Question about road bikes and Climbing

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  1. slyjackson

    slyjackson New Member

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    I read a number of posts on various web sites including this forum that point out the facts of how well a certain road bike climbs a hill so well and in some cases better than another brand/model of road bike. Where would a particular road bike have an advantage over another road bike in climbing hills?

    If the gear ratios are identical and the fit is right for riders what else could be making the difference between one road bike over another climbing a hill other than the "Engineā€?
     
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  2. Scotty_Dog

    Scotty_Dog New Member

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    Bike weight
    Rim/tire weight
    Frame stiffness
     
  3. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    To an even smaller extent, the aero efficiency of the bike.
     
  4. slyjackson

    slyjackson New Member

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    I'm pretty sure that a big "Sale" sitting in the saddle (any Person) will override the little bit aerodynamics a bike may have, especially at 8-10 mph.
     
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    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    I said to a "smaller" extent. I didn't say how much smaller. Could have been a tiny amount smaller to so small as to be non-existent!
     
  6. slyjackson

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    :D...
     
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    Yojimbo_ Well-Known Member

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    I find it difficult to believe that there are any significant differences between any top end bikes from any of the manufacturers. It's all a big marketing ploy, and people get sucked in by it.
     
  8. sogood

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    +1. The ultimate truth.
     
  9. Farmguy

    Farmguy New Member

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    Wasnt there a book, "It aint the Bike". ?


    It is all the guy on the bike when it comes to hills, and the time you spend training on those damn hills.
     
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