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  • umop3pisdn
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    No idea what it weighs and weight doesn’t really matter on a TT bike, but here’s a gratuitous shot of me on if from yesterday’s rather poor effort.

    trail_rat
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    What wheels are everyone running on tt bikes ? I need new ones

    Pulled mine off the roof of the shed on wednesday for first time in a couple years and fitted a crap pair of heavy wheels since my mrs has been using my good wheels

    Managed 29.11 for 12 miles vs winners 27.54 which put me right in the middle of the disk wheel / pointy hat brigade, so i fancy a pointy hat and some deep wheels

    mtbtomo
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    Are there that many people riding dedicatd TT bikes on here?

    Aren’t they generally built for stiffness and aerodynamics, so weigh a bit more than normal road bikes?

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Yes, weight doesn’t really matter on a TT bike but that’s probably only true up to a point surely.

    kcr
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    The most important thing on a TT bike is to get your position right, i.e. maximize your speed by getting the best combination of power output and aerodynamics. For equipment, tri bars and pointy hat give the biggest advantages, and best bang for buck.
    Aero tubes, fancy wheels etc are all marginal gains. I’ve seen a suggestion that deep section wheels have the same benefit as riding without gloves!

    umop3pisdn
    Member

    Well obvously weight does matter as most TT courses are flattish generally your money is better spent on teh aeros.

    The best reason to buy fancy wheels is that they sound really good.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Yeah appreciate all the aero arguments. However never mind how aero i was if I was to say my TT bike weighed 30lbs then I’m sure most people would say that would be too heavy. So what is a “reasonable” weight for a TT bike? Sub 20lbs, sub 18…?

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Just wondering how heavy your TT bikes are in comparison to your road bikes? Putting together a bit of a parts bin TT bike but she’s feeling pretty hefty. Gratuitous shots of your TT bike also most welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

    umop3pisdn
    Member

    So long as you build it with appropriate parts it’ll be a reasonable weight. There’s no real ball park figure.

    Got any pics of the build so far?

    trail_rat
    Member

    Positions as good as its going to get for me , i could do to get my frontal area shrunk but i constrict my breathing too much

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Away from home today so no pics, but I reckon she’s considerably more than 20. Just wondering what a good ballpark would be for a TT bike really.

    trail_rat
    Member

    Isnt a quality skinsuit high up on the gains list ?

    trail_rat
    Member

    Ps umop that wasnt yesterday surely…..if it was you got the film developed quickly or the camera man needs a new lense.

    umop3pisdn
    Member

    Instagram picture. I am a fixie riding hipster after all.

    rooney
    Member

    Re sprayed then sold but fairly heavy compared to my px stealth

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Not asking for where the best gains are to be found, just asking about TT bike weights.

    rooney
    Member

    My px. Stealth with training wheels or hilly tri’s is 18.3lb with the disc and corima front she is 19.6lb

    The giant pictured above was 2lb heavier. But that said weight is not an issue unless hilly i feel.

    Mind though one all the bottles, tubs and food on board for a long ride she’s a lot heavier ๐Ÿ™‚

    clubber
    Member

    For a comparable quality price etc bike you’d expect the tt one to be a couple of lbs heavier.

    Mine is reasonably heavy in comparison to my road race bike. At a guess I’d say around 18lbs. Fitted with Sram Red and carbon Pro bars.

    Feels fast and it was good enough for me to get 5th place this morning in an Open 10 with 21.05 and a 28.4mph average. Course record was broken with a 20.14 so a reasonably slow course.

    shermer75
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    5th! Good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Thanks chaps, some nice bikes there.

    cheers_drive
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    What make is your bike MM? I can’t quite make it out.

    Can’t you see? It’s obviously a speedmax, it says so on the top tube. Der! ๐Ÿ˜€

    shermer75
    Member

    Those Canyon.com people definitely need to up their game, otherwise no one is ever going to know which ones are their bikes….

    MrSparkle
    Member

    My ‘time trial bike’ weighs loads. To be fair it did its (and my) first TT on Thurs night and its a cyclocross bike with slicks on. It also has mudguards and lights on it too as its my ride to work bike too. It looked a tad out of place amongst all the carbon fibre and Ti but hey ho. I wasn’t last and did 26: 19 for the 10 iirc. Reckon I was first in the ‘done 3 Peaks and Fred Whitton on this bike’ category though! ;0)
    Might even have another go sometime.

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    It also has mudguards and lights on it too

    Illegal fairings, DQ.

    tinybits
    Member

    The last TT I did was on a ’95 Orange clockwork, complete with knobblies and mud. I think I was getting about 26 for 10’s. I think that weighed about 30lb
    Interesting that TT bikes are heavier than race bikes, why is that and why is it not a problem?

    trail_rat
    Member

    Unless its a hilly tt , tts tend not to have hills, unless climbing aero trumps light for the most part

    Gratuitous shot of me racing yesterday. Position is still a work in progress. ๐Ÿ˜€

    premier
    Member

    Mine weighs a ton but is really quick which is the bit that counts!! Weight doesn’t mean that much on a TT bike

    clubber
    Member

    Interesting that TT bikes are heavier than race bikes, why is that and why is it not a problem?

    More bits (TT bars), more focus on stiffness and aero (more material = more weight), usually less climbing in TTs so weight isn’t so important, particularly compared to aero drag.

    The rear wheel on my bike weights 1100g, yet claimed time saving for a disc wheel over 40k is 30 seconds because of less drag. It’s not very good for acceleration, but once up to speed it rolls along really well.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    MM I do like that canyon. What have you done with your bar tape? Wondering how to tape mine up. Reckon I could do with something just at the ends of the poles. Looks like you’ve just got a little pad of tape there.

    m1kea
    Member

    19lb in old money (minus the lock of course).

    Not weighed it with me Easton EC90 56mm Aeros. Prolly 1.5lbs lighter?

    What have you done with your bar tape?

    I took mine off and replaced it with stripes of grip tape on the contact points of my hands and fingers to the extensions and base bar. I’ll get some photos of it later. The tape is so much better for grip.

    Grip Tape to bars.


    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Thanks MM. What tape is that?

    I used 3M Safety Walk offcuts that I got from where I work. It’s expensive for a whole reel though. Email me your address and I’ll pop a bit in the post to you as I have some left over.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I would love to ride one of those, I do wonder what my 10 mile time would be like on one.

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