To give this some context, my reasoning for swapping the Enigma steel frame out for this was to create two very different bikes with minimal expenses should the Talbot eventually turn up, instead of two steel endurance bikes with different brake systems.
"Carbon and steel are obv two very diff things and like the rest of the forum i dont buy into ‘steel is real’ thing. For a road bike carbon should be the only material of choice. Unless you want something weird (fit, other requirements, mid life crisis)"
Controversial comment there! :)
I'd like to buy a pair of "45mm deep section carbon wherls" for my steel bikes which would likely make them even heavier
Either way, to bring this back to the subject of this thread, one advantage it has is that at least I won't need to worry about the Thule roof rack cracking the down tube.
I was amazed how much the Time Machine weighed when I put it together for the first time - I'd used what I thought to be light parts, including carbon wheels.
When I built this one I used rim brakes, and carbon everything:
Steel is real (heavy).
Hah great spelling Matt.
how much does that weigh?
I can't recall exactly, around 7kg.
not bad for a steel bike ;)
I'm not joking - everything is carbon fibre apart from the frame, EE brakes as well.
It's really tough to make a lightweight disc braked bike in comparison to a rim braked one, also - just a lot more weight in the whole system I think.
Are you still using thoses praxis cranks? How are you finding them and what size chainrings have you gone for? I quite like the look of the smaller 48/32 ones...
Yes, definitely. It's also really tough to make a light weight bike with my dimensions because I am tall and inflexible, so I need a lot of stack, meaning a tall head tube.
I actually changed the whole purpose of the Time Machine based on how it built up - I thought "well, if it's going to be this heavy with all the lightweight parts, I may as well add the dynamo and mudguards". Which actually turned it into the bike I then used the most for the next few years, so a glass half full situation ultimately. It's currently with LMNH being rebuilt.
I am using zayante cranks because they work with my power2max ng eco. They're absolutely fine, stiff enough and shift well. Probably a smidge heavier than standard ultegra cranks, but of course the power meter adds some weight again in comparison to the normal spider.
What size frame is it (ish)?
57.5cm top tube IIRC, 56cm seat tube.
Just north of 500k done so far.
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