Did a ride on my old OCR3 today. It is not a bike I ride much as it is of a lower grade than my main rides and heavier.
Even heavier today as it was decked out with some posters on it and it was not excatly the safest bike to ride. But it was a flat course- just a few dips and rises and a pretty good road surface. I did not even put the "Go-Faster" wheels on the thing as it was going to be a slow ride. I even had time to have banter with a few of the onlookers as it was only a fun ride.
BUT- 13 miles in 38 minutes. For me that is fast. Normally takes me 10 minutes before I can push myself on any ride and any gradient will slow me down. I was not even going for it either as the bike was a bit unstable and took some controlling
I have heard it said before that once you get up to momemtum- then the weight of a bike or the wheels does not matter. Lightness only has an advantage on acceleration and once you get up to speed- "Extra" weight will assist you. Proved today that is right as my normal speed on a ride like this would normally be around 18mph.
Only thing is- I know which bike I like to ride and it is not this one as set up today.