2.5k time trial bike

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wannabecyclist
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2.5k time trial bike

Postby wannabecyclist » Tue Jul 09, 2019 20:00 pm

I want to switch to a time trial bike for triathlons from my standard road bike.

I want to pay around 2.5k in total and not have to upgrade anything expensive.

I compete (take part) in 70.3 distances.

Anything anyone can recommend. Stores don't seem to stock much and don't really want to buy online without seeing in the flesh first.

Thanks

davetex
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby davetex » Tue Jul 09, 2019 20:32 pm

The Boardman TT bikes look super clean, you can view them at their performance centre nr Evesham if you're over that way

OnTheRopes
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby OnTheRopes » Tue Jul 09, 2019 20:39 pm

What size frame? I have a very nice brand new never ridden Avanti Chrono Evo II with Di2 in Large

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gazgareth
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby gazgareth » Tue Jul 09, 2019 21:33 pm

OnTheRopes wrote:What size frame? I have a very nice brand new never ridden Avanti Chrono Evo II with Di2 in Large

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That looks nice.

Not too sure on frame. My road bike is 56cm/ Cannondale medium.

However looking online TT bikes you should take slightly smaller.

I'm 5"11, short legs, long back

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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby cougie » Tue Jul 09, 2019 21:50 pm

You don't need to pay that much for a decent set up.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSPFOR ... am-force22

£1300 and customisable.

What groupset are you thinking of ?

wannabecyclist
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby wannabecyclist » Tue Jul 09, 2019 22:04 pm

cougie wrote:You don't need to pay that much for a decent set up.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSPFOR ... am-force22

£1300 and customisable.

What groupset are you thinking of ?



I have been eyeing up the Planet X bikes. However ideally was looking for DI2. I'm not th smoothest cyclist nor the best at maintenance, and find with levers they soon get out of sync and I struggle to sync it back myself and need my local mechanic to tune I think up regularly,

super_davo
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby super_davo » Wed Jul 10, 2019 05:57 am

Go second hand.
TT bikes in particular don't have a hard life, and Time Triallists always like to "buy speed" with the latest upgrades meaning there are always good deals to be had. Check out the TimeTriallingForum sales page, there is always loads on there.
£2.5k will go a long, long way second hand.

philbar72
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby philbar72 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:10 am

second hand all the way, downsize by 1 bike size generally compared to your road bike.

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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby redvision » Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:25 am

My mate bought a boardman tt last year. The 9.4 model I think.
It's very fast on the flat and downhill, not so much going up hills - so pretty much as you would expect.

Looks really nice and he is chuffed to bits with it.
So definitely one for the OP to consider.

This said, organisers of some timetrials near me are either banning timetrial bikes from entering, or separating the times from standard road bikes.

joey54321
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby joey54321 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:29 am

I'd say look for adjustability over 'super aero' for your first one, i.e. don't go for an integrated stem like the bike above.

It's a bit above your budget but Ribble do a DI2 version of their Ultra TT bike. Though their 105 version for £1.6k would leave you a lot of money for regular services with an LBS.

cougie
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Re: 2.5k time trial bike

Postby cougie » Wed Jul 10, 2019 15:10 pm

You really don't need to spend a huge amount on a TT bike. The advantages are in the aero position it puts you in.

Groupset and weight don't really matter. Position and decent wheels do.

How many races a year do you do ? The savings could go on training.


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