13 February 2009 - 20:06More Weight Issues
I swear I have some sort of a problem. I wouldn’t classify myself as a weight weenie, I weigh too much to really get crazy with this, but I am beginning to find ways around this.
So, there is an upcoming wheel build for my race bike. I’ve been slowly gathering components for it over the winter. This wheelset will essentially be a prototype “Ridiculite” build, something I’ve played with in the past with varied success. I figure if I can make it work for me, then it will work for just about anybody. Then, and only then, will I offer it as a Bike 29 Wheelset.
So, let’s say that 8 DT Competition double butted spokes weigh 52g.
This is what I typically use to build my wheels with. A wheelsets’ worth of these will weigh 416g.
Now 8 DT Aerolite spokes weigh 39g.
That’s 312g for a wheelset. A 100g difference. And once again folks, this is rotational weight. 100g in the wheels is pretty significant. By my flawed logic of 1=4, the bike will “pedal” almost a pound lighter. Let’s just hope that they are as durable as the Comps….
I also managed to get my mitts on one of these.
Not because it’s 4g lighter than a King (but I did check) but because it’s purple. King has opted to not make any purple components at this time, and sadly, vanity has gotten the better of me.
It is time for purple anodized parts to be cool again!