Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Blog NEW Galleries NEW FAQ Contact About
It is currently Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:41 am
Recently the board software has been updated and there are some known bugs/failures:
- Avatars are currently not being displayed ✔ FIXED
- Tapatalk connection is currently broken ✔ FIXED
- Avatars cannot be uploaded ✔ FIXED

Please note that we will soon do some changes in WW board template design in case to get a fully mobile/desktop responsiveness board!
If you find more errors please post it here: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=139062


All times are UTC+01:00





Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:31 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:58 am
Posts: 30
Some of you may have read my short term ride report on the 2013 BH Ultralight. My early impressions were it may be to much bike for me. This is due to the stiffness of its ride. The bike really is as advertised. A stiff pure bread race machine. While in the early days I was convinced I had bit off more than I could chew I have since found out differently. Mind you I needed to stick with it, make a few fit adjustments and put 25mm tires on her but now after 1,500 miles I know it belongs in the stable.

I'm a 55 year old rider. Weigh 152 pounds and 5'8.5" tall. The bike is a medium size. I'm just coming up on four years of riding in September and can honestly say this sport has changed my life. Not just the 60 pounds of weight loss but the lifestyle changes that cycling forces you to make are all worth while and then some. Enough about me. Back to the report.

The BH is of course, light. 747 grams for the frame and another 300 or so for the fork. I'm running Campagnolo SR11 with Ritchey WCS carbon seat-post and 100mm alloy stem. Easton EC90 aero bars in a 42. Specialized Romin Expert saddle, Look carbon blade pedals and Hed Jet 4 FR wheels with Continental GP4000S tires. Serfas cages and Lizard skin 2.5mm bar tape finishes off the ride. The bike weighs as pictured at 14.9 pounds. It's very stiff and responsive.

Notables are the bikes power transfer. What you give it is what you get. There is no flex in this bike. It climbs very well and holds speeds on the flats amazing. From a performance stand point this bike gets an A. It has made a huge difference in my ability to pull and keep up on the weekend group rides with the local bike shop. These guys are serious about their riding and it took me a little while to learn the ropes and get fit enough to stay with them. I credit much of that to this bike.

From a comfort stand point I give it a B. It's not uncomfortable but you do have to focus on getting out of the saddle a little more often and doing various stretches while riding. I wouldn't take this one on a century but that's what the Lynskey R230 is for :).

From a looks stand point I give it a B+. While I find it good to look at I would rather it had less white on it. I suppose there's a way to make the white BH logos black to get that stealth look but it's completely acceptable to the way it is.

Image

In summary the BH Ultralight is a no nonsense bike that will bring the best of you out on the road. The handling is crisp, it will take all you can give it and is acceptably comfortable. It's a great climber and descends on rails. I would think this bike would be a great asset to any racer, crit rider or serious weekend warrior.


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:13 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:19 am
Posts: 752
Location: Brisbane, Oz
The 2014 bike is all black with black decals.

If you used an alloy seatpost with setback (it doesn't look like you need it though), the any harshness in the ride would be reduced. I have the 2014 with a Thompsons post and find the ride fantastic.


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:12 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat May 26, 2012 11:26 pm
Posts: 673
I agree that setback would increase comfort, but that could throw off the seating position. Alloy is not more compliant than carbon as a rule.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/12/ ... t_267560/3

_________________
Evo 5.63kg SL3 6.66 viewtopic.php?f=10&t=110579" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:19 am
Posts: 752
Location: Brisbane, Oz
Interesting comparison.


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:56 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:29 am
Posts: 5492
Location: Athens, Greece
Although it is somehow boring in terms of design I am sure it deserved a much higher percentage in the market. A real ww and a nice riding frame.

_________________
My 6696gr Cipollini Bond
My 8618gr Colnago Master X-light


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:55 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:49 am
Posts: 1443
Location: Europe
Great writeup. I've been looking at the frameset for a while now, wondering about this bike's ride quality. It's a very enticing frame in terms of weight, design and finishing. It does seem a bit on the short (shorter TT) and high (longer HT) side for my liking, though nothing a lower and longer stem can't fix.

@petal666: I found my Thomson Masterpiece downright harsh. Good thing my Selle Italia SLR is so flexy. @NiFTY I agree about the seatpost, but in this case I believe a more forgiving saddle could help more.

As the OP suggests, this bike is probably better as a racing machine than a tourer.

A video I found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeCQ7SM7iT4

_________________
“I always find it amazing that a material can actually sell a product when it’s really the engineering that creates and dictates how well that material will behave or perform.” — Chuck Teixeira

RideWert.com
Wert Cycling on Facebook


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:46 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:58 am
Posts: 30
Thanks for the props on the write up. I was between this frame and the Cannondale EVO. Went with the BH on a recommendation and glad I did. Didn't hurt that I scored a large discount. It really is an amazing bike but it took some time for me to adjust to it :)


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:14 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:19 am
Posts: 752
Location: Brisbane, Oz
Here is a time lapse of me building mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpfo1NQyB-A


Top
   
PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:06 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:58 am
Posts: 30
That is very cool Petal. Enjoyed watching that and man do you work fast :)


Top
   
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. The CAAD12 Disc Thread (Ride report, pictures, BB30A)

[ Go to page: 1 2 ]

in Road

seanblurr

29

5823

Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:47 am

xeladragon View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Long Term powermeter reviews.

[ Go to page: 1 2 3 4 ]

in Road

ergott

56

4689

Thu May 26, 2016 2:22 pm

MikeyBE View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Help: Garmin Vector 2 long term reviews

[ Go to page: 1 2 ]

in Road

nemeseri

24

1682

Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:27 am

chanthony91 View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Enve 4.5 SES Long-Term Video Review

in Road

Cyclelogue

3

747

Sun May 15, 2016 9:45 pm

sd5500 View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Trek Emonda sl6 vs BH Ultralight RC?

in Road

jsteelfex

7

963

Thu May 12, 2016 6:37 pm

Denavelo View the latest post


All times are UTC+01:00


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: BRM, emorydptt, Fixie82, glam2deaf, HammerTime2, MSNbot Media and 24 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited