After riding my room mate's old model Raleigh rode bike along side my other room mate's crummy child size Magna Mountain Bike, and my room mate riding my new Raleigh Comfort bike, I can clearly see there is a big different in performance one can get from each bike.
When I rode alongside my room mates, I could easily see that each pedal stroke I was making was with way less effort, and was still propelling me faster than them! I obviously had it way easier than them. They struggled while I cruised past them, left them in the dust, maintained my pace, and discharged much less effort than them.
The question I now have is, just what is it specifically that makes the rode bike I was ridding, work better than the hybrid bike my room mate was riding?
I remember riding that Raleigh hybrid behind a guy on a surly LHT or Cross Check and two other guys on their Trek road bikes, and although I could catch up to them, I could not maintain their pace. I had to work way harder than they were.
Why does this happen? What about the bike, over all, makes it function better so that you can go faster with less effort, and maintain that pace with less effort?
I ask aside from something as obvious as width of tires, weight, and aerodynamics.
If anyone could be so kind to share their thoughts and point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it.