This is my 2009 Trek 1.7c. It's my first road bike purchased new in late 2008, pictured here in standard form other than having the bartape swapped for red Bontrager stuff, Bontrager carbon bottlecage and M520 SPDs. Standard spec is full 5600 105 and wheels that judging by the weight are made of Plutonium. Weight was probably just under 10kg.
I ran it in a variation of that spec for a while and but loads of miles into it. As more weight came off me and I got fitter and faster I started to consider the weight of the bike more and ended up lurking on here reading lots of interesting builds and tips and tricks to shed weight. As I got fitter my position on the bike changed too. I now run the stem with no spacers and the saddle slightly higher. Here it is with the steerer cut, Planet-X skewers, Look Keo carbons, Michelin ProRace 3s and a stripped Selle Italia SLR. Weight at this point was 8,860g
I then bought a used kinesis KR-810 frame to start to build a more focused build. Unfortunately due to a misunderstanding I bought completely the wrong size frame. At this point I considered just taking the easy option and buying a Supersix with SRAM Red as a much easier basis to start Weenie-ing from. However, I've decided to stick with the alu Trek for now and lighten that a bit more. There's a certain perverse pleasure I get from modifying something mundane to make it perform better. I was also inspired by some of the CAAD10 builds that show how far a bike can go even with a 'humble' alu frame. Trek get bashed, but although this bike is far from being fashionable, my experience of it has proved it to be a dependable and robust entry to road cycling. I actually like how stiff it is too and it fits me really well.
The red tape was due for the annual swap - so I fitted some black Deda stuff. I'm trying to reduce the overly graphic look that Trek favour and can hopefully reduce all the logos etc to make it look a bit more classy.
Next up, and the place I could easily get the biggest gains was the wheels. I wanted to stick with clinchers and really wanted something with a black brake track. Eventually I settled on Mavic R-Sys SLRs. Weight is now 8,070g.
That's it for now. I'm accumulating parts ready to go on though and will update as I fit things. I'm still not ruling out a swap over to a Supersix frame in the future but for now am going to enjoy building this up.