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New TT bike! Madone is no longer for sale.

Friday, October 30, 2015 by  
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October
30
2015

These past few months I’ve been working on preparing my body, mind and equipment for the upcoming race season, which starts at the end of January.

Physically I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m at race weight, and I’m feeling pretty strong on the bike. My training has been going well, and over the next few months I’ll be even more focused on improving my sustainable power. I am going to do a new FTP test soon, and then see how much I can improve it over the next few months with Time Trial-specific training.

Mentally I’m good to go. I’m feeling positive, and I’m extremely excited to finally pin on a number. My plans at this point are to do Time Trial racing, but I would not be surprised if I eventually decide to dip my toes in the road racing pool.

From an equipment standpoint, there have been many changes and adjustments over the past few months. My original plan was to sell my Trek Madone, and purchase an aero road bike (a 2016 Giant Propel). The idea was that I could use clip-on aerobars on the Propel for TT racing and training, but could also still use the Propel as a road bike. Ideal? Not really, but purchasing a decent TT bike was not financially possible. The Propel plan was a compromise.

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Well, yesterday a deal on a brand new TT bike dropped into my lap that was impossible to pass up. Not merely a “great” price, I’m talking ridiculous. The bike is brand new, albeit last year’s model (2014). It’s coming to me from an authorized dealer, and is still in the box as it was delivered to the shop from the manufacturer (I’ll be doing the full build).

This is not a crazy high end TT bike, but it’s a very solid machine that will be an order of a magnitude better than running a road bike with clip-on aerobars in TT races. It’s got an excellent, race-proven carbon fiber frame, an Ultegra/Dura Ace mixed groupset (alas, mechanical, but I can live without Di2 for the price I got) and a killer paint scheme that just so happens to match my team’s colors! The stock wheels are nothing special, but that doesn’t matter because I will be running the bike with my Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels.

The bike should be here early next week. I’ll do the reveal along with complete specs and plenty of photos once I have her built up. I’ll also talk about some of the other TT equipment I’ve picked up (helmet, shoe covers, etc).

So, my Madone is no longer for sale. I’ll also be stripping the aerobars off the Madone tonight, and turning her back into a pure road machine. 🙂

John Stone Fitness Comments

22 Responses to “New TT bike! Madone is no longer for sale.”
  1. John, that’s awesome! I have a guess as to what it is, but will wait to see. I have a TT bike on order as well but it’ll be no secret – a 2016 Giant Trinity Advanced. Really looking forward to getting acclimated to it and for the the 2016 season. It’ll be good seeing you out there.

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    • Ryan, awesome bike, I’ve been drooling over that one. I think it’s a tri-specific bike, though, and not UCI legal (the fork, among other things). You might want to check into that. Giant makes a Trinity frameset that’s UCI legal, but they don’t sell it as a complete bike for some odd reason.

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    • And actually, the frame is legal. Per this article from Giant’s website regarding the 2016 Advanced framset :”For road racers, the Trinity Advanced Pro TT frameset features the same Advanced-grade composite frame along with a special AeroDrive TT Advanced-grade fork, stem and handlebar that’s UCI legal for time trial competition. The TT frameset was developed and tested with pro riders from Team Giant-Alpecin. Pre-production versions of the frame have already been ridden to victories at major pro races including Tom Dumoulin’s stage win at last summer’s Vuelta a España.”

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  2. You really enjoy leaving us hanging don’t you. Can’t wait to hear and see what you picked up. It will also be interesting to read how you decide to to which bike you take out riding each day. I still can’t believe that the mountain bike hasn’t seen any action in a long while.

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    • Hah, I’m really not trying to leave anyone hanging–I am just reporting the information when it’s hot off the presses. 🙂 The reason I don’t want to say what bike it is just yet is because my build will be unique. The images of the stock bike won’t be a fair representation of what I’ll be riding. So I’d rather announce which bike it is along with the photos.

      Yeah, it’s criminal that my mountain bike is collecting dust. Not that I feel bad for not riding it, I’m doing what I want. But it’s a beautiful bike, and should be ridden. I’ve considered selling it, but that would hurt.

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