Beautiful Bicycle - A Metallic Blue TIME Alpe d'Huez 01 Aktiv
TIME claims that the Alpe d'Huez is the lightest frame they've ever made, but we say that simply claiming that their latest road bike is lightweight does the bike a disservice. Simply put, the Alpe d'Huez is all about balance at the highest level. And for this lucky rider, the bike leaves nothing to be desired.
If you're not familiar with TIME, take a look at our Alpe d'Huez first look or our TIME brand page. The French company isn't especially well-known but they make some of the highest-quality frames in the world. Their carbon fiber is produced and weaved in-house to ensure their bikes meet the highest ride quality standards.
This TIME Alpe d'Huez 01 in particular is a purist's bike. Regardless of how you feel about the "rim brakes aren't dead" discourse or whether you prefer Dura-Ace mechanical to electronic shifting, there is no denying the appeal of this bike.
The Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite wheels might be the best rim brake wheels on the market, Dura-Ace shifts and brakes with a silky precision befitting the best drivetrain out of Japan, and TIME's handlebar and stem perfectly match the frame's carbon weave. It might be traditional, but it's the pinnacle of the best at our disposal.
Here's the build breakdown for this beautiful road bike:
TIME Alpe d'Huez 01 Aktiv - rim brake - Size L
|Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
|Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
|Pirelli P-Zero Velo 4S - 700c x 28mm
|TIME Ergodrive Handlebar
|TIME Monolink Stem
|Black Synthetic Cork
|Fizik Aliante R3 Regular
|Contender Carbon Cages - Glossy
Photos by Berin Klawiter, Words by Alvin Holbrook.