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Time Unveils 2012 (New) Race Bike for Conquering Cobblestone Courses

2012 Time Pave endurance racing road bike frameset made for cobblestone courses and uneven pavement
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2012 Time Endurance racing road bike

The 2012 Time ____ mashed up front and rear ends from two of their existing bikes to create a carbon fiber race bike aimed at some of the rougher classics.

UPDATE: Time just confirmed that the Pavé name is trademarked by Specialized and that this model will get a different name when it goes on sale. Pavé was their internal name for the frame according to our source. New photo coming soon.

Keeping it stiff and fast, the front triangle is their RX Instinct (RTM integral -which means Resin Transfer Molding with monoblock construction- with Vectran fibers to damp vibration) with racing oriented geometry. Keeping it from beating your spine to a pulp on the cobble stones and uneven pavement is the wishbone rear triangle of their new VRS Fluidity endurance bike.

The frame is made for mechanical shifting only, not electronic. You could run Di2 or EPS, but the wires would have to run externally. Bottom bracket is PressFit30, headtube is tapered. Chainstays are asymmetrical.

It’ll be available in March as a frame set in matte carbon/red, which includes the frame, fork, patented headset and tear drop shape seat post. US Retail set at $4,000. They provide build kits if you want to get together a complete bike from them. Time Sport’s website is right here, but you won’t find this model up there as of this post.

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Chad
11 years ago

Specialized has s seatpost called Pave, Time is going to get sued.

Brandon
Brandon
11 years ago

You think Specialized is really worried about Time snagging the name Pave? No way. But the fact that it’s red and black, now that’s a direct knockoff!

Brandon
Brandon
11 years ago

Oh, and I want this bike. Bad.

dave
dave
11 years ago

Only 4 G’s? I’ll take two!

WannaBeSTi
WannaBeSTi
11 years ago

I think Specialized uses a double triangle design and a fork similar to the Time’s. TIME is sooo busted.

Eric
Eric
11 years ago

Bet’s on how long it will take until Specialized sues time? It only makes sense since their business motto seems to be “sue everyone and dominate the market” instead of actually developing products themselves.

Eric
Eric
11 years ago

Oh, and I forgot to mention those seatstays look like a certain roubaix model….

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

It’s not just the red and black color scheme, it’s the white logo. Better call the lawyers.

Doug
Doug
11 years ago

Any word on what kinda tire it’ll clear? Without big tire clearance, it’s sorta useless.

Joshua Murdock
11 years ago

“…instead of actually developing products themselves.”

Which company has more impressive race results?

Which company has more advanced bikes?

Which company sells more bikes?

Specialized.

You only get to the top by being the best.

I am not a Specialized addict, but they make a damn good bike.

I see no reason to hate them for being a large bike company.

wade
wade
11 years ago

Last time specialized use to say : Innovate or die
now changed to : Sue until you die

Joshua Murdock
11 years ago

Although, now that you mention it, this Time bike does have two wheels… that could be the intellectual property of Specialized. You guys are right, Time should watch its back.

Chad
11 years ago

Wade, the phrase “Litigate or Die” has a better sound to it.

jim
jim
11 years ago

All kidding aside this wou;dnt be the first time specialized went after someone for calling their bike Pave. Sycip was sent a cease and desist when they tried to name their bike Pave.

Eric
Eric
11 years ago

Joshua Murdoch: In anything i wrote do you see me saying i hate them for being big. Nope. I was just merely stating that their current trend seems to be, as chad put, litigate or die instead of “innovate or die”. Also, companies don’t win races, it’s the athletes themselves. And, I would believe Alberto Contador would be just as good a racer on a Time, as he would a Specialized

Jones
Jones
11 years ago
dgaddis
11 years ago

Dang. And here I was hoping to make the first pave/black/red/white/specialized/lawsuit joke.

FYI – word on the web (and Volagi’s FB page) is Specialized looks to be losing the case against Volagi. I haven’t found any official updates anywhere though.

Atgani
Atgani
11 years ago

Jones – I wouldn’t believe anything I’d read on bkrdr

The only thing credible on that site are the comments, as this shows perfectly

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/review-principia-rs-c24t-11-45265

At least Bikerumor actually USE the stuff they then write reviews on

(OK, I know there is the occasional press release published, but Bikerumor do acknowledge it when it is the case)

off-roadie
off-roadie
11 years ago

As a read the post, I thought to myself: “What about this is worth nearly 20 comments? I mean, it is a fine looking frame, but nothing to call home about”. Specialized hate! Should have guessed…

RED
RED
11 years ago

Anyone know where the Pave (or VRS Fluidity) are manufactured? France or…

Marcassin
Marcassin
11 years ago

@RED

Made and designed in France, like any Time’s product over the last decades. And for the record, unlike a certain S brand, Time doesn’t need the help of any subcontractor. It applies to a so-called french company with a L, at best it’s made in North Africa …

It’s a shame that Time can’t afford a partnership with a top pro tour team anymore. Am not saying that S frames are bad frames, because they are not. But let’s face it, if they could many pro riders will go back to a Time’s frame if they got the choice, like Tom Boonen for example …

Robin
Robin
11 years ago

@ Marcassin: Be sure to note that Look owns its factories in Tunisia. Time makes great bikes, but whether a bike is made in France, Tunisia, or elsewhere says absolutely nothing about its quality.

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