Friday October 09th 2009, 7:19 am
Filed under: Anecdotes

The other day I installed a set of these on a customer’s ‘cross bike:

Photo compliments of QBP

I was totally blown away by the sheer nothingness of their weight. According to TRP, they’re only 103grams. I am pleased to be handling and working with such high-end gear at the shop I’m at now, regardless of my attitude about super light-weight components. I am beginning to see the light—to a degree.

Such is the case, I’ve just installed some new brakes on my ‘cross bike. Compared to those above, (and the bike more specifically) mine may as well be on a tank. Forty + minutes of riding on rough terrain as fast as possible, I can see the advantage of having a lighter bike.

Up until now, durability has always been my philosophy. It still is, but now that I’m racing it makes more sense to me now. I will say this however, who needs to stop in a race? Brakes only slow you down. That’s the advantage my brakes have: that wet weather yesterday, I didn’t have any brake traction on my commute home. Beat that!

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