open mold time trial frames - 'best' options?

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
Post Reply
joejack951
Posts: 349
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:50 pm
Location: Wilmington, DE

by joejack951

I'm hoping to gather some input from anyone who has done their own research or better yet owns a time trial frame (or two) from one of the open mold vendors. I'm just getting into time trials, riding a borrowed Litespeed Tachyon and looking to build something to hopefully use next season that's a bit more modern. I own a Hongfu frame so I initially inquired with them about their two time trial frame options but I don't want to settle for one of them for the sake of convenience of dealing with a known entity (to me) if there are better options available.

As far as 'better' or 'best', I'm mainly concerned with a frame, fork, seatpost, and handlebars that simply works as it should. I don't want to be dealing with slipping clamps or awkward designs that make it difficult to get a proper fit or cable routing (looking to use Di2 or EPS) that makes no sense. These things are impossible to assess from pictures. Of course, weight needs to be kept in check and a vendor that can supply a full disc rear would be a plus.

For reference, Hongfu quoted me $799 for their FM018 (http://www.hongfu-bikes.com/html_Produc ... FM018.html), a frame which aesthetically does nothing for me. Handlebars would be an additional $175 and they offered me a full disc rear bundled in with some rims and the frameset for an additional $341.

I appreciate any help in narrowing down the choices.

mrlobber
Posts: 623
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:36 am
Location: Where the permanent autumn is

by mrlobber

Check out this one: https://www.yoeleobike.com/t6-triathlon ... meset.html

A guy was in top3-top6 consistently in local season long TT series on this bike, so it must not be too slow :)

calvin
Posts: 120
Joined: Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:02 pm
Location: Europe

by calvin

mrlobber wrote:Check out this one: https://www.yoeleobike.com/t6-triathlon ... meset.html

A guy was in top3-top6 consistently in local season long TT series on this bike, so it must not be too slow :)


I gues that you are talking about me :D
In my opinion this is one of the best open mold frames you can get in price/performance. Quality is quite close to big brand TT bikes i've riden in the past (Giant; Scott)
You can see my build here viewtopic.php?f=10&t=143876

mrlobber
Posts: 623
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:36 am
Location: Where the permanent autumn is

by mrlobber

calvin wrote:I gues that you are talking about me :D


Of course ;)

CrankAddictsRich
Posts: 1042
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:39 pm
Contact:

by CrankAddictsRich

mrlobber wrote:Check out this one: https://www.yoeleobike.com/t6-triathlon ... meset.html

A guy was in top3-top6 consistently in local season long TT series on this bike, so it must not be too slow :)



calvin wrote:
I gues that you are talking about me :D
In my opinion this is one of the best open mold frames you can get in price/performance. Quality is quite close to big brand TT bikes i've riden in the past (Giant; Scott)
You can see my build here viewtopic.php?f=10&t=143876


I would also second Yoeleo's quality. I don't own any of their frames, but I own several (3 currently, 1 previously) sets of their wheels and they've all exceeded my expectations.

I've been using their 88 mm wheels on my Venge to TT in the road bike class of my local TT Cup for the last 2 seasons and I just built a Shiv TT for next season and i'll be using the 88's on that as well, with a disc from them in the back. I have the 60's, which are normally on my Venge for road riding, on the Shiv for some training rides.

Image

Image
2016 Pactimo Brand Ambassador
http://www.Crankaddicts.cc
http://www.skratchlabs.com
2015 Specialized S-Works Allez
2015 Specialized Venge Pro
2014 Specialized S-Works Shiv TT

joejack951
Posts: 349
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:50 pm
Location: Wilmington, DE

by joejack951

calvin wrote:
mrlobber wrote:Check out this one: https://www.yoeleobike.com/t6-triathlon ... meset.html

A guy was in top3-top6 consistently in local season long TT series on this bike, so it must not be too slow :)


I gues that you are talking about me :D
In my opinion this is one of the best open mold frames you can get in price/performance. Quality is quite close to big brand TT bikes i've riden in the past (Giant; Scott)
You can see my build here viewtopic.php?f=10&t=143876


Hey Calvin! Congrats on the success with your bike and thanks for chiming in with your experience.

Did you consider any other frames in addition to the Yoeleo? Did they mention if they'd be willing to make a frame with no logos when you ordered yours? How was cabling the brakes and derailleurs and setting up the hidden front brake? Any regrets on the frame choice?

I'm also considering the Hongfu FM109 which lists for $1260: http://www.hongfu-bikes.com/html_Produc ... rame-.html

Any thoughts on it compared to the Yoeleo? It's quite a bit cheaper with a lot of the same features or so it appears.

stormur
Posts: 1182
Joined: Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:50 pm
Location: FIN

by stormur

I don't get something... why pay more for open mold frame than for the one from reputable brand ?
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
Mark Twain


I can be wrong, and have plenty of examples for that ;)

alcatraz
Posts: 850
Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:19 am

by alcatraz

Less proprietary stuff maybe? Get high end features for low end price?

Where does the extra speed of a TT/Tri bike come from? Aero position or from the huge and heavy frame?

/a

joejack951
Posts: 349
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:50 pm
Location: Wilmington, DE

by joejack951

stormur wrote:I don't get something... why pay more for open mold frame than for the one from reputable brand ?


What name brand frame would you suggest at a similar price point? Based on what I've seen, full carbon framesets plus base bars with all hidden cabling and such cannot be had for under $2000 from a name brand. I'm not willing to downgrade on specs just to have a name on my frame (and I prefer no logos anyway).

alcatraz
Posts: 850
Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:19 am

by alcatraz

4kg for a frame with brakes and bars. It's quite heavy.

My climbing bike is at 1.9kg for the same.

Can't a fast design be made under 3kg? I don't want to cry at every light climb.

/a

calvin
Posts: 120
Joined: Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:02 pm
Location: Europe

by calvin

joejack951 wrote:
calvin wrote:

I'm also considering the Hongfu FM109 which lists for $1260: http://www.hongfu-bikes.com/html_Produc ... rame-.html

Any thoughts on it compared to the Yoeleo? It's quite a bit cheaper with a lot of the same features or so it appears.


Hongfu frame is cheaper but you also have to pay Paypal fees and shipping

szabozed
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:57 pm

by szabozed

Hi,

Do you have any info or opinion about the company Carbonda?
I am interested on their new disc brake TT frame: http://carbonda.com/road/tt/tr/75.html

Do you know any other open mold options for TT frame with fully integrated cable manegement and hidden brake, preferably disc brake?

Thanks in advance

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post