Tokyo Drifter wrote:
# switching to a compact crank YES, YES, and YES. Better in every way!
# cutting down the excess seatpost <--is this recommended? Sure, for 10-20g, but only if you are confident of your position and sure that you are happy with the post ie, you'll never sell it if you cut it.
# replacing DA 10sp cassette out with an OMNI Racer Ti Ceramic Road Cassette Nope. DA functions best, you'll be better off with a short cage if you go to compact cranks, but there is no reason to get the OMNI parts
# replacing current DA pulleys with a TOKEN TIRAMIC Bearing Derailleur Pulley Set I wouldn't bother. You won't save much weight, and they are a lot of $$ for a stupid small part
# replacing current DA bearings with a TIRAMIC Ti Ceramic Bottom Bracket Bearings The point of ceramics is not weight savings, but that they roll much better. I would just stick with DA, as a ceramic BB is pretty spendy and only saves you 1-2kw (ie not much at all)
# a lighter wheelset (although I'm loving the Easton EA90 SL) This is the second thing I would do, behind a compact cranks and a short cage derailleur. [b]There are many options and what you choose really depends on your style of riding. It is not uncomplicated.[/b]
# titanium bolt upgrade. Maybe 80g to lose, but again, big outlay. Alloy bolts are lighter and cheaper and fine in most places on a bike.
# losing some body weight <-most important
Thanks so much, Tokyo Drifter!
As far as compact cranks go, I've looked at DA 7950 (665g) and SRAM Red (740g). I'm leaning towards the DA compact due to the weight and SRAM Red due to the price...but I'm wondering which ones plays nicer with DA 7800/7803. With either option, I still need to switch out my left triple brake/shifter to a standard one. Aesthetics is also an important factor for me.
Until then, I'll continue strolling the message boards for answers.
Thoughts, advice, recommendations anyone?