How much faster is a Time Trial Bike?
a TT bike will be quicker on some courses, but the question is for what reason do you ask? for the money that is involved why bother unless you are intending to be serious.
As for the specific question there are a huge number of variables. A normal bike with discs or deep section wheels, aero bars or an improved position etc can make most of the difference, it is only when you start needing the extra seconds that tube shapes, aero chainrings, etc come into play.Posted 9 years ago
You need to remember that the biggest air brake on a bike is the rider.crazy-legsSubscriber
Unless you’re going to be properly serious about it I wouldn’t consider buying a TT bike over a normal road bike. With a few alterations a regular road bike can be almost as fast as a TT bike but much more versatile for the all round riding that most people do. See how you get on, if you start getting into it seriously and are posting decent times then maybe look to get a TT-specific machine, until then just use time trials as a good training/fitness tool.Posted 9 years agoIanMunroMember
Is there a general guide as to how much faster a TT bike is compared to a ‘normal’ road bike?Posted 9 years ago
It depends on how fast you’re riding. If you’re doing a 10 in 30 minutes then it will make bugger all difference, if you’re doing one in 20 then it’ll make a huge difference. Probably not worth considering unless you’re doing sub 25 times but ymmv.
However if you want to make you’re roadbike a lot quicker then stick a set of clip ons on it, you’ll get most of the benifits of a tt bike with just this one change.
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