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 Post subject: Fixed gear weenie build
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:11 pm 
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I was debating selling this bike but something told me to keep it and rebuild it in a weight weenie theme. I have no idea where this will end up but my last builds were so much fun i would post another one. The frame and fork is a 2010 Masi Speciale fixed Limited.
Its built with Reynolds 525 Steel and is very stiff and responsive. I actually love the road geometry vs track geometry and I like having brakes for those just in case( saved my rear more then once) occasions.

I had put it together before with left over parts and the cheap wheels and it came in at just under 20 pounds 9080 grams!!!

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The main thing I am considering is keeping the steel fork. I was considering a carbon fork and it would be a Reynolds Quozo thats on my Lynskey. I think its around the 400-450g range and it has a grey stripe which would match perfectly.

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 Post subject: Fixed gear weenie build
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:22 am 
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Go for it!

If that is the frame I'm thinking of, it's definitely going to weigh you down.

Fork and wheels will be the main offenders. A TA chainring might also save a few g for not a lot of $.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:49 pm 
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100% keep the fork. Replace everything else.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:14 pm 
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I tore everything down and I had some really heavy stuff on there. Ill post all of the weights when I have more time. But the main thing is the weight of the frame and fork. Good grief! Is steel supposed to be this heavy?

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Fork with race

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Is this normal for steel?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:18 pm 
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Hi-end steel would be lighter. About 1500-1600gr for the frame and 600-700gr for the fork. Keep the frame and fork and do not spend a lot of money on this project IMHO.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:36 pm 
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Even though the frame-set weighs a lot, you can still get this thing pretty light.
In my signature there is a link for my weight weenie fixed gear build, check it out for some inspiration?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:30 pm 
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Very normal for steel. My new steel forks weight in at ~800g. Ligheter ios possible but it starts to cost.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:08 pm 
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I have thought about ditching this build but at the end of the day I really like this frameset, I like the way it rides and the overall performance. Im trying not to spend alot on this build and maybe have it around 17 pounds with the steel fork.

Here is the crank that was on it

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and the replacement

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:13 am 
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Cheap way to save some grams;
I'm assuming those are steel chainring bolts, *Get some alloy.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:32 am 
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Werdna wrote:
Cheap way to save some grams;
I'm assuming those are steel chainring bolts, *Get some alloy.


I know, but I wanted gold ones to match the brazing, 17 dollars plus freight, ouch. I may just do it since it will match the headset and chain I am ordering.

I could save some major weight in wheels but im not trying to spend the monet though. I will probably build a pair if linlin xr270's with Novatec 20/24 track hubs. Seems to be the cheapest weenie option

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:38 am 
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If you are located in the USA,
I would recommend Velocity rims vs Kinlin. The A23 is a good 25 grams lighter and they are great quality. Similar price as well.
You could save another 35grams per rim by switching to escape tubulars :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:01 am 
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Werdna wrote:
If you are located in the USA,
I would recommend Velocity rims vs Kinlin. The A23 is a good 25 grams lighter and they are great quality. Similar price as well.
You could save another 35grams per rim by switching to escape tubulars :D


Awesome info, Thanks a bunch. How are you liking the tubular set up. Im a little hesitant in going tubular. Afraid of expensive flats. Are your front hubs regular road hubs vs track hubs?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:30 pm 
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Its been a while since I have worked on this build. This is probably my slowest build ever lol. Its kind of fun taking my time and really looking at different options. I have come to appreciate the classic design of the frame and fork. i must say I have missed riding it and cant wait to give it a spin when its done.

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Old genaric seatpost

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New Turner seat post Uncut, I did trim 60mm off of the post, net weight eneded up at 188 grams

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Novatech Track hubs 20/24 hole

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:41 am 
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Looking good, can't wait to see the finished product :)

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I'm not really sure what it is but I recently obtained a cheap fixie from Bikesdirect that came in at 23 lbs and proceeded to change out everything except the frame, fork, headset, front brake, rear wheel, chain and cog and have it down to 16.1 lbs by using castoffs and about $200 more than what I paid for the bike. The weird thing is I have this sub $460 bike that all I want to do is ride it. It's so much fun to ride. :?

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