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After a successful weight reduction on my roadbike (CAAD10),
it's now time to start tuning my touring bike Cannondale T800 CAAD3.
It's current weight is 12 kg. Of course, it should remain strong enough to carry some load! (and me: 83 kg)
On my tours I keep the total weight of bike + luggage (incl tent) + drinking bottles etc. < 20 kg.
Please make your suggestions!
My own idea is to replace the cannondale cromo fork (current weight unknown) by a carbon one,
but no idea which one. Probably a more modern crank can be a significant reduction in weight as well.
here's the original part list:
I have already replaced
shifters: campagnolo veloce (10sp; works fine with the shimano 9s deraillers)
handlebar: ritchey WCS PRO 44cm (240 gr)
stem: race face deus (140 gr)
seatpost : extreme (...?) ---> replace by KCNC post (180 gr)
Cargo Rack: Stevens (950 gr)
Tires : schwalbe 25 mm
any advice is welcome,
As for replacing all the components with lighter stuff, you can do that. Whatever works. Doubt it will save a whole lot of weight unless you go with HIGH dollar ultralight stuff.
Best way to reduce weight is carry less stuff. Super minimal. Get rid of racks and panniers. Less bags. Use your CAAD10 light bike. Put a compact crank on it. Put a 10 speed 11-34 cassette on it. Get a Carradice saddlebag. Carry nothing extra.
When I tour I use a full loaded touring bike with full racks and four panniers and handlebar bag. And carry lots of stuff and weight. And big thick heavy tough tires. Weight is not a concern when touring. Reliable and comfortable bike able to go anywhere is important.
One thing to consider would maybe be wider, well rolling tyres. Rolling resistance makes quite the difference, particularly when loaded. Between Grand Bois, Soma and Challenge (in addition to the traditional manufacturers) there's lots of offerings to find your personal sweet spot of rolling resistance vs puncture protection.
I'm looking to build a up a lightweight, light tourer in the coming months and from the sleuthing I've been doing it seems like front panniers with a simple rear rack (ala tubus fly) for strapping bulky stuff to (tent etc) seems like the way to go.
but i bet cranks & bb could loose you some weight, i bet you could get away with a compact depending on your cassette spread. I've seen some good deals on 105 and ultegra stuff recently. basically all other components could be swapped out for lighter equivalents without sacrificing reliability/safety, stem, brakes, tires, pedals, saddle, could even start going for titanium bolts too - depends on your budget really, although you can find some deals online pretty easily.
wheels, maybe build up some 32s instead of the 36h wheelset you've got?
let us know if you make any changes.
Bike is 12kg. And no more than 20kg loaded.
I think even as a tourer, you could drop some weight here and there. Parts that the loaded weight doesn't affect so much. As you mentioned maybe seat post, lighter brakes or maybe cables. Ect. Depending on the the terrain you tour most frequently.
Pretty tidy tourer already.
2013 Giant Defy Composite 2 M, 8.5kg - Wife's
Azzurro Torino 8.55g
Fuji 650 10.8kg
Miele Lupa Triple Tandem 38,89kg
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By the way, how do you post pictures?
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