's Forum Archives - Racing

Archive Home >> Racing(1 2 3 )

Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000 650vs700(7 posts)

Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000
May 23, 2001 7:34 PM
I have been looking at Time Trial bikes for awile now. I am a BIG fan of OCLV Trek carbon. But Treks carbon TT bike is $4000 for the frame and fork. So I was wondering what you people like for TT bikes and whats been your best experience. I am leaning to the cervelo P3. Also whats better 650 or 700 size wheels???? I rpesently have a Trek 5900 that I LOVE and will just fit some bars to for awile until I decide but I wanted some feed back. Thanks
re: Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000 650vs700Jon Billheimer
May 25, 2001 12:15 PM
I would've said the Cervelo P2K. They claim their aerodynamics are the best in the game. If you haven't checked out their website, do so. There's a great deal of information there. As for wheel size, I came across an article that dealt with that. The upshot was that if you're riding a frame larger than 56 cm you're probably better off with 700cm wheels. I can't remember exactly, but the article was either on the Cervelo site or over at
May 29, 2001 10:28 AM
I have a P2K, and with wheels, components etc... it ran me almost 3K. I think the P3 is 2K just for the frame and fork. That is one sweet bike though. I've never been on one, but they look way cool, and if the P2K is any, look out.
re: Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000 650vs700brokenspoke
May 29, 2001 3:46 AM
I'm running a Trek HiLo for TTs. I don't know how much one would cost where you live but I got my HiLo1000 for £1200. That should leave some nice cash left for some aero wheels. My Hed ProAm disk seems to work well. The only thing to be aware of is that since this is a tri bike the seat tube angle is 78deg.

PS: I'm sure the 650c wheels accelerate faster the 700s.
re: Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000 650vs700RickL
Jun 1, 2001 3:18 AM
Check out in particular for a review of triathalon-TT bikes and suggestions for different buyers.

OLN recently had three triathletes rate three different TT bikes: Cervelo P3, Kestrel KM40 and Litespeed Blade. The Blade emerged the clear winner; the Cervelo was the least favorite. Primary complaint on the Cervelo was ride comfort; primary complaint on the Kestrel was lack of sizes.

Good luck
re: Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000 650vs700phopkins
Jun 4, 2001 5:03 PM
I just did my first 40k and am hooked. I rode on a Trek 2300 with aero bars and aero wheels. It worked fine, but now I'm looking for a dedicated TT bike. How have you done with your research? Any leads?
I'll be curious to know what your final choice was and why you made it.
re: Whats the Best TT bike for under $4000 650vs700JPATRISI
Jun 11, 2001 4:43 PM
Thanks everyone for your input. I think the Trek Hilo is an excellent choice for the money and performance...being a huge fan of Trek already....but I am going with the P3 since its seat tube angle is 78 degrees and I can get it with 700c wheels at 52cm. WoW!! I like the fork and the bottom bracket looks tough amd stiff. True being alluminum its not going to be as soft as carbon but, TT arent as long as road races. Besides look at the thing, the seatpost, down tube, the neew chord fork...oooo ahhhhhh...I bet its almost as much fun to ride as my 5900. Thanks again everyone!!!!!!!