Budget MTB project

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robbosmans
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by robbosmans

Hi, my name is Rob and I am 18 years old. I bought this bike a year ago. Since then I fell in love with bikes and decided my bike could use some upgrades since it weighs (hold your breath) ~13,2 kg. My goal is 10kg. Since I am a student I am on a budget.

Here is my bike with some minor upgrades.

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I got rid of the brooks cambium because i didnt like it (and was really heavy). I went for a Fabric Line elite instead. In this stage it weighs 12,94kg.

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Today my wheels came in and i was looking forward to drop some big numbers. I also put on my summer tires.
The wheels are Stans Crest laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs 36t with 28 spokes front and rear.

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605g for the front (with tape)

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780g for the rear (with tape). Really happy with this! Got these wheels for €480 and the pair of tires for €60.

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Total weight 11,94. Dropped a hole kg. I guess the stock wheels where very heavy.

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Really happy with it! I would love to hear some suggestions from you guys what I should tackle next? I was thinking of getting a better fork.






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by onemanpeloton

Great looking bike Rob! What forks are you using? There could be some good weight savings there
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It is a Rockshox Judy that came with the bike, I cant find the weight of the fork an I gues thats a bad sign?


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search the second hand forums/ebay for the best deals. obviously you'll loose the most weight on the larger parts, stem/handlebar/seatpost/saddle/fork, but they tend to cost the most.

if you dont raise/lower your seatpost a lot, a simple bolt on seat colar will shave some grams for a low cost. if thats your set handlebar height, cutting the fork steerer & loosing some of those ahead spacers is another ounce weight loss for free

having been a student a long time ago. I'd suggest as parts wear out, replace with lighter. for now just enjoy cycling, the funds for lighter parts will come with time
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by robbosmans

I am taking a break from school this year and i work at the bikeshop, that is why i wanted to tackle this project. Thanks for the tips! I will look into lighter finishing kit (I just weight my seatpost and it was almost 400g!).

Also are lighter brake rotors worth it?


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by Slammed

Here are my quick thoughts on some easy weight savings:

Post - find a kcnc or ebay carbon post for like $50 which should be <200g
Seatclamp - any "nice" but inexpensive clamp will be around 10g
Handlebar - The mt zoom bar weighs 110g and only costs like $100

kcnc grips are always a good value because you'll save ~40g for $15.

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by robbosmans

Big upgrades.

New fork: Rockshox Reba Rl, 1575g (wo thru axle and lockout+cut steerer)
Replacing my Rockshox Judy Silver ~2300g
Forgot to take pics of these.

Also got a sweet deal on some XX1 crank arms
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Old Cranks:
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New ones:
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Wanted to try an oval chainring, got a superstarcomp raptor 32t, i could probably go bigger.
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Old one:
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New one:
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Also got a chinese version of the mismatch matchmaker and some XT rotors.

Total weight:
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Pic:
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by onemanpeloton

looks great!
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