I normally post in the Clyde forum but need some Tri / TT specific info. A little help from the more experienced/knowledgable would be greatly appreciated.
I'm currently 5'10" 230# and dropping (thanks to cycling). I'm going to start doing TTs and Sprint Tris in the spring. I currently have a decent road bike ('06 Giant OCR Limited) but I'm looking for a suitable TT/Tri bike without breaking the bank. A friend of a friend is getting rid of his 2001 Cervelo P3 (Aluminum), Ultegra drivetrain. size 56(?) for <$600. I'm not concerned w/ doing minor repairs -- I expect to replace brake pads, tires, etc. Basically, I'm looking for an decent, affordable aeroframe / bike so I can start entering a few races and hopefully post a respectable time for an older fat guy. ( Yea, I know, It's the engine not the bike. )
From my research I've found that this model year did not have an integrated headset. Is that an issue?
Is the ride of an Aluminum frame as harsh as I've heard? (Current road bike is a carbon frame.)
Pros & cons of this Frame / bike ? Will a TT bike vs road bike make that much differnce over a 23 mile TT course? Does a steeper seat tube angle really help save the legs for the run??
Any other thoughts / insights would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance!!