Even more than other bikers, triathletes and TT pilots strive for the fastest way between starting and finishing line. These endurance athletes pursue only one objective: Cycling faster than their competitors while redefining their own minimum time again and again. No matter if short or 70.3 distances, if Ironman, Single or Team TT: These bike disciplines represent a no-compromise pursuit of performance – why should the corresponding equipment be different?
Juergen Falke – MERIDA’s Head of Design – is an ambitious triathlete by himself. Therefore, he is always searching new and revolutionary solutions to optimize his material. That’s why Juergen developed the TIME WARP: A competition bike incorporating a professional Triathlon model as well as a genuine TT machine. How is this possible? Thanks to the patent-pending MODULAR HEAD system, the TIME WARP offers individual adjustment of handlebar height and seating position. This means optimal adaption to different bike disciplines, varying distances and the raise of athlete performance level during the season. Of course, always with elegant visual appearance!
MISSION: AERO POSITION
Our MERIDA TIME WARP offers all important features required by a Triathlon bike and, respectively, a high-tech TT machine: Deep-section aero-rims and an aerodynamically optimized frame design are essential for all athletes on an ambitious velocity mission – and, of course, also for MERIDA! The same applies to ultra-lightweight carbon material consisting of high modulus (HM), ultra-high modulus (UHM) and intermediate (IM) fibres. But our TIME WARP performs a lot more high-end tasks than conventional representatives of this bike category: Thanks to the intelligent MODULAR HEAD system, our TIME WARP beats the pants off its competitors in terms of versatility!
With respect to air resistance, the actual athlete is always the biggest interference factor. Therefore, triathletes and TT pilots generally try to “duck” against the headwind as low as possible. However, this extreme aero position can be endured much better over short TT distances than until the end of 180 exhausting Ironman kilometres. Thanks to raising performance level, extreme aero positions also feel decidedly less stressful towards the end of the season than at the beginning in spring. In addition, it’s virtually logical that races with prohibited drafting require bikes with comparatively lower and therefore more uncomfortable front ends. Conventional solution: The position of the (per se low-mounted) handlebar is raised by spacer towers – not only questionable in terms of visual appearance, but primarily with respect to steering stability due to the long “leverage” affecting head tube stiffness. Especially during downhill sections, this means a real safety risk!
SOLUTION: MODULAR HEAD
The MODULAR HEAD represents an intelligent MERIDA solution being not only visually attractive, but also extremely safe: 20 mm and, respectively, 40 mm system attachments allow effective three-step extension (0, +20, +40 mm) of head tube length – but without any spacers! The head tube’s upper bearing cup rises in correspondence with the respective extension while the module utilization even enhances head tube stiffness. Therefore, our TIME WARP offers a perfect position for each individual athlete – in any discipline, on any track, at any time!
Analogously to a desired handlebar position, the seat tube angle can be varied between 75° and 79°. This complements the MODULAR HEAD in form of a perfectly closed system.
For all those wanting it all: MERIDA TIME WARP 2011 – our ultimate weapon in the struggle against time!
MODULAR HEAD: Thanks to three-step adjustment (0–20- 40 mm), the head tube can be extended effectively via different modules. Advantage: Depending on distance, bike discipline and performance development during the season, the athlete is able to vary her/his individual posture position – but without unattractive and stability-affecting spacer towers!
Aero-shaped carbon frame, full internal cable routing, with deep-section rims, aero-chainrings and a rear brake hiding underneath the BB area: TIME WARP construction and configuration are completely optimized towards their most aerodynamic and power-effective functions.