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Is 3.5 lbs too heavy a frame?(7 posts)

Is 3.5 lbs too heavy a frame?Psychler
Dec 4, 2001 5:52 AM
Just bought a Ti frame....3.5 56cm thought it would be lighter, but now it is mine....any feedback on that type of frame weight, or am I just too neurotic? I weigh in at 142.
re: Is 3.5 lbs too heavy a frame?NRG Climber
Dec 4, 2001 6:12 AM
Wow, you'll never be able to push that heavy rock down the road! Kidding. Ti frames generally run between 3.0 and 3.5 pounds. You're cool, now get out there and enjoy it!
It dependsEric
Dec 4, 2001 9:27 AM
I just bought a Ti frame as well, which weighs right around 3 lbs in size 57. Last season, I raced on a scandium frame which weighed 2.5 lbs. I broke two frames (6', 170 lbs).

I am very willing to trade off the extra weight for the increased durability of a titanium frame. It is great to have a superlight bike, but not so great when it breaks mid-season.
Dec 4, 2001 3:51 PM
Depends what you want. There is generaly a trade off between light weight and durability. I have 3 bikes one is a light weight AL used pretty much for racing the other two are steel training bikes.

Thats pretty reasonable for Ti or steel. If you want a light bike you could go Record/Dura Ace with light wheels. If you part it out right you should be fine on total weight.
re: Is 3.5 lbs too heavy a frame?vitusdude
Dec 7, 2001 9:22 AM
No. You are giving up maybe one pound on the very lightest frames out there. And that ain't that much. Just enjoy your new ride.
re: Is 3.5 lbs too heavy a frame?Nessism
Dec 7, 2001 2:07 PM
I think that 3.5 lbs is a perfect weight for a Ti frame. Most (all?) of the light weight Ti frame are flexy. I would much rather have the added stiffness compared to saving a little weight.
re: heck noSteveS
Dec 7, 2001 9:49 PM
3.5 lbs for a ti frame is no problem at all. Heck, I toured in Britain in September on a steel frame that was at least 5 pounds or more and had a great time.

However, I do think 142 lbs. is too light for someone riding a 56cm frame. I will be happy to donate 10 to 20 lbs. so that you can get your strength up.