New for this year, Shimano has released their second electronic shifting group, Shimano Ultegra Di2. This 2012 component group includes a host of improvements, which will be transfered over to the next iteration of Shimano Dura Ace Di2.
The TCR Advanced has a conventional seatmast and is supposed to be 15% more comfortable because of this. It is made out of Toray’s T-700 fibers. The dropouts and bottom bracket sleeve is made out of aluminum, and the whole design uses a more modular monocoque construction.
The 2011 TIME RXR-S have started to trickle in. We are receiving the Di2 models as well. They are a month or so late, but they are well worth the wait. These bikes come with a full warranty from TIME USA, and in case of the RXR-S, it’s a lifetime warranty. The 2011 model has got BB30 and an upgraded front end, that will suppress any high speed wobbling.
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I’ve been interested in TIME modules for a while. When I was looking for a high-end road bike frame, this one made the short list. However, a TIME rep told me that a BB30 Di2-version of the RXR would be shortly released. That meant that I had to wait. So I waited.
Finally, a few months ago we got word about the new RXR-S line from TIME, which included my personal favorite color, the VIP. The VIP module is quite stunning up close and personal. It’s hard to describe if you haven’t seen it yourself. There are a lot of details hidden away in the BoB paint scheme.
For 2011, the RXR-S has some modifications to make the bike a lot stabler. That coupled with the fact that the VIP comes in a Di2-version makes this my dream ride for 2011. I’ll have one on order shortly, wouldn’t you to order yours? Send us an email at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com to find out more.
The order came in within a few weeks and I was honestly surprised at how good this bike looked. The look is minimal, with the black and white.
Over the past week or so, customers have been admiring this new Pinarello Dogma 60.1 frame that was ordered for AH. AH had decided upon using a custom paint job thanks to Pinarello’s My Way customization scheme, which makes this frame stand out from the traditional Dogmas. He also ordered the Di2-compatible frame, which allows internal wiring of Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2 electronic shifting group.
I really like the angles and the general shape of this frame, a lot more than some of the other TT frames that I’ve seen. Felt has got an interesting battery placement for the Di2 version of this TT rig. The battery is located on the seat-tube, under the seat. While it looks very clean, I doubt that it’s very efficient. The weight of the battery is best placed as low as possible.
Cyman has hacked his seatpost and his frame to run internal Di2 wiring. His hack is somewhat more complicated than Nathan’s, but it has the advantage of being able to charge the battery inside the seatpost without having to remove it. Read more about it here.
If you are in the market for a frame from Pinarello, and you don’t want to spend too much money, then you should seriously consider buying a ’08 or ’09 Prince carbon frame. The Dogma is the latest and greatest from Pinarello. It just came out last fall and retails for $5,500 in the US. We have it at a better price, but it’s still quite a bit of money to pay for a frameset, which includes frame, fork, headset and MOst seatpost.
There are many different reasons to choose the Prince. It’s a race-proven frame, very stiff and responsive and, unsurprisingly, it’s actually lighter than the Dogma 60.1 frame. Pinarello, like most manufacturers, tends to quote the weight of their frames unpainted, just when they come out of the oven, without derailleur hangers. The Dogma frame has got a lot of layers of heavy paint on it, quite a bit more than the Prince. The geometry is very similar, but the ride of the Prince is more nervous and lively compared to the Dogma. The Dogma is more comfortable. So, if you’re looking for something lively, you should be looking at the Prince. If you’re looking for a stable ride, they look at the Dogma.