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Clip on Aero Bars or TT bike?

Old 05-24-15, 10:10 AM
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Clip on Aero Bars or TT bike?

Hi, so this is my first post to the forums so might be a little unsure what the exact rules are regarding where to post about this.... im 18 and been cycling for a little more than a year now and getting straight to the point, i currently have a 2015 Cervelo S3 Ultegra with upgrades including - Shimano 9000 Dura Ace casette and HED Jet 4 wheels and am looking to maybe buy a TT bike, more specifically the Cervelo P5 with mechanical gears but the problem is that where I live theres not much straight roads and basically a lot of bends and the whole island is 14km only... So i am unsure wether to just to buy some clip on aero bars or get the P5...

Mainly interested in a TT bike because I have quite a strong sprint and can produce massive watts and will probably start participating in races in the coming months.

Any help/insight will be greatly appreciated.

In short - Cervelo S3 and upgrade to clip on aero bars or buy a Cervelo P5.
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Old 05-24-15, 11:58 AM
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What kind of races, triathlons? Time trials only?

I'd say get the clip-ons and see how you like it. No point in investing a ton of money into a new bike if you hate the activity.
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Old 05-24-15, 02:02 PM
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Was looking into Time Trials more specifically as I am not that much of a fan of Triathlons but that might change....because if I were to get the TT bike, i'd be training on it on every other weekday and roadie for the weekend.
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If you can afford it, I would get the TT bike. Clip on bars are okay but you need to do other things to get a good position that makes the original road position not that useful for riding - forward sestpost, different saddle position with nose probably pointed down slightly, different bar height, etc. This still doesn't get you anywhere close as beneficial as a TT bike.

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Originally Posted by cmtm13 View Post
I have quite a strong sprint and can produce massive watts
so how many watts?
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
so how many watts?
That part of the OP's post made me laugh a bit too.
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Get clip-ons, if you like the change and do well in races with them, make the investment into an actual TT bike.
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get the clip ons. for time trialling you need to rotate your road position. your fit triangle remains the same as you rotate it with the vertex at the bb being the datum, you raise and move your saddle forward and lower and extend your hand position.
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Do you have a sponsor?

Because a S3 ($4000) is NOT a cheap bike and a P5 ($8000) is less cheap. Also if you're pushing MASSIVE watts then you also have a power meter.

My son at 18 bought a P2 with what he earned working for a complete summer. He had been racing for 3 years on a Special Allez w/105 with clip on bars... and placing in his age group. I'm not sure where a 18 year old has the ability to have $12,000+ in bikes.

I suggest you get a set of clip on bars and work on your fitness.

A P5 will not put you on the podium. Your time/money is better spent training.
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If you're serious about doing well in a TT and you're racing against other people who are also serious about doing well, you need a TT bike.
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