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Old 09-01-15, 07:48 PM
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What is the ONE change you would make so your hybrid rode faster?

I would change out the dual sport type tires to a slightly narrower but smoother road tire.
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Doesn't necessarily have to be narrower. I've heard that some testing has shown not much difference, and depending on road surface, wider may be faster.

I'd drop 10lbs of the mid section, if I could afford it, that would certainly make uphills faster
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A lightweight, high-performance engine

Also, riding and handling skills.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
I would change out the dual sport type tires to a slightly narrower but smoother road tire.
The best quality of asphalt friendly tyre.

Doesn't need to be super skinny, just made from high quality compounds.
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Old 09-01-15, 08:39 PM
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wheels. I actually kept the stock tires but changed the wheels.
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As BigL mentioned wheels are the best upgrade. Most hybrids come with heavy wheels so adding some lightweight wheels would make a huge difference. Unfortunately, light also usually equates to expensive and I think the majority of hybrid riders are not looking to spend $600+ on a lighter set of wheels.
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Old 09-01-15, 08:57 PM
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definitely lightweight wheels, something in the 1500 gram range with specialized S-Works Turbo tires. should shave around 900 grams total.
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I hardly notice any speed loss going from 28mm Spec Turbo Pro tires in the rear to a 32mm Gatorskin. More comfortable by a enjoyable margin.

I like light wheels like anyone else but the cost is sometimes more than the hybrid bike itself.
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Old 09-01-15, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by BigL_RIP View Post
wheels. I actually kept the stock tires but changed the wheels.
What kind of bike?
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Old 09-01-15, 09:24 PM
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Specialized Sirrus. I changed lots of other stuff too --virtually everything-- but if asked to make only one, it'd be the wheels.
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Old 09-01-15, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Monstermash View Post
As BigL mentioned wheels are the best upgrade. Most hybrids come with heavy wheels so adding some lightweight wheels would make a huge difference. Unfortunately, light also usually equates to expensive and I think the majority of hybrid riders are not looking to spend $600+ on a lighter set of wheels.
Which wheels would you suggest? Is there a benefit of swapping out the wheels on a 7.4 FX?
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Old 09-01-15, 09:31 PM
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Most decent wheels which make it worth the effort run 800-1500 dollars, which is not going to happen for this rider.

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Originally Posted by BigL_RIP View Post
Specialized Sirrus. I changed lots of other stuff too --virtually everything-- but if asked to make only one, it'd be the wheels.
Not to break the rules of the thread, but what else did you change ...if you don't mind?
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Old 09-01-15, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Not to break the rules of the thread, but what else did you change ...if you don't mind?
here you go: https://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bic...ts-o-mods.html
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Old 09-01-15, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by BigL_RIP View Post
Wow! I don't think I even want to know how much you have in it...
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Old 09-01-15, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
I would change out the dual sport type tires to a slightly narrower but smoother road tire.
I dropped the tire size on my '02 Jamis from 38 (80 psi off road tires) to 32 (100 psi tires nearly slick tires) and it made a nice improvement in the speed of the bike.
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Originally Posted by BigL_RIP View Post
I liked my older frame style better.

https://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bic...rbon-disc.html
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Originally Posted by Monstermash View Post
I liked my older frame style better.
that makes one of us!
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Originally Posted by BigL_RIP View Post
that makes one of us!
Lol! That's why we're all different dude! We all like what we like. Your bike is awesome, I just liked the older frame style a little better. Although I do wish it would have accommodated a larger tire. I would have kept it.

Just curious, what does your's weigh with all the mods?
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Old 09-01-15, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Monstermash View Post
Lol! That's why we're all different dude! We all like what we like. Your bike is awesome, I just liked the older frame style a little better. Although I do wish it would have accommodated a larger tire. I would have kept it.

Just curious, what does your's weigh with all the mods?
Haha, was just a joke man, in response to yours. Your bike certainly was beautiful as well. I weighed it, quick and crude, and it registered about 19.25 pounds.
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Old 09-01-15, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 2702 View Post
Most decent wheels which make it worth the effort run 800-1500 dollars.
That is not entirely correct. If you plan on buying a new set, then yes that's about what a really good set of wheels would set you back. However, if you spend some time on ebay there are lots of great deals on pre-owned wheels in great shape.


Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
Which wheels would you suggest? Is there a benefit of swapping out the wheels on a 7.4 FX?
Yes, there would be a huge benefit. I would try and source some used Mavic Ksyrium SL, SLR's or something similar. If you're patient you can find a good set on your local craig's list or on ebay for around $300-400.
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Originally Posted by BigL_RIP View Post
Haha, was just a joke man, in response to yours. Your bike certainly was beautiful as well. I weighed it, quick and crude, and it registered about 19.25 pounds.
I know Bro! We're all good! As I said, your bike is awesome! But too heavy! Mine weighed 17 lbs 3 oz complete with water bottle cage and Garmin.
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Old 09-01-15, 10:52 PM
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LOL. Mine was weighed with cage also. Yeah, I'd imagine a repurposed Roubaix frame would be lighter. Had I dropped a chainring/FD and gone to lighter tires, I could've shaved some more. Still a decent disparity; has to be the frame.
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Stronger legs.
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I'd speculate wheels > tires > crankset. Anything that you have to use energy to spin so that you move forward. In automobiles, it's called "unsprung weight" and it's a performance killer.
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