I never thought I'd get the chance to enjoy riding a bike like this, but things just happened to fall into place... One of my riding buddies got the chance to ride in the European peloton, and he has been a big fan of Time bicycles ever since, so I caught the bug from him. I was actually wanting a Ti frame (still do), but he told me carbon was 100% the way to go. So hearing about how Time weaves their own carbon fiber and reading about their factory and bikes, I was thinking it would be awesome to have a Time. Anyhow, I was just lucky to find what is a dream bike for me: the Time RXRS Ulteam.
Here's the details:
Frame: Time RXRS Ulteam Black Label XS
Fork: Time SAFE+ full carbon
Headset: Time QUICKSET w/oversized lower bearing
Stem: Time Monolink RXR Ulteam 110 mm
Bars: 3T Ergonova Pro 42 cm
Bar tape: Fizik Dual
Shifters: SRAM Red
Hoods: SRAM red
Brakes: KCNC C7
Brake Pads: Shimano Dura-Ace or SwissStop Yellow King
FD: SRAM Red (Ti cage)
RD: SRAM Red
BB: SRAM Red GXP (in BB30 adapter)
Cranks: SRAM Red 130BCD
Chainrings: SRAM Red Powerglide 53/39
Chain: KMC X10SL Gold Titanium Nitride
Cassette: Ultegra 6600 11-25 or Dura-Ace 7900 12-23
Saddle: Fizik Antares Versus
Pedals: Shimano PD-5700 105
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Zero clincher or Easton EC90 SL clincher
Tires: Continental GP4000S
Skewers: Aerozine XQ2.0
Cages: Time Carbon
Chain Catcher: Rotor
Cyclocomputer: CatEye V2c Double Wireless
Saddlebag: Fizik ICS Saddle Pak small (they're not joking, it's SMALL!)
Mini-pump: Lezyne Carbon Road Drive 2
When dressed with Easton EC90 SL wheels (also Fizik Arione CX Carbon Braided saddle that I took off, didn't like). Quickie phone camera pic indoors.
When dressed with Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels (I love the red color and the LOUD freehub). Post-rain ride, not happy as I would've ridden my rain bike (Cannondale CAAD9) if I'd known it was going to rain (forecast was only 10% chance of rain
I feel very lucky to ride a bike that is so much nicer than I probably deserve talent-wise! Happily surprised by the ride quality which is incredible, at a level much more than I expected... Very different from my other bikes. Very smooth upon acceleration and has a great feel for the road without being overly harsh like my other carbon bike. I am surprised how enjoyable a ride it is! Aesthetically, I would also prefer to have Campagnolo Record or Super Record, but I don't want to spend the money at this time, and SRAM Red has functioned well enough, though I am definitely not a fan of the double tap mechanism for downshifts.
Happy riding to all and remember to keep the rubber side down!