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It's based around a 1997 Giant MCM carbon (20") and looks a little something like this:
I wanted to get it built first, then I can tune it further, as funds allow.
It was mostly built from parts I had lurking around, hence the hotch-potch look of the bike, but like I say I'm going to be reducing the weight more as time goes by.
There were many goals I wanted to achieve, in building this:
a) sub 8kg
c) sub £500
Frame: Giant MCM Carbon 20"
Fork: Pace RC31 carbon with additional V-brake mounts
Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis (Ti bolts)
Handlebar: Giant Carbon (600mm)
Grips: Ritchey WCS
Brakes: TRP M920 Titanium (referring to the Ti hardware)
Brake Pads: KoolStop
Brake Cables: Jagwire
Brake Levers: Paul (for Vee's)
Front Derailleur: don't make me laugh
Rear Derailleur: not on your nelly
Derailleur Cables: invisible
Cassette: Surly SS 15t
Chain: Sachs Road 8sp
Cranks: XTR M95*
Crank Bolts: Octalink
Chainrings: 1 x Ritchey Alu 36t
Chainring bolts: Onza Alu
Bottom Bracket: Dura Ace 7900
Pedals: Ritchey Pro
Hub Skewers: Controltech Scandium
Rims: Mavic X517
Nipples: cold and raw
Tyres: Ritchey WCS Z-max 1.7
Tubes: AirB Latex
Saddle: Flite Kevlar Carbon Evoltion
Seatpost: Profile Carbon
Seatpost Binder: Tune QR
And I've achieved all my goals..
Looking forward to your comments (good and bad)
kcnc stem - minus 17g
Conti Twister tyres - minus 150g for the pair
Foss tubes - minus 80g for the pair
Steinbach brake levers - minus 65g for the pair.
total weight saving of 312g, should allow me to run a 1x9/10 set up with no difference to the weight..
First on the agenda was a 9sp cnc'd cassette @ 158g
Next up was a roadie Dura-Ace RM, tuned by me to 180g
and to make it all spin, a nice gold Ti coated hollowpin chain
Then it was off with 200g of SS kit and DCD, and to make it function, a Suntour XCpro thumbie at 73g, capable of covering the entire cassette range.
I love the transformation builds, more than the buy everything, slap it together builds.
Oh and welcome!!!
2013 Giant Defy Composite 2 M, 8.5kg - Wife's
Azzurro Torino 8.55g
Fuji 650 10.8kg
Miele Lupa Triple Tandem 38,89kg
I've really enjoyed the hunt for parts so far, always hanging on for a good mix of weight and £££
I could go 50g lighter on the cassette, for instance, but it would be 3 times the price of this one, and I'm still (JUST) under the £500 price limit..
thanks for the post over at BikeForums!
I am super psyched to see you've already embarked on the same path as I'd like to with my Cadex. One of the main reasons I was searching for the specs of the bike, was so that it could potentially simplify the upgrading process. I love the work you've done to yours so far. Looks great! So, have you run into many issues whilst cutting the weight? Is there anything I should pay attention to?
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