Hi folks, I'm working on a retro grouch bike project using mainly titanium and 1st-generation XTR parts. The whole thing is teetering around the 10kg mark. I want to push that down a little, into single digits, but I'm not sure where to start without having to lose the Ti or XTR parts (they're a bit heavier than the current generation, but they look soooo sweet). Could anyone advice me on this?
Parts (sorry, didn't weigh them individually before I put them together):
Frame: Merlin Ti E-Stay Suspension '93 - approx 4.6lbs
Fork: XACD Ti rigid fork - 580lbs - oops - grams dammit!
H/Set: Chris King 1" threadless
Hubs: Shimano XTR 900 series
Brakes: Shimano XTR 900 series
Rims: Mavic x517 silver
Spokes: DT Comp, 32 spokes
Tyres: IRC Metro 1", Hutchinson 1" tubes
Cranks & Chainrings: Shimano XTR 900 series, 170mm
BB: Shimano XTR 900 series, 73mm
Seatpost: XACD Ti Thomson design
Saddle: Koobi SI
Bars: Easton Scandium lo-rise w/ XACD bar-ends
Stem: XACD Ti 50mm, 20 degree
Shifter/Brake Lever combo: Shimano XTR 900 series
Rear Deraillier: Shimano XTR 900 series
Pedals: Shimano 540 SPDs
Cassette: Shimano XTR 900 series Ti
Chain: Shimano XTR 900 series
Bolts, nuts, screws, etc: Mostly Ti
Please note that it may be a project but it's also my daily commuting bike, so some parts added for comfort I don't want to remove, like the riser bar, bar ends, Oury grips or Koobi saddle, even if they add a bit more weight. The frame, which is the heart of the bike, has to stay too, though I could easily find one 1kg lighter.
So I'm at a loss - where else is the weight coming from? Everything looks fairly light to me...
Thanks in advance!
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