First TT bike

Been toying with the idea of getting a dedicated TT bike, do I need (want is a different thing!) a carbon frame?, or would something like this suffice?

Also, how do TT bikes go r.e. sizing?, my roadie is a 58 XL, would I be looking at a similar sized TT frame?

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  • Dan that shorter bike i asked about earlier is actually a TT bike.

    I have thus decided against it (living in cotswolds might be tough!)

    Sorry i cant offer any advice on your question though!

  • Take a look at the Planet X Lo Pro too. Great value.
  • Quite heavy at 9.2kgs, but not a bad price and good equipment for £999
  • Yeah, considering my very un-waif like figure, I thought that a 9.2kg bike wouldn't make that much difference, however......

    I am quite close to pulling the trigger on either a Felt B16 or Blue Triad...........

  • Planet X Stealth, as Cougie says great value and soooooooooooo fast.
  • The only issue with PX is that they don't do 0% (or any kind of) finance, I'd rather chuck it on 0% than shell out £1400 in one go.

  • Weight on an aero bike isn't much of an issue - unless you were planning on using it for a mountainous event ? In which case - light road would be the preferred option.
  • No, I'd have to drive for hours to reach anything remotely mountainous!
  • Normally people go for a shorter top tube on their TT bike Dan.    Up to a couple of cms shorter is about typical (I'm not massively into time trialling so others may say slightly shorter) - the frame angles will come into how much shorter.  

  • According to the Felt site, I should be riding a 58/60 for their TT frames, which does seem a bit on the big side, I'll have to see if I can find any shops locally that stock Felt.
  • go for it, just choose one that fits, and looks good. image
  • Planet X as has already been mentioned are pretty good 'budget bikes' , Cannondale Slice is a good chioice too,

     it is more important to get fitted properly as position is the most important aspect when setting up a TT bike.  Your body creates the most drag so getting set up corectly is paramount as well as being in  position that allows you to run effectively.

  • my orbea is a 58.

    Tried a medium and large specilized TT bike this season..............i was bent double like a gymnasit. ANY TT bike try before you buy. The riders are of very same size to me!

    Think about the ways are pushing put power, the way you are aerodynamic on the bike. How it handles etc(sorry but Planet X stealth handles like a virgin in a barracks) then go from there.

     Dont be sucked in dura ace etc, 105 will push you around just as well. A good frame that FITS and some kick ass wheels are the thing for TT/Tri.    

  • Pretty much sums it up.  
  • Worth looking at http://www.kinetic-one.co.uk/. Andy runs it and knows a thing or two about bikes. Much cheaper than the big brands. I've been really pleased with mine.
  • There was a pretty nice looking Kinetic-one being used at the woody - but the most commonly used  was the stealth.

    I could not justify a TT bike due to the hills around me, but I did look seriosuly at a stealth, and if I ever came into millions, or moved to Holland, the stealth is the way I'd go.

  • I still think that the best value for quality of frame is the cervelo p2 - but I could be biased. 
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