For a newbie Cat 5 racer?
My bike, without bottles, weighs right at 19lbs. It's a Fuji carbon and is my first "real" race bike.
I've been looking, though, at new frames and or bikes and components. Just toying with the ideas of what I would do if I won the lotto. Haha
My question is, how important is it to shave weight from a bike? If I upgraded my choice in bike slightly I would be in the 18lb range. Better components and wheels could shave maybe another 2lbs. So would a 3lb weight reduction be that much of a difference for a 160-165lbs cyclist? Is there that much of a difference between a 15lb rig and an 18lb rig?
I know riders who have "middle of the Cat 5 pack" skill levels who are spending $2000 on lighter SRAM Red grouppos and sub 1300g wheelsets and I'm honestly just wondering if they're seeing any real benefit from it. So are weight savings worth the cost and how much weight would be enough shaved to make a real difference in your avg mph? Thoughts?