Wheels - am I missing something?

daveyok
daveyok Posts: 69
edited June 2012 in Road general
Getting a Giant Defy 2 next week. Looking at the spec - can the rear wheel really be 1900g? That seems very heavy. I've got some Planet X model b wheels that I'm not using. The rear wheel is around 900g. I can't believe there can be 1kg difference. So by swapping the wheels I'm going to save 1.5kg - a 9.5kg bike becomes 8kg and this should make a big difference to the performance. Or am I missing something?

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  • Wirral_paul
    Wirral_paul Posts: 2,476
    That weight will include cassette, tube, tyre, probably skewer also.
  • daveyok
    daveyok Posts: 69
    So you can't compare the weight of wheels that come with a bike with wheels that don't - from the specs? :?
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    it all depends on what is being weighed and from where you get the info.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • daveyok
    daveyok Posts: 69
    Getting the info from the Defy 2 page on the Giant website and the Model B page on the Planet X website. Even the front wheel - Giant's is 1350g and Planet X's is 750g.
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    Sounds about right for a full wheel compared to a bare wheel.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • majormantra
    majormantra Posts: 2,094
    Yep. Anyway, you can safely assume that the Giant comes with low-end wheels. Entry level wheelsets are typically 2000+/- 200g not including rim tape, skewers or cassette.
  • daveyok
    daveyok Posts: 69
    Thanks for the info. So I'm probably still better off swapping the Planet X wheels onto the bike?
  • Wirral_paul
    Wirral_paul Posts: 2,476
    daveyok wrote:
    Thanks for the info. So I'm probably still better off swapping the Planet X wheels onto the bike?

    Thats a pretty safe assumption - yes i'd assume a swap will save a few hundred grams
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    The PX wheels are nice wheels - with decent tyres on they will do a good job for you.