I am a proud owner of a Tarmac 2009 SL2 S Works - my first road bike!
The bike is currently assembled like this:
Frame & Fork Spacy Tarmac SL2 S-Works Quickstep Size 54
Stem: Bontrager 105mm but Rotor 110mm arriving
Bar: FSA Alu 42cm (>320gr) but currently looking for a ZIPP or FSA or Easton.
Sram Red Group
CNC Ultralight brakes
Seatpost: 27.2 carbon specialized
Ultegra Cassete 12-25
Pedals: Look Keo
Wheels: DT Swiss R1700 clincher (1700gr)
total Weight 7.0kg
My rider profile:
100K-150K a week, I don't race.
In my rides (avg 60l - 80k) I do around 700m climbing in average.
I am now wondering the following: is it better to get some nice carbon tubular (50mm) of around 800€ or change this frame for a SL3 or even SL4 (bb30, lighter and much probably more expensive the the difference of 800€).
what do you think? Opinions welcome.
Cielo by Chris King Cross Racer
- in the industry
- Posts: 3553
- Joined: Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 pm
- Location: Glermsford, Suffolk U.K
And if you just wanted to shave weight with a wheelset, there are very cheap (BHS) options to fill this need. You could easily build a 1400-1500g wheelset for $300.
Though honestly, that is a great bike, and my first response would be wheelset.
notsoswift wrote:Absolutely the wheels for this rig, you should save a good amount without any compromises well within your price.
You are addressing the other big weaknesses, being the bars and stem.
What do you weigh?
thank you for your opinion.
stem is not that heavy, this is already the today arrived rotor 110mm (112gr -> it actually should have been 106gr but probably my scale is not working well).
bar: i am looking for a good opportunity at any time.Zipp contour is the dream but, again, out of budget. maybe FSA, Easton SLX3 or 3T.
I am actually plan to change the setapost for the new s works seatpost, not to save weight but because is so much nicer.
my weight is 77kg
Lou, as you say the wheels are not bad, but I would still look at those because they are going to make the biggest difference to the bike short of a very significant investment (ie Frame)
Some options on the table: ffwd f4r and veltec wheels
Both carbon, both tubular, both sub1300gr.
My question is, ffwd are 38mm and on the veltec incan make a combo of38 and 50 or just 50/50 or 38/38 if i want.
Taking in consideration that the area where i ride is sometime windy, would u advice for me to go38/38 or try 38/50?
Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
I'd say a new set of wheels could save you 300grams and still have Al rims (more than a frame upgrade) and you can pick good hubs, rims and spokes to your own taste for that price.
I wouldn't go BHS hubs -get some local manf'd hubs- but the BHS wide rim is pretty good and should be stiff enough to allow you to use less spokes.
- Similar Topics
- Last post
- 10 Replies
- 943 Views
Last post by AJS914
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:10 pm
- 16 Replies
- 2483 Views
Last post by sooni
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:03 pm
- 25 Replies
- 1309 Views
Last post by c60rider
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:45 pm
- 2 Replies
- 304 Views
Last post by alcatraz
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:51 am
- 10 Replies
- 802 Views
Last post by Leviathan
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:23 am