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Suggestions for Good (non-Cervelo) TT Bike?(6 posts)

Suggestions for Good (non-Cervelo) TT Bike?huffer
Jan 18, 2004 8:50 PM
I enjoy time trialing and so for the coming year I want to get myself a decent TT machine. I know Cervelo makes good bikes, but are there other manufacturers in the same price range? Everyone has Cervelos, I want something a bit different.
No, there can be only ONE!!!Akirasho
Jan 18, 2004 9:22 PM
HED now has info on their website about their new VO3 fuselage... there are lots of decent frames worthy of TT setups on the market today... including some older ones (that may or may not be UCI compliant... but only a factor if you're competing in a UCI sanctioned event).

I picked up this old Vengeance frame at a local shop (it had hung there for over a year) a few years ago (again, illegal under current UCI rules).

... and, time trialing doesn't focus around the equipment as much as the rider... there are a few locals who can whip me and my P2K on their road rigs... Still, I likes my toyz.

Be the bike.
Oh.....Nevermind (nm)Scot_Gore
Jan 18, 2004 9:26 PM
Akirasho will be along shortlyScot_Gore
Jan 18, 2004 9:25 PM
In the meantime, go visit his site.

You will see TT bikes in Cervelo and non-Cervelo flavors.

I'll leave to Aki and others to give you TT advice.
re: Suggestions for Good (non-Cervelo) TT Bike?asgelle
Jan 19, 2004 7:34 AM
First of all, just like any other frame, fit is the most important parameter. A frame that doesn't put you in the most aerodynamic position and let you generate the maximum power possible for you will be worse than a standard round tube frame that does. (Deciding the tradeoff between position and power is a whole other topic.) For example, I changed from a GT to a Cervelo this year because the head tube on the GT was just too tall for me to get my shoulders as low as I wanted. For someone else, the GT might be a better choice than the Cervelo.

The problem is that while it's easy to tell a poorly designed TT frame, it can be hard to tell a good design without wind tunnel testing. Just because a builder uses an aero tubset does not mean the resulting frame will perform any better than a good round tube design. The Cervelos, GTs and Hookers have been shown to perform well in wind tunnel testing. I also know the Tiemeyers are very good frames (Tiemeyer was the builder of the GT Superbikes). Of those I just mentioned, the Tiemeyers are custom frames and rare and the GTs and Hookers are no longer made; that leaves the Cervelos. That doesn't mean there aren't other good frames, it's just that those I mentioned are the ones I know to have been proven to have low drag.

Finally, I would say, if it fits, just go ahead and get a Cervelo. There's a reason everyone has them.
In regards to fit?crewman
Jan 19, 2004 8:24 AM
Do the same principals that are used to fit a regular road bike apply to TT bikes. (I.E. K.O.P.).