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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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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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