22 January 2010 - 7:22One 9 – Ridiculite Revisited
My third One 9, yes third. How amazing is it that we live in a society where we can obtain and replace things so easily…
Seeing as how I already had a “fun” singlespeed, I thought I might try a “serious” one. One that pulled no punches. The whole concept of this bike was for it to be as light as possible, while still maintaining enough durability to hold up under my girth. Something I could “race to win” on, had I the fitness and stamina for such folly.
There really isn’t much on there that is suspect, and there isn’t much on there I wouldn’t or don’t already use on any given bike.
A perfect storm of lightness if you will. The result was a pretty stunning sub 18lb bike.
And yet I didn’t like it. It wasn’t Red 5 or even Red 5.1, in fact, it wasn’t even anything I wanted to ride. I got rid of it almost as soon as I built it. I had a handful of serious rides on it, and felt that it was just too light for me. It’s a preference thing, I like light, but I don’t have to have the lightest anything.
The real problem was that I didn’t actually build it the way I wanted. It’s not as dumb as it sounds, despite the fact that I selected every single part on that thing. Everything was a compromise on this bike. I wanted the Atomic Blue frame, but went with Raw as it was something like 30g lighter (apparently blue paint is heavy). I wanted a suspension fork but went rigid for the weight savings. I wanted Avid brakes but chose the lighter Formulas. I wanted I9s, but the Kings were 10g lighter, and so on and so forth.
Was this a case of Strike 3, I’m out?