at the time i'm writing this, i'm very far from home and i'm really missing my bikes and riding (i'm from hungary and we are traveling south america with the gf atm). i usually try to be close to bikes when i can (eg. rent one or go ride the death road in bolivia on a downhill bike) but it's just not the same as riding my own. and it's certainly not enough.
so what can one do 12k kms away from the bikes? daydream, and keep an eye on the classifieds and ebay of course! daydreaming brought up the idea of going a bit ww on my best bike and ebay.. well, more on that a bit later.
the frame was bought on a london forum and built up with the groupset i always liked best. it is a cannondale six13 set up with Campagnolo Record 10s, Hollowgrams and a Fulcrum5 wheelset. i always planned on making it better but was never willing to shell out more than the frame's worth for the wheels. it is fairly light as it currently stands - just a wee bit over 7 kgs (something like 7100 grs), but there's always room for improvement
this brings me to an auction i won the other day: i always lusted for a white industries hubset (CK is nice and all but def can't afford) and checking the bay i noticed a wheelset that i really liked.. WI LTA hubs on unknown carbon rims, including a pair of new continental competition tubs and a Dura Ace casette. strangely not many people had it in their sight, so i got the whole combo for really silly money.
also bought an SLR135 saddle to replace the current fizik (shape is ok, but did not have the "comfiest saddle ever" feeling with any saddle so far, so this is an experiment too aside from weight loss)
i'll definitely go down the Kalloy UNO -17 route and might slam the stem fully with a custom top cap, and also thought of getting a lighter post. china carbon is not for me, so was thinking USE Alien Carbon. oh, and a Cannnondale KP017 is also on the wishlist.
seller stated the wheelset comes in at 2000 grs all in, so according to calculations (F5 weight: 1650, Rubino Pro 3 weight: 235, Schwalbe SVT20 weight: 65, Chorus casette: 243, total: 2493), i'm losing quite a bit right there (might be more, as every weight apart from the casette is taken from manufacturers' sites).
will post scale pics when i get home and have the parts in my hands.
those paying attention are surely thinking of the Dura Ace casette i mentioned and Shimano splines for the bike equipped with Campagnolo - it seems i found an LTA with a Campag freehub, already paid for it, so i'm hoping that the seller is going to post it as he went silent right after my payment..
as you can see, this is a fairly budget build, so any suggestion is welcome regarding affordable light components! (eg. current bars are deda zero100 but they seem to be among the lightest oversize alloy, so not sure i can go lower without spending a ton on carbon..)