Fort Frames RO.AERO TT/SL Frames

RO.AERO TT/SL

  • Handmade of Sanko (Japan) double-butted deep-section tubes with UCI-legal rear wheel cut-out.
  • Relatively short top tube and steep seat tube make for a versatile frame, capable of racing Criteriums in road configuration or set up as a TT/triathlon bike, or both.
  • Uses 700c wheels, English BB, 27.2 post. TT model uses 1" fork and standard headsets, SL model uses integrated headset and either 1" or 1-1/8" fork.
  • TT model sizes: 52cm (c-top) to 62cm. SL version with sloping top tube sizes: 52-54, 56-58, 60-62cm.
  • Stock color: Mediterranean Blue (TT) or SchoolBus Yellow (SL), also available in 12 custom colors.
  • MSRP $399 (TT), $499 (SL, with aero carbon seat post).
  • Forks sold separately.

  • User Reviews (6)

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    duckfeet   Road Racer [Jan 06, 2010]
    Strength:

    The bike is aero, stiff, agile and predictable. On my first test ride, I was amazed at how smooth power transferred and how the bike tracked when tucked in on my aero bars. Coming back home the last 8 miles at 40+ MPH (East wind pushing hard not the monkey sorry to say) the bike was silky. Fork is stiff in turns and forgiving enough to dampen the bumps in the road.

    Weakness:

    None to date.

    The service and pricing are outstanding. Purchased frame, Alpha Q GS-20 Fork and FSA CE Headset. JJ answered all my questions without hesitation. Customer service on par with Sean at Rol Wheels. The bike is sold and fun to ride.

    Similar Products Used: Colnago SLX, Trek 1200, Colnago C40 (Me favorite) and Ragatz with CS-20 fork.
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    5
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    5
    cslone   Triathlete [May 12, 2006]
    Strength:

    This frame is stiff. No flex at all that I can feel so far. The measurements for the frame just seem to work great for me. I had a professional fit done prior to buying so I knew what I needed. The geometry is not too aggressive, but is still good if you have a decent drop to the bars. The aero cutout on my bike leaves very little room between the tire and the frame, even with the vertical dropouts(which is good!).

    Weakness:

    Really I don't have any so far. When I ordered the frame, Greg mentioned that the frame used a Campy style headset. He offered to include one for $30, which I declined. In retrospect, I should have taken it because I played hell waiting for a headset. None of the local bike shops stocked one. I had to wait to build the bike until I ordered a new headset. I just wish they would have used a more standard headset. Not an issue with the bike or the company though in any way.

    I was in the market for a decently priced tri/tt bike that I could assemble with some of the parts I already had lying around the garage. With a baby on the way and a few bikes already, I decided that I was going to try and be a bit more budget-minded this time around. I searched for about 3 months on various brands. My budget was $600 for the frame. One day, I stumbled across the Fort website and their frames caught my attention. They have a somewhat steep seat tube angle, wheel cutout and are full alumninum. I was in the market for all aluminum because: 1. I am a pretty big guy at 6'1", 190. 2. I do mostly short course tris. I called and spoke a few time with Greg, who was a tremendous help. We talked about my measurements and how I liked to ride(really steep, close to 80 degrees). He pointed me towards one of their closeout Komet/TT frames for $350. We decided on a frame and I paid via CC. The frame was at my door in 4 days. It was well protected and in great shape. I put it together over the week and have put some good rides in on it. It is a very good looking bike and I get compliments on it all the time. It is a bright yellow and white, which I wasn't fond of initially. It's growing on me and it'll be easy to find in transisiton. Tri season has yet to start but I have ridden 3 TT's and done numerous brick workouts.
    Overall, I would highly recommend this bike.

    Similar Products Used: Fuji Aloha, Cannondale IM 2000, Giant TCR Aero, Airborne Blackbird
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    4
    bobbybailey   Road Racer [Jul 08, 2004]
    Strength:

    Aero Tubing, very low profile looking down at Top Tube. Legal Bike with the UCI. Comfy over longer distances. Knowledgeable staff at FORT. Just call them!

    A great TT frame that is quite comfy. Most people ride TT bikes that are converted road bikes. ALthouh that works, you really feel a difference when you ride a bike designed for aero-work. THe FORT KOMET-TT is great for Time Trialling and I was quite comfortable on 2 hour rides while I was getting the bike dialled in.

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    5
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    5
    rrybo   Triathlete [Aug 22, 2002]
    Strength:

    1. Value - For $399 dollars you will not find a frame that compares at double the price. Maybe triple. I was willing to spend much more when this frame was purchased, but very happy that I didn't. 2. Ride - Very smooth and fast. Have yet to finish out of the top 25 for overall bike splits for a triathlon this season. Some races had as many as a thousand people. This bike is the real deal. My road bike is a Trek 5200 Carbon Fiber and this bike is nearly as comfortable. 3. Paint - Maybe the best paint job is the industry. The most durable thats for sure. Not a mark anywhere on the frame after 1500 miles. Very easy to clean. You have to love the powder coat finish. 4. Flex - There is none. Very important at my weight. Transfer of power is instantaneous when you sprint (group ride sprint zones or trying to get away from a wheel sucker during a race) 5. Gregg Dion - Gregg is the nicest guy you will ever deal with. He has an incredible amount of knowledge about the industry and takes the time to answer any and all questions you might have. (I had a lot) 6. Handling - This frame is as stable in a group ride at a steady 25 - 28 MPH through corners as it is flying down a hill at over

    Weakness:

    OK....I'm reaching here...it's very difficult to get the seat post in and out. I only take it out when traveling to races because the bike is so big at 62cm that it can not be stood up inside my truck so other bikes can fit. Nothing other than that. I truly love my bike.

    Purchased frame, fork, and full build kit (less wheels) from Gregg Dion at Fort Frames USA in March. The frame is the RO.AERO TT standard frame(no sloping top tube) I purchased the frame for a Triathlon specific bike and it has turned out better than I ever expected. I am 6' 4" tall and weigh 200 lbs. The frame does not flex at all. The ride is incredible. Very stiff, smooth, and most importantly fast. Can only say positive things about the frame and Gregg at Fort. I am actually considering selling my Trek 5200 and getting another Fort for my road bike. This bike is that good. I have received more compliments for this bike than on all bikes I've owned combined.

    Similar Products Used: Cannondale, Trek 5200
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    5
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    5
    normrock   Road Racer [Feb 26, 2002]
    Strength:

    incredibly light and stiff,best paint i''ve ever seen

    Weakness:

    none

    found it on a search,it seemed that for 350 i was getting the same frame that others were offering for 1000.

    Similar Products Used: allez,tommasini,
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    5
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    5
    norm rock   Road Racer [Feb 18, 2002]
    Strength:

    every thing is perfect.best i ever rode

    Weakness:

    none

    I thought my old tommasini was fast. this climbs like a rocket(i live in vt)fantastic paint(med blue)Shakes slightly on very rapid desents(i have cheap forks right now)

    Similar Products Used: tommasini, allez,giant
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    5
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    5
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