What difference weight means on a climb

What difference weight means on a climb

by Zen Marketing Inc., July 30, 2015
Have you ever wondered what difference weight means on a climb? Cycling purists seem infatuated with weight reduction ($90 carbon fiber bottle cage, anyone?) in their zeal to produce the best performance.

New advances in bike technology, like the Lapierre Aircode (the model that Team FDJ.fr races on) or the Pulsium Ultimate, produce lighter frames that are structurally stronger and often more comfortable. You may recall our feature on the Pulsium and its all-new SAT (Shock Absorption Technology), one of the most significant innovations of this year. It’s an amazing frame and available in several different build-outs and price points.

Pulsium 700, available at Pete's Bike & Fitness Shoppe

Pulsium 700, available at Pete’s Bike & Fitness Shoppe

But how much difference does weight really mean? Well, our friends at the Global Cycling Network took this to task in the following video. Okay, perhaps it isn’t the most scientific modeling, and it was done on a 7 degree gradient over 5 miles, in higher altitude, but it does give the serious and recreational riders some good points to consider.

Oh, by the way, here is how the bikes compare in U.S. weight measurements:

Bike #1
15.26 lbs as a base
16.75 lbs with a full water bottle
21 lbs with a 4.4 lb ballast, to make the bike heavier in the test

Bike #2
17.04 lbs as a base
17.4 lbs with a full water bottle
21.6 lbs with a ballast, to make the bike heavier in the test

So how would 4 pounds of additional weight affect your climbing?


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