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Old 02-17-11, 07:51 PM   #1
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The beginning of the end?

So, i am not a weight weenie. But I am building up a CX bike for my wife (52cm redline conquest pro), and I want it to be light because she is not a very strong girl (couldn't lift her mtn bike). The parts bike that i got a smoking deal on came with some Tufo Prestige tubulars.

Anyhow, just for curiosity i got a harbor freight gram scale to compare my current Kenda Kwicks to other clinchers I was looking at for her. Those pigs came out to 500g a piece. I also found out that my tubular wheelset with the tufos was only 400g more than my bare Fulcrum racing 7's.

2560g for my tubular wheels (no cassette)
3420g Fulcrum Racing 7's with tubes and Kenda Kwick

That's like 2 lbs!!! just in the wheelset

Is this how weight weenies are born? It does make me consider another set of vintage tubulars... This is scary

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Old 02-18-11, 10:29 AM   #2
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Yeah, you're done. It's only a matter of time before you spend $400 on a pair of titanium pedals to save 40 grams.
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Old 02-18-11, 12:28 PM   #3
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There's nothing inherently wrong with wanting a good, light bike with strong, light wheels.

It's the never-ending obsessive-compulsive neediness (and nerdiness), on the other hand, that makes a true gram counter.
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Old 02-18-11, 01:46 PM   #4
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You're not a real weight weenie until you sand down a new set of brake pads to half of their usable thickness. LOL
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Old 02-18-11, 03:56 PM   #5
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In Racing, Tubulars can be run lower PSI than Wire bead tires, because there is no sharp edge
on the rim you glue your tires to..

try some Hand Made Dugast tubulars, that's the tire the Pros team managers buy for their stars.

Or are you running this as a street bike?
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I have street tires for street riding/training. Our cross bikes are used for gravel rides, camping, racing (we both have road bikes too).

I am currently looking at a set of Sun Vista Tubulars, in 28h. The store on Ebay states they recommend them for people under 250, i asked him to elaborate even for cyclocross? He stated that he was not concerned about them. I am assuming that they will be heavier rims than the GL330s. The set is 1800g, so it can't be too light/weak, but 28h still concerns me for some reason, even though i have been riding 28/24 clinchers for plenty of races/gravel rides
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I think you started on your way to weight weenie-dom the moment you put a bike part on a scale. Once you see those numbers start to go down, there is no stopping it.
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