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1790 gm to 1455 gm wheelset, big difference ?(5 posts)

1790 gm to 1455 gm wheelset, big difference ?noupi
Sep 4, 2003 5:34 PM
Riding on Ultegra 6500 wheels and looking at Speed dream
wheels.
340 gm less . would it make climbing much easier ?
Thanks,
re: 1795 gm to 1455 gm wheelset, big difference ?noupi
Sep 4, 2003 5:35 PM
1795 gm
Not that big a difference.Synchronicity
Sep 4, 2003 7:34 PM
Listen I went from, like, probably a 2000g wheelset (ultegra hubs, normal SS front spokes + DB rear spokes + "deepish" gipiemme/sun rims) to a ZIP 303 650c tubular 1050gram wheelset in one hit.

It took me a while to notice the difference. At first, it's not the difference you expect. At least not for the $$. Maybe I was stupid. Keep in mind though these wheels were on a completely different bike, so it took time to get used to the feel of that new bike. There were too many variables at first.

You only REALLY notice it when you go BACK to the normal wheels. Then you realise they are sluggish, where before they were just "normal".

Then when you go back **a second time** to the superlight wheels, it's like ZIP says: "Like you've been working out. Or if you HAVE been working out, then like you've been good at it!"
You can spin them up very quickly. A few pedal strokes is all that's needed & you're off. It's as if you are more efficient (because, surprise: you are!).

HOWEVER, I think the difference is exaggerated a lot in magazines. I mean this is an extreme example, knocking off almost a kilo from a wheelset. My very first impressions were of slight dissappointment. I mean you still have to pedal the thing. Don't think it will make up for not training. Not even for a second.

As for the difference of 350 gram in your case, I think you would notice it, if you've been riding a while & got used to the feel of your current wheels, that is. I think it would take a while (a few rides on each) to quantify it. It's like anything else.....
Do you /really/ notice a profound difference of a slightly lighter seatpost/handlebars/etc? It's subtle.

Just remember this:
Like the famous cyclist that was asked the question (directly after he won a major race), whether there any special advice that he could give to other cyclist who wanted to be as good as him...........something like that.............

He replied: "you must first do three things....." (They all leaned in closer, listened intently) "Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike."
re: 1790 gm to 1455 gm wheelset, big difference ?mackgoo
Sep 5, 2003 3:48 AM
Basically 2.2 Lb's per Kilo, you do the math.
re: 1790 gm to 1455 gm wheelset, big difference ?palewin
Sep 8, 2003 11:44 AM
I think the "problem" with your question is the "much easier." Many of us have training wheels (in my case Open Pros w/ Ultrega hubs, something like 1800 grams) and racing wheels (for me AmClassic 350s, around 1400 grams). Yes, the lighter wheels feel quicker to accelerate in crits and faster to climb. I noticed the other day when I used my race wheels on a training ride (something I virtually never do, but I had the rear hub bearings replaced and obviously wanted to try them out with fewer consequences than a mid-race problem) that I was almost always in one gear higher (i.e. smaller rear cog) than normal, for the same perceived effort. So, at least for me, yes, lighter wheels do make a difference, the only question is how big that difference feels to you.