So I have posted a few things up in different threads and figured I would go back to my original one and follow up with the bikes progress.
As I mentioned early on, I picked the bike up second hand from a long time friend (who just happens to own his own shop now). He is very into the Italian bike scene and did this bike up in as much celeste as he could get his hands on. He wasn't too stressed about weight as he is a pretty big guy. None the less, lots of things needed to be changed for the bike to work for me. I believe the bike weighed in at close to 19.5 lbs when I bought it from him last June/July. I am proud to say that I now have it down to 16 lbs 11 oz (at least that is what the scale said last week before a few more little things were added-I doubt it will change much though).
So since the last post I threw up on this thread I have purchased/changed out the following:
Handle bars, saddle, seat post, pedals, tires, bottle cages, cables (derailleur), bar tape, top cap, stem, headset compression bolt set up, skewers...I think that's it.
My initial goal for the bike was to get it down to 17 lbs as that seems pretty respectable for a mass produced steel frame. Of course it never stops there. While it was my plan to lighten the bike up the real goal was to make it what I wanted and to have it fit me better. So when I would be searching for a replacement part I of course took weight into consideration and for the most part managed to drop weight on everything I swapped out. As I mentioned the bike actually broke the 16 lb barrier which is pretty cool but I now realize that I'm going to end up taking it lower still. Not for the sake of being a WW but because there are still a few things left on the bike that I want to change out/upgrade if you will and as a result, it should shave a little more weight in the process.
I even managed to do a little carbon project myself by modifying my SLR XP saddle by swapping out the rails (documented in another thread) so that was pretty cool and a fun experience but I realize I don't have the patients that a true carbon fiber wiz like Berk or Weeracerweenie have (or the tools).
My most recent round of upgrades that all showed up this week are/were, bars, seat post, pedals, tires, and skewers. All were actually items I needed. I wanted a different bar that had a shallower drop and shorter reach. I then realized I wanted a flat top bar but didn't want to have to fully wrap the bars at the same time to hide the cables. In the end I went with the ITM Pathom 2 bar. It was listed at 220g which didn't make me that happy but I pulled the trigger because comfort was going to win out in this case. I threw it on the scale (pic of this will be added later as it is on the camera at home) and it weighed in at 207g out of the box! Sweet because the bar it was replacing weighed 230g! Boom! 23g dropped!
I needed to replace my 12+ yr old Speedplay X2's and ended up winning an auction on the bay for a set of X1's that only had about 100 miles on them. I mean these things might as well be brand new. The cleats only had a single scratch on them for crying out loud! Weight savings was 42g !
I had to replace the seatpost as the KCNC one I had been riding was on loan to me as I realized I needed a straight post. The KCNC weighed in at 141g for a 27.2x350mm post. I picked up a Hylix carbon that was a 27.2x400mm that had a claimed weight of 160g. After trimming it down to the needed length, it now weighs 131g and technically I guess I could cut another inch off it but I figure I'll leave it the way it is in the event I want to slap it on another bike or something. So really I only saved about 10g for the seat post, but I now own this one so that is a plus.
Skewers, well, I got two sets of wheels when I bought the bike. But only one was complete. That meant I needed some more skewers, tires, and a cassette. For the skewers I went with the Token titanium/carbon's. In comparison to the stock Campy ones I was using this netted me a 73g weight savings! Yep the Token's are pretty frickn light at 36g for the pair!
Tires: Again something I needed as I only had one set to swap between the two wheel sets. The old tires were Hutchinsons that weighed in at 560g for the pair. The new tires are Velo Flex Corsa and weigh 383g for a savings of 177g! Just ridiculous really!
By doing my little saddle project I shaved another 42g.
I plan on going for a spin at lunch today and stopping by a shop that recently moved to a new location. I figure it will give me a chance to check out the new store as well as see if they have a scale to weigh the bike on. If so, I'll post up a weight when I get back.
I am a little up in the air as to what to go after next. I have a lot of different ideas (one of which should be wheels) but my goal is also to keep the cost down as well. The idea of wheels is there simply because I want a pair of lower profile carbon rims. But the reality is that I already have two sets of wheels and would rather work on swapping some other stuff first. At the moment, I am thinking that a new headset is at the top of the list. I was considering the Cane Creek AER but don't like the idea of not having a bearing on the top (though the new model allows for it) so I am thinking that I'll go with an Extra Light instead. That will probably shave another 30g or so. Next will probably be a set of brakes. I am most likely going to go with the KCNC C7's as that will probably drop about 100g but I will do a little more research on these to see what others have experienced with them. I will then move on to the derailleurs. For the rear I will do a carbon fiber rear plate, new jockey wheels, and different bolts (alu/ti). I have no idea what the weight savings will be here. For the front derailleur, I will replace it all together with a braze on style and then get a Parle carbon clamp. Lastly will be a new crank or chain rings or both! I don't think that just getting new rings will drop much weight. I also don't think that upgrading to a Record 10 spd crank is going to save that much either (compared to the money being spent). So the idea is to maybe just get my hands on an Extra Light or Lightening crank and then put some Extra Light rings on it. That should amount to a huge weight savings over the current Chorus CT crank w/ stock rings. But this is the most expensive upgrade so I'm sure it will take some time.
As you can see, the next round of upgrades is becoming more of a want rather than a need (other than a headset). So, I'm not as pressed about doing them at this point which in turn gives me some time to sock some money away and do more research into them.
On a side note, I will add that I took a bit of a butt woopin installing the new bar last night. Just ridiculous really. The i-Link cables didn't fit thru the bar. Then for whatever reason I could only find one of the original cables that came on the bike (I swear that Elf on the Shelf took it). In the end I pulled the cables off my daughters bike
Once that was done is was time for the next beat down w/ the bar tape. Normally bar tape goes pretty quick for me but I used the new Lizard Skin dimpled stuff and it doesn't stretch. This made it a little tricky around the tighter bends and the hoods themselves. Instead of it taking me some 5-10 min, it ended up taking almost 30! But I'm quite happy with the end results.
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And one of the new saddle/seat post
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Pic of front hub (White Industries all polished up and clean) w/ the new Token skewer
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Lastly here's the build list so far and what weights I have:
09 Pinella Frame/carbon fork ?wt?
FSA Orbit X headset 110g
Zipp 5mm spacer 4g
Zipp Service Corse stem 120g
ITM Pathom 2 bar 207g
Record calipers 280g/pair
Centaur levers 364g/pair
Brake/shift cables: Jag Wire ?wt??
Lizard Skin bar tape wt???
Seat post collar 8g
Hylix carbon post w/ ti hardware 131g
Modded SLR saddle 113g
set 1- Velocity Areohead (ah OC on rear), Sapim spokes, brass nips, WI hubs 645g front/890g rear
set 2- Velocity Deep V, sapim spokes, brass nips, WI hubs (black) 818g front/1027g rear
set 1- Veloflex Corsa 23c 383g (on set 1)
set 2- Hutchinson Atoms 560g (on set 2)
set 1- Bontrager lights @76g ea. (on set 1)
set 2- Performance cheapies at 120g ea (on set 2)
Token carbon/ti 36g (on set 1)
Campy 109g (on set 2)
Record clamp on front der 100g
Record 10spd rear der wt??
C10 chain wt???
Chorus CT 10spd crank wt???
Speedplay X1 pedals 155g
Chorus cassette 11-25t 252g
Campy lock ring 14g
I think that is about it. I have yet to completely disassemble the bike to get all the weights and I keep saying I am going to do it when the weather breaks but that just hasn't happened yet. I also need to get the Campy tool to pull my crank.
So there you have it. Still a lot of room to work with at this point and the new goal is to get it down to 15.something pounds over this upcoming year.