Time RX Instinct review

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Time RX Instinct
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Focusing on individual areas, the BB30 bottom bracket and carbon crank combo feels stiff, as does the fork and head tube, so we can only deduce that something in-between is letting the side down a tad. It's only cost the RX Instinct one point in terms of its overall score, so not the end of the world, but at this price you expect a frame to be greater than the sum of its parts, and the RX isn't.

Reasons to buy
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    High quality frame finish

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    Athena groupset functions well

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    Component selection

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Frame lacks punchy feel

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At a time when many manufacturers have looked to the Far East for production, Time continues to make all its own carbon tubes from scratch in-house, maintaining total control over how each frame rides.

The RX Instinct sits roughly middle of the range, which might surprise you given its price tag, but let's not forget, Time's RXR VIP costs nearly £7.5K, so it's a premium producer. The Campagnolo Athena groupset is well matched, also being mid-range, but the shifting and braking performance surpassed expectations.

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