I broke my first bike in half shortly after the training wheels were removed. I wanted to ride it through a pothole. I did not make it. I have a long history of braking bikes. Since moving to Seattle in 2000, I have broken an aluminum frame and a steel frame. I have also gone through about 6 wheel sets and more bottom brackets than I can count. I have also snapped a couple chains before their time. Keep in mind I am no trials rider or downhill mountain biker. I spend most of my time on my roadbike. I also have an affinity for the lightest and fastest bikes. As seen in an earlier post, I lust after the new Colnago with disc brakes. I would love to take the latest feather weight dream machine and go tearing through the countryside.
Sad to say, that most featherweight components have a weight limit which is usually well under 200lbs. At 6′-2″ and 230 lbs, even if I made my ideal weight (205)… I would still excede these limits. Life is hard for this clydesdale 🙁
I first saw the Mad Fiber promotional video a couple years ago. I was blown away. They are made by a small, local (Seattle) company. They have no rider weight limit?! Surely you have not met me! I have to replace my bottom bracket every year and a half. They have a warranty and a crash replacement program. Surely they have not met me. When I broke my roadbike frame, the factory rep said he had never seen a frame fail like that. When standing on climbs, my spokes have been known to creak and moan in protest. Boy I would love to make them eat their words 🙂 Even better… I would love to go tearing around on these wheels without incident. They just released a clincher version and I have heard talk of Mad Fiber for disc brakes. Yum!