Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 2

Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 2

In Part 1 we talked about the weight of bikes and the potential weaknesses that may exist in super-light carbon fibre race frames. Here we’ll look at where weight can be saved on a bike. If you do really want a light bike though, is a super-light frame the best option when we add in the considerations of strength and durability? Even if your goal is a bike very near the UCI limit of 6.8Kg, provided you’re not at the top end of the size scale riding a 61cm or XL frame, that should be easily achievable. Take this Time Skylon Aktiv (in the picture above). Time will never build the lightest bikes around because of their method of construction. It’s incredibly strong and durable consisting of bespoke woven carbon fibre tubes. It rides like a dream but does sacrifice a couple of hundred grams over the lightest frames out there. This is an XL frame. It’s their aero model, so everything is stacked against making it light. And yet fully built it’s 7.21kg with 55mm deep section aero wheels, standard chromoly Speedplay pedals (with longer spindles) and bottle cages. It’s hardly a porker. So how is it so light, even for a 6’4” Clydesdale like me? Well, the light-weight has been created by components rather than frame. Yes, components do make that much of a difference! Compare this to a ride buddy with a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX in XS size – the complete opposite end of the size spectrum. It’s also the lightest bike Canyon make, coming in at a claimed 790g frame weight. Everyone that has...
Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 1

Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 1

Bikes these days are getting lighter. The UCI limit for a ‘race’ bike may still be 6.8kg but it’s not difficult to build a bike lighter than that (and indeed that UCI limit may well reduce in the not too distant future), especially if you’re riding a bike that’s not at the top end of the size range. In fact, there have been bikes floating around the web more than 1kg lighter than that lower limit. But what are they sacrificing to get there and is a light frame the best starting point for a new build? While groupsets and wheels continue to reduce in weight, it’s frames where we’ve seen the biggest ‘gains’ in weight loss. It used to be that a sub-1kg frame was light, now we’re regularly seeing frames coming in below 900g and several even below 800g. It’s being driven by improved carbon fibre knowledge and usage, better manufacturing processes and market forces that say lighter is better. If you think back to the days of steel, manufacturers found it easy to market the differences in their frames with how they were made and the lug-work and so on. But then carbon came along and it became all about the weight. You might think this only applies to super-bikes, but it’s not. Even a Cannondale SuperSix Evo with Shimano 105 groupset features a 950g frame. And that’s a £1500 bike. If you’re willing to pay a bit more, then that SuperSix range tops out with the Evo Nano framset with a price of £3699 and a sub-700g frame weight. You’d think the likes of Storck...
Storck Aernario Platinum picks up top award

Storck Aernario Platinum picks up top award

Another week goes by and the Storck Aernario Platinum picks up another award. Not content with being Tour Magazine’s ‘best bike ever’, it has just walked off with the top spot in the Road.cc Superbike shootout 2014-2015. They said it was “light, stiff and comfortable” and it “sparkled on the climbs, flattering your abilities with a wind-behind-you feel”. High praise indeed! Ten-Point, for those of you that didn’t know, are a Platinum Storck dealer. Because of this, we have a fully built Aernario Platinum, running a dream build of Shimano Dura Ace Di2 and a Rotor 3D+ crank with Q-rings, in the shop. Why don’t you come on in and take a look at this beauty? Be careful though, to see it is to want it! If you’re interested in the Aernario but maybe can’t quite stretch to the lofty heights of the Platinum, then the Aernario G1 is almost identical. It gives away 100g in weight to its more illustrious stablemate, but otherwise the differences are hard to spot. Equally, if the Dura Ace Di2 build is not to your liking, don’t forget that we can build your dream bike with whatever components you most...
Ten-Point to become the First Storck Bicycle Studio

Ten-Point to become the First Storck Bicycle Studio

Ten-Point is to become the first Storck Bicycles  Studio. Customers will be able to view the complete road range of bicycles including the new road disc  bikes. Ten-Point is also the GURU European Training and Service Centre so it will be able to create any Storck Bicycle model and size in the GURUs virtual warehouse bike finder module. The official starting date will be announced...