Building a new bike

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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Ye Olde Balde One
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by Ye Olde Balde One

So I'm looking at a bike for mainly training in the week, probably be used for some centuries and stuff as well (although I have a specific light bike for the hilly centuries in SoCal).

Being my back isn't what it was, and it's the bike I'll do the most miles on, I figured I would build something nice, but not with a weight emphasis. So I started with a Spada EM2 frame (arriving next week!), and had them put Deda carbon stays on it to try and cut some of the edge off the road surfaces. To this I'm adding a True Temper SUB-3 fork as I like the way they handle, plus it's pretty comfortable a result of having less material I assume, than a PRO or EX.

Now comes the fun part, I'm finding myself weighing parts to hang on it and adding it all up, plus comparing stuff in the listings and picking the lightest parts for those that aren't coming out of my parts boxes. I have a feeling it's going to be another weight wienie bike if I'm not careful. But also I'm using parts I like (such as FRM cranks, BB and bar/stem) and 680/860gm clincher wheels that have a weight benefit. It's going to be around 15lbs, and this is my mega miles bike!

So, do I deliberately buy heavier parts? Or accept my wienieness is complete and Dear Abbey can't help? :?:
Ride lightly!

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Superlite
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by Superlite

Do both! Thats exactly what I did with my new bike. It's 15.5 lbs, still light, but performance and comfort were my main emphasis. I could take 2 lbs off, but I won't. Just make the best bike for you, esp. if its a training bike.

Sometime in the next year I'm going to build a super lite bike, around 12.5lb range, if I can save up the money.

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Ye Olde Balde One
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by Ye Olde Balde One

Frame:'04 Spada EM2 Monobox Size L 1196g (not checked yet)
Fork:AME SUB-3 321g
Headset:Tiso Joe Graphy Integrated 68g
Headset Spacer:Carbon 10mm 4g
Stem:FRM Ti Web Stem 130mm 127g
Handlebar: FRM Web Bar 44cm c-c 214g
Handlebar Tape:Bike Ribbon “cork” 50g
Saddle:GPM Stealth 2000 146g
Seatpost:Spada 32.4x270mm 138g
Seat Binder:Extralite 12g
Front Derailleur:Record 35mm Clamp 2004 98g
Rear Derailleur:Tiso 177g
Shift & Brake Levers:Record Ultra 10s 2004 331g
Crank Set: FRM CU-2 175mm 39/53T. (incl. crank fixing bolts) 562g
Bottom Bracket:FRM ISIS 108mm ITL 136g
Cassette:Record 10s 12-25T. 194g
Chain:Record 2003 272g
Brakes:FRM Road 239g
Might use Record 272g (tuned)
Wheel Front:Spada Stiletto 540g
Wheel Rear:Spada Stiletto 740g
Inner Tubes:Light Butyl 146g (both)
Tires:Veloflex Pave 376g
Skewers: FRM1 Ti 62g
Cables & Housings:Jagwire 120g
Pedals:Aerolite 74g
Cage & Bolts: GASS Beluga CC and Al bolts 36g
Computer: Avocet 30 68g

Total: 6440g or 14.2154lbs

And if I put my Winium/Spada with Monoblok cassette on them:
6185g or 13.6356lbs
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by spytech

you really love frm and spada. :P

do you have a pic of the spada frame??? is it anywhere online :?:

i thought i had a good bike, but everyone seems to be building a cooler bike...lol

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Ye Olde Balde One
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by Ye Olde Balde One

spytech wrote:you really love frm and spada. :P

do you have a pic of the spada frame??? is it anywhere online :?:

i thought i had a good bike, but everyone seems to be building a cooler bike...lol


I like Spada frames and wheels, he cares about his work and makes a good job of it.

I am using a lot of FRM because I already have it in my parts box from other builds where I swapped things out (eg the cranks/BB are left from my light bike, where I used Gass Torsk cranks and FRM 102mm Ti BB to save 65gm).

I don't have a picture of the frame yet, I'll post one when i do.
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by Franzam

@Ye Olde Balde One

Is the weight of Your Stilettos correct?
The new 2004 frontwheel is 570g with EST 13rim

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Ye Olde Balde One
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by Ye Olde Balde One

Franzam wrote:@Ye Olde Balde One

Is the weight of Your Stilettos correct?
The new 2004 frontwheel is 570g with EST 13rim


Yes, with the CR-350 rim.
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Ye Olde Balde One
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by Ye Olde Balde One

I just worked out if I can cut 311gms I can get a 12.9lbs bike... :twisted:

Bring on the Easton SLX fork, Kestrel EMS SL bars and Evo3 saddle...anyone else have any ideas :?:
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