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I just got back from the lbs and saw the new Specialised TT frames and was wondering what is stopping anyone from putting road bars on it and riding it as an everyday bike?

They look 'mean' but thought, would the frame cope riding UPHILL ?

I would appreciate anyone more skilled in this issue to shed some light?
 

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buy a tarmac if you like the Specialized look, or look at the new Felt if you like the idea of an aero road frame. The TT bike has a steeper seattube angle, which is designed to put you as far forward as possible (there's a UCI limit, but not for Tri, so typically a TT frame will have 76/78 degree options for this, as in two positions on a seatpost). Toptubes are also typically shorter to allow proper aerobar positioning (typically 90 degree angle of the arm at shoulder). In short, you'd have to negate the intended design of the frame to get a good road position....
 

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RIDERUBICON said:
I just got back from the lbs and saw the new Specialised TT frames and was wondering what is stopping anyone from putting road bars on it and riding it as an everyday bike?

They look 'mean' but thought, would the frame cope riding UPHILL ?

I would appreciate anyone more skilled in this issue to shed some light?

Like others have said, the geometry of TT bikes are different than road bikes and that may affect the handling. TT bikes are meant to go very fast in straight lines.

Can you do it? Sure. However, using a tt bike a an everyday ride is like using your Ferrarri as a daily commuter.
 

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A few years ago, I blew the engine on my car. At the time, the only bike in my stable was my Quintana Roo tri bike. So, I spent the month of January commuting to work on a triathlon bike. In Cleveland. In the snow. Over potholes that could swallow a small child.

So... it can be done. But, frankly, it kinda sucks.
 

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dr pabst said:
So... it can be done. But, frankly, it kinda sucks.
Yep. Watch those Tour guys struggle through the corners when the TT course is the least bit "technical."

TT and Tri bikes are meant to go fast in a straight line. Period.:D
 

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Ok Im hearing you.

What about taking the frame, building the standard road bars up with higher stems so you werent so low....(no tri bars) would the bike then handle like a road bike?

Ive never ridden a TT bike. I can understand the low profile position but what if you built it up on par with a road bike.

My TCR is low but not as low as a TT bike...just wondering :thumbsup:
 

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You can do whatever you want of course. TT bikes are aggressive looking because of the geometry they use as others have mentioned. They go in a straight line great but not so much in turns or up hill. Just switching bars will not fix this. As I said, you can do what you want but I don't see any advantage to what you would be doing.
 

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RIDERUBICON said:
Ok Im hearing you.

What about taking the frame, building the standard road bars up with higher stems so you werent so low....(no tri bars) would the bike then handle like a road bike?

Ive never ridden a TT bike. I can understand the low profile position but what if you built it up on par with a road bike.

My TCR is low but not as low as a TT bike...just wondering :thumbsup:
Its not so much an issue of how low you are but the geometry of the frame, if you were to raise the bars you would have a much bigger problem. I would not suggest trying it. You will probably be uncomfortable, the bike probably won't handle very well and you may very well hurt yourself.
 

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You could just ride it as a TT bike. Nothing wrong with that. It's fun. I'd love to have one of those Specialized Transition Pros... very aggressive, very ugly frame... so ugly I love it. Definitely considering that for my next bike (2 years away, maybe?)... Hopefully I can make it that long without my beloved aerobars.
 
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