>Maybe I shouldn't confuse chasing light weight with chasing a bike that works better.
Ok, care to elaborate?
There are people (such as myself) who use sub-13lb bikes on ultra distance races.
They *must* be reliable, and they *are* light. They *must* give enough confidence to tackle an unknown descent in the dark, and they do.
So... what are you getting at?
Having ridden a Pinarello Dogma and other "high end" bikes that are by comparison heavy, I can honestly say that the difference in performance is not that
significant to frames that are lighter. Heck, the A2J Rolo is very light and has a higher lab-tested stiffness quality than Pinarello... and it's damn light! And
it doesn't look like it's there to be posed against a wall, it looks like it's meant to be ridden.
It's quite funny what we're finding, actually.
About a decade ago, there were curmudgeons saying "Carbon will spontaneously explode!!!!!!!!1!!!". Look where we are now.
About a decade ago, there were curmudgeons saying "A carbon bike will never be as light as a Ti bike!". Look where we are now.
About a decade ago, there were curmudgeons saying "A carbon bike always be unaffordable". Look where we are now ($600 gets you light & reliable)
Curmudgeons saying "A light bike isn't reliable". Utter bullsh*t.
Curmudgeons saying "A light frame isn't stiff". Again, bullsh*t.
Curmudgeons saying "A heavier bike always has better handling." I think the bull is running out of feces.
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