Anon requested a review of my bike, and an explanation of what components I use, etc.
I’m very proud of my bike so I’m happy to oblige. My bike is a 2012 Felt DA1 - at the time it was their top of the line TT bike. I bought a demo at the end of the season.
The big advantages to a high-end frame are lower weight, the ability to custom fit the cockpit and better carbon fiber for a more comfortable ride (and of course great aerodynamics). In the picture below you can see that I ride with a 7 year old Garmin Edge 705 and I use a Profile Design bottle for hydration.
Probably the best feature of this bike is the Shimano electric shifters. It’s awesome to just press a button and a moment later hear a quiet ‘click’ as the gear changes. And I can shift from the horns/brakes as well as the aerobars.
My component set (chain rings, crank arms, etc.) is Dura Ace. It took me a few years to find the right saddle, but now I’m hooked on my Adamo. If you aren’t in love with your saddle you should try this one.
Behind the saddle is an X-lab ‘wing’ and water bottle cages. They don’t eject and are easy to access. The wing also has a convenient place to screw in CO2 cartridges and hang a small tool bag. On race day I will rent a Zipp 404 for the front and a disc in the back.
I use Speedplay pedals because they’re easy to clip in/out. I swapped out the left crank for a Stages power meter. I used to have a Powertap, but the Powertap is built into the rear wheel hub. Using the Stages power meter allows me swap out for race wheels. In the picture below you can also see the Garmin speed/cadence sensor.
All the cables are run inside the frame; that’s a great feature but it makes it awkward to mount a bento box on the top tube for nutrition. So I use electrical tape to mount my gels - I prefer this setup because ripping the gel off the tube means it’s open and easy to eat. On race day I’ll have 7-8 gels taped on.
Considering I’m a very average age-group rider, this bike is definitely overkill. But I figured it’s much healthier (and cheaper) to cope with a mid-life crisis by buying a ridiculous bike than the cliche Porsche or Corvette. Anon mentioned that he/she was just thinking of getting started in biking/triathlon so I should mention that you can have a great time with a considerably less expensive bike. If you’re not sure you’re going to like the sport, consider buying a used TT bike. The person who bought my old bike definitely got a great deal.