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Friday, January 15, 2010

Time NXR Instinct - XXX

Time does not make the best production frame sets in the world, however Time does make the best production carbon fiber framesets in the world. Here at Svelte Cycles you will see a lot more of Time in the future but let's start >here< with the 2010 NXR Instinct.


Time has been fabricating carbon fiber frames longer than any other major frame producer in the world. From start to finish everything is done in house and is made by hand. As such Time has complete control over the quality and consistency of both the raw materials and production.


This particular example just so happens to be my own little present to me. I went ahead and hooked myself up proper with a full Super Record 11V gruppo, some nice 3T Carbon LTD bits, a Fizik Carbon Arione Saddle (more comfy than you might think) and some Edge 1.45s on DT Swiss 240s for good measure.


Why did I go mental with all the carbon bits and why did I select this model Time for myself? Comfort. This is the machine I will take on daily training rides up and down the hills of New Hampshire and over the rough, back country dirt roads that link one good climb to the next. Much akin to the VRS Vibraser, the NXR has extra shock absorbing Vibraser fibers (yes, they do work even though you can't see them) woven into the tubes. As with all Times, this frameset also has specially layed up braids of carbon thus controlling the ride characteristics of each and every different size frame.


The process by which Time produces its raw materials and then subsequently manufacturing its frames and forks is far too vast for one blog post alone. I will start by saying their proprietary "RTM" and "CMT" technology are enough to make the fabriaction process' used by those big box-brands *insert name here* look like childs play. Again, I will get into this more as the year goes on...


Time holds the patent on many technologies we see today. That's right folks they actually use their OWN designers. Imagine that! For every spring leaf pedal system, Translink ISP system, Vibraser Fibers (also used currently in F1 cars) and 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 Head Set System; Time gets royaltie$.


Each tube is formed from a sock of tube-specific woven carbon fiber thus there are no seams and the shaping is perfect. RTM technology ensures there are not voids. What the heck is a void and why is it important you ask? Basically put, voids make carbon fiber frames feel like crappy, lifeless objects underneath you. Ever ridden a nice aluminum, steel or titanium bicycle? It has life right? A certain feeling. Transfer that feeling over to a frame and fork that can weigh 3-4 pounds less than an alloy frame and fork. Brilliant!

"Yeah but what happens when I drive into my garage door with my bike on the roof and crack the carbon tubes?"


Time frames have a lifetime warranty on everything but the finish. Also everywhere you see a lug, you see an piece that allows the individual tube(s) it is connected to to be replaced. So as long as you don't leave your Time out in the sun all day, every day for the next 15 years, you are pretty much covered.


Time also produces its own forks. Little fact that is big time important: Time forks adhere to the new European Fork Safety Standards. If you do a little research you will find many forks currently available do not.


This particular Time module (and also the RXR and RX) are fabricated from start to finish exclusively in Europe. This particular frame is of 100% French origin.


Like it or not BB30 is becoming the new industry standard and Time has followed suit on all its new modules.


Time uses and extra layer of Vibraser threads in the drive side chain stay to offer increased protection against chain slap. Also, the chain stays each have their own shape designed to withstand the different torsional forces exerted on the rear end by the drive train.


I am a huge fan of the Translink system. Say what you will about whether or not it makes the frame stiffer whilst climbing in the saddle or making the frame as a whole lighter (it does)... the Translink just looks totally bad ass! We all know this is what's most important. The internal diameter of their carbon tubing is so precise that Time can use a small stub of a seat post instead of a "topper" (not that there is anything wrong with toppers!)


-Svelte Cycles is the exclusive dealer of Time frames in Tax-Free New Hampshire.
-The NXR Instinct is in stock and ready to ship as a frameset within one week and as a complete bike within two weeks.
-Look HERE for sizing and colour options. I will send you a fit-form to ensure proper sizing.
-The NXR frameset costs $5300 plus shipping.
-The NXR as a complete machine starts at $8800 outfitted with Campagnolo Chorus.
-To order contact me at "justin@sveltecycles.com" or call the number below.

XXX,
Justin Spinelli
www.sveltecycles.com
( +1) 603 943-4202

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn. Other than the following questions, that is all I have to say.

- what is 'the best' production frame in the world that you refer to?

- should I also be wrapping my crabon saddle rails in tape (velo cloth bartape?)?

- do you use those wheels everyday? if you were a mere mortal (student) with priorities other than $12k bikes, what wheels would you suggest? I know that is a can o' worms, feel free to ignore it. If you are just training on it, why not alloy rims? or are they race-day/photo studio/bike pron wheels?

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

-the best CARBON production frame is Time.

-no.

-yes.

XXX,
Justin

Anonymous said...

I'd like to add a testimonial to the ride quality of Time frames. I bought a Time bike last year (before I found your website - sorry). I test rode all the big names and was very dissapointed in the carbon bikes - way too harsh. I found a guy who put together a Time bike for me, and could not be happier. The smoothness of the ride matches steel, but has the stiffness to accelerate like crazy. I'm sold. Keep the photos coming of more Time bikes. I may decide to upgrade.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Very nice

What's the weight in this configuration?

Thks

Romu

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

"weight configuration" = light enough for me.

XXX,
Justin

Romu said...

I'm looking for the NXR, and I found your nice configuration.

For the weight, like you, i'm not a "lightwegiht fan" i just want to compare to my actual Bike (Giant TCR) before.

Which siez it is? A "M"?

Thanks for your reponse

Romu

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

Romu,

This is a Size M (76cm saddle height). Weight as shown is 13 pounds give or take a gram.

XXX,
Justin

Romu said...

Thanks Justin

Anonymous said...

I will have to very kindly disagree on ALL time modules being built in-house -- the higher-end stuff is still built in-house. The lower lines, however, at least in the recent past, have been built/assembled in Asia.... no?

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

Anonymous,

Only the Speed RS is not made by hand in Europe. All other models are. Svelte Cycles does not offer the Speed RS.

XXX,
Justin

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

Anonymo-

All modules offered by Svelte Cycles are made in Europe by-hand.

XXX,
Justin

Mathieu said...

The wieght like this nrx is 13 pounds? Do you confirm?

Joel said...

How does the NXR compare to the VXR in ride quality? I test rode a VXR a few years ago and loved it. The NXR looks stunning I want one.

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

Joel,

The NXR is a little smoother due to the use of extra Vibraser Fibers.

Buy one from me.

XXX,
Justin

Joel said...

Justim,

Thanks for the feedback.
Would you say it climbs as well as the VXR? That is one thing I liked about the VXR but I also liked everything about it. I will likely be buying a Time at some point, just not sure when.

Svelte Cycles - Product Reviews said...

Joel,

The NXR will climb as good as you do, just like the VXR.

Best,
Justin