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The bike is a 2003 Kona King Kikapu, 16.5". It was advertised at 21lbs which I thought was a bonus since this bike was immaculate. After bringing it home and throwing it on the scale I was sorely disappointed, 25.7lbs
This is when my journey began and I was bitten by the Weight Weenie bug! I was now on a mission to drop at least 4lbs...
This is how the Ad read:
Top of the line full XTR (not just the derailleur) Kona Kikapu. XTR cranks, XTR shifters, XTR brakes, XTR cog set, XTR front/rear derailleur, Race Face stem, Easton seat post, Mavic 317 rims, FOX TLT fork and FOX Float rear shock. We have a few handle bars if you want to swap too. As you can see from the pictures, it's in pristine shape, lady driven. Weighs about 21lbs
Here she is at 11657grams (25.7lbs) when I bought her.
Had to keep going...
Decided to try some lighter tires so I threw on some 2.25 Racing Ralph and dropped another pound, down to 10805 grams (23.82lbs)
Now I was on the hunt for lighter wheelset and found myself a set of ZTR Podium MMX and set them up tubeless with Hutchinson Piranha 2.0 and Ashima Ai2 160mm rotors.
This got the bike down to 10160 grams (22.4lbs)
Nice documentation of your WW journey!
Cielo by Chris King Cross Racer
Hmmm maybe a Rock Shox Sid World Cup would do the trick...
And maybe a Dura Ace 12-27 cassette for good measure
So now I've hit my target weight at 21.7lbs. Why don't I feel satisfied??
Full carbon saddle
MT Zoom seat clamp
Ness titanium QR skewers
After this happened I read that it has happened to others as well. The bead fails!
Brings it down to 20.28lbs or 9200grams
Maxxis Maxxlite 285
Dura Ace 11-23
My story will continue in the Gallery section eventually because 21lbs just isn't light enough
You are cutting corners to cut the weight down fast, but it may hurt the functionality. Where and how you will use this bike is another story. It's a nice old school machine for sure!
MSC Koncept Carbon Di2 - 6955g
Leichtkraft Team Carbon - 6868g.
It probably seems like a quick drop in weight but these changes having been ongoing since early 2012. And you're right I definitely wouldn't want to use any components that would hinder the overall functionality of the bike.
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