It?s been some time in the making but Time has introduced a sportive specific bike in the form of the VRS Vibraser.
With much of the Time range made up of race worthy bikes the Vibraser stands on it?s own as a bike specifically built for comfort over long distances.
As with many of Time?s offerings the bike comes with an integrated seatpost and is sold as part of a ?module? including forks, headset, stem and bottle cage or as a fully built bike. Our test machine was built up with Campagnolo?s 11speed Chorus groupset and was the first time we?d had the chance to use the ?basic? 11speed option. As for the wheels we used a set of Campagnolo Shamal 2-way fit?s with tubeless tyres.
Out on the road the lack of shock passed onto the rider is quickly noticeable, of course you still feel what you?re riding over but the shocks are significantly dulled, which is very impressive. In fact once or twice on the first couple of rides I found myself checking to see if the tyre had a flat such was the shock absorbency ?astounding.
Damping aside the Vibraser is typical of Time?s quality ride, it?s fast, nimble and responsive. What was less typical was it?s slightly ?loose? and wayward nature when hitting bumps at high speed. The rear end didn?t track quite as directly as the front, something that can be put down to the additional flexibility in the seatstays.
If out and out comfort is what you?re looking for then the Time VRS Vibraser is class leading but it does seem like it?s slightly compromised the stability to achieve this.
MODEL: VRS Vibraser
DISTRIBUTOR: Chicken Cycles www.chickncycles.co.uk
PRICE: £2649 module
WEIGHT: 7.9kg inc pedals (complete bike)
FRAME: Time VX carbon HR + Vibraser max tubes
FORK: Time pilot carbon
SIZE RANGE: XS – XL
GROUPSET: Campagnolo Chorus 11spd
SIZE TESTED: XL