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I have always been curious to know what are the benefits of reducing the weight of the bike?

I finally came across an interesting book “Cutting-Edges Cycling” where I found this information. Below you will find the table with relative benefits during the 20K climbing time trial (3 %, 6 %, 12 %).

What do you think?
Is it easier to lose a few kilograms from your body or from your bike?

Switching from aerodynamic to light wheels

Grade of climb 3 % 6 % 12%
Novice +0:10 -0:25 -1:12
Trained +0:20 -0:03 -0:35
Elite +0:21 +0:06 -0:22

Dropping bike weight from 10 to 7 kg

Grade of climb 3 % 6 % 12 %
Novice -1:34 -3:38 -7:25
Trained -0:42 -1:52 -4:02
Elite -0:29 -1:15 -2:48
Hunter Allen and Stephen S. Cheung. (2012) Cutting-Edge Cycling, Advanced training for advanced cyclists.



We can see a larger difference in benefits after a change in weight is made the slope increases. Novice cyclists can gain even 7:25 min be losing 3 kg from his bike. And another 1:12 min by switching wheels.

But we can see that all categories of cyclists can benefit at 3% uphills and even 6% for the elite, with aerodynamic wheels.

It is important to keep you bike light and aerodynamic as much as possible, benefits are significant


Coach Damian

Damian is a head coach and founder of Cyklopedia, which was created with one goal to help everyone be faster cyclists by structured training plans, healthy recipes, and nutrition plans. Damian is racing and coaching for over 10 years, working with athletes all around the world.

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