|Bike for training/TT||jjdbike|
Apr 30, 2002 11:26 AM
|Hi folks. Looking for some educated advice from the seasoned roadies. I am buying my first road bike. I'm a relativley serious MTBer. I'll use the road bike for endurance training and social rides. I want to try TT racing. I want to use it to help me w/ my MTB race intensity. Don't want to have to deal w/ mass start stratagy / drafting/ etc... So my question is how important is aerodymanics vs weight in TT. The area I live in is rolling hills, and tends to be windy. I am a puney little climber and I like to spin at high cadence in med gears. Specificly I am comparing the Giant TCR-1 to the Giant TCR Aero. Apparently the aero tubes add a .8lb weight penelty.
Since drafting isn't an issue for me, and because of the hills and my style/body type, weight is a big factor, what do you think? Is the added .8lbs worth being aero for TT? Any advice is geatly appreciated!!!Thanks:)
|re: Bike for training/TT||mixinbeatz|
Apr 30, 2002 12:47 PM
|I would buy the TCR-1, because of the better components and get some aero bars for TTing. I race a TCR-0 and find the geometry with syntace bars perfect for TTing. Weight doesn't give you much of an advantage in a TT(unless it is pretty hilly) and I don't think that the frame is aerodynamic enough to make much difference. I don't know the geometry of the TCR Aero, but I do know that the standard TCR is a great all around bike that works excellent for TTing with a few tweaks.|
|re: Bike for training/TT||brider|
Apr 30, 2002 1:51 PM
|Lighter weight in the hills is going to make much more difference than aero on the flats. Go with the lighter bike.|
|well, aero makes little difference.||jw25|
May 2, 2002 11:59 AM
|or so I've read. The wheels are one thing - aero wheels do make a difference. They move a lot faster than the frame, though, so effects are magnified. The "standard" TCR frame is pretty aero already, and .8 lbs is significant, especially for a smaller rider.
So, go for the normal frame, get some good bars, and have fun. I love TT's, but I'm also a mtb'er, so we're practicing every race, anyway.