"....the spec'ing of clunky GP-4 rims...."
Why do you think these are "clunky?" Even Mavic referred to the early ones (c. 1980) as the SSCs "for the masses." The early versions (with the gold label) weighed 400 grams, while the later version gained 80 grams.
I suppose with your body weight, you could ride scary light rims, but there is usually a price to pay for them on "real world roads."
I have put many miles on GP-4s (still have two bikes shod with the rims) and consider them one of the classic rims from the 80s.
Just my thoughts.......
Chuck Brooks Malta, NY NEUSA
-----Original Message----- From: P.C. Kohler <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 3:07 pm Subject: Re: [CR] Frame stiffness NOW 3V
"I think 3 V bikes are just sheer joy to ride, I am continually surprised
they are not in as hot a demand as some other bikes. Kind of a Cult thing,
Must be, for me my first ride on my 3v was like rediscovering cycling all over
again. There's the stiffness (which people who'd be happier on a Raleigh
International sometimes call "harsh" but it's really just stiff) with a pick-up
that makes you think you've borrowed Eric Heiden's thighs and then there's the
stability; these things track as true as a GG1 locomotive... extraordinary
really and there's nothing like it. The paint is crap, the decals and graphics
cheap and cheesy looking (Masi always seemed to weak in this respect) and the
stock components suffered from the transition away from Super Record titanium
and the spec'ing of clunky GP-4 rims, but no matter, this is one remarkable
Washington DC USA