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Old 09-13-17, 09:27 AM
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I know all about the giant aero brake problems. My carbon bike I don't ride anymore has the trp ttv brakes that were originally put on the propel.

Luckily I would be going to the new disc model. You guys have heard bad things about those?

I'll take a look at the d6. That was one of my first dream bikes when I was just getting into triathlon at 16 years old.
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Old 09-13-17, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
It cannot be overemphasized how much time on the TT bike can be of benefit. I've ridden mine 5500ish miles in the 2 years I've had it, lots of time adapting to the position. Of course it depends on where your priorities lie, I have no other priorities on the bikes, although I do ride road and mountain bike as well.


FYI I am probably way smaller and narrower than you are, 135 pounds currently (which is pretty fat for me) and not a large frame for a cyclist.
My wife was quite a road rider, esp hill climber. '94ish she went to full time riding the TT bike. That redistributed muscle a bit and added some weight in the hips (she's ~125 5'8" so I'm NOT calling her fat). Since then - 20 years later she just likes to ride down in a TT pos. We added clip-ons to any road bike. She still climbs well but the TT pos has stuck.
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Old 09-13-17, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
Thanks, i appreciate that! I am worried about brake rub. I race with a guy who rides an earlier madone and the brake rub is noticeable every time he stands. That being said at my weight you wouldn't *think* i can flex a bike that much. i'm definitely not *amped* on the seat post design but it seems you have to deal with some form of proprietary garbage seat post on any aero bike. i'm admittedly a little luke warm on the whole concept of aero bikes, but at this point they're so light it seems silly to get a non-aero road frame. The electronic ultegra one is $2k msrp more than the cable one but also comes with better wheels. still, that's a bike premium.
Wheel rub is noticeable and you need to set up the brakes a bit wider, but honestly it doesn't bug me that much but it is something that you may not be able to entirely eliminate

As much as proprietary seatposts are a pain it is the way it seems most bikes are going nowadays. Even bikes like the new Tarmac have them and my guess is that before long you won't find many that don't have some form of it. While it is annoying that it is proprietary the mechanism is pretty robust and I have never run into slipping issues when torqued to spec.

If you have the chance see if you can't source a used frame (I realize this might be harder for you) and Di2 group, both should be relatively cheap because of the most current releases.
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Old 09-13-17, 09:56 AM
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thanks again for the info! admittedly, used carbon kind of scares me. i know it's silly, but i really don't want to buy something, have it crack due to a defect or something, and now have a warranty available. one more question - how is the frame clearance? find to run 25s/wide rims?
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Old 09-14-17, 07:44 AM
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Saw this today.. This would be a fun project to take on. Find an older trek equinox (or similar) frame and throw etap and a good aerobar on there. Iirc somebody won the British 10 championship on an older frame like that a few years ago.

https://www.tririg.com/articles.php?id=2017_01_Trek_TTT_SRAM_eTap_Review
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Old 09-14-17, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
thanks again for the info! admittedly, used carbon kind of scares me. i know it's silly, but i really don't want to buy something, have it crack due to a defect or something, and now have a warranty available. one more question - how is the frame clearance? find to run 25s/wide rims?
You can easily run 25s even on wide rims. I believe you may even be able to fit 28s but I haven't tested that. My guess is that you could do 28s on most rims but it may not work if you throw 28s on something with an internal of 21. The only thing I have noticed is that sometimes you hear stones go into the cut-out when running larger tires. It has never caused an issues but you can hear the "Tssst" and you will get some scratches there.
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Old 09-14-17, 12:32 PM
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^^ that's pretty
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