After a long 4.5mth wait during which I was roadless (sold my Dogma FPX), I finally received the time! During this time I also received word from my lovely wife that there was a bun in the oven and that we could expect another weightweenie sometime during October.... Yeah yeah, I know that time couldn't be any worse given that I had already ordered the bike and could not cancel it but that was the least of my worries....at least for now!
The bike basically underwent a transplant, all the components from the Dogma went straight onto the Time w/ very little difficulty.
FRAME: TIME RXR VIP - Size XS (53.5 TT)
The quality of the finish is top notch. The only MAJOR disappointment; the TIME bottlecage included with the frame basically used a set of two poorly placed silver TIME decals over the already embedded RED logo's, therefore NO TIME bottlecage. I figured from a aesthetics standpoint, the Elite cage from my DOGMA would be a better fit. ERGO handlebars will need some getting used to....the transition onto the hoods are top notch but the overall shape and the weight is a respectable 230gr.
DRIVETRAIN: SHIMANO DI2 7970 w/ THM Clavicula Compact Crankset
I never had any issue with my DI2 on my FPX and figured that it would be no different on the time. The larger Q factor in the THM is something that needs some time getting accustomed to given my TT bike (Cannondale Slice Carbon) w/ the SISL crank is PERFECT. Mating DI2 to a set of Stronglight CT2 Chainrings is not as perfect as mating it to a 7970 crank but no complaints there! The only issue I faced here was the bottle cage bolts on the seatube are mounted so low that the battery interferes with any attempt to mount a cage there, hence NO SECOND BOTTLECAGE.... I may opt for something behind the saddle for the long 200km trips over the summer.
BRAKES: Ciamillo Gravitas
My 4yr old Zero Gravity brakes are in serious need of a major overhaul and will be sent back to Ted at Ciamillo for a small tune up. In the meantime, I opted for a set of Gravitas brakes w/ Nokon wires as the stock Shimano outers were too stiff for the rear such that it caused the caliper to fall out of alignment. I'll need some time to review these vs the ZG given I really havent had much time in the saddle due to some horrible weekend weather.
SADDLE: Fizik K-1
I was always intrigued by how this saddle would be.... I managed to pick up a "close to" new saddle for a cheap price.....if all fails to work out, I'll revert back to the Selle Italia SLR Carbonio Flow.
WHEELS: LIGHTWEIGHT G3
THIS IS WHERE I FEEL THE BIKE REALLY SHINES! As I had the TIME on order, I had a chance to ride my friends VXRS w/ FULCRUM Racing Zero Clinchers. Must of been me but at the time, his bike felt a bit soft for my needs and really started to question myself on whether I mad the right choice in buying the RXR. THE LW's on the time are light night and day....Crisp and responsive!
OVERALL: The bike came in at 5.96kg and was lighter than what I forecasted. I had a chance to ride a flat 50km loop and this is what I could come up with. The geometry is probably the best I've experienced! Unlike the Dogma where I had felt a bit stretched out (same TT length), that feeling on the RXR was nonexistent and may have to do with the shorter reach on the ERGO vs my old ZIPP SL2's..... I may opt to swap the stem out for a 110mm 17/73 Ritchey WCS 4-Axis in the future just to test out a longer stem length. Due to the weight, the bike sprints from any speed and though it is noticeably less stiffer than the FPX, thats really not a problem for me.... The frame is hardly quiet and does a fair bit of transferring road noise but then again, thats not a major thing for me and if anything, I would prefer to feel the road w/o having it take any toll on my body.
The bike tends to understeer vs the FPX so this will take some getting use to...This is where Pinarello gets the
for making one of the best forks I have ever ridden! As per mentioned above, I'll need some time to see how the brakes work with the frame! More pictures will follow but I'll need a sunny day for that!
Well there you go, BUY WITH CONFIDENCE!
THE PAST: 2005 Cannondale R700, 2006 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Gerolsteiner, 2009 Pinarello Dogma FPX My Way, 2011 Time RXR VIP
THE PRESENT: 2016 Colnago C60 ST01, 2016 Dahon Speed Falco
THE FUTURE: 2017 Wilier Cento 10 Ramato