2018 Time Scylon
Though Time bikes have always marched to the beat of their own drummer, that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been finding solutions to the type of issues all cyclists face. How to make a bike lighter and stiffer, but still ride great. Or how to make it more aero. The Time Scylon is the French company’s answer to all those issues. It is their frame made for slicing through the type of echelon-causing winds that plague riders in wide open spaces.
Time is rare among carbon bike manufacturers since they produce all their bikes inhouse. That means that they are in complete control of the entire process and able to make not only high quality frames, but create the tubes according to precise specifications, everything from tube shape and thickness to lateral stiffness and vertical compression. That might all sound fairly familiar since there are lots of frame manufacturers who claim to be doing that, but with Time, the buck stops with their own production facilities and they remain 100% in control, no trips to Asia necessary.
Now, let’s be honest. For most of us, it matters less where the frame is made if it rides beautifully. That’s the most important thing. And there the Time Scylon is also exceptional, particularly considering it is their aero offering, which are typically butt-numbing experiences. And it goes back to Time braiding its own carbon so that they can incorporate exactly the ride characteristics that they want. Using a mix of Vectran, Carbon and Kevlar fibers, they can create a frame that has the stiffness you would need to put out some Boonen-type watts, while still being able to absorb some Roubaix-style bumps. 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.
Then to get the tube shapes to cause as little drag as possible, Time has devoted a lot of time and research using simulations and fluid dynamics analysis to create their most aero frame in the lineup. Their attention to detail ensures that the Scylon handles like a razor sharp racing bike. In fact, they have designed a special fork they call the Aktiv to improve your comfort levels while guaranteeing this will be a point and shoot style of bike. This is Time’s special fork that comes with a built in vibration dampers to soak up any road chatter that might want to reverberate up to your hands and arms. Long days in the saddle will feel less arduous and endless with this sort of integrated cushioning. Of course, you could save yourself $600 and go with the classic Time fork, which won’t impair your handling, but won’t have the added benefit of the vibration absorption. The classic fork will also save you some grams off the weight as well. And since the Scylon is already an airy 950 grams – pretty impressive for an aero frame – you will have no qualms about considering this your climbing bike as well.
A second option is for an additional $125, you can order the Skylon with the Translink integrated seatpost. Integrated seatposts are not always the easiest things to deal with, but the increase in stiffness especially for in-the-saddle attacks can be pretty crazy, so if you are not the type to change your seat position too often, and really want to get the most out of your power, that would be a small upcharge for that increase in efficiency.
Available in six sizes, the Time Scylon will be a great bike for any aggressive rider who’d like to add a little bit of Euro class to your local races or weekend group ride.
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: BB386
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 Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes (Translink seatmast option available)
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 49.5cm XXS | 51cm XS | 53cm SM | 55cm MD | 57cm LG | 59cm XL |
Weight: 950g | 2.09lbs