Budget TT Bike VS Road Bike w/ Clip-Ons?
I have just started racing and I need a time-trial bike for the upcoming season. I have done time trials on a road bike before but I have never used a TT bike. I don't want to go spending thousands of pounds on my first TT bike and decide that it's not for me. Therefore, I am sticking to a tight budget and I am mainly looking in the second hand market. I have come across a Focus Culebro Tria for around £500. I've done some research into the bike and it seems that it is quite heavy at 9.5kg due to it's aluminum frame. The bike is also 7 years old now so I'm thinking that it might not be able to compete against newer TT bikes. I am wondering whether I should purchase this bike or instead buy some clip-on aero bars and put them onto my Cannondale Super Six Evo road bike which is a lot lighter. What do you think would be the best option? Would the TT bike still be faster than using the Cannondale with clip-on bars despite it's heavier weight? Or would you consider spending more and getting a better TT bike? Any advice is greatly appreciated.