I am not a luddite – I love technology and light parts
I have just got a new Time VXR on a team discount and am thrilled with it
My Lightweights are arriving in March via starbike
It should build up into a barely UCI legal, stiff, complaint, rocket !
This website is very informative – most of the parts mentioned are not available to look at and you have to order unseen -this website helps as people write in with actual comments
But my confidence has been shaken recently as my LBS has ordered in some very trick parts for a fellow WW
I have already mentioned the fact that I could bend the Schmolke bars merely by pressing inwards
This is far less stress than would be subject to in a crit !
Of course Stefan could make them stiffer – but also as heavy as the competition so why pay double??
There is no way I could do a long race on a AX saddle – the cramp I would suffer diminish muscle efficiency far more than 100g weight saving
I think Syntace stems look hideous in the flesh – unworthy of a 5k bike
I will not go into the tales of people breaking their Tune Concorde Saddles
Or very light seatposts which have dodgy clamps that limit adjustment
Light cranks thnat have bad Q factors or flex
The list goes on and on !
My point is that Record and DA may be heavier but they are backed by companies with millions of $ in R/D and have been tested/refined over years
Gandini if in your experience your ZGs helped you brake quicker and safer than Records then that is fantastic – the weight saving is just a bonus
They are therefore the best product for the job – not just the lightest
I trust LWs as they have been proven in the tour – too much other stuff is merely R/D work and we are unpaid guinea pigs
The motto – the best made as light as possible – is the way we should be going
We should demand more from the products we buy
Ps Sermon over - I may have had too much coffee today