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Overall Good bike weight(13 posts)

Overall Good bike weightStangt
Jun 4, 2001 11:30 PM
I have been looking for this answer all over but cannot find the answer but component individual weights. What is a good light bike weight these days? As I was a training nut in the late 80's. I cannot believe all the advancement in parts. Still looking for my shifters on the down tube. Ya it's been awhile. I have just ordered a frame with chorus and Nucleons. Campy only for me...Hope this is an appropriate question here as you all seem very intouch. Thanks in advance for any responses.
re: Overall Good bike weightSteveD
Jun 4, 2001 11:34 PM
What kind of frame did you order and weight.
re: Overall Good bike weightStangt
Jun 4, 2001 11:37 PM
Marinoni, carbon wishbone, and fork, both columbus carve. 1400g.
re: Overall Good bike weightvram
Jun 5, 2001 1:54 AM
Anything between 20lb-19lbs is good. Anything between 18lbs-17lbs is great. Anything below 16lbs is dangerous.

Frame material matters a great deal. I would say any steel bike below 20lbs is outstanding considering the ride quality and minimal weight penalty.
I ride a 15 lb C'Dalebiknben
Jun 5, 2001 7:31 AM
Even I am supprised how light it is. It's got full DA, Zipp tubular wheels, and a slew of lightweight parts (Bars, saddle, post, stem, etc.)

I wouldn't consider any weight to be DANGEROUS. If you're using the parts properly, applying correct torques and not being abusive, I see no reason to doubt their safety. That being said, I did replace all the Ti bolts on my Deda Newton stem. One of the bolts stripped so I replaced them all with longer steel bolts. A stem failure is too catastrophic to risk IMHO.
dangerous? b.s.freespirit
Jun 5, 2001 8:07 AM
I've put tens of thousands of miles on sub 16 bikes. No bike related safety issues whatsoever. To say that a sub 16 pound bike is dangerous is a completely arbitrary and unjustified statement. Anything to back that up?

On the other hand, I would bet that any 22 pound badly maintained badly ridden bike really is dangerous.

The only thing dangerous about a bike is the rider and the mechanic (frequently the same person). Maintain a bike well, ride it well, and just hope you don't get hit by a truck.

I've seen it stated several places:

Cheap -- Durable -- Lightweight: Pick two
dangerous? b.s.Steve A
Jun 5, 2001 8:52 AM
Well said, I ride a 15lb bike for over a year and it does not get any better, it's about the build
dangerous? b.s.vram
Jun 5, 2001 10:53 AM
How about a 190-210 lbs rider on a 15lbs bike--would you recommend that?

That kind of weight saving sometimes comes with a cost--and that cost is often durability along with a hole in the pocket.
just make sure....Hank
Jun 5, 2001 11:18 AM
to check your light weight bar/stem/fork frequently. I think some manufacturers (and cyclists) are pushing the envelope a bit there... I like my "heavy" Cinelli 66 42s.
$1285 - 18lbs.Groucho Marx
Jun 5, 2001 2:13 PM
giant tcr1 (2000) for $1285 is very close to 18 lbs. I think thats not bad for the price.
$1285 - 18lbs.AD14
Jun 5, 2001 2:29 PM
Where can I obtain one for 1285?
re: Pro Cycling magazine reviewsSkip
Jun 5, 2001 12:21 AM
Read them at Borders.
Get the deal--$9.95 for three months!!vram
Jun 5, 2001 1:36 AM
Cyclesport has trial 3 month subscription for new subscribers for $9.95. I think that's a great deal for one of the best bike mags around. Also, the timing couldn't be better with coverage of the Giro and the Tour around the corner.