Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Vancouver, WA
Bikes: 07 Specialized Roubaix Elite
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I’ve been bitten by the upgrade bug…..Oh No!!
Just put a set of Neuvation R28’s on my Roubaix. Not sure exactly how much weight loss was attained, but I’m guessing about 1 pound. Of course I have to justify the purchase, so I headed for a hill I climb frequently. Its about 1.5 miles long and the grade averages about 7% with the steepest bits around 10%.
Nothing scientific, just watching the Flight Deck, my slowest speed was 1 mph faster than my slowest speed with the old wheels. The lowest gear I used was 1 cog higher than I used previously. In general, I just felt faster.
I read an article recently that tried to mathematically debunk the rotational mass argument. It made sense at the time, now I’m not so sure.
Now the question…is it the wheels or “placebo effect”? What’s been your experience?
I guess my purpose is served, regardless of how; I’m a little faster on the hills.