Any setup that allows a more forward saddle position might help with setup. It depends on your current setup and limitations you are finding, but the typical TT bike has a very forward saddle in conjunction with a long and low front end. This is aimed at body position with aero as the focus.
So the “good” news is that with a CAAD12, you have a round seatpost, which means you can use a Redshift Dual Position Seatpost, which will allow you to move your saddle further forward for TT’s and then back again for road use.
You could then also get an adjustable angle stem, which would allow you to get lower in the front once you shift your saddle forward.
I’d also recommend a snub-nosed saddle such as the Specialized Power saddle, which will allow you to rotate your hips and assume a lower position. The good news is that it is also awesome for road use.
With a little thought, you can get a really good position on a road bike for TT’s, but there will be trade-offs. Handling will be a little twitchier and you’ll probably have a longer-than-desired stem for TT’s (see previous point about twitchiness). But you can definitely make it work…back in the day, I used a Cervelo S2 road frame for my tri bike for a few years. Even set it up with a TT base bar using inline cable adjusters to facilitate quick swap between uses. I’d put this position up against almost anyone’s on a dedicated TT bike.
That is a very possible and practical. Just takes some effort up front to get the associated parts and then determine the TT setup adjustments. Once you have that, the post/saddle swap and extension install can be very quick.
Makes perfect sense to me and can be done well, even with the RedShift post. I have one of those and love it, but if you are just doing an A/B swap between modes, a simple post is perfectly fine.
C’dale seemed intent on mounting those noodles for quite some time (might still be on some very recent and current models too, IIRC). I suspect it was part weight weenie, but maybe more about “adding compliance” to their reputably stiff frames
I do TT’s on a road bike. Not at the pointy end of winning races so competitiveness is vs my previous times as opposed to racing others…appreciate that doesn’t answer the question but they are still enjoyable and pursuit of a perfect aero TT bike can end up like the arms race
Defo! That’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years.
However thanks to TR my Ftp increases over the past year. Should put me fairly competitively into the top half of local TTs I would hope.
Also I missed out on the club awards this past year by a closable margin.
This was then reinforced by switching to clip on bars shaving a min and 15s off my pb on a course with quite a big hill.
So don’t want to/ cannot afford to go full arms race but you know like a limited arms race?