Interesting info on the effect of bike weight

JohnInStockie

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Nov 10, 2006
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Hi Guys

For those interested in the effects of a bikes weight, or the differences between Aluminium and steel alloys, I have found an interesting link to an article here which is quite educational.

John
 

Mussels

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Jun 17, 2008
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So a dozen less spokes would make a seconds difference but if it was on an electric bike it would make about half a second difference over a 20 minute uphill ride. :eek:
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keithhazel

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Oct 1, 2007
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So a dozen less spokes would make a seconds difference but if it was on an electric bike it would make about half a second difference over a 20 minute uphill ride. :eek:
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that might make the difference of getting to the toilet on time or not, then you would know how valuable half a second is :rolleyes:
 

flecc

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Oct 25, 2006
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I fully agree with that article on using steel frames, just as light in practical terms and much more comfortable. I think it sad that e-bike manufacturers blindly stick to alloy just because it's fashionable. Our bikes would be so much nicer to ride with steel frames, and potentially safer too.
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frank9755

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May 19, 2007
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Good to see someone analyse something properly and quantify things.

I've just had a very pleasant 28 mile ride on my extremely comfortable steel bike - that has now done over 3,000 miles since I got it in February, so you might guess where my sympathies lie!

I believe that Aluminium bikes can end up heavier than steel because people start wanting suspension forks to compensate for the harsh ride!
 

flecc

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I believe that Aluminium bikes can end up heavier than steel because people start wanting suspension forks to compensate for the harsh ride!
Very true.

I've never ridden a titanium frame one, but with the best e-bikes from £1500 to £3500, I don't think we could afford to try it on our steeds.
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