the sad truth about weightweenies

Many years ago when people rode alu- and steelbikes weightweenies used to drill holes in parts to save weight. Always the easiest and cheapest way to save weight.

Then when modern carbon fibre frames and parts came weightweenies changed parts for carbon, tuning things like derailleurs with dremel and new carbon parts and alu screws. A rear derailleur at 130g and brands like Extralite, Tune, b-t-p, Carbon-Ti, Schmolke and THM Carbones was the thing. AX-Lightness and MCFK came and pushed it further with really light carbon parts and frames.

Then we came to now. When people buying a Tarmac, SuperSIX Evo, R5 or a Colnago C59/60 with Enve wheels, Sram Red groupset but with Clavicula crank and Praxis (!) chainrings. Enve stem, seatpost and bar, or 3T. It all results in a 6kg bike and they call them self Weightweenies. Without change of a single screw or even touched a dremel.

Team Sky talks about this:


What happened to that in cycling. Why are people on Weightweenies using heavy Praxis (I know they are good but anyway) chainrings when Extralite, Carbon-Ti or Tune is so much lighter? Why aren’t people putting a dremel in their Dura-Ace 9000 or Sram Red22 rear derailleur, or even changing pulleys? Why aren’t Extralite bigger and people using Tune U20 QR? Why are people talking about clinchers? Can people even spell to Schmolke?

brake shoes, many different options, but which one is best?

A bit over a year ago I wrote some about EE brake shoes, Corima and THM Carbones. Since that it happens a lot. Old post here: EE Brake pad holders, lightest?

And still. EE is light at 13g for a pair (95€ for a bike):

And THM Carbones is lighter with 9g for a pair (118€ for a bike):

But also very expensive. So is there more options. Cheap and light is KCNC with 12g and 47,8€:

b-t-p is always lightest with 12,5g including glued on brake pads, 78€ for a bike:

Engage got a pair, 53g for a bike including brake pads at 29€:

Also in the same league is BBB. Look at this brake shoes, almost the same as Engage:

Don’t know about weight for BBB

B-T-P also got a more normal set to use with normal brakepads, 12,5g for a pair of shoes and 129€ for a bike including brake pads:

AX-Lightness got a set in carbon at 12,8g and for 87,5€ for a bike with brake pads:

also got 14g alu shoes that is sold without pads for 60€ for a bike:


And we always got Tune, made by B-T-P including Yellow Swiss Stop Flash Pro. 13,5-14g for a pair of shoes, 167,5€ for a bike including brakepads:

Forgotting is Ciamillo that I would like to see as they use Campa brake pads instead of normal Shimano standard.

After choosing brakes there are many different brake pads. Just talking about pads for carbon rims as that is what interests me looking for it. Weight for 4 pads:

Corima at 8g

Normal cheap cork (Planet X I checked) at 18g

Reynolds blue at 24g

SwissStop yellow at 32g

SwissStop Black Prince at 33g

Big difference in weight. Some think the Corimas are good, others don’t. Cork is nothing special. Got a pair of friends who liked Reynolds and I’ve tried them once and thought them were very good too, a bit softer than yellow SwissStop. Yellow SwissStop is good but can be a bit hard and doesn’t work with for example Campagnolo rims.

My dream would be THM brake shoes with Reynolds pads

What do you use, prefer, dream of or have tried that I have missed?