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 Post subject: Hi from Portugal
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:37 pm 

Joined: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:52 pm
Posts: 30
Hi, my name is André and I am from Portugal.
I will present my two bikes, a Carrera Nitro SL (full campy athena 11s, campy zonda wheelset, 3t cockpit, 7.6kg, ) and my Trek 9.9 SSL which is my main project, and trying to be a weighweenie (not much, but trying).
I am starting this project, on the budget (at least I hope so).
I bought the bike used, for cheap (around 600eur) with the following specs:
Frame: Trek Elite 9.9SSL 2012 (the frame was cracked, but I managed to have a new one under warranty)
Fork: Rock Shox SID Race 2009 (1680g with the locker)
FD: Shimano XT 9spd
RD: Shimano SLX 9spd
Crankset: Shimano SLX 22/32/44 (I am not sure)
Cassette: Shimano XT 9spd
Shifters: Shimano XT 3x9
Chain: Shimano (?)
Front Wheel: A2Z Hub, ZTR Olympic, Unknown spokes
Rear Wheel: Novatec Hub, Sapim Spokes, ZTR Alpine
Front Tyre: Maxxis Crossmark Lust
Rear Tyre: Maxxis Gato 2.1 (with tube inside, because it was rotten)
Skewers: Yellow KCNC
Saddle: Syncros XR2.0 (55g)
Seatpost: Bontrager Carbon
Brakes: Avid Elixir Sl
Rotors: Formula 160mm
Handlebar: Bontrager Select Line (260g)
Grips: Syncros
Stem: Ritchey (don't know the model, it was too "big" for me so changed for a shorter one.
Pedals: Shimano M505

Basically almost every bearing on the bike was trashed, freehub was broken in 3 parts, the front wheel flexed like crazy, so some tradings begin:
1) All shifting was changed for a "semi-new" Shimano XT 2x10 setup, only Crankset was XT
2) The brakes were changed for some used Shimano XT (They were revised, using new oil, and new brake pads, unfortunatelly, not ice tech ones, they weren't available and I was on the budget)
3) I bought a new freehub for the rear wheel, and new bearings for the A2Z hub (chinese ones), still I wasn't satisfied with the stiffness of the wheels, maybe due to loose spokes. Front bearings was thrashed after two months (no water, no dust)
So when I could I trade them for a set of NOS 2012 Prototype Race 26. Prototype is a Portuguese brand that is having some sucess do the "rational" products, being them light, but noth super hiper mega light but reliable. They have a great team
and great support. See their products at
4) Sold the old Shimano M505, and bought something of the same price (18eur) to test.
5) The syncros saddle made my butt hurt, so one day I found this already stripped Selle Italia, and it was trade one by another without expenses

So here is the complete spec sheet now:
Frame: 2012 Trek Elite 9.9 SSL 17.5'
Fork: Rock Shox Race 26' 2009 altough with a little use on one of the legs, it was revisioned, and it works like a charm.
The locker was taken out, I never used it.
Headset: Cane Creek
seatpost clamp: Original (Bontrager)
Seatpost: Original (Bontrager XXX Carbon)
Seat: Stripped Selle Italia
Stem: Easton EA 50 80mm
Bar: 2011 Race Face Next SL 31.8
Grips: Syncros
bottle cages: Elite Race Custom
Brakes: Shimano XT Ice-Tech M785
Front derailleur: Shimano XT M781 2x10spd
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT M781 10spd
Crankset: Shimano XTR M980 26-38 170mm
Bottom Bracket: AliExpress ABEC5 Bearings
Chainrings: Shimano M980 26/38
Chainring bolts: Original
Chain: Shimano Deore HG54 10spd
Shifters: Shimano XT M781
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36 10v
Wheels: Prototype Race 26' (Portuguese brand:
hubs: Prototype Evo2.2
Spokes: Pilar1.7/2.0
Rims: Prototype
Tires: Maxxis Crossmark Lust 2.1/ Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.1
Pedals: Zeray ZP-108S (I still don't have them on the bike, they are supposed to weight 260g, at 18eur shipped I couldn't resist to test them). For now I am using some lent Exaustar Pedals.
Polar/garmin/computer mounts: I have a Timex Mount for my Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire, but I haven't weigh it.
Total Weight: 9.52kg

Unfortunately I haven't weight before the upgrades, but as it is now, it is weighting 9.52kg with pedals (exaustar).
I know that I can get it a bit lighter without wasting too much money or without taking out perfectly working components.
First of all I must get a kitchen scale :P But so far I was thinking:
- Grips: Prototype 16,8g, instead of 55g
- Bolts: Going Ti or Alu. Prototype also sells light ones
For Rotors:
For other parts of the bike I must see the sizes.
- Stem:
UNO ASA-105 80mm + Ti Bolts: I guess about 30-40eur
Protoype Physis 80mm (Already with Ti Bolts): 70eur
Extralite Hyperstem 6 80mm: I guess about 200eur shipped. If this would come, would be a crazy buy, but it is pornographic.
I am just worried about bar slippage issues. In the past I had an Extralite UL3 with an ITM Millenium Carbon Monocoque Ultra Lite 25.4 road bar
and it would slip (yes I used carbon paste and yes I torque them right. the only issue I can see was the bolts not being original).
- Tyres
I haven't weight this ones, and also they came free. But when they are worn I must check about something decent and not heavy.
- Seat Post Clamp
Original 38.2: 26g
Prototype 38.2: 5.9g 21.7eur
Here are some photos:

If you have any suggestion in terms of "cheap" upgrades let me know.
Here are some photos of both:
ImageDSC_0043 by skinniezico, no Flickr

ImageDSC_0215 by skinniezico, no Flickr

ImageDSC_0216 by skinniezico, no Flickr

ImageDSC_0439 by skinniezico, no Flickr

Carrera Nitrol Sl/Campagnolo Athena 11s/Campangolo Zonda
Trek Elite 9.9 SSL/Prototype Race 26/Rock Shox Sid Race/Shimano XT 2x10

 Post subject: Hi from Portugal
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:37 pm 

 Post subject: Re: Hi from Portugal
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:46 am 

Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:27 am
Posts: 103
get some Ashima Ai2 rotors - lose up to 100g ?

 Post subject: Re: Hi from Portugal
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:58 pm 

Joined: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:52 pm
Posts: 30
Jmdesignz2 wrote:
get some Ashima Ai2 rotors - lose up to 100g ?

Thanks for the suggestion. I've heard of them. But completely forgot that my disks could be heavy. Do you think it will be enough to stop a 80kg guy?

Carrera Nitrol Sl/Campagnolo Athena 11s/Campangolo Zonda
Trek Elite 9.9 SSL/Prototype Race 26/Rock Shox Sid Race/Shimano XT 2x10

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