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mortirolo




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:21 am    Post subject: Turning road bike into tri bike Reply with quote

Rather than spending money on a new Tri bike, I'm thinking about converting my road bike, adding Deda Espresso TT handle bars and adding some tri shifters with a new ISM tri seat.

I've just completed my 1st Ironman and 1st triathlon in Nice, France and I'm wondering if this conversion is possible, i.e - is the seat post angle an issue etc...just would like some suggestions. My Road bike is a Time NXRS 2013, in 2013/2014 was top of the line and was made for wind resistance in mind so the down tube still has the same shape as today's Time TT Scylon.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Optimal is probably a 2nd hand TT bike and have both. A TT is really not versatile, so no more going out with cycling club runs or sportives. You're mostly on your own.

As for conversion, sure, it can be done. Phil Graves did pretty well as a pro on a Cervelo S5 with TT bars. Slam the seat really far forward to begin with and work towards comfort from there. It'll never be optimal though (hence, seriously look at what a TT would cost).

Something like a PlanetX Stealth is going for 500 these days, and sub-1k can get you pretty good kit. Used of course.

A cheap conversion will cost you 150-200 (base bar, extensions, shifters, brake levers, new cabling) with eBay stuff. New it'll rocket upwards very quickly.

You do the maths.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you like fettling bikes, itís a fun project. Ultimately though, you want two bikes (or more).

Think Iíve got a thread here on converting my bike in 2016, but went full TT in 2017.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went the opposite way and converted a TT bike to a road bike, it was horrible
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattsurf wrote:
I went the opposite way and converted a TT bike to a road bike, it was horrible


Yep, that's why my TT bike is for sale on Tritalk - loved the frame and handling but couldn't get it right as a road bike so gave up and decided to sell.

I'd like to get a Ti bike for the UK but until I offload two bikes, Mrs O won't have it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattsurf wrote:
I went the opposite way and converted a TT bike to a road bike, it was horrible


Did this to with a QR Seduza, It's a bit aggressive but a comfy and stable bike
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