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Can SRAM Force really be 3.5 pounds lighter than Shimano Ultegra?

Old 01-18-15, 09:02 AM
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Can SRAM Force really be 3.5 pounds lighter than Shimano Ultegra?

I came across this blog by someone who has the 2014 version of my 2015 Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1. The frame, rims, wheels, etc are identical. The only difference is the 2014 has SRAM Force derailleurs, shifters, brakes, and rear cassette. The crank is the same on both bikes. His frame is a Large, mine is a Medium/Large so technically should be a little lighter already.

That said, the blog claims the 2014 weighs 17lbs stock. My 2015 stock weighs 20.5lbs. How can this be possible? No way SRAM Force vs Shimano Ultegra results in a 3.5lb difference. I looked up the individual component weights and came up with maybe 3/4 of a pound at best. I don't think I had info on the hydraulic shifters but still, no way they'd be so different to make up the over 2lb difference. Provided, the 17lbs may be without pedals whereas mine does, but that's only 3/4lb. If it is, our pedals are the exact same make and model. So again, somewhere there's still 2 to 2.75lb difference somewhere. He's also running tubeless whereas I am not. But that saves what, 20-30 grams at best?

What the heck am I missing or is it more likely the blogger is full of BS?

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Well, he didn't say it weighed 17 pounds. He said it was somewhere around 17 pounds. Big difference. He probably picked it up and said, "yep, that's around 17 or so pounds.". 17 is close to 20. I wouldn't read too much into it if I was you.
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Well, he didn't say it weighed 17 pounds. He said it was somewhere around 17 pounds. Big difference. He probably picked it up and said, "yep, that's around 17 or so pounds.". 17 is close to 20. I wouldn't read too much into it if I was you.
Or confused it with the Advanced 0 which officially is about 17 lbs and is Di2 and a single chain ring up front. I just wish official websites with online bike reviews would routinely weight the bike. It's like an unwritten rule they all conspire to be misleading or vague.
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Whatever the weight, you get Ultegra and he's stuck with SRAM.
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Problem solved, the blogger updated the weight to 19.2 which makes a lot more sense. A 1.5lb difference is easily SRAM vs Shimano and tubless tires.
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