Alpe D'Huez 01 | Alpe D'Huez 21 | Alpe D'Huez X | Scylon

TIME Bicycles and Contender Bicycles have a deeply-imbued relationship based on impeccable build quality, outstanding ride smoothness, and delivered promises. TIME deliver road bike frames that routinely outperform the competition on ride quality without compromise, regardless of the frame’s intended purpose. Many of our customers and employees alike have logged thousands of miles on TIME bikes and are more than happy to share their enthusiasm with you.

Word of mouth has allowed this small French brand to grow steadily amongst avid riders as more and more have experienced TIME’s exceptional ride quality for themselves. TIME does not rely on big marketing campaigns or an expensive race budget to make their name known but rather put their francs into building the best frames and forks possible while continuing to develop innovations that the rest of the bike industry is sure to follow.

TIME Alpe D'Huez Road Bicycle


Where Lightness and Stiffness Meet

TIME’s newest road bike is the TIME Alpe d’Huez. Consisting of the Alpe d’Huez 01 and Alpe d’Huez 21, this new road bike frame pays reverence to to their unique build process while bringing the French brand to their most progressive point yet. Race-ready but effortlessly comfortable, TIME’s all-rounder is perhaps their most-exciting bike yet.

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Let’s get to what everyone wants to know first: what’s different about the Alpe d’Huez? For starters, this is the lightest frame they’ve produced: a claimed 840 grams (frame), 80 grams lighter than the Izon. But TIME also says the bike has a stiffness-to-weight ratios close to the TIME Scylon aero race bike, and a ratio that is a whopping 25% better than the outgoing TIME Izon road bike. The TIME-exclusive Quickset headset, a favorite of the shop, is integrated into the frameset to provide lower stack height and a clean aesthetic. The geometry remains the same as the Scylon, too; Although it’s built for climbing mountains, the geometry is racey, with a sloping top tube and integrated stem to lower the rider’s position that communicate the bike’s racing potential.

Both Alpe d’Huez 01 and 21 framesets maintains the TIME-exclusive Akiv fork option, which uses mass dampers in the fork blades that vibrate to cancel out much of the road vibration. This not only lowers road vibrations transmitted to the frame and handlebars by 30%, but it allows for much smoother descending and cornering ability. Combine that with TIME’s in-house RTM carbon fiber production and use of Vectran in the top tube and downtube to further improve ride quality, and it’s clear that the Alpe d’Huez will offer a ride smoothness and handling precision that is nearly unrivaled in the cycling world.

What’s the difference between the two? Think of the Alpe d’Huez 01 as the fullest expression of TIME’s build philosophy. It takes them 22 hours to build from start to finish, featuring Vectran fibres in addition to carbon to improve ride quality. Further, it takes 73 different circular braids of carbon, for a total of 3 kilometers of carbon used. It’s the lighter, stiffer option that also manages impressive ride quality. The Alpe d’Huez 21 uses a less complex braid construction with more mid-modulus carbon and basalt fiber in place of Vectran, and it swaps the custom D-shaped seatpost for a standard post. Besides adding just a bit of weight, the 21 offers the same fit, similar handling, and overall performance at a fraction of the cost.

Alpe d’Huez is available in a myriad of frame options, with 01 Aktiv and 21 Ultegra builds available currently. Alpe d’Huez disc models will be available down the line. And starting at just $3000 for a complete Ultegra build, the Alpe d’Huez offers impressive value.

Riding a TIME bike in France


Alpe d'Huez, Scylon, Fluidity

TIME Sport might be relatively unknown to the everyday world, but at Contender Bicycles, they are one of the best bicycle frame makers in the business. TIME is unique in their dedication to making their own carbon fiber in house. As a result, the quality of these frames in unprecedented, leading to bikes that are truly optimized for the rider. When they speak, we listen. When they put out a new frame, we expect nothing but the best in ride smoothness, build quality, and thoughtful design.

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It’s been four years since TIME has released an all-new frameset design, but the Alpe D’Huez is worth the wait. TIME says this is “engineered to be our lightest frame ever with modern design elements while offering our best power-to-weight ratio.” What does this mean? The frame weighs a claimed 840 grams (frame, size S), 80 grams lighter than the TIME Izon. But TIME also says the bike has a stiffness-to-weight ratio close to the TIME Scylon aero race bike, a ratio that is a whopping 25% stronger than the outgoing Izon road bike. The TIME-exclusive Quickset headset, a favorite of the shop, is integrated into the frameset to provide lower stack height and a clean aesthetic. Although it’s built for climbing mountains, the geometry (shared with the Scylon) is racy, with a sloping top tube and integrated stem to lower the rider’s position and improve aerodynamics, all of which communicates the bike’s racing potential.

The TIME Scylon frameset is TIME’s most race focused design. They looked to develop a premier road racing frame that combines excellent handling, strong aerodynamics, and premier efficiency into a package perfect the most passionate cyclists. The frameset is said to be 45% stiffer in the bottom bracket, and 30% stiffer torsionally compared to the outgoing ZXRS. Weight is lowered to just 945 grams, which makes the bike feel whippy and easy to push on steep climbs. Further, TIME have focused on improving aerodynamics. To do so, they’ve shaped everything; the huge, teardrop-shaped downtube and the thin, bladed seatstays are mounted further down the seat tube to lower the frame’s aerodynamic frontal area. These match the aero seat tube and aero seatpost. Even the headtube is shortened slightly to accommodate the integrated fork. Like every frameset, it is available as the Scylon Aktiv frameset, as well as the Scylon Aktiv Disc frameset.

For those seeking a more comfort oriented fit TIME produces their ever popular TIME Fluidity frameset, featuring Vectran Vibraser in the rear triangle and available in the standard Fluidity frameset, the TIME Fluidity Aktiv frameset, or as the TIME Fluidity Disc frameset. While each TIME frameset uses their Vectran carbon weave, the Fluidity frame uses twice as much Vectran as the Izon, leading to additional comfort and vibration damping. The Fluidity is designed with a 15mm taller headtube, along with shorter reach across the range and a slightly longer wheelbase when compared to the Alpe d’Huez and Scylon. While the Fluidity offers an accommodating fit and comfort for the long haul, it is less upright than the average endurance road bike that makes riders feel like they’re riding an armchair.

Built using the same geometry as TIME’s famed Fluidity frame, the TIME First frameset offers a more relaxed fit than a Scylon frame. However, it still retains the responsive feel that makes those bikes so much fun to ride. In order to offer the First at a more affordable price point, TIME reduced the amount of Vectran woven into the tubes and simplified the seat stays, making them easier to construct. While these changes alter the First’s vibration damping characteristics compared to the Fluidity, it still manages to be uniquely smooth over chip seal and confident through high-speed sweepers. Like other frames, the TIME First frameset is built in Lyon, France with the same impeccable build quality that makes these frames unlike anything else in the market today. We are proud to offer this as both a frameset or as a complete build with Shimano Ultegra.

Regardless of riding style, there is a TIME model for each type of rider, allowing anyone to experience the unmatched quality of a TIME bike.

RTM - Resin Transfer Molding


TIME's Secret Sauce

TIME begins every frame constructed with Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), a process that is very difficult to get right but makes for lighter, stronger bikes with improved ride quality. TIME is the only bike brand to use the RTM production technique but TIME Sport likes to point out that it’s used in other industries by the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini – prestige brands to be sure. The result for their efforts is a ride quality and unparalleled handling unique to TIME.


RTM consists of injecting resin under pressure into a mold to obtain a solid homogeneous structure of the future frame. This process ensures complete impregnation of resin into the fiber structure, creating a smooth surface and weaved layers without voids. The solid core ensures perfect complex structures internally.

This not only makes a TIME frame unique purely from a point of construction, but allows them to completely control each step of the production process, ensuring that every TIME bicycle rides as intended. This vertical production process lets TIME engineers experiment with a variety of materials to fine-tune the ride of their frames, such as the inclusion of Vectran in their popular TIME Fluidity frameset. Vectran is a very pliable, resilient material – used in spacesuits by NASA – and is utilized by TIME to absorb vibrations from rough pavement.

RTM represents true innovation in an era when most carbon frames came from bladder molding processes or have had tubes and lugs bonded with industrial strength glue. TIME also controls their carbon production by weaving all of their carbon in house and not relying on the same prepreg materials used by every other frame manufacturer. In this day and age when everything is constructed in Asia, a TIME bike stands alone being 100% built by hand and 100% built in France.

TIME believes that their frames last a lifetime, which is why they back up their frames with a lifetime warranty.

TIME Aktiv Fork


The Science of Smooth

The goal of the TIME Aktiv fork is to take ride quality to another level through the use of an internal tuned mass damper. The movement of the damper cancel out unwanted vibration. Tuned mass dampers are used in everything from helping the tallest buildings in the world survive earthquakes to damping vibrations on NASA rocket boosters to being used by Formula One drivers (before being banned) to improve control of the car. In the Aktiv fork’s case, this is a small weight mounted to an alloy/composite lever arm inside the fork blade.

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Conceptually, the Aktiv fork works on the same principle as a noise canceling earphone, via destructive wave interference. The movement of the damper itself is designed to mute out or dissipate unwanted vibration. In the Aktiv fork’s case, this is a small weight mounted to an alloy/composite lever arm inside the fork blade. It is simple in execution, but effective in practice. The tough part is first figuring out what frequency range you want to try to cancel. Luckily, TIME has years of research isolating which frequencies are fatiguing to our body or detrimental to controlling the bike. Ultra high frequencies don’t have the same negative effect on our body as a lower frequency. Second, how the damper performs in one size or model of frame is different than in another size or model. In other words, the damper has to be precisely calibrated for a frame based on stiffness of the frame.

So that’s a lot of science. Does it work? The answer is undoubtedly yes. The frame and fork are still surprisingly stiff, leaving the steering to be extremely precise instead of the elastomers and shock setups other brands use that leaves bikes feeling rubbery. In a world where spongier bar tape or swapping from 23mm to 25mm wide tires has everyone chattering about how much more comfortable their bike is, the Aktiv fork might be the start of the second French Revolution.

Our initial testing on Salt Lake City streets with a set of 23c tires has us amazed the fork’s effectiveness. Although you still feel the bigger bumps, the effects of cracks or seams in the pavement are greatly reduced and overall road chatter seems to be minimized. An Aktiv fork and a set of nice 25mm tires eats up chip-sealed roads voraciously, leaving riders better able to track their bike through high-speed sweepers better than nearly any other brand on the market.

While TIME was researching new methods to take their carbon frames a step further they studied the mass-tuned dampening systems found in F1 race cars and, in turn, filed a patent for what has become the Aktiv fork. This award winning development adds a tangible level of comfort through completely eliminating the vibrations caused by riding on asphalt, chip seal and other rough pavement.

Aktiv fork technology is only available as part of a complete frameset as the vibration tuning is calculated to match specific Scylon Aktiv, Izon Aktiv, and Fluidity Aktiv models.



At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Each of us on staff has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Ryan Littlefield is our expert on TIME Bicycles. To contact Ryan regarding any questions on TIME Bicycles, email him at ryan@contenderbicycles.com or by phone during shop hours at Contact Us.