Trek 8500 Help On diet needed

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goodap
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by goodap

Firstly a big hello to everyone, stumbled on this excellant website and am now hooked.

I have a 2001 Trek 8500 and would like to shave some weight of it and was wondering if anyone can recommend anything to do.

I am replacing the current SID XC 1436g
with a PACE RC31 Carbon Rigid Fork 695g saving 741g

And the seat post Bontrager Race 275g
with a USE Alein Carbon 143g saving 132g

And the tyres bontrager super x kevlar f519 r 559
with Continental Twister Supersonic 370g same front and rear saving 338g

These small things will save 2.66lbs or 1211g I have already changed the seat for a flight titanium translap.

So any ideas not sure what the weight of the bike is to start with prob around 23.5lbs, would like to get below 20lbs

Thanks

Paul

crashman

by crashman

are u playing mtb xc or road ? :?:

by Weenie


goodap
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by goodap

mainly road but occasional xc,thats why the suspension is going want a responsive bike.

Thanks

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polaris
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by polaris

...if you're going to be using it mainly as a road bike, why not use a road frame and wheels?

Then you could keep the Trek with suspension for any off-roading. Otherwise you have to compromise on weight/efficiency when you're on the tarmac and comfort/control when you're on the dirt.

Just an idea. :wink:
.....but it still has to work!

goodap
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by goodap

is an idea but dont think using road wheels and frame would stand up to bunny hops and drop offs :lol:

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polaris
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by polaris

...do you have many drop offs in the road where you live? :?: :!:
.....but it still has to work!

goodap
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by goodap

yeah i live on a building site! No seriously you know little drop offs like 3 or 4 high stairs nothing massive, but something you would'nt do on a road bike if you see what I mean. When I said mainly road use I should have said I also go on little dirts trails aswell this take out the option of a road bike.

Thanks

by Weenie


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