Aero is everything. Okay maybe not everything, but getting as aero as possible certainly helps when it comes to slicing through the air at high speed. I love speed. I also love a good time trial bike, the slipperiest of all the aero bikes. I’ve been itching to rebuild mine for a while as for one reason or another it’s been sitting unloved in pieces in the workshop. With all this spare time on my hands, it would have been rude not to get it back on the road.
When I first bought the bike from Planet X in England, it was specced with basic SRAM Apex 10-speed TT kit, I never really got on with it and the shifting was always sub-par. This time around I’ve upgraded to 11-speed using mostly Shimano Ultegra level kit. Add the deep section Rovals and it’s a damn pretty picture. I think you’ll agree it’s looking pretty hot right now!
Any colour you like, as long as it’s black!
Check out that aero profile! The frame design is actually over a decade old and although the Stealth doesn’t hold a candle to modern aero frames, it still slips through the wind well enough for my low end legs! Cadel Evans famously rode one (with Ridley stickers on it) in the 2007 Tour de France time trial stage. He finished that Tour in second place, behind a doping-scandal-tainted Alberto Contador.
Cadel Evans on his way to second place in the 2007 Tour de France.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of tucking down into the aero position and giving it the berries! Head down, deep section wheels humming away, cheating the wind for some “free” speed. I can’t wait for that first ride!