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Racing a 5.1kg Bespoke Hill Climb Bike

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In part 2 we find out how our resident hill climb fanatic Joe Norledge got on with his custom fixed gear Engineered Bikes build.

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  1. I'm waiting for the day when this lot try and justify unicycles because they are lighter. Eat something and build some bigger legs? Then use a free wheel hub.
    No, that would be madness…

  2. I found the improved pedalling came from high speed spinning on flats and d downhills, but you're right, uphill fixed makes for lazy pedalling efficiency

  3. never understood hillclimbs, its fucking torture

  4. why why why – gear have been invented so that they could be used……

  5. the only reason why us fixed gear guys are fast around town is that, we never gear down we always gear up.

  6. Totally disagree about fixed gear effecting pedaling negatively. On a fixed gear if you don't move your your legs in a circle exactly as fast as the crank is moving you will apply negative force thus slowing the bike.
    My goal when pedaling is to move my feet in a circle as if the pedals weren't there.

  7. 150 rpm was scary? lol I hit 200rpm for the first time last week that was gnarly!

  8. Wow! Just under 9W/kg for 2.5mins! What W/kg approx do you need to take out the champs?

  9. " I'm a bit bigger now…" This dude is brilliant. He has no clue what bigger means, I'm 92 kg and do 550 for one minute…. like a pig on wheels.

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  11. I completely disagree. Have been riding a combo of fg/rb for over ten years. It's not the climbing or flats that improves or limits one's geared stroke, but the resistance or 'back' pedaling while decending that accomplishes the effect. It forces one to use muscles in the 'negative', to borrow a body building phrase. Holding form without wobbling while going downhill at 120 rpm is no small feat. One's bike has that tendency if one's form is loose. Weight back, elbows in, core tight, knees in, feet out, shoulders relaxed. Keep one's speed in control. Work towards larger gear ratios as the season progresses and when back on the roadie you'll be amazed. Back pedaling in 48×15 is a completely different beast than 38×18. You'll pedal maxxed out on hills you used to freewheel. It takes time as one isn't used to the forward motion support muscle group becoming the main muscle group. Riding fixed strengthens both.

  12. Fixies just don't make sense to me. It's more like an extreme death sport and less like cycling. Cycling is about maximizing safety..

  13. Joe its HC season. Please do another feature like this!!

  14. No offense man but who would want to race only up hills

  15. Well… I think I could sacrifice 500g for a derailler, a cassette and a climbing electric shifter switch! 500g is something like less than 5 seconds on the top of the hill and you always have the right gear. so 2000 for a fixi and 2400 for the one with gears.

  16. I see the point of single speed, but fixed gear for racing just sounds like a great way to hurt yourself. Also, the shots of this guy racing without a helmet are pretty unsettling.

  17. iron your clothes before an interview …

  18. Wouldn’t it be better to use the average speed over the climb to determine gearing, rather than just min/max?

  19. Dude doesn’t help having a 5.1kg bike if your carrying around so much weight at a short height.

  20. So much pain. Such a monster bike. Wild.

  21. that is a damn sweet looking rig for sure.

  22. Why not make it a single gear? Then the decent would be a breeze.

  23. Would you like to come to Costa Rica and try a Climb? We do
    have a very nice resident hill climb called Monte del Aguacate 🙂

  24. Single speed on a freewheel? Definitely my preferred way to ride single speed.

  25. I think the reason your pedaling suffered is because you were using such a small crank ring the whole time. Riding 43/46/50 has definitely made me more efficient on Road Bike pedalling.

  26. I know this is kind of a late comment, but why did it have to be fixed gear to save weight when it couldve been a single speed with freehub instead?

  27. Can someone explain the bike frame choice? You can get lighter, stiffer more aero frames for probably less cost. Why slap so many expensive after market components onto a heavy non aero frame?

    Is it a commitment to retro frame machining?

  28. I just couldn't ride a Fixie. Was single speed not an option?

  29. Hi, wich gear ratio Is it? wich rim size?

  30. I award this "The Best Informational Cycling Video on the Internet" Congratulations! No b.s., no disguised sales pitch, full explanations. Thank you!

  31. I tried fixed gear for about 4 months after I ride a geared bike again, I can confirm that riding fixed will improve your pedaling is just total Crap. My pedaling was pretty fucked when i came back to a geared bike

  32. Use Calculus and integrate the goddamn rage. So you figure out how much time the gear performs outside of the optimum.

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