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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:18 am 
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Hi all. I am looking to start building a bike with end weight in mind. I was looking at frames (size 16" or 17"), but then I realized that I have no idea what kind of weight is considered heavy for the size, and what kind of weight would be a good starting point for a lightweight bike. And the weight differences are huge! I got offered a Focus frame which was around 2000g, and there is also a Cannondale CAAD4 frame at 1520g. Should I be aiming at less in this size, or?

Thanks for any guidance, guys, I'm totally lost. I used to think the Focus frame was reasonable until I found this Cannondale and now I am totally lost. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:59 am 
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Kinesis FF29 frame? It's a great piece of kit. Also look at Scott Scale 740/940 frames and the Giant XTC 27.5 Alu frame. And all cheaper than something like a niner frame

What sort of thing are you looking for, wheel size? Fork length (or rigid) etc etc


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:07 am 
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I would say around 1500-1600g is a "good" weight. That is On-One Scandal type weight and those frames were going for £100 or so recently. Azonic also had a light, budget frame that was popular here on WW so may be worth a look at.

The Cannondale frame is really nice (I lusted over these back in the day) but must be 10 years old by now. The frame also has a 1.5 headtube so you'll need adapters to run a standard fork or need to spend extra money giving the Headshok a good overhaul given how old it would be if also included with the frame. Geometry and so on might also feel a touch odd compared to more modern bikes, I am not sure. Focus is just the weight of an entry level frame on a £300 full bike, nothing special (weigh-wise at least).

I would look for and Azonic AZ-7 or On-One Scandal personally or something like that (assuming 26 inch wheels, judging by the two frames you mention)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:59 am 
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The Scandal looks like a good deal!

If you're in the US...its 269!

http://www.planet-x-usa.com/product-p/frooscso29v2.htm

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IIRC the Giant XTC 27.5 frame was claimed to weight 1390g in a size medium. It also has a pretty clean internal cable routing setup, and is QR or thru axle.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:24 am 
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As above, a good weight for an ally frame is about the 1200-1400g make such as the Scandal (don't be confused, 'Scandium' just means scandium added as an alloying agent to aluminium, so it's still an aluminium alloy).

Modern alloy frames at the mid range have actually got heavier, mine is an OK 1735g (16") but it's direct successor from the same company is nearly 2Kg.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:18 pm 
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Ditto what TheRookie said. My 1991 Cannondale frame was 1368gms 19" (and still going strong), a modern equivalent one would wiegh 1500gms+ (or more in fact as they all seem to be 29er sized)

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