2018 Time Fluidity Disc
Though you may have initially resisted the switch to disc brakes for road bikes since early on there were all sorts of compatibility and industry standard issues, things have pretty much settled down, and there is almost no reason not to consider having disc brakes on your new bike. Especially if you are looking to buy the Time Fluidity Disc, since this is the endurance option from the elite French bicycle manufacturer.
Disc brakes on an endurance-oriented bike makes so much sense. If you have ambitions to stay out all day on your bike, or take a multi-day bike trip, you are very likely to run into all sorts of weather conditions, including rainy, wet roads. Those are the times disc brakes will really feel like a life saver. And since the Fluidity Disc is made inhouse like all Time carbon bikes, you will have the confidence in their French know-how to get the ride quality and low weight dialed in while still accommodating the additional forces disc brakes exert on things like the fork and rear stays.
Having complete control over how the frames are constructed means that they can masterfully weave their carbon tubes to offer the perfect responses to pedal forces and road vibrations to keep you happy and fast over long distances. They use a variety of fibers when weaving, making the Kevlar, Vectran and carbon fibers do exactly what they want to get the ride quality that will help the cyclist. Then their Resin Transfer Molding process helps them keep the material to a minimum, consequently keeping the weight down, by injecting the resin under high pressure, ensuring a consistent level of resin used, with no chance of an excess amount unnecessarily adding to the weight.
If you are buying this to help you through those longer sportifs, or just like the idea of sitting a little more comfortably and relaxed than on a pure aero racing bike, you’ll be happy to know that the geometry has been given a slightly upright position likely to offer more comfort over greater distances. That doesn’t mean you’ll feel like you’re on a cruiser. In fact Time’s developers have tried to get that sweet spot where you’ll feel the comfort and stability of the position on those longer climbs, but still be able to get aero and go hard on the flatter sections. And then if you do fancy doing some timed events or want to race your buddies, the relatively short wheelbase means that it is pretty easy to whip around corners and down descents.
And if you want to go that extra mile in terms of getting the rigidity toughened up, the Fluidity Disc does offer an option where you can order the special Translink integrated seatpost for a small surcharge. You’ll really want to be sure you won’t be needing to change your seat height by too much once you stump up of the Translink, but the increase in stiffness especially for in-the-saddle attacks can be pretty impressive. Of course, you will also be able to choose a standard seatpost that will be included with the bike at no additional charge.
Internal cable routing and compatibility with electric and mechanical groupsets will make sure you can get the Time Fluidity Disc set up exactly the way you’d like. It is available in seven sizes and four color options.
Frame: High modulus carbon
Fork: Time Classic carbon disc
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, Time Quickset
Bottom Bracket Type: BB30
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Disc
Seatpost Included: Yes (Translink seatmast option available)
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 42cm XXXS | 43.5cm XXS | 45cm XS | 48cm SM | 50cm MD | 53cm LG | 55cm XL |
Colors: Francaise, White, Hero (special order), Red (special order)
Weight: 950g | 2.09lbs