My old (But freakin' awesome) french road bike goes fast, considering that the only times im racing is pretty much against my friends who all have mountain bikes. Needless to say I always win. But I would like even faster speed. I understand that IM the engine, and I need to be fit, but would upgrading to a newer and lighter road bike gain me any noticeable improvements in speed?

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    Sorry, but what exactly is the question here? – Benedikt Bauer Apr 13 '13 at 14:05
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    Agreed. What is being asked? Have you looked for all of the other relevant questions? – WTHarper Apr 13 '13 at 14:47
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    I think the question is "Are you as awesome as me and my bike?" – James Bradbury Apr 13 '13 at 14:54
  • A road bike outperforms mountain bikes on roads. Imagine that. Try racing your friends on mountain trails and report back how it works out. – Carey Gregory Apr 13 '13 at 22:38

The question is "would upgrading to a newer and lighter road bike gain me any noticeable improvements in speed?".

The answer is a loud YES!!

The doubt remains regarding "is it worth the extra money?" and that's difficult to answer. If you have a lot of money, or really want extra performance (for a given fitness level) and don't mind throwing the money, you'll most probably get back this money in the form of a lighter, faster bike.

But I have to say: sometimes one spends a lot more money and get back not so much extra speed.

(of course I'm talking of AVERAGE speed during dozens of miles, not isolated bursts of maximum speed).

What I think you should do, before anything else, is to FIND OUT A GROUP OF ROAD RIDERS to go along. I understand you want more speed, and you won't get the challenge from a MTB group, if you ride a road bike.

With a group of roadies, you'll not only find out how it is to ride along a faster pack, but also will see a lot of different road bikes. Most probably you'll notice that not always the faster rides have the lighter or more expensive bikes.

Hope this helps!

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