowned for being picky with regards to his equipment and set-up, and he never had time during the Tour to dial in his position on the new bike. He will be riding a Cervelo once he has adequate time to set himself up on it properly.
re: Which bike for time trialsAkirasho
Aug 7, 2002 4:49 PM
... the question might be, "can you justify building up a bike specifically for time trials"?

They can be very venue specific... yet fast... If you've already got a decent setup for road, then it might be for you.

Swapping out gear on a road bike would be challenging. Aside from having a different "feel" (aerobars in particular) your time trial bike might also need/require special gearing as well (again, doable... but a hassle to swap out). The bike pic'd above uses an 11/21 in back and a 56 tooth front ring, a steep effective seattube angle, slack headtube angle and a long combination top tube/stem length.

The abovepic'd bike uses pretty much the same geometry and effective lengths... varying only in wheel size (650C). Because of restrictions on headtube/steerer length (Reynolds Ouzo Pro Aero), this bike has a slightly more aggressive overall position (lower).

Of course, you can, as many people do, campaign on your road machine... in fact, there are several local riders who do quite well on road specific platforms. If you can justify it... not a bad way to go.

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what do you have now?DougSloan
Aug 8, 2002 6:33 AM
First, I'd just use aerobars on a regular bike and see if you like or are good at timetrials. Don't spend the big bucks until you are committed.

In my view, there is nothing out there superior to a Cervelo P3 with a disc rear and deep section front, with integrated aerobars. Many setups may be close, but this is darn near perfect based upon today's technology.

The Cervelo has plenty of adjustabilility, and should accomodate nearly anyone. If you want to spend a little less, get the P2. The differences are posted on the Cervelo website. Read everything there.