Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bellevue, WA
Bikes: Cannondale Super Six 1, Cannondale F29er 1, Cannondale XTJ, Guru Pista, Lemond Limoge
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Upgrades from Base TT
So as winter begins to set in I've started pondering my aero setup for TT's next year. I've catted up to 3's and many of my races will be 1/2/3 or 2/3 affairs so I'm looking for any advantage I can get.I've refined my aero position and setup pretty well and I've fulfilled much of Dr. WJO's list lately.
Currently my TT bike is a Lemond Limoge (see: picture below). It isn't the fastest bike out there I know but for my first TT bike I couldn't say no when Trek was almost giving them away after their falling out with Lemond (I work at a shop). I'm thinking of upgrading the TT bike to something a bit more aero (and carbon).
For discretions sake I'll put in the base price of the cheapest one as 'x' and then add dollars on top of that (these are approximates).
(These three only, due to team sponsorships/Employee Purchase prices)
Trek Equinox 9.9------ xxx dollars
Felt B2 ---------------xxx+250 dollars
C'Dale Slice 1--------- xxx+350 dollars
In terms of the aerodynamics of frames, where would I be best off going? Although I showed all prices it really seems to be down to the Equinox v. the B2. The big differences I see are the Bayonet fork, hidden rear brake, more fairing to the DT and a larger fairing off the ST. I think I've heard either WJO or RacerEx mention that the Equinox is usually second in many tests (with Cervelo first) giving Trek it's weight as well.
So with this in mind (and a large post behind me) what would those with experience recommend? Thanks for your help.