Le Peloton #140

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7 riders at the photo moment, then Oliwer joined too so same as Wednesday. But not as fast today so even I could go up front some times. It was hard but manageable until Hästhagen. Was in front when Oliwer did a massive attack, and then Michael and Christan attacked too instead of just passing. I tried to catch up but didn’t have a chance and my legs stood straight out…

Instead I got company by Karl and we rode the rest of the loop together a couple of minutes after the first 3. A hard morning, and really wet so happy Karl had long fenders too.

Had a nice breakfast at Le Mond and after me and Oliwer got up the heat a bit we left for work, wet and dirty today

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And maybe not the best weather for a windjacket, should have gone for a rainjacket 😉

Map and stats: Strava

And then it was time to find out how to get faster. Tested to see if my frame got space for the worlds fastest tire. Specialized S-Works Turbo 2Br in 28mm:

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Good with space on the wide SLX24 rims so will be awesome when the spring arrives 😀

Go Commando! Ride Tubeless!

  • On cyclocross people always used tubulars and there it isn’t any discussion about what’s best.
  • On mtb some used tubulars a little but the market is too small so very few tires to choose from. And even Nino Schurter won in Rio on regular tires. Buy no one is racing with tubes, everyone is going tubeless with some kind of sealant, everyone knows you have one thing less to puncture.
  • On road racers been on tubulars for the feel, to be able to ride with a flat and because it’s lighter. Until Tony Martin won the ITT in Copenhagen on regular clinchers. Continental GP4000 clincher has been the fastest tire according to tests. Until the new Specialized S-Works Turbo and Turbo Cotton that is the only ones who spins faster.

The new Specialized S-Works Turbo tubeless (or 2Br) has shown to be even faster. Don’t ask me how but without a tube you can go faster.

I always liked to optimize with less weight, more aero, less parts and everything built to fit me. 2016 I’ve been using S-Works Turbo tires in size 22, 24 and 26mm. A 24mm with a turbo (lightweight butyl) tube:

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A regular setup for an S-Works or other top end bike. If you keep the same pressure with a 24mm and change to a 28mm it will roll as fast:

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Wider tires are faster. (But usually we lower the pressure to get more comfort and it doesn’t roll fast) But it’s a lot heavier, on a place we don’t want to add weight. Without the tube:

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As it’s 2017 and I love new parts Specialized finally released their S-Works Turbo 2Br:

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28mm too and should have the same amount of paper and things around. 3g lighter.

And the ending, how much does tubeless sealant and a valve weights?

72-27=45g.

It’s a bit heavier than 24mm tire with tube but a lot lighter than the same width of tire with tube. 37g saved and you will be able to go faster 😀

As I didn’t buy the parts the packages is still on, sorry for that. But I think tubeless is the future on road too, for us amateurs who doesn’t want a spare tire with us. We all want to go faster with less effort.

Love to see the development go forward and want to be included in the process. A part of the Mechanical Advantage as Sram wrote before. Will set my Roval SLX up tubeless when the spring arrives and try it for real 😀

S-works as it’s easy

You know people that buy a complete bike, adding pedals and bottle cages and then just ride it as it is?

I want to be like that but have my thought about different things and always ending up with changing a lot of parts. Like this week when I borrowed a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29 2017 and started to complain on the heavy Grid tires so even before I mounted pedals I changed to Control tires to get it a bit lighter 😉

Today I met up with Fredrich who has the same bikemodel but in size Large and he changed the bar, stem and tires so far 😉

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We rode together with Alexander and Kangas this morning. Those can ride and I had a really hard time trying to keep up. So happy for the Öhlins dampers keeping me on track when I couldn’t and the bike got better the more I tried to push it 😀

 

Behind this thoughts is my roadbike. This year I was riding Sram Force1 that worked fine in Sweden with a regular Force22 rear derailleur. But had too much problem when I mounted my Force1 rear derailleur and never got it to work smooth. Wanted to have a 11-36 cassette when I went to France but it didn’t work and I had to go with 11-32. Same on Rapha 12Hills. Found it hopeless and planned to change back to 2×11 for 2017.

Dreaming of a Campagnolo Record group with hydraulic brakes but it seems to be far away and would be expensive. 2nd thought was Rotor Uno. Hydraulic brakes and gears which seemed really cool and would be released now in January. But would be really expensive that too…

3rd thought is to keep it simple, focus on the riding and to change chain in time. Rode 7000km on my Force1 group without doing anything with the brakes except adjust them when I changed wheels. Flawless and the brakes felt like a dream with super modulation. Now every road disc brakes got Direct Mount which my Tarmac doesn’t have. Found a couple of old Sram Red22 hydraulic shifters at work and stopped thinking.

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I will change the red color on them but that’s it. Fit and forget. My tarmac is the bike I’ve ridden the most in my life and it got a special place in my heart. Thought about selling it and change to something new but can’t of any better bike in the longterm so unless I get a super offer I will keep it. Really fun bike that keeps the roadriding enjoyable.