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Light weight bike for light weight rider ?(11 posts)

Light weight bike for light weight rider ?kai-ming
Oct 6, 2002 2:58 AM
I am 5'7", 130 lbs, long torso short legs in proportion. Would a light weight bike and longer top tube fit best , for example Giant TCR composite? Any other suggestions?
re: Light weight bike for light weight rider ?weiwentg
Oct 6, 2002 4:05 AM
if you have a long torso, you could indeed get a bike with a long TT. how long a TCR's TT is relative to you depends on your height. at 5'3", the small TCR has a long TT. if you were 5'6" with a long torso, the TT on the small TCR might not be so long. having said that, most American frames have longer TTs.
as for light weight, it's your choice, but it has nothing to do with fit. given that it's not about the bike, you don't HAVE to get something stupid light. you can, of course, if you want to. but if you're not racing, get something a little heavier. a small, high quality steel frame will be not much more than 3.5lbs. that's certainly acceptable. a titanium frame would probably be around 3 lbs. both would last for quite a long time.
of course, if you do race and you have the means, you could simply pull all the stops out. this frame uses Deda's U2 tubing (U2 for under 2 lbs) and carbon stays:

I know Ciocc makes something like that, too. very tempting.
re: Light weight bike for light weight rider ?legs
Oct 6, 2002 7:36 AM
Merlin Magia.. its the new version of the xl compact.. a campy'd out xl compact in medium weights just a hair under 16.5 lbs.. the magia with t he same gear would weigh about 15.75 (and that's with no lightweight stuff on it). with carbon cranks and a light stem and wheels you can get that down to fifteen easy.
real weight vs. theoretical weightfiltersweep
Oct 6, 2002 7:54 AM
Where do people come up with these weights? I took my exact bike specs- for EXACTLY what is on my bike and compared it to wrench science... according to that site, my bike should weigh exactly 16.53 lbs. I'll bet anything I'm at least a pound more than that. Frankly I don't really care, since the ride is incredible... but the issue of "weight creep" is somewhat fascinating- as is "real weight" vs. "theoretical weight"
real weight vs. theoretical weightlegs
Oct 6, 2002 10:20 AM
I never buy a bike based on wieght.. i weighed my rig long after ownership.. the weight is actual and its under 16.5.. so that weight i put for the xl compact is real and not theoretical.. and with bottle cages...
re: Light weight bike for light weight rider ? Giant composite03kai-ming
Oct 6, 2002 10:00 AM
Giant TCR composite 03 small seems long enough to me. If not, I can get a medium, standover height still OK. The frame alone weight just 2 pounds, isn't it ?
re: Light weight bike for light weight rider ? Giant composite03weiwentg
Oct 6, 2002 10:33 AM
well, if the TT is long enough for you, go for it. you don't want to get a medium with a 90mm stem if you can help it. and yes, the frame's claimed weight is about 950g (~2lbs).
re: Light weight bike for light weight rider ?kai-ming
Oct 6, 2002 3:26 PM
Heavier rider need a strong and solid frame, for example a Prince. Light weight rider proprably don't need that extra material for strength/solidity. Lighter frame is less solid in general. Don't you think?
yes and noweiwentg
Oct 6, 2002 4:14 PM
my racing bike is as light as I can make it without spending huge sums of money.
however, had I more money, I would get a reasonably light stage race bike made of steel or ti (a Lemond, 'Nago, custom ti, or maybe one of the new Klein Quantum Pros), plus a light, not too expensive, relatively disposable bike for crits and shorter races (a TCR, C'Dale, or if cost was no object one of those frames with Deda's U2 tubeset).
whether or not you need that extra material is entirely up to you. will you be competing in the crits and short RRs typical of a collegiate road season? get the TCR. will you be doing centuries, longer leisure rides, non-competitive rides? get something in steel or ti with more relaxed geometery.
my first road bike has a 105 triple and weighs around 20lbs loaded. I can't kick everyone's ass, but I hand out my fair share. in the end, it is not about the bike.
yes and nokai-ming
Oct 6, 2002 5:35 PM
I suppose using a long carbon seat post (i.e. Easton CT2 which I am using for my mtb) on a compact TCR frame could make long leisure ride comfortable?
I have no ideaweiwentg
Oct 7, 2002 2:25 AM
I have a ti post on mine. they SAY that CF or ti posts make the ride more comfortable, but I don't think it would be as comfortable as a ti or CF bike. as for me, I haven't noticed a huge difference. however, I have done a full century on my TCR, complete with SLR (aka iron butt) saddle. we took a bit less than 5 hours. I could feel my butt the next day...