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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:24 am 
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First off, hi! I'm basically new here...

My first WW project!

I gave myself a $2k budget to make the lightest road bike I could for climbing. I scoured Ebay, Pinkbike, Amazon and a few other places trying to find anything that was reasonably light, and not too expensive. Everything has been ordered, and the last parts should all be here within the next 2 weeks.

I actually didn’t find this forum until just about a week ago. I’m looking to try and shave another ~500g off the bike over the summer. There are obvious ways I could do this - more expensive groupset components, Ti bolts etc…

But I’m hoping to try and find weight reduction with minimal $ from here on. I've reached my $2k limit. I’d love to hear any suggestions. I’ve been reading on ‘tuning’ components like Derailleurs and shifters and seat post clamps etc. I come from (years ago) customizing Honda Ruckus scooters - so I’m no stranger to a Dremel and drill ;)

I have weighed every single part as it arrives - or I have the mfg weight for items I don’t have yet (except the chain rings). I haven’t started assembling yet - so some parts are still uncut etc.

I have it at ~5559g fully built right now…

I want to be under 5443g!!!

Frame: R5ca Clone w/hardware - 845g
Fork Uncut: 340g
Seat Post Uncut w/hardware - 160g
Jag wire Shifter Cable Housing - 34g
Jag wire brake Cable Housing - 64g
Steel brake and gear cables - 40g
SRAM Force Shifters - 336g
Time Iclic Titan Pedals - 180g
Headset Spacers 12mm - 5g
Bontrager XXX clone Bottle cage - 30g (for both)
Black Prince Brake Pads - 30g (for 4)
Garmin Cadence Sensor - 10g
SRAM Force Front Derailleur - 83g
SRAM Force Rear Derailleur - 169g
Compression Plug - 26g
SRAM XG1190 11-25 Cassette - 156g
KMC X11SL Chain - 239g
Planet X CNC Calipers - 182g
Headset/bearings - 64g
Seat Clamp - 15g
FSA BB - 79g
FSA K Light Crank (no rings) - 420g
FSA CSI OS-99 Stem - 138g
FSA 34/50 Chain Rings -163g

Yet To Receive:

24mm low profile Tubular Wheels - 980g
Tufo S3Lite 195 tires x2 - 390g
Ti Skewers from China x2 - 35g
Saddle from China - 92g
Bontrager XXX Clone bars 40cm - 210g

I will start posting photos soon :) Thanks for any help!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:33 am 
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Sounds like an awesome project! Welcome to the forum too!

FWIW Tufo's generally ride poorly. They are light. I had a set that made so much road noise I was happy when I flatted them so I could throw them away. They are a very light spare to carry.

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looking forward to seeing how this gets done!


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Where did you buy the frame from?


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Juanmoretime wrote:
Sounds like an awesome project! Welcome to the forum too!

FWIW Tufo's generally ride poorly. They are light. I had a set that made so much road noise I was happy when I flatted them so I could throw them away. They are a very light spare to carry.


what kind of road noise?

Im on Pro4 service course clinchers right now and I notice that they make a lot more noise than my last tires. On an alloy wheelset.


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I'm pretty sure its because the rubber compound is so hard that the tires sound like truck tires going down the road. I was rather surprised how loud they were.

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Hi all - I've updated the parts list at the top post as some things have changed. I've ditched Shimano for SRAM to lighten it up a bit.

I figure I should start posting some pictures - I've been waiting for the bars to arrive so i can wire this thing up - but I guess there's a few things I can do in the meantime...

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Hopefully will cut the forks down today and get the headset, forks and stem together... In the next few days I'll put the BB and Crank on....


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JackWalk wrote:
Where did you buy the frame from?


A seller on Aliexpress. There'a number of guys on my club that have purchased frames through sellers there - and all love their built up bikes on those frames - so I figured I'd give it a try. Plus - it's really the only way I could stick within my budget. I could have grabbed a cheaper frame but I had my mind set on this for a while now. This bike is strictly for climbing - it's not going to be an everyday rider.

There are 5 ski mountains all within riding distance of my house. One of them is "the go to" climb as far as local climbing Strava bragging rights go. This bike's really just for that climb. It's a 100km/60m return trip - and I usually climb it 2 times per week. My other 3-400km a week will stick with my S5.


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Reading through the forums here gave me the incentive to brake out my Dremel and sand paper.

I've decided to go for silver accents on this build.

I sanded the shifters down to the UD Carbon, gives them a nice marbles look in the sun. Sanded the levers down to the alloy. I've sanded the derailleurs down to the alloy, and the magnesium and carbon on the RD.

The callipers were ordered that way.

I'm thinking of sanding down the seat clamp to match...

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Ugh. No crown race was included.... Just realized that....


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don't get me wrong, it looks good but i'll never understand how you can write cervelo on a cheap frame... the paint scheme, yeah, cool, why not?! but i would have written smth unique, smth personal on that frame... a name, a word, whatever... instead of rca, put your initials, your kids', your gf's initials, your wife's, or your girlfriend's and wife's! :mrgreen: but maybe that's just me? :noidea:

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Daddy yo yo wrote:
don't get me wrong, it looks good but i'll never understand how you can write cervelo on a cheap frame... the paint scheme, yeah, cool, why not?! but i would have written smth unique, smth personal on that frame... a name, a word, whatever... instead of rca, put your initials, your kids', your gf's initials, your wife's, or your girlfriend's and wife's! :mrgreen: but maybe that's just me? :noidea:


I know where that mentality comes from - it's all good. In fact, the thought of putting my daughters name, in Cervelo font is kind of brilliant - and I'm storing that for later thanks.

However in the confines of this forum thread, is simply pictures and my words about building a bike that makes me happy, and so far everything I have shown makes me very happy :)


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