Check out our preview of the 2018 TIME Alpe d’Huez 01 Ulteam HERE.
We’ve sold TIME Sport products at Contender Bicycles for years. We love their frames for their smooth ride manners, uniquely high end build quality, and unique technologies that make their road bikes an incomparable experience. TIME’s newest bicycle in four years, the TIME Alpe d’Huez 01 Ulteam road bike, takes those quintessential characteristics and applies them to an ultralight road bike built for climbing and descending. This model, limited to just fifty bicycles worldwide, is a must have for anyone looking for the very best from TIME Sport.
Every TIME road bike starts life as a strand of carbon fiber, or three kilometers of fiber and 7300 fibers per frame, to be exact. They use their own Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) technology, which is weaved in-house (unlike nearly any other brand on the market) and allows engineers to engineer exactly what technical characteristics they want, down to thread count. Vectran, a material used more often in making tires, is weaved into the frame to quell road vibrations. While it is a time-intensive process (TIME approximates around 22 hours per frameset), the result is a bike that truly rides unlike anything else on the market.
The frameset weighs in at just 840g, and over 8% (~120g) lighter than the frame it replaces, the TIME Izon. TIME also claims the Alpe d’Huez frameset offers a 25% better weight-to-stiffness ratio compared to the same frame, a ratio that is actually slightly better than the TIME Scylon aero road bike. The Alpe d’Huez also offers TIME’s Directlink D-shaped carbon seatpost and a more aerodynamic, two-bolt clamp, which they used to lower weight while also improve ride quality in the saddle.
Other pieces that distinguish the TIME Alpe d’Huez 01 Ulteam from lesser Alpe d’Huez road framesets include custom paint, a Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9150 groupset, ENVE 3.4 tubular wheelset with ENVE carbon wheels, TIME Monolink stem and handlebars, and TIME XPRO 10 clipless pedals.
The TIME Alpe d’Huez 01 Ulteam road bike is an anomaly in the cycling world. It delivers on every single promise of efficiency and smoothness, and makes for one of the best framesets available today. We offer the Alpe d’Huez 01 Ulteam in six sizes (XXS to XL) in the Hero Ulteam colorway, which features raw carbon and a slate grey (instead of light grey and white of the standard Alpe d’Huez 01 Hero colorway).
Interested in a TIME Alpe d’Huez 01 Ulteam for yourself? Give us a call during shop hours, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.