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Frame Weight Revisited(4 posts)

Frame Weight RevisitedMikeC
Oct 30, 2001 5:23 AM
According to Bicycling, the Team bikes in this year's TdF weighed as follows:
Trek 5900 USPS Team Superlight: 16.1 lb (USPS); Frame: 3.7 lb
Pinarello Prince: 17.5 lb (Telekom); Frame: 3.7 lb
Specialized S-Works SL: 16.8 lb (Festina); Frame: 2.75 lb
Look KG 281: 18.1 lb (Kelme); Frame/fork: 4.12 lb
Eddy Merckx Team SC: 17.5 lb (Domo); Frame/fork: 2.9 lb
Colnago CT1: 17.5 lb (Rabobank); Frame: 3.3 lb

There are some obvious inconsistencies in the listings, such as some stating just frame, and others frame and fork weights. There's also no way that the USPS frame weighs 3.7lb without a fork. However, the range of all-in weights, from 18.1 lb to 16.1 lb shows that the pros pay more attention to sponsorship money and other factors than they do to bike weight.
re: Frame Weight RevisitedJohn-d
Oct 30, 2001 5:43 AM
Probably the team manager pays more attention to the sponsors, whereas the average pro in the peleton often ends up riding whatever he has been issued with.

With regard to the other factors, a bigger issue than weight is the energy sapping vibrations of a harsh ride and the lateral stiffness of the frame. Like for like, a stiff frame will out-sprint and out-climb a 2 lb. lighter frame that flexes.
re: Frame Weight Revisitedmb2
Oct 30, 2001 9:13 AM
I have never heard of a frame out-sprinting or out-climbing anything.
re: Frame Weight RevisitedLeisure
Oct 31, 2001 3:51 AM
Huh, me neither.

Though the scientific relevance of what we all know he really meant is noteworthy.