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Why is the weight of the Merckxx Team SC...(9 posts)

Why is the weight of the Merckxx Team SC...Ride-Fly
Aug 1, 2002 10:36 PM
about a good 1/2 lb heavier than the some of the other lightweight Al frames out there like the Fondriest Don Racer, Cinelli Starship, and C-Dale CAAD 7? It seems that the Scandium element would allow Merckxx to make a lighter frame than its competitors. I am seriously considering the Team SC for my next frame because I hear the ride is incredible, much like a steel feel for an aluminum frame. Thanks.
re: Why is the weight of the Merckxx Team SC...Rusty Coggs
Aug 2, 2002 4:31 AM
Maybe Merckx does not lie so much as the others?
re: Why is the weight of the Merckxx Team SC...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 2, 2002 4:52 AM
merckx is not stuck on weight. his bikes are widely known for being "overbuilt", and all-day rideable (is that a word?). you give up a little weight savings for a robust, reliable, comfortable ride. now i sound like a toyota commercial.
re: Why is the weight of the Merckxx Team SC...AFred
Aug 2, 2002 5:23 AM
Once you put your can on King Eddy's masterpiece, I guarantee that you will not be jealous of any Fondriest, Cinelli or Cannondale. They are all wonderful bikes, but they pale in comparison to Team SC in terms of ride quality.

I do not believe that the Easton tubeset on the Merckx is as thin as the that used in the new Fondriest and 'Dale. Also, the chainstays on the Merckx are wrapped in carbon fiber (I don't know what if anything, this does), and the fork is not the lightest available.

Believe me, the weight is not an issue. The Team SC is stiff and as comfortable as aluminum gets. Go for it!
Don't forget how wonderful the yummy Merckx geometry is. -nmTig
Aug 2, 2002 5:41 AM
No no no no no.Eager Beagle
Aug 2, 2002 5:49 AM
The Mercx is an astounding ride, far better than the others you mention.

Forget about the weight (though it's very light - I don't know the figures) - just ride one for a decent spin, and see how much faster you cover distance.
Why do they wrap the chainstay in carbon? It seems ridiculous.Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 2, 2002 8:14 AM
Is it just a chainstay protector?

Why do they wrap the chainstay in carbon? It seems ridiculous.cvento
Aug 2, 2002 11:12 AM
I beleive the intent is for the carbon to "stiffen" up the chainstays.
My Team SC weighs...alansutton
Aug 2, 2002 1:31 PM
4lbs for frame and fork, and that's a 45cm!