Quite simply, my Merlin goes like a stabbed rat. It wrings every drop of energy out of you and then says "Is that all you have, puny human?"
It spins up to speed on tarmac faster than my kona work bike. The kona has slicks!
OK some of that is down to the XTR-level bearings on the merlin that the kona plain doesn't have, but the weight has its role too.
It's 20.7lbs with the pace RC31s on, and that's a pretty sturdy build.
I remain largely unconvinced that a lot of this isn't more about power of suggestion, than anything else. Yes I get the clichés about an ounce off the wheels and a pound off the frame, and all. And I don't doubt there's something in the notion that well built frames have a certain something.
All the same, basic laws of science come to play, which is why I lean towards some of this being placebo - how many of those focused on the weight, build and quality of their bikes couldn’t easily stand to lose a few pounds in bodyweight too? Half a stone, maybe, even a stone?
Perhaps that quote by Kate Moss was ill advised for her demographs, but all the same I've always truly felt and demonstrated my best performances in the saddle when I've been on a decent bike, but just as importantly, if not more so, been in my best shape.
For all those who truly feel that a seriously light bike feels like nothing else, in my experience it pales into triviality compared to how being in serious condition feels.
None of that is advocacy of not having any consideration as to the weight of your bike - merely that most of it at least appears somewhat skewed and out of proportion. I'd rather feel at my fittest and fighting weight on a middling weight of bike, than a ways off my best in weight and fitness on some obsessively lightened bike.
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