I took a $129 Walmart road bike, and put it through a series of tests against a $1,399 Schwinn Carbon Fastback, and my $7,000 Canyon SLX 9 with Princeton Carbonworks wheels.
I used power pedals from Assioma so the power was consistent for all of the tests. I wanted to see what the difference was between a Walmart road bike, an entry level road bike, and a full on race machine.
I talk through the tests and the results but I also go into the overall experience of each bike. Cycling is not just about speed, it’s about the whole experience. So does a $7,000 road bike actually make that big of a difference? Watch the video for my thoughts.
Also, of course there are variables that I cant control for. IM NOT PUBLISHING A PIER REVIEWED PAPER HERE DUDE. This is more for entertainment than actual science. But the bikes have enough of a difference between them that 100% of the time the results will show the same conclusion, just not down to the second.
Schwinn 14:34 (-1:44)
Canyon 14:01 (-33s / -2:17)
Car 11:18 (-2:43)
Rollers (4.7 mi -1,782 ft 2.4%)
Schwinn 13:51 (-2:08)
Canyon 12:41 (-1:10 / -3:18)
Car 7:33 (-5:08)
Climb (4.7 mi 3,455 ft 4.2%)
Schwinn 23:10 (-1:53)
Canyon 20:54 ( -2:16 / -4:09 )
Descent (2.2 mi -1,660 ft 4.3%)
Schwinn 6:07 (-27)
Canyon 5:27 ( -40 / -1:07 )
Spin to sprint
Schwinn 6:32 (-50)
Canyon 5:12 ( -1:20 / -2:10 )
Shot climb (0.1 mi 217 ft 9.9%
Schwinn .52 ( -7 )
Canyon 48 ( -4 / -11 )
Overal Loop (18.8 mi -)
Schwinn 1:03:56 ( – 7:18 )
Canyon 57:58 ( -5:58 / -13:16 )
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