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Planet X Exocet 2 TT

napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
edited February 2015 in Your road bikes
But this up after a tentative 2014 seeing if I could get fit and get confident again after a bad crash in 2011.
Had a good year, did my first 25 and 50 and started getting up to speed in to 10s. I did a PB in the beacon Little Mountain Time Trial which was a massive boost.
Also did a bit on the track and had a few podium finishes.

After taking stock of my very limited time available I decided to go full tilt at TTs this year. Sold the track bike and built this up...

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Planet X Exocet 2 Frame/Fork/Seatpost
Full Dura Ace 9000 group
3T Aura pro bars with 3T aero brake levers
Speedplay pedals
Weight as you see it is 8.3kg

Wheels-

Wheelsmith Aero 60 for hilly TTs or if very windy. 24mm Vittoria open Pave tyres for those long early season openers.
If it's flat and still I have a Hed 3 Spoke front and a Powertap rear with Raltech Carbon disc covers. I have yet to see which is the fastest front, I suspect if it's calm the trispoke. Nice to have the option.
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  • Absolutely beautiful, and glad to hear you have recovered from the crash and that you are in full swing now!

    How tall are you? Those are some mighty risers on there!
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    6'1. Poor flexibility due to fractured vertebrae/shoulder plates.
    This is how I look on it.

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  • are those 3T risers specifically for a 3T base bar? I'm about to invest in clip ons (for standard drops)as was thinking of Zipp Vukas
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Yeah, they are specific to those 3t bars.
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  • ledeevledeev Posts: 184
    I thought the same about those risers, but your aero position looks pretty good to me.
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Heh, here's someone else's bike with a few risers. Only he's a little more successful than me!

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  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Heh, here's someone else's bike with a few risers. Only he's a little more successful than me!

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    Does your dentist do TT's as well? :mrgreen:
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  • markos1963markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    Nice build mate. Think I'll have to bring the Ora with me to the LMTT then to keep up with you!
  • shazzzshazzz Posts: 1,072
    Nice. Is the frame size a large?
    Ta
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Medium, I was going to order a large but made the journey to PX in Sheffield, glad I did, sat on the medium and it was perfect, the large was too long. I'm running a 120mm stem.

    Dig the Spiritualized avatar btw :)
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  • nweststeynnweststeyn Posts: 1,574
    Looks awesome. Nice bike sir!
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Cheers, I can't wait to race it.
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  • ledeevledeev Posts: 184
    Wiggo's roof rack is awesome.
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  • markyonemarkyone Posts: 1,079
    Looks nice nap well done
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  • Nice to see the face behind the name! Get out and ride it like you stole it!
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    I finally managed to get out and do a couple of hours outside of it yesterday after a couple of months on the turbo. Did two hours at Sweet Spot the bike is surprisingly refined and comfortable to ride. My legs are battered now though!

    Highly recommended, the Ribble time trial bike is the same frame
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  • Very nice, sir! Hope you have a speedy season! :twisted:
  • White TT bike, excellent taste. ;)
  • Bike fit at Adrian Timmis? I was meant to pop in last week to see what he had in the shop but never got time with half term. Had My road bike fitted by Adrian but just went with feel for my TT.
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Yeah.
    My TT bike is a fair bit different to my road bike in terms of setback and height but they translate well to each other.
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  • fleshtuxedofleshtuxedo Posts: 1,840
    It's funny the sizing on this frame - I'm much smaller than you at 5'10" and ride a large. I compared with my medium Stealth before getting it. Maybe the large being £300 cheaper at the time skewed my judgement a bit :D .

    Enjoy the new bike anyway, I've got some good results (by my standards!) out of mine.

    PS if you ever try to use Q rings on it, set aside a whole weekend to set up the front mech :x
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Front mech was bad enough with round rings!!
    My only complaint... That said, now sorted it's fine.
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  • GrillGrill Posts: 5,610
    Setting up the front mech for Q-Rings takes exactly the same amount of time. Osymetrics are a bit fiddlier...
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Grill wrote:
    Setting up the front mech for Q-Rings takes exactly the same amount of time. Osymetrics are a bit fiddlier...

    On other bikes yeah I agree, I've done it.

    Setting up a front mech even for standard rings is a RIGHT censored on this thing. Bizarre. :lol:
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  • GrillGrill Posts: 5,610
    That is strange. Low braze-on mount?
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Grill wrote:
    That is strange. Low braze-on mount?

    It's the bolting mechanism for the braze on, very pernickity, and as you tighten it, the fecker rotates away from where you want it!
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  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Grill wrote:
    That is strange. Low braze-on mount?

    It's the bolting mechanism for the braze on, very pernickity, and as you tighten it, the fecker rotates away from where you want it!

    Glad its not just you, I built this frame up last summer and the front derailleur is right B*stard to get right and tight. I also had to cut a notch in the seat post to get it past a small internal carbon blockage in the frame. Other than that it rides pretty sweet.

  • fleshtuxedofleshtuxedo Posts: 1,840
    I set mine up for campag 11 speed with 54-42 q rings and it was one of the most infuriating jobs I've ever done on a bike. The mount adjusts for angle but as napd says it moves as you retighten. The frame's front mech mount is also very soft so deforms when you tighten the front mech to it anywhere near the top. If I was doing it again I'd buy the rotor shim kit rather than improvising as I did.
  • I set mine up for campag 11 speed with 54-42 q rings and it was one of the most infuriating jobs I've ever done on a bike. The mount adjusts for angle but as napd says it moves as you retighten. The frame's front mech mount is also very soft so deforms when you tighten the front mech to it anywhere near the top. If I was doing it again I'd buy the rotor shim kit rather than improvising as I did.

    Interesting. I'm beginning to have a theory that there's something odd about Campag 11sp front mechs on braze-on frames. I had a Colnago E1 with braze-on FD mount, and initially had it set up using 10 sp Record, an utter doddle to fit and tune. Swapped it out for 11 sp Super Record, and cursed and swore at it for a good hour or so trying to get the mech cage to sit parallel to the chainrings, or adjusted so it would shift and run somewhat quietly. Tighten it up, and it would go all skewed. Grrrrrr. Used two different mechs too, from different years of manufacture thinking it might have been a bad manufacturing fault with the mounting hole drilled in the mech body, but same problem.

    Got it working eventually, but never ideal.
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    I struggled with Ultegra then dura ace on it...

    I have to say though, the ride and handling are fantastic for a Tt bike.
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