I have a 2011 Roubaix SL3 Expert (double—approx 19lbs) that seems harder to pedal than my 2005 Aluminum Allez sport (triple—approx 22lbs).
The Allez in big chain ring (52T) / 5th gear (15T) is easier and faster than the Roubaix 50T / 5th (17T) to get up to 15-18mph.
I bought the Roubaix used with only 50 miles on it (according to the seller) and I have no reason to doubt there were no more than 100 miles on it. The bike is brand new. I've put 480 miles on it in 6 weeks.
However, my question is: would the bearing grease in the crank stiffen up all that much from sitting in a garage for 2 years?
Do I need to pull the crank and re-grease it? Nasty job.
I did a quick test by lifting the rear wheel and reverse spinning the pedals. The Allez spun around 2 turns, the Roubaix only one. Dunno if this is an accurate test in that the Roubaix is a whole lot newer.
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