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Interesting (to me) ride comparison

Old 05-19-15, 04:21 PM
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Interesting (to me) ride comparison

I am the proud owner of a Domane 4.5 with 50mm Bontrager wheels. Great bike, really love it. My wife and I do bike vacations once or twice a year, so we decided to buy travel bikes with S & S couplers that break down and stow in an airline approved case. We bought Salsa Vayas, which are stainless steel bikes, and on the heavy side.

I switched out the wheels to some custom built Stan's Grails from November. Dropped 2 lbs right there, bikes now at 21.5 lbs. I took the new bike out for a ride yesterday, went for the usual loop I do, which is 20 miles with about 1500' of climbing. The hills are mostly rollers, with one fairly steep hill (11%) at the end.

The new bike has a triple, so I've now got a 52t cog on the front for the flats, compared to the 50 on the Domane. The bike was quiet and smooth, very solid feeling on the ride. Being heavier, it was faster down hills and on the flats due to the big ring. Didn't sprint, hold speed, or get up hills as well as the Domane, but to my surprise, at the end of the ride, I was about .5mph faster with the Salsa!

I guess the downhills and flats made up for the hillier sections. I still want my Domane for hillier rides, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the new bike as an everyday rider. I know it was only one ride so it's hard to make broad, sweeping generalizations, and if I get out out some more, the numbers may prove to be different, but i'm nevertheless surprised and pleased! It's a pleasure to ride this bike!
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