Berk barcombo

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Finally it arrived, the 2nd part ordered for my Epic. The barcombo made by Berk Composites. 720mm wide with a 80mm stem:

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Saved almost 200g compared to the bar and stem I borrowed and the bike should be under 8kg even with heavy Candy pedals 😀

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Looks pretty fat with 38mm wide flat stem too, almost like a Syntace Flatforce but lighter and with a smaller angle.

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The front matches the rear 😀

let light be light again

How light is a light bike? Last year I built a Specialized Camber Elite Carbon just under 10kg:

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It was light as an S-Works Epic WC without bottle cage and pedals. But is 10kg light? I’ve been racing Grenserittet (my best time) on a bike that was 6,9kg. And I still got memories from racing with that bike with damping fork, my Merida:

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Around 7,5kg all season with a bit different parts on. single chainring and tubular wheels (had 2 pair). That was light.

Now I’ve learnt that 26″ isn’t fast and that 580mm handlebar isn’t good. The development goes forward but has it to be so heavy? I want new school geometry, wide bars, single chainring and right sized cassette with 50+ tires that are good. I’m on full planning to build maybe the smartest built bike I’ve ever built and it will be raced on for 2017 😀

What do you have for mtb race plans for 2017?

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:

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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?

Light axle from Rock Shox and RS-1 for 27,5″

Rock Shox is coming with a lighter alternative for their Maxle Lite called Maxle Stealth with a weight from 37g. For 15×100, 15×110, 15×150. Made to use with an 6mm allen key.

Coming in May. And in June the RS-1 fork is coming for 27,5″. 1646g so 20g lighter than the 29er fork:

More new things from Rock Shox here: Bikemag

Why shave weight of your bike?

If you wonder why to shave weight of your bike, there is a great article about it here: Peloton

A light and stiff bike with great fit will always be fast, like my Cannondale SuperSIX Evo I had at just 5,65kg:

Which light bike is the best you’ve ridden?

All ready for spring, Allez printemps

Changed my handlebar after a bikefit, shortened the fork a bit, shortened brake housing and got a new bar tape I’m soon ready to ride on road, fast.

Will shorten the front derailleur housing a bit maybe and adjust the gears. Then I will ride, all day long 😉 Or just sometimes when it suits.

Yesterday I finish a superbike, a Specialized Tarmac Kwiato, with Dura-Ace Di2, high end Roval carbon fibre wheels and all S-Works you could thing of. With 2 bottle cages but without pedals that bike (size 56) was 6,66kg.

My Allez that doesn’t even cost half of the Tarmac ended up at 6,64kg as on the picture. Including pedals 🙂

Should have hypergreen tires too 😉 27mm Vittoria Pavé.

Wrote a while ago that I should get a Engage handlebar but found out I could get a Specialized S-Works shallow bar in time anyway, but women’s version. Almost the same except a logo and flare but should have been nice. Now the men’s version was in stock and two days ago one came in size 40cm. Lighter and cheaper than Engage 😀

My best bike, ever!

Some bikes you like but after you sold them you never think about them again, no memories, no love. It doesn’t have to with price but more how you liked it before, special relationship.

If you know me you probably know which bike I will write about already. It got a blogpost with it’s history before: Historypost

Last time I owned it it was my best winterbike I’ve had:

A winterbike with parts from Tune, Extralite, New Ultimate and Shimano Dura-Ace.

17th november 2013 was the last time I rode it. Then borrowed from the new owner and rebuilt a bit with Fox fork and 27,5″ wheels:

The frameset is from 2003 but I still like it. Some things never get old 🙂

french, swedish, german

Found a really nice french bike a couple of days ago. Earlier I have been dreaming of a Time VXRS World Star Ulteam but now I found an alternative. Time Vibraser, look at this french made beauty:

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Classic, clean tubes and a thin straight fork. No matter how modern and well designed a frame is I always dream of a classic bike like this.

A bit more modern and from Sweden comes the beautiful Rolo here built right except for groupset:

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5,9kg, 14250€, Roues Rar 38mm wheels, Tune, AX-Lightness, Extralite and so on 🙂 Just missed the Super Record group 😉 Some of you maybe think this is just a showbike and not made for riding. But it’s built for riding:

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