Weight Weenie(ish) project - Colnago V2-R 48cm

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LewisK
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by LewisK

Hi,

After lurking here for quite some time, and being inspired by some of the builds, I've decided to take the plunge and Weight Weenie my Colnago V2-R 48cm.

I have always loved the look of raw carbon frames, and the weight saving is attractive, so here goes.

The seatpost was done on Saturday morning, it took about 1h and the end result is pretty good and 7g saved

A bit of 120grit to get things going, followed by wet and dry 400, 1200, 1500, 2000, then a UV wax which gives a nice shine! I'll do this on the fork and frame.

Wish me luck, I will try and update and post photos on a regular basis.

Thanks, Lewis
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LewisK
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by LewisK

Seatpost finished
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LewisK
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by LewisK

Ive done the fork, id estimate 3.5hrs to do it but very pleased with the end result!

Finished off with wet 2000grit. I havent used any UV wax yet but will as there are some micro holes to fill. Even without a wax it looks pretty good.

The Italians clearly love the paint, a total of 22grams saved.

New weight 333grams

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by mike

nice you may save 100 grams overall from just sanding.

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by jasonh

Nice! Finish work is definitely tedious as hell but massively rewarding on a bicycle. I once polished a raw AL frameset. It took me over a month! It looked awesome, but it absolutely killed me because it wasn’t a very good frameset.
Can I ask what you’re using for uv wax?

LewisK
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by LewisK

jasonh wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Nice! Finish work is definitely tedious as hell but massively rewarding on a bicycle. I once polished a raw AL frameset. It took me over a month! It looked awesome, but it absolutely killed me because it wasn’t a very good frameset.
Can I ask what you’re using for uv wax?
Thanks :-)) Definately tedious, definately rewarding!
Im in no hurry as its my summer bike, so have plenty of time to do it and would rather it take longer but get it done properly! But hopefully within 6 weeks or so, i should make good progress over the festive season!

Its called Easygloss, which is a polish/wax designed for carbon. After a final wet 2000grit, then this, it will look like its been clear coated. The company that sells it is easycomposites. Thanks!

LewisK
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by LewisK

mike wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:40 pm
nice you may save 100 grams overall from just sanding.
It was a good saving on the fork! Frame is white, so that should mean i save a fair bit! Will be interesting to see actually!

LewisK
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by LewisK

So the frames weighs a whopping 917 grams! Heavier than i thought, and thats with BB, hanger and headset bearings removed!

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A bit of progress, 31g has gone! The glossy paint seems thick and hard to remove!
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by jorisee01

Keep going. Great work!

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LewisK
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by LewisK

Thank you! Getting there slowly, a bit more done this morning!
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Other half went Xmas shopping, so a good few hours in the garage!
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rlanger
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by rlanger

Following this with interest and enjoying your posts.

I really want to do this to my De Rosa too, but I'm an n=1 guy so I'd be without a bike until I could complete it. Don't really love the thought of that to be honest.

Maybe I'll just start with the fork. and the seat tube. I guess I could do both of those without stripping the bike down, and it would probably look pretty cool once done.

Have you been doing the all the stripping with sandpaper only or have you used a razor blade at all?

LewisK
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by LewisK

Thanks :-) It’s my summer bike, so not being ridden at the moment and it’s a been a nice project! Not sure I’d like to do it and be on a deadline as I think there would be a tendency to rush it and that’s where I could see potentially costly mistakes made. If it takes me 2 months then it doesn’t really matter.

I started with an old set of handlebars, then did my Deda Superzero carbon ones. I also did an old fork from a supersix

I did a bit with a blade, but I wasn’t that brave, so it was mainly just to remove the clearcoat, other than that, all sand paper by hand which I prefer. I think the blade option is quicker, but I reckon it’s easy to ‘nick’ the carbon which puts me off!

It’s time consuming and can’t be rushed,but so far very rewarding.

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