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Old 01-30-10, 09:13 PM   #1
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Felt S22 TT converted to fixed gear?

Hey fellow bike people

I was just browsing craigslist and came across a 2007 Felt s22 TT frame for sale. I'm not actually looking for a time trial bike but I have been looking to possibly trade my Mercier Kilo TT (complete bike) for an aluminum track bike frame/fork set. I was wondering if I would be crazy to trade my Mercier for this guys Frame/Fork/BB Felt s22. The guy already told me he would be interested and that he wants to see my Kilo so it's up to me to meet him or not. What's the verdict? Would this be a dumb fixed gear/single speed?
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Old 01-30-10, 09:17 PM   #2
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TT geometry is generally fairly similar to track geometry, and as you can see it has track ends. It would probably make a pretty solid conversion. Whether it's worth as much as a compete Kilo, I'm not sure.
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Some things you should know before you proceed:

- The geometry of TT bikes is different. Somewhat different than road AND (real) track bikes as the designers fully expect you to ride 90% of the time in time trial aerobars.
- The dropouts are horizontal, but are short. Meaning that you may have some issue getting the gear ratio such that chain links will keep the rear wheel in the dropout. If you notice, real track bikes have long rear dropouts to allow for a wide range of gear combinations.
- It probably won't be comfortable if you use drops or bullhorns as there will be a lot of weight forward on your upper body.


It may work out and be a sweet bike, but it *is* a slightly different beast. I suggest maybe stopping by a bike shop and test riding a TT-specific bike and just stay in the bullhorns and you will get a feel for what it's like. You might dig it, you might not.

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Oh and ask the seller about the seatpost. There isn't one in the photo and a standard seatpost won't work. They cost $180 from Felt: http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/Part...Tri-Parts.aspx
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One more detail. The rear dropout spacing will be 130mm, not 120mm track standard, which means you will need a rear fixed/track wheel with the hub spaced to 130mm.
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It turns out that there isn't a seat post or forks available with the frame. Just frame FSA BB and front shimano Tiagra derailleur. Since the seat post alone is worth ~ $180 then I'm guessing the fork isn't going to be cheap either. I don't think I could afford it if that's the case. Thanks for all the help, I'll probably just stick with the Mercier until the day where I have enough money saved up for a true track bike. Thanks again!
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