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    shedding fat dgasmd's Avatar
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    light and durable vs stupid light parts

    As I continue to ponder on what components to pick for my next ww bike, I realize most of the very light parts I want to use I've never had any experience with. So, I get to the question of:

    Do I want to get all these extremely light parts only for them to break up or not hold up to time? or, do I want to get parts that are very durable and proven but not the lightest?

    For example, I am considering the Ritchey WCS carbon seat post, fork, stem, and bars. Seem very light, but certainly no the lightest. Are they considered very durable and strong? Again, I have no experience with Ritchey stuff. I am also considering Zipp 303 or 404 tubulars, but have the same questions..

    Ultimately, this is for a daily rider that is very easy on equipment, does plenty of preventive maintenance, is right under 200Lb, does hardly any climbing, non-aggressive ridding style, and no racing whatsoever.

    Any suggestions??
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    If you're up near 200 lbs, durability is a very important factor, even if you are not an aggressive rider. I'd go with Thomson instead of Ritchey CF, especially for the seatpost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
    Ultimately, this is for a daily rider that is very easy on equipment, does plenty of preventive maintenance, is right under 200Lb, does hardly any climbing, non-aggressive ridding style, and no racing whatsoever.

    Any suggestions??
    Since this is the kind of riding you're going to be doing, I definitely wouldn't put on Zipps. Especially Zipp tubulars. They're definitely light and I've heard they're durable, but you can get very durable wheels for 1/5 the price. And tubular tires are a much more expensive proposition overall. Get clinchers.

    For the kind of riding you're planning to be doing, light weight shouldn't be an important consideration.
    Last edited by Sprocket Man; 08-15-07 at 04:17 PM.

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    If you want Ritchey, get the Pro Carbon fork, WCS carbon post, and aluminum everything else. With wheels, get the Fulcrum Racing 3's with good tires.

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