So I bought my first TT bike last year, and I LOVED it. It was one of those ah ha moments, when I could finally justify the reasoning behind the existence of TT/Tri bikes. The thing was fast. It was just an old aluminum Cervelo P3, but on a flat course it was noticeably, and measurably faster than my Cervelo S2 road bike. I did my first TT race on it too, and I was very happy with my performance. I instantly found a desire to race more TT's. Unfortunately, a friend of mine crashed the P3, and it died a horrible death. The thing was, as soon as I started riding it. I wanted a better, and lighter TT bike anyway. So she just helped me move along the process a bit faster, leaving along a trail of carnage behind her.
So that gave birth to this new project. As fate would have it I came across a 2011 Shiv frameset, and it is my new project. I was planning to buy a 2013-14 Shiv TT module, but this deal could not be passed up. I mean if it is good enough for Tony Martin, and Fabian to beat the best in the world on, the Shiv should be plenty fast for me. I would have preferred the newer paint, but the nosecone is more aero, and it's banned by the UCI so it must be good, right? Anyway so here it is as I brought it home:
It is still missing the nosecone, and all the proprietary pieces to go a long with that, but I have sourced them, and I will be acquiring them very shortly. I also picked up a Specialized Sitero Pro for this build, and I like it a lot. I was so anxious to try it, I've been using it on my S2 on the trainer, and rollers. So far I really like it, and I am anxious to spending long days on it, and the Shiv.
I purchased a S-Works crankset off of ebay, as all sizes under 175mm are currently sold out, and I ride a 170mm. It was a little dinged up in the clear, and it had the garish "SPECIALIZED" logo painted on the arms. So that is today's project to strip the clear, and the paint from the outside of the crank arms. I have a few other parts I need to do this to for this bike as well, and some for another up coming project. I wanted the crank arms without logos anyway, just like my Lightning cranks on my S2. I will then refinish them with Spray 2 Max 2K clear just like I did on my previous Trek 5200 project.
I will be using some parts left over from my previous P3, and I have been acquiring pieces very quickly for the build. Here is the proposed build list:
2011 Specialized S-Works Shiv Frame, and Fork Size SM
S-Works Shiv proprietary Stem, Handlebar, Seatpost, and brake calipers (yet to acquire)
Sram Red Tuned RD 10spd
Sram Red Ti Cage FD
Sram TT900 Shifters
Sram TT900 Brake levers
Specialized S-Works crankset 170mm
Sram TT 53t chainring, and 39t (yet to acquire)
Specialized Sitero Pro saddle
Speedplay Zeros, and likely to add Ward Ti Spindles
Wheel options will be:
2010 Zipp 404 Tubulars, with Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 23mm FR 25MM RR
Spinergy Stealth FCC carbon clinchers, with Vittoria Corsa Evo CX Open 23mm FR 25MM RR
I am also kicking around the idea of which disc to buy. I'm seriously considering picking up a Renn tubular disc. They seem to be cheap light, and effective. I will probably run 23mm EVO CX on it.
So there you have it. I'll be updating this as I can, and I'll be adding weights as I get them as well. Enjoy, and feel free to add any insightful help. I am conflicted on the chain rings still, but the Sram TT rings seem to get good reviews, and are inexpensive. I also considered Praxis Works, but they aren't aero, and also Fibre-Lyte TT rings, and S-Works TT, but they are both much pricier.