April 17, 2014 | Posted in:Equipment
I am really excited to report that I have recieved my new bike that I will be using to undertake the Ironman UK 2014. I have gone for the Planet X N2A Road Bike. Full description from the website below:
The same full carbon aero frame as our other N2A, but this time finished off with our 50mm carbon wheelset; helping you look and go just that bit faster than before.
The N2A was designed in collaboration with renowned Italian bike guru Roberto Billato, a carbon fibre specialist with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Billato’s advanced knowledge of carbon design means that you can rely on the N2A to be of the highest calibre possible.
Times have changed out on the road; more and more people look to frame design as a way of shaving off the seconds. That’s where the N2A comes in. Based on profiles from the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the N2A has a truly optimised aerodynamic design. The oversized headtube and integrated fork/downtube get the air flowing nicely; slicing through the air more efficiently than no-aero frames.
Times are constantly changing in the cycling industry, and we have seen 5 / 6 / 7 etc. speed, and now we evolve to 11. Here at Planet X we strive to use the latest and greatest mechanical groupset, that’s why we’ve built this up using the latest in groupset development, 11 Speed Shimano Ultegra 6800. Those serious about in-ride performance, build quality and durability will feel at home riding Ultegra. With technological innovation trickled down from Dura-Ace, Ultegra never misses a beat. Every shift gives you the desired feedback, meaning you don’t have to think too much about the operation and can concentrate on the road ahead, or how much your legs are hurting.
A huge number of bike builds look impressive on paper, until you check the supplied wheels. On the other hand this is where we excel, full carbon aero frame with deep section carbon wheels for under £2000. We’ve won a lot of plaudits for our wheelsets, and quite rightly so, they’re faster, lighter and a whole lot more economical than our competitors offer, and with a frame like the N2A they just look the part too.
The bottom line with the N2A is that we want to combine several performance aspects into one package: true high performance race ready technology at a price and availability level that has never been done before.
A couple of modifications that I will make to the bike before the start of the Ironman will be to add the stryke tri-bars that I have used previously and to find a water bottle to fit inbetween them which should leave my bike looking like this.
Any thoughts and / or advice would be much appreciated.
All the best