Lightweight Fernwegs - actual weights

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maggierose
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by maggierose

Had a set of Fernwegs drop shipped today. They are gorgeous 1340 grams for the set 610 front 730 rear.

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by Geoff

Mmmmmm.

sedluk
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by sedluk

Mine weighed 1,310 grams with stickers.
1,300 grams without
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Sedluk,

Interesting tire choices. Care to expound on the combo?

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by TheRedMantra

Is that a speedvagen?

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by spandexboy817

Beautiful build on the S5. What brakes are those?

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by sedluk

Ax Lightness Ax3000 brakes.

I get a lot of crap about the Tubular Gatorskins

I have ridden a bunch of different tires and I understand when people claim to prefer the ride on a Veloflex or Vittoria or ect… I can appreciate that people think they ride a little more plush and supple, I agree. But I do not find the ride more comfortable as in they reduce fatigue or neck pain, at least not for me.

I happen to like the ride of the Gatorskin but it may just be that I find them a little more predictable on rough roads. More importantly I like the performance. I find them to be more sure footed.

I find them to be more flat resistant and they hold air. I have found that some of the latex tires can lose a significant amount of air in 6-8 hours. Now if you are going out for a 120 mile ride and stopping for drinks on a hot day, you can find that some latex tires can lose 20 psi.

I guess that I just do not put a high value on a plush and supple ride, almost no value at all. I want something predictable and something that I do not need to think about. I am usually out to ride hard and suffer.

Now some people have suggested that other tires are faster, now that is something I would be interested it. I have not found any scientific data that would show other tires to be measurably faster and I have not been able to tell the difference. If that were the case then you could make a tradeoff between flat resistance and faster. You get a flat and you are no longer in the lead group but you have a better chance of being in the lead group as long as you do not get a flat.

Was out on a group ride yesterday, probably had 70 riders show up. Here is a local blog:

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Had several guys getting flats, one was on a clincher and the tire came off his front wheel and he almost lost it. Another guy gets a flat on a latex tubular while climbing the best hill of the evening, he would normally be in the break but not last night. Last week had a guy drive an hour to the ride start and he gets a flat in the first 10 miles, that was a waste.

I am not out to sell them, it would be fine with me if I was the only one riding them.

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Maggiefern, not to knock what are undoubtedly a set of outstanding wheels, but they look a little on the "industrial" side, almost like a prototype.

The rims certainly do not look like they are a one-piece construction. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Or is it the lighting?
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sedluk
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by sedluk

My guess is that what they did was create a wheel that looks like a low profile version of their Gen III wheel where the spokes get bonded to the sides of the rim. Then they created a light carbon shell that is probably filled with super light filler. This of course is just a guess.

But if you look at the way the spoke enters the rim, it does not look like they hit at an angle that would allow for the rim/spoke bonding that they use on their other wheels.

The wheels come with a warning to not hang your bike from the wheels or strap them down with force on a rack. This would go along with my theory. That what you have is a wheel that is constructed much like a normal lightweight with a somewhat cosmetic aero shell. If that is the case I think it is a smart way to get a stiff wheel like we are accustom to that cuts through the air with less spoke hitting the wind.

I ended up taking my stickers off for an even more industrial look.

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by tharmor

Update the pictures of your cervelo sans stickers please

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