Bike did not come with wheels or a cassette. I purchased Vuelta Corsa Super Lite wheels (1500 grams) a Selle Italia SL kit saddle (235 grams) and a Ultegra 6700 cassette (209 grams).
I plan to use this bike for racing and training and want it to be as light and fast as possible within a budget. The seat post and bars can definitely use an upgrade, as could the crank. I saw a guy on Craigslist selling a Dura Ace 7900 crankset for 300, will this be compatible with 7800? Have also been looking around for bars and seat posts. Have yet to purchase tires
Any other areas where I can shed weight?
I am in the U.S, if it matters
Replacing the bars and stem with lighter items, and as you bought the whole bike from someone else, there is a reasonable chance you will need a different stem length. A new seatpost would definately drop weight. Seatpost choices would depend on setback/no setback. Wiggle has a 3T sale on at the moment. Ritchey superlogic seatpost tuned with a ti bolt is a superlight setback seatpost option. KCNC ti skewers weigh 44 grams and cost 60 US. Conti supersonic tubes cut 100g over normal butyl tubes. If you want to replace the crank i would go for a BB30 crank, the s works crank can be found cheap on ebay, a hollowgram is a good option if keen to get a powermeter, as you can easily swap out the NDS crankarm for a stages.
Not sure on bottem bracket, how would I go about finding that out? Forgive my ignorance
Ah, don't think I'll get a 7900 crank in that case. I can grab a used 7800 off EBay for 100 bucks
I am not sure your reasons for wanting to upgrade the K force crank, I also do not hold FSA cranks in high regard but I would get a BB30 crank, as adaptors can cause a lot of creaking, and if your goal is to shave weight a 7800 crank + adaptor will weigh >100g more than the K force + BB30 bearings.
Once again i would advise a hollowgram or a s works crank. I have over 25,000K on my S works cranks, no creaking, stiff, light and looks good and can be found on ebay for cheap.
RimClencher wrote:....Skewers - 36 g - J&R Ti 36 g for $35 here
Stem - 102 g - 100 mm Kalloy Uno AL 7050 for $32 here (bolts are steel, so can be tuned with Ti bolts for around $17)
Headset Top Cap & Wedge - 13.5 g - Superlight eXotic Carbon Top Cap & Wedge for $26.59 here
Wheelset - 990 g - Far Sports 24 mm tubular carbon FSC24-TM with EDhub for $602 here
Seatpost - 146 g - eXotic Carbon Titanium seatpost for $67 here
Seatpost clamp - 7.5 g - Mr. Ride Alu + Ti bolt for $18.99 here
Handlebars - 180 g - Hylix Ergonova Full Carbon 400 mm for $84 here
Amazinmets73 wrote:....Nice, how much did it cost to black the bike out? That's something I'd definitely be interested in
I did it all with 2"x10' strip of 3M 680 "C" black reflective tape. Lots left over. $16 on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-SCOTCHLITE-6 ... 1088617156
I recommend a paper-cutter for getting good straight lines. If you're handy with a razor and a straight-edge, that would be fine. I went with 2x10 to get me what I needed for covering up the logos on the downtube. 3M claims 8 year exterior life. This stuff is used on things like trucks, trains, military vehicles.
I also just added this 99gram goodie to my build, for $35:
On the high side of my budget, worth the cash?
BTW, pedals are Ultegra 6700
The first upgrade to drop weight is to get rid of the boat anchor wheelset. Any ideas for the fork, crankset, and stem?
Also, can anyone help me to identify what year Force the bike has?
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