Super Bike Vs. Mid-Range Bike | GCN Tech Geek Edition

Published on April 8th 2018


If you've seen our mid-range bike versus super bike test over on GCN you'll have noticed that the difference between the two bikes was really quite small, so why is that? Si takes a closer look... Subscribe: The GCN Shop: Firstly, let’s quickly deal with what’s the same. The gears. Well, clearly they are not literally the same, Shimano’s Dura Ace and 105 groupsets are different in many respects, but I would just like to draw your attention to one key similarity. The difference between these two is not all that significant, not compared to body mass anyway. The super bike is 7.3kg, the mid range bike is 8.4kg. SO what happens out on the road? Well, not very much really. You can feel a difference, lighter bikes respond differently. Although it’s weird, when you actually look into the science of lighter wheels specifically, the oft quoted “lower rotating weight” is something of a myth. It is unmeasurable, and even on paper would account for fractions of seconds difference in a like for like acceleration from a standing start. How do you think we could run our blind test to find out if super bikes really are super? If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN Tech... Tyre pressure geek edition 📹 Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech goes deeper into the bikes, kit and technology stories that matter. GCN Tech is utterly obsessed with seeking out and showcasing the best in bikes, tech, products and upgrades. Everywhere. Every week. From news and rumours, first ride exclusives, how-tos, the weekly GCN Tech Show, pro bikes, set-up tips and more, we geek out over the tiny details that can make the big differences to you. With years of racing and industry expertise, we also bring you instructive maintenance videos to hone your mechanical skills, as well as behind the scenes factory tours and in-depth analysis of kit chosen by the pro peloton to keep your finger on the pulse of cycling’s latest technological innovations. Engage with us every week on the channel and across social media – we’re here to answer every question you’ve got on mountain biking tech. Facebook - Instagram - Twitter -