Justin makes a compelling argument for the new 2010 TIME NXR Instinct frame, which he built up for himself and plans to use on the back roads of New Hampshire as his daily training bike.
All frames are different. I’ve always had a penchant for the RXR Ulteam, but I’ve recently started thinking seriously about the Colnago EPS instead. The main reason is that it’s cheaper here in Taiwan to purchase a Colnago EPS than a TIME RXR Ulteam.
Just like the RXR and the RX modules, the NXR is made in France with TIME’s own carbon fiber, which they customized with more flex and damping for this bike.
As a former pro cyclist and bike shop owner, he can treat himself to a really spiffy training bike. It goes to show that getting the stiffest and lightest carbon fiber road bike isn’t always the best training bike. Training, day in and day out, takes a different kind of frame, one on which you feel extremely comfortable.
The frame weighs 1124gr, while the module weighs 1619gr. The fork is 374gr and the bottle cage is 20gr. As with all TIME frames, the NXR comes with a lifetime warranty, and that says a lot.
It sounds pretty cool and NXR Instinct frames sell for $5,300 USD in the US. You can match that up with Campagnolo Super Record 11 or SRAM Red, with a good pair of wheels, and you’re ready to go. The TIME frames are significantly cheaper in Taiwan. The NXR is cheaper than the Pinarello Dogma here, which is surprising since the US price for a Dogma is $5,500. Send me an email at djrange at gmail dot com or visit Asterisk*Cycles to find out more.to find out more.
This is the machine I will take on daily training rides up and down the hills of New Hampshire and over the rough, back country dirt roads that link one good climb to the next. Much akin to the VRS Vibraser, the NXR has extra shock absorbing Vibraser fibers (yes, they do work even though you can’t see them) woven into the tubes. As with all Times, this frameset also has specially layed up braids of carbon thus controlling the ride characteristics of each and every different size frame.