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Best TT bike for $3,500 or less

Old 10-14-11, 07:24 PM
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Best TT bike for $3,500 or less

Been saving up some $$$ and I was going to purchase some new wheels, but I thought, "Why buy wheels that'll +/- 0.5mph when I can get much more speed from training and a TT bike?" So, it'll be a little while (closer to December), but I'm just wondering what you guys think would be the best bet for $3,500. This will be used for TT's and triathlon's.

Might be able to up the amount to $3,800ish. We'll see how the disposable bike fund builds up to the holidays!

Been gazing at a 2011 Scott Plasma Premium with Ultegra for low $3k's


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Cervelo P3, Trek Speed Concept 7, or save 500 more dollars and get the far superior Felt DA4.
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Get a professional TT fit first and then get a bike that fits you. You can't go by size/geometry alone here. For your price range a used P3 should be perfect.
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Originally Posted by Elvo
Get a professional TT fit first and then get a bike that fits you. You can't go by size/geometry alone here. For your price range a used P3 should be perfect.
So, it's quite a bit different from a road bike? My road bike is a 50cm Felt and I thought that might translate well.

I've been using aerobars/personal fitting to try and compensate for a tri bike at all the events I'm participating in~ Working... I think.
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I bought my P3 used for $2400 or so, Dura Ace 7800 derailleurs, 7900 brakes, with that FSA crankset. But this is me, so I upgraded the crank to a DA 7900 and then went up to Di2 on the gears. The bike came with a very nice cockpit (Zipp vuka extensions over a Profile wide carbon base bar). The bike seriously rocks. @ $2400 it came with crappy wheels which I sold (I have Zipps on it). The bike looked showroom when I bought it.
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The new Specialized Shiv - full bike for around that price.
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The new Specialized Shiv - full bike for around that price.
Can't even get the module for that price.
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Specialized Shiv Tri edition w/ Rival- $3,300.
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^^ That's the one. The Shiv Camelback
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The has been a Blue TT bike in Bonktown for $1999 for a while now...pretty well specced and with the extra cash you can get a power meter or some of the Reynolds deep carbon wheels they've also had as race wheels.
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The has been a Blue TT bike in Bonktown for $1999 for a while now...pretty well specced and with the extra cash you can get a power meter or some of the Reynolds deep carbon wheels they've also had as race wheels.
The fund isn't up to par yet. If it's still there in late Nov/early Dec, I'll definitely take a look at it.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
I bought my P3 used for $2400 or so, Dura Ace 7800 derailleurs, 7900 brakes, with that FSA crankset. But this is me, so I upgraded the crank to a DA 7900 and then went up to Di2 on the gears. The bike came with a very nice cockpit (Zipp vuka extensions over a Profile wide carbon base bar). The bike seriously rocks. @ $2400 it came with crappy wheels which I sold (I have Zipps on it). The bike looked showroom when I bought it.
If I could find a deal like this and have $1,100 leftover to upgrade, I think I would have to go with the P3. Heck, wheels and bike?!

As for the SHIV, it kind of seems like there are a lot of differences between it and the S-Works version. P34 vs Rival:S-Works. Does look good though (which is half the equation in bike world haha).

Does anybody think the Scott would be a good deal? Seems like the Cervelo P3 is the most recommended so far, as long as it fits.
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You don't need anything near that expensive...I have an Orbea Aletta (2004 frame I believe) which I got new for $350 on clearance, SRAM Rival ($550), bontrager saddle, and then seat post, bars from pricepoint.com. For wheels I run a FFWD tub disc and a HED 3 tubular on the front. I beat a lot of ppl with much more expensive stuff,

Point being, if you have $3500, get a TT bike but save enough money to get a nice set of wheels to go with it and maybe even a consultation on fit. A guy on a budget TT bike with good wheels/fit will go faster than someone who just picks up a Shiv.
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Cervelo P2 Ultegra for $2400 and use the extra $1000 on race wheels to beat everything else on your list.
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Cervelo P2 Ultegra for $2400 and use the extra $1000 on race wheels to beat everything else on your list.
This. Best bang for the buck.
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire
Specialized Shiv Tri edition w/ Rival- $3,300.
not UCI legal if that matters to you.

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The bike with its over sized aero tubing and higher tubing aspect-ratios does not match the 3:1 UCI rule and is thus not UCI legal...
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire
Specialized Shiv Tri edition w/ Rival- $3,300.
i thought the frame alone was 6k
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred
i thought the frame alone was 6k
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road
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Originally Posted by MDfive21
not UCI legal if that matters to you.
For local races, would it be okay? This bike will mostly be used for triathlons and the occasional TT.

Seems like the consensus is to buy a used/new bike @ $2400 (Cervelo's), wheelset and pro fit.
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how about one that fits you?
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Originally Posted by androidtt
Best TT bike for $3,500 or less
why are you wasting your time asking this question here (where nobody has a farking clue)?
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Originally Posted by RUOkie
how about one that fits you?
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https://cervelo.com/en_us/bikes/2012/P2/ + pro fit + wierd powertap + disc wheel cover.

you'll be set then

(this is a little over your price point, but using ebay will cut down on price big time).
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1
Cervelo P2 Ultegra for $2400 and use the extra $1000 on race wheels to beat everything else on your list.
^ This. Compliment that with a pre Firecrest set of 808s or 808/1080 used of ebay for about $1300 will be the ticket for a high speed rocket.
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