If you’re a weight weenie, you’ll spend pretty much anything to shed a few grams. But, would you better off spending that money at the gym, shedding some weight around your midsection?
To find out, Global Mountain Bike Network put together an unscientific test. It consisted of three loops on a high end cross country rig. The first lap was the control. For the second, GMBN duct taped a weight low in the frame. On the third lap, they cut out the weight and had their test dummy strap on a weight suit.
In the end, they found that adding a 1kg weight to the frame increased the lap time by 20 seconds. When they placed the weight on the rider, he was 1:10 slower than the base time. What’s most interesting is that he was actually fastest downhill when the bike was a little heavier. Hit play for the full story.