Originally Posted by Gummee!
Don't forget they're less aero too! Added weight. Added complexity. Slower.
What's NOT to like on a road bike?!
Yeah, but I'm not racing; my objective is to be able to pedal efficiently at a pace I can manage for long periods of time. For the way I'm riding these days, I'm spending most of my day at 6mph climbing up some 6+% grade or dropping down the other side on my way to the next climb. Saturday's ride was unusual for us as the last 30 miles only had some smaller hills to get over, followed by about 5 or 6 miles of straight up flatland paceline work.
I'm riding 150 - 180 a week now, so I need a bike that's easy to ride for long periods. Let me say that brake fade on a 17% descent totally sucks, especially when it's a long technical descent like we get off of Mt. Diablo, Tam or Hamilton. I'll carry that weight up the hill to keep me on the hill on the descent.