2018 Time Fluidity
Souplesse, that most French of French phrases that packs a ton of meaning into barely two syllables. It means riding smoothly, in complete harmony with your bike and your terrain. The Time Fluidity has been developed to be the type of extension of your body that makes it possible to ride it with Robert Millar-like souplesse.
The Fluidity is Time’s endurance frame, intended to offer not only lightweight rigidity, but an extra dose of comfort as well, so that you can seriously consider doing those five hour rides and 200km Gran Fondos if you really want to. Since they have kept their frame building inhouse, they have complete control over how the frames are constructed, and 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.
Since this is a frame focused on comfort over great distances, it is nice that you will have the choice to include the Time Aktiv fork. The Aktiv is an advanced fork that offer the stiffness that you will want to have for sharp handling, and also comes with built in vibration dampers to soak up any road chatter that might want to reverberate up to your hands and arms. It is quiet cushioning that you will not notice until after you have finished a century over rough roads and realize that your arms are not completely rattled and knackered. It does add a touch to the price of the bike, and if you want to save yourself that bit of dough, you can still go with the classic Time fork which won’t impact the handling at all. It just won’t have that added bit of vibration absorption. It will, as a result, be a touch lighter than the Aktiv.
The geometry has been oriented more towards the sportif side of cycling, with its slightly upright position likely to offer more comfort over greater distances. But its relatively short wheelbase means that it is pretty easy to whip around corners and down descents, so if you do fancy having a go in some of your local races, you won’t feel let down at all by the Fluidity. 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.
Once you decide whether you want to go with the Aktiv or classic fork, you’ll also be able to take your pick between a standard seatpost or the special Translink integrated seatpost. 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 insane. Internal cable routing will be compatible with electric and mechanical groupsets. The Time Fluidity is the type of racing bike that will help get you through the longest rides with a smile on your face.
Frame: High modulus carbon
Fork: Time Aktiv carbon (classic fork option available)
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR 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: Caliper
Seatpost Included: Yes (Translink seatmast option available)
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
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